Items of Interest

1.Earlier this week HMRC began contacting people who may be eligible for the UK Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Those who are eligible will be able to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average trading profits up to a maximum of £7,500 (equivalent to three months’ profits), paid in a single instalment; more here.

2.Bristol City Council’s short survey of the city’s businesses and organisations intended to gain a more detailed understanding of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will close on Friday 15 May. While we fully appreciate this is a challenging time, any information you provide will help inform any future business support we might develop, either as a council, or with partner organisations, to work alongside that offered by the UK Government. Access the surveyhere. With thanks to those who have already contributed.

3.This article details how you can enjoy the East Bristol Brewery Trail from home this bank holiday weekend.

4.Bedminster BID has a list of businesses delivering groceries, beer, wine and spirits in the BS3 area on its website; view it here.

5.And Clifton Village BID has produced a list of businesses offering services in its area, which can be accessed here.

6.Up to £600m of repurposed money from the National Lottery is being made available to charities and organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The funding, spanning the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors, will be distributed over the next few months to help projects most impacted by coronavirus and which support some of the most vulnerable; more here

7.Business in the Community’ s National Business Response Network is a platform to connect business to urgent local community need across the UK during the Covid-19 crisis. If you’re a business who can help or a community group who needs help please get in touch here.  And join BITC for a South West National Business Response Network webinar on Thursday 14 May (3.30pm-4.30pm) that will shine a light on success stories, while looking at how best to continue supporting communities in the South West; sign up here.

8.Following a webinar last month, the Sustainable Restaurant Association via its Food Made Good website has published a guide for the food service sector on how to reopen right; more here.

9.Public Health England’s guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus can be accessed here, and guidance focusing on children and young people’s wellbeing here. And Bristol Mind have developed a series of short free-to-access videos offering advice and support to help us all look after our wellbeing during the current Coronavirus outbreak; more here.

10.The South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit (SWRCCU) is continuing to offer free help and advice regarding Cyber Security and how individuals and businesses across the South West can protect themselves online during the lockdown and afterwards. Find out more at the SWRCCU website here where you can sign up to the Fortnightly Regional Cyber Briefing newsletter.  Please also continue to follow advice from the National Cyber Security Centre here.