Items of Interest

1. The Chancellor has announced this afternoon (12/05) that the Coronavirus Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme is to be extended to October; more here

2.Published yesterday, read the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy – its roadmap – for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis here, and its latest guidance (also published yesterday) to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic here. And a list of FAQs in the light of these developments can be accessed here.

3. Find out more about the UK Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) here. The scheme will allow those who are eligible to claim a taxable grant of 80% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months, and capped at 7,500 altogether. This is a temporary scheme, but it may be extended.

4.Bristol has been ranked by the Rough Guide as among the twelve best virtual tourism campaigns in the world; read more here.

5. A series of free-to-attend short webinars on the theme of Business Resilience Through Coronavirus, courtesy of Barclays Digital Eagle Lab: Wednesday 13 May (10am), book here; Thursday 14 May (11am), book here; Friday 15 May (12pm), book here.

6. As part of the Indies in Bristol campaign, a new series of weekly online Startup Stories begins on Thursday 14 May (4pm-5pm) – an opportunity to check in with businesses and their journeys, asking them how they are feeling right now, how they have had to adapt and thoughts for the future. Thursday’s focus will be on Yoga Brunch Club; more info here and here and if you’d like to see if your business could be highlighted at future sessions email

7. 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 survey here.