Items of Interest

1.Bristol Food Union is featured in this Guardian article exploring how the food industry is responding to the coronavirus crisis.

2.Enterprise Nation is partnering with Sales force to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a £5,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for full details including eligibility criteria. The scheme is due to open in this area next month.

3.UK Government guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed covering a variety of workplaces is available here. You need to read the relevant guidance (more than one guide may apply to your workplace) and put in place measures to ensure that your workplace is as safe as possible, what is called COVID-19 secure. Where possible, employees should still work from home.

4. The UK Government has recently updated its list of public bodies, organisations and charities with additional resources that may be useful to employers and employees; view it here.

5.This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. Find out more here and more about local support here.

6.The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is for social enterprises and charities experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. It has been established to make an existing government scheme (the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) more easily accessible to charities and social enterprises; find out more here.

7.A selection of free-to-attend short webinars, courtesy of Barclays Digital Eagle Lab: Business Resilience Through Coronavirus on Wednesday 20 May (10am), book here; Adapt & Thrive – understanding and building highly adaptable work forces on Wednesday 20 May (3pm), book here; and Business Resilience Through Coronavirus on Friday 22 May (12pm), book here.

8.The Bristol Takeover Online – a live streamed festival celebrating and supporting Bristol’s music scene – will take place on Saturday 23 May (3pm-midnight), streamed for free via YouTube; more here.

9.UK Hospitality has a range of resourcesavailable on its website to help the industry during the coronavirus outbreak including links to jobs sites and an online training platform; more here.

10. The Bristol Centre for Economics & Finance at UWE is hosting an online event on Thursday 28 May (from 1pm): Rules vs. Principles-based Regulation: What can we learn from different professions? There is an active debate in many disciplines about the most appropriate approach to regulation and enforcement. The workshop intends to bring together participants from different disciplines to provide an overview of the predominant approaches; more here.