Items of Interest

1. Further to official guidance, updated on 19/05, to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic, the UK Government is hosting a series of webinars from Wednesday 27 May covering the range of different types of workplace settings which are allowed to be open, including: factories/warehouses; restaurants offering takeaway/delivery; shops/branches; vehicles; construction/outdoor work; research facilities; offices/contact centres; and homes. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace so you may need to use more than one of the guides/webinars as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe; further details of the webinars here.

2.From Tuesday 26 May small businesses with fewer than 250 employees will be able to apply online to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees; more here.

3.Bedminster BID has facilitated a new online sales and delivery platform for local businesses and residents; find out more here and here.

4.View the latest retail sales data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) here

5.Read more about Business West’s webinar and virtual networking series to aid business recovery from COVID-19 here.

6.This article highlights how you can continue to support your local record shops.  

7.BBC Two’s A House Through Time – the story of those who lived in one house, from the time it was built until now – has captivated viewers with its first two series. With a focus on 10 Guinea Street, Redcliffe and beginning on Tuesday 26 May (9pm), the new series sees presenter and Bristol resident David Olusoga set out to uncover the story of the 18th Century house. The production was heavily supported by Bristol Film Office and Bristol Archives; more here.

8.The UK Government has set out is vision for a network of rapid vehicle chargepoints across England’s motorways and major A roads; more here.