Items of Interest

1. The aim of the UK Government backed Better Business for All (BBfA) initiative is to support economic growth by making it easier to do business through supporting compliance and removing regulatory barriers. A BBfA toolkit has been produced to help you restart your business safely; see attached.

2. See attached also the latest guidelines (updated 14 June) for working safely during Covid-19 for shops and restaurants, takeaways and food deliveries. And a range of posters for business premises designed to help keep customers and staff safe and Covid-19 aware can be accessed here.

3.The High Streets Task Force has recently announced it will provide access to cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of the UK Government’s efforts to get shops back in business; more here.

4.A free programme of support remains available to micro-businesses and freelancers in Bristol amid the COVID-19 crisis. The project, delivered by YTKO and supported by Bristol City Council, helps with the specific needs and demands on business owners during this time. Having been live since the end of April, the project provides a listening ear to relieve immediate concerns and to plan and build for the future, particularly focusing on the main areas of Covid-19 Business Planning: Finance, Marketing, Innovation and Sustainability. There are open online sessions on these topics and 1:1 access to expert advisors. For more information click here, call 0800 917 9324 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) or email

5.A new free-to-use service, Digital Boost, offers advice for small businesses and charities impacted by coronavirus, provided by expert volunteers; more here.

6. A new mapping tool will capture the public’s views on transformational plans for transport in Bristol. The interactive map will give people the opportunity to share ideas and comments digitally on wide-ranging proposals for safer and better public transport, cleaner air and improved walking and cycling routes across the city.  You can read more about the mapping tool and the proposals here.

7.A couple of short, free-to-attend webinars, courtesy of Barclays Digital Eagle Lab: Business Resilience Through Coronavirus on Wednesday 17 June (10am), book here; and Wellbeing & Productivity on Thursday 18 June (10am), book here.

8.Find out more about the St Pauls Digital Carnival on Saturday 4 July, the build up to which begins on Monday 22 June, here.

9.Make Music Day, the annual global celebration of music goes digital this year on Sunday June 21; more here.

10. The Lloyds Bank Academy is hosting an online networking event for local businesses on Tuesday June 23 (10.15-12.30) entitled Survive & Thrive Beyond C-19; more here.

11. Bristol City Council has launched a new regular email for businesses in Bristol, which you can sign up for here. Much like Items of Interest, which it is likely to replace in the future, the email will include news, updates and information to ensure businesses are supported through this uncertain time and beyond.