Items of Interest

1. The Coronavirus Small Business Discretionary Grant has reopened for new applications, as there are still funds available (phase one is now closed, and we are aiming to notify businesses on the outcome of their application over the next few weeks). Eligible businesses for the new phase are strongly advised to review the application form as soon as possible to ensure evidence can be submitted before the deadline of midnight, Sunday 12 July. If you’re a business who has already completed and submitted an application for a grant under this scheme, please do not apply again; more here

2. Bristol’s One City approach brings together a range of public, private, voluntary and third sector partners. The One City Economy Board has developed a Statement of Intent that will help shape the city’s Covid-19 recovery planning while setting out a collective aim to renew and reimagine Bristol as a fairer, healthier, and even more inclusive and sustainable city; read more here. And a One City Economy Board recovery webinar focusing on tourism takes place on Wednesday 1 July (3pm-4.30pm); more here.

3. Through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), employers can start to flexibly furlough eligible employees from Wednesday 1 July onwards; full details of the scheme can be accessed here.

4.Read the official guidance (updated 24 June) to help employers, employees and the self-employed in different sectors understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic here; and click here for further guidance for businesses and venues that can open on Saturday 4 July.

5.The Bristol Street Space programme will offer more space for social distancing and support businesses as they begin to reopen. As part of the programme King Street, Clare Street and Corn Street will be temporarily closed to traffic from Friday 3 July; more here.

6.Bristol Council’s Culture and Creative Industries team areproducing monthly updates forthe city’s arts, culture, film, TV production sectors. June’s update includes information on the new One City Plan Culture Board, practical support and networking opportunities, and audience insights; view it here.

7. A new programme from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to help local small businesses improve their digital presence, Trading Better Online, has been launched. It follows the recent launch of WECA’s Thrive West initiative offering support to the region’s businesses to help improve mental health and wellbeing for employees; find out more here and here

8. Lombard are hosting a couple of webinars next month focussed on the Future of Mobility, helping companies to assess their fleets and look at options such as alternatively fuelled vehicles, as well as changes to fleet sizes and their makeup. The webinars take place on Thursday 16 July and Thursday 30 July (both 10am start); register here.

9. The South West is on track to become an international trailblazer in screen-based media thanks to a 46m funding package which will launch a creative media powerhouse called MyWorld. The initiative, led by the University of Bristol, will develop major new research and development facilities and partnerships with global tech giants including Netflix, Google, and Microsoft. Together they will pioneer new digital formats and technologies, creating innovative experiences across fiction, documentary, games, and live performance; more here.