Items of Interest

1. The closing date for round two of the Small Business Discretionary Grant in Bristol has been extended to midnight Sunday 19 July. Businesses in the city with 49 or fewer employees including bed and breakfasts, charities and nurseries can check if they are eligible here

2. Restaurants and other appropriate establishments can now register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme announced by the Chancellor last week; find out how here.

3. And read more about other elements of the Chancellor’s summer statement intended to spur economic recovery from the coronavirus outbreak here, and some reactions to the statement from local business leaders here.

4. The UK Government has recently updated (9 July) its list of organisations from outside government that are offering coronavirus-related help to businesses, including free support from Enterprise Nation; more here and here.

5.Read the latest official guidance on the types of business that can open as lockdown eases here; and guidance (updated 10 July) to help employers, employees and the self-employed in different sectors understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic here.

6.The first in a series of online events designed to help local businesses recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, Bristol Bounce Back, takes place on Wednesday 15 July (9am-10.30am); more here.

7. This year, Bristol marks its 15th year as a Fairtrade City, and to help celebrate Bristol Fair Trade Network would love to hear from Fair Trade businesses in and around the city. To be featured email comms@bristolfairtrade.org.uk, including your organisation’s logo, no later than Monday 20 July.

8. The 200m Sustainable Innovation Fund will help companies recovering from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) keep their cutting-edge projects and ideas alive; more here.

9.More than 60 business people already volunteer as Enterprise Advisers across the West of England – could you join them? As a volunteer you will work with school and college leaders, sharing your expertise to help to improve careers advice and work experience opportunities for young people. To find out more, join one of the information sessions being run by WECA on either the Tuesday 21 July (4pm-5pm) or Wednesday 29 July (1pm-2pm); more here.