Items of Interest

1. The Council’s business and VCSE webinar is returning on Thursday 23 July (4pm- 5pm). Register your free place here.

2. The UK Government has announced that from Friday 24 July it will be mandatory to wear face coverings in shops and supermarkets; read more here

3.The UK Government has developed an online tool to help businesses determine what they need to do to reopen safely during coronavirus; click here for more.

4.And Attached is guidance we have produced on reopening Bristol’s bars, pubs and restaurants. The guidance, together with other information can also be found here.

5. Businesses can source social distancing advice posters for their premises here and here.

6.Creative Scale Up is a two-year pilot programme funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) aiming to help creative businesses in the West of England access finance through an intensive sustainable growth support programme. Creative businesses that demonstrate a genuine ambition to grow, innovate and strengthen the local economy are eligible to apply, the next application deadline being Friday 31 July; more here.

7. From Sunday August 2 there’ll be new priorities to restrict general through-traffic on Bristol Bridge, Baldwin Street and Union Street; full details here.

8. A change in lending rules means SMEs banks previously rejected for coronavirus loans may now be able to get the vital cash they need to survive, according to this article. Small businesses with fewer than 50 staff and less than 9m in annual turnover will no longer be considered “undertakings in difficulty” under EU state aid rules amid the coronavirus crisis.

9.View the recent One City Economy Board webinar that focused on the city’s tourism sector here.

10. HMRC are continuing to run webinars this week on the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing; book here.

11. This article from Business West summarises the key announcements from the chancellor’s recent summer statement.

12.Four in five shoppers have pledged to continue supporting small, independent businesses as non-essential retailers continue to reopen after turning their backs on larger chains, according to this article.