Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

1. As mentioned in previous bulletins, Bristol City Council has launched a new regular email for businesses in Bristol, and it is our intention to merge Items of Interest with it. The last edition of Items of Interest is therefore scheduled for week beginning 31 August, with the first issue of the newly merged newsletter scheduled for week beginning 7 September. With your permission we plan to add your contact details to the new newsletter’s distribution list. Please let me know if you do not wish for this to happen. You will of course be free to unsubscribe from the new newsletter at any time.

2. As part of the official Enjoy Summer Safely campaign, this week is Shop Local Week, encouraging people to pop out to their favourite local shops while demonstrating how businesses are safely welcoming back customers. A range of guidance for businesses can be found here; on staying safe while outside your home here; and view the Enjoy Summer Safely campaign ad here.

3. Two new programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched recently. The Small Business Leadership Programme will focus on strengthening decision-makers’ leadership skills so they are able to address management challenges, some of which, such as remote working, have arisen from coronavirus. Additionally, the Peer Networks Programme will focus on helping business owners improve their problem-solving skills. Participants will take part in sessions where common coronavirus related business challenges will be discussed; further information here.

4.Local businesses are being asked to engage in the Your City Our Future project, including completing a survey, to help determine how the city of Bristol could positively change as it recovers from the impacts of lockdown and Covid-19. To take part in the survey, click here.

5.If you are a business owner wondering what you would do if one of your staff became ill with Coronavirus symptoms, Public Health England (PHE) has produced Workplace Action Cards covering a broad range of different business sectors to help you answer that question. The cards emphasise the need to take early action to minimise the possibility of spread and protect your business. They can also be updated with the phone number of the local PHE Health Protection Team (in Bristol this is 0300 303 8162, Option 1, Option 1) so that you have it to hand.

6.Bristol City Council has commissioned Nexus Planning and Aspinall Verdi to carry out a Bristol City Centre Retail & Leisure Study. They are just beginning the stakeholder engagement stage; further details and a stakeholder survey are available here (email contact details for Nexus are provided for reference in the link). We welcome your feedback by Friday 28 August.

7. Please see job opportunity for a Business Engagement & Communications Officer: Reopening High Streets here, the closing date for which is Sunday 23 August.

8. Lloyds Bank Foundation’s 7.4m Covid Recovery Fund intended to help support charities recover beyond the immediate crisis closes on Friday 11 September. A Q&A webinar about the Fund takes place tomorrow, Tuesday 11 August (2pm-3.30pm); more here.

9. Find out more about BT’s Small Business Support Scheme, designed to help small business boost their connectivity, cash flow and confidence, here.

10.The Creative Economy Unit at UWE are using a short survey to inform research into the impact of Covid19 on creative and cultural industries in the South West, and are particularly interested in discovering the resilience and adaptability of businesses and individuals amongst the creative and cultural sector. The unit is reaching out to all sectors of the creative industries, from community arts to architecture, food to festivals, fashion to photographers, and everywhere in between; more here.

11.A selection of free-to-attend webinars, courtesy of Barclays Digital Eagle Lab: Making Tax Digital & Making Your Business Digital on Tuesday 11 August (2pm-3pm), book here; Business Resilience Through Coronavirus on Wednesday 12 August (10am-11am), book here; Introduction to Cyber Security on Wednesday 12 August (2pm-3pm), book here. And access a series of Barclays UK Investment Insight podcasts here.