Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

1. Read a statement from Bristol’s Director of Public Health and Deputy Mayor on a small but noticeable increase in Covid-19 cases locally here.

2. Do you want to play a critical role in furthering race equality in Bristol? Become a Commissioner on Race Equality, working on a community-orientated agenda that will be a vital thread for many still experiencing the combined impact of discrimination based on race, austerity and a hostile environment. Find out more about the role here. In order to apply, please send your CV and a Cover letter to; deadline for application is Thursday 27 August.

3. 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.

4. The deadline for applications to join Cohort 3 of WECA’s Creative Scale Up Programme is this Friday, 28 August. Mentoring, training and online support are all available through the programme; further details here.

5.More than 35million discounted meals were claimed in the first two weeks of the UK Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme; more here.

6.The West of England Combined Authority’s Business Innovation Fund provides SMEs with funding and tailored support to bring new products, services and processes to market. With grants of between 20k and 50k, the Fund supports businesses from a wide range of sectors to help develop innovative projects and products that not only fulfill market demand, but also deliver industrial growth; more here.

7.And if you’re a UK-based business or research organisation, you may be able to compete for government-backed funding to research and develop a process, product or service; test your innovation ideas; and collaborate with other organisations. See what funding is currently available via theInnovateUK innovation funding finder here.

8.Travelwest are currently consulting on ways to improve the major A37/A4018 transport corridor running north-south through a number of Bristol’s shopping areas including Broadwalk, Park Street, Whiteladies Road, Southmead and Crow Lane. The virtual consultation also involves live chats and the opportunity to speak to a consultation team member; find out more here.

9.The High Streets Task Force is working to understand more about the impact of COVID-19 on high street, town and city centre businesses in England. Its survey will be shared with the UK Government to help them respond to the economic impact of the pandemic; take the survey here.

10.Bristol has been listed by Condé Nast Traveller as among the most sustainable cities in the world, along with the likes of San Francisco, Stockholm and Singapore; more here.

11.From next month, through a new institute based in Manchester and backed by 37million of investment, over 40 researchers from leading UK institutions will work directly with policy makers and businesses to examine the UK’s productivity levels. Issues that impact productivity such as working from home, workers’ wellbeing and lack of diversity in the workplace will be examined in order to identify key policies that could be implemented to unlock growth and deliver jobs; read more here.

12.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.