Items of Interest

1. Last month’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme proved so popular that some Bristol businesses have decided to extend the initiative themselves. If your establishment has decided to do this, you can be added to the list on Visit Bristol’s website here.

2. Online ordering app Ritual and PayPal have partnered up to launch an initiative in Bristol that provides local businesses commission-free digital ordering tools to increase sales and give their customers safe ways to transact. Local businesses can get set-up at no cost and keep 100% of the profits using this first party product. Dine-in, delivery, and contactless collection are all available. Please click here to learn more.

3. Businesses/organisations which have been advised to collect customer, staff and visitor details for coronavirus test and trace purposes can access a customer logging toolkit here.

4. This year’s Bristol Coffee Festival will be a virtual affair, on Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 September; more here.

5.Ways2Work, together with the DWP and National Careers Service, are holding a virtual jobsfair on Tuesday 8 September (11am-12.30pm); see attached.

6. Official guidance, case studies and information about how employers can attract, recruit and retain people from a variety of backgrounds to enhance their business can be found here, and more general employment help and guidance here.

7. With the end of the Brexit transition period in sight, Business West are ramping up their Trading Through Brexit service; more here, and find further official guidance here.

8.The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and Invest Bristol & Bath, the inward investment arm of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), are leading a workshop to showcase the huge export opportunity the Greater Bay Area of China presents for the West of England. The event takes place online on Tuesday 15 September (10am-12pm); more here.

9.  The new Make it Click small business hub, supported by FSB, offers an easy way for firms to boost their online and IT skills. It includes a wealth of free online learning resources to help business owners and their employees increase their digital knowhow and confidence.

10. Bristol features in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s 25 of the best places to visit in the UK list; more here.

11.  The work of social enterprise The Restore Trust has been recognised in the SME Awards run SME News. Whilst the organisation retains a specialism in working with people with complex needs and criminal convictions, it can work with anyone in the community who is experiencing barriers in accessing training and employment; more here. And find out more about the SME Awards here.