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Supporting the survival of Bristol’s night-time businesses
The search for a new Night Time Economy champion to help Bristol’s clubs, pubs, restaurants and events venues recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has launched this week.
The high-profile ambassador role will see the successful candidate develop a vision and roadmap to support Bristol’s world-famous cultural venues, bars, restaurants and clubs, including the city’s many independent businesses and its wealth of local talent, positioning Bristol as a leading and resilient 24-hour city.
Following the agreement of the Bristol @ Night panel, the new appointee will champion the sector and work with city partners to make sure the way Bristol functions at night is considered in decision making.
Business grants explained
The wide variety of business grants available at present can be dizzying so we have put together a table of grants to help summarise the support.
The table is available to download on our website. This will be updated as new information becomes available. Visit the website to download a pdf of the grant summary table
Support deadline for pubs extended
The application deadline for the Christmas Support payment (CSP) available to some pubs has been extended to Sunday 28 February. Pubs where less than 50 per cent of income is derived from food who have not yet received the one-off £1,000 grant or been contacted by the council regarding eligibility will need to visit the website to make another application
Green Business Grants
The West of England Green Business Grant supports small to medium sized businesses and enterprises to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and operations.
A grant could help you reduce harmful emissions that contribute to climate change, lower your energy bills and maintenance costs, as well as make your buildings healthier for your employees.
You can apply for up to £15,000 per business to pay for 40 to 80 per cent of the eligible capital costs. A free decarbonisation report will be provided to help you.
Our COVID marshals are available to help you
Bristol’s COVID marshals are working hard across the city to help keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. As well as on the ground, you may spot them on public buses to make sure passengers are following social distancing guidelines and wearing a face covering (unless exempt).
While marshals cannot enforce regulations, they are working closely with Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council officers to report any breaches.
The COVID marshals are here to:
- Offer advice on Government guidance
- Help with queues and social distancing
- Provide support at our COVID-19 vaccination centres
- Hand out face masks and hand sanitiser
- Clean frequently touched surfaces
Please treat our marshals with respect as they’re here to keep us all safe. If you want to recommend an area to patrol or raise an issue that needs to be addressed, please email: email@example.com
National Apprenticeship Week
The 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 8 to 14 February 2021.
The event aims to provide information to future apprentices and link them to employers, giving the insights they need to make well-informed decisions.
If your organisation is running courses or events during the week or you would like your apprenticeship offer or resources to appear on the Ways2Work National Apprenticeship Week event pages please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ in the subject line.
- The part time UWE Bristol International Talent Remote Internship Scheme is now open. The scheme provides the opportunity for UK registered employers to recruit the university’s international students over a 5 or 10 week period. Working remotely, the students offer their knowledge, linguistic and cultural skills to help with project delivery. If you need short term skilled support visit the UWE website to find out more or email email@example.com
- The UK Government has announced an overhaul of the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) to crack down on delayed invoices owed to small businesses. Under new reforms, companies that have signed up to the PPC will be obliged to pay small businesses within 30 days – half the time outlined in the current code. Read the Prompt Payment Code press release on the government website
- The Bristol Quality of Life survey gives local residents an opportunity to voice their opinions about issues close to their hearts and their views on local public services. Running since 2001, data collected from this annual survey will inform plans for the city’s recovery from the COVID pandemic. Read the full Quality of Life results on our website
- If you have you deferred VAT payments due to COVID-19, find out from HMRC how to pay VAT payments deferred between 20 March and 30 June 2020. You can pay now or get ready to opt into the VAT deferral new payment scheme.
- The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol is on track for expansion following an investment by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). The project is intended to maintain and grow film and TV production in Bristol and the West of England. It is estimated that the expansion will create around 1,000 jobs over a ten-year period. Read the full story on the Bottle Yard website
- Bristol makes a brilliant setting for any event thanks to its convenient location, unique venues, world-leading industries, fascinating history, and all-round welcoming, forward-thinking vibe. Read more about Bristol’s accolades on the Visit Bristol website
- Visit the 24/7 website to see which of Bristol’s many great restaurants have made it into the Michelin Guide 2021