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Bristol City Council news: Important info for businesses: 1 January customs declarations, High Street webinar and more

Customs declarations on all imports and exports, from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021 when businesses in the UK export or import goods to or from any country they will need to submit a customs declaration.

This can be a complicated process. If you need help, ChamberCustoms delivers a Customs Declaration service that takes the hassle out of exporting and importing goods.

If you want to accurately complete your own simple Customs Declaration, Business West offers Customs Declarations training to highlight how you need to do it.

Read more about the full offer from ChambersCustoms

High Streets webinar

Following the planned national review of local Tiers on 16 December, we are holding a webinar session for all high street based businesses on the latest COVID-related support and restrictions.
 
The webinar is on Thursday 17 December from 5pm to 5.45pm. The session is going to be informal, with opportunities for questions and discussion, and includes officers from Public Protection, Licensing, Grant funding and Economic Development. 
 
If you have an issue or question you would like to raise, please email in advance to business@bristol.gov.uk to ensure we can provide as much relevant information as possible.
 
Register for the webinar now

Employability and skills portal

WECA is working with their partners to make sure that all residents have the opportunity to get the skills and training they need. WECA’s new web portal lists the support services and training available in the West of England, to help people find the right support – whether you’re starting work for the first time, looking for a new job, or looking to progress at work.

WECA also have a number of new guides available for download that bring together the local, regional and national skills, training and employment services available. Download WECA’s employability guides

Quick updates

  • If you have considered offering student placement opportunities but are unsure on where to start, WECA’s Workforce for the Future programme can help you answer these questions and support your journey. Sign up to tomorrow’s (16 Dec) virtual seminar to find out more
  • Bristol City Council and the Environment Agency are working together to protect homes and businesses from flooding. The preferred approach is to create new flood defences or raise the level of existing flood defences in phases along lower sections of the River Avon riverbanks. Find out more and share your views on our Flooding proposals
  • The UK Government’s Kickstart scheme funds high quality 6-month work placements for people aged 16-24, who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Bristol City Council’s Ways2Work network is recruiting employers in Bristol now. To host a placement register your interest in the Kickstart scheme or email kickstart@bristol.gov.uk
  • The UK Government is setting up a Digital Markets Unit to introduce and enforce a new code that will govern the behaviour of digital platforms that currently dominate the market, such as Google and Facebook. This will give consumers more choice and control over their data, and make sure that businesses are treated more fairly
  • Since 2019, Yena’s annual Startup Challenge has helped over 500 people boost their businesses. Find joy in Yena
  • Sustainable Fashion Week is due to take place in spring 2021. Sustainable Fashion Week is all about curating a week of creative, community-led activity across Bristol that will celebrate the many ways we can begin new fashion habits that don’t harm people or the planet. Get involved in Sustainable Fashion Week
  • We are consulting on Bristol’s Budget, which includes council tax options for next year (from April 2021-March 2022), and we would like to hear your views on the different options. Have your say by completing our Budget survey

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Please note, information shared on the Ways2Work network comes from many different organisations. Please use the links and contact information above to find out more details about this opportunity.

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