From Items of Interest

Updated 11 May 2020

What are businesses doing and how can I help?

  • Bedminster BID has a list of businesses delivering groceries, beer, wine and spirits in the BS3 area on its website; view it here.
  • And Clifton Village BID has produced a list of businesses offering services in its area, which can be accessed here.
  • Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, have been compiling regional and national lists of platforms selling and delivering products and produce from small food organisations, and a webpage with useful resources for food enterprises wanting to move/sell/deliver online; more here and here.
  • View the second edition of new local music magazine Loud here.
  • Visit Bristol has a list of restaurants, cafes, bars, breweries and tea rooms delivering food and drink to the city’s homes; view it here.
  • Better By Bike has been dropping off its fleet of bikes to NHS Key Workers across Bristol to help them get to work. Watch the video here and if you are or know a key worker interested in a free loan bike visit the Better By Bike website for more info here. And Sustrans have launched an interactive map for key workers across the UK, which shows offers and discounts that they’re able to access at bike shops; more here.
  • This short YouTube clip highlights how a number of local independents are adapting to the current lockdown.
  • Bristol Food Kind, a campaign from the team behind Bristol’s bid to become a Gold Sustainable Food City, offers people staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic practical ideas on how to shop, reduce food waste and grow at home in a way that benefits yourselves and the wider community, and contributes to the city’s food response; more here.
  • Coordinated by Bedminster BID, the East Street Vision project has set up an interactive website so that the local community and all people with a connection to East Street can help shape its future. The site includes an interactive map of East Street where you can post ideas, thoughts and photos, together with a series of themed surveys – one of which is for East Street businesses – which, if completed, enters you into a draw to win a 50 voucher to spend in selected independent shops on the street; view the site here.
  • View a map showing where you can pick up essential shopping here; you can also click through (at the top of the page) to a map of local independents delivering and providing remote services.
  • The Bristol Bike Project, with assistance from Bristol City Council, are currently offering a 100 discount and free D-lock and lights for any key worker. If you’re a key worker in need of a bike for transport, or an urgent repair on your bike, email repairs@thebristolbikeproject.org, include your phone number, and they will get back to you to arrange an appointment; more here.
  • The #LightItBlue and #MakeItBlue campaigns have been organised by the events and entertainment industry, to salute NHS staff risking their own health to care for others during the COVID-19 pandemic; find out more and how to help here.
  • Under the Laughter in Lockdown banner, the Bristol Slapstick Festival is in the process of releasing a decade’s worth of previously unseen footage onto its YouTube channel. Latest content includes performances by John Cleese, Rory Bremner and Tim Vine; more here.
  • This website lists an extensive range of local independent businesses offering online and delivery services during the lockdown.
  • Bristol Shopping Quarter’s LoyalFree app can be used to find local deals, loyalty schemes, events and trails straight from your smartphone. It has recently been adapted to current circumstances so it’s now featuring online offers from some of the Quarter’s indie retailers plus trails to help people find the essential retailers that are still open as well as the indies and nationals offering online shopping. It can be downloaded here.
  • Bristol Food Network has created a dedicated COVID-19 section on its website, including updates on how the network is responding to the outbreak; click here to view it.
  • Bristol Food Producers have put together a website, Support Bristol Food, to show how you can buy local food direct from farmers, producers, independent retailers and restaurants doing collection/delivery.
  •  Purchasing vouchers and gift cards to be used later in the year are ways to support Bristol businesses. Find out more about some potential options, courtesy of Visit Bristolhere.
  • While the Bristol Bike Project has taken the decision to temporarily close to the public it still intends to support key workers in various ways; read more here.
  • Read how parts of Bristol’s business community – for example hotels offering their rooms as workspace – is adapting to current circumstances here.