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Items of Interest

This week’s Items of Interest:

1.       EU Exit Survey: To enable a better understanding of your opinions and concerns the West of England Growth Hub are asking businesses to complete a survey highlighting your views regarding the proposed exit of the UK from the EU; take the survey here.

2.       West Bristol Arts Trail is this weekend, beginning Friday 18 October – a free event involving around 100 local artists in venues across Clifton, Clifton Wood, Redland and Hotwells; more here.

3.       If you are an employer, a HR specialist, manage people or just have an interest in how employees are affected by mental health and musculoskeletal issues in the workplace, Get Well Get On is hosting a free event at City Hall, College Green BS1 5TR on Tuesday 22 October (from 8am) to mark the official launch of their Employer Workshops aimed at small businesses in the Bristol area. They will examine the issues as well as the free assistance Get Well Get On can offer. Book your place here.

4.       The Our Bristol Our World conference on Tuesday 22 October (5.30pm-9pm) at City Hall, College Green BS1 5TR will give young people from Bristol’s underrepresented communities the chance to tell city leaders about the issues that matter to them, and what they want the future of Bristol to look like. The event is facilitated by Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects CIC and linked to the One City Plan helping to shape the future of Bristol; find out more and book here.

5.       Join Bristol Media for a Vision Keynote to tackle the question Why is leadership so difficult? on Tuesday 22 October (12.30pm-2.15pm) at Foot Anstey, 2 Glass Wharf BS2 0FR; more here.

6.      Find out about Building A Sustainable Business at a fully funded workshop delivered by sustainability experts Planet First on Thursday 24 October (4.30pm– 7.30) at Origin Workspace, Berkeley Square BS8 1HU; book here. The event forms part of Business West’s Enterprising West of England programme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

7.       Bristol City Council is currently consulting on a review of its Licensing Policy and Cumulative Impact Assessment Policy, which normally cover businesses such as pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, off licenses and late night food takeaways. Consultation closes on Thursday 31 October. Find out more here; comments can also be emailed to licensingpolicy@bristol.gov.uk.

8.       Time is running out for SMEs to apply for a Green Business Grant from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). The 1m fund aims to help businesses improve their energy efficiency – reducing their energy bills and protecting them from future energy price rises. The deadline to apply for a Green Business Grant is Friday 1 November; more here.

9.   The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards recognise the best small businesses and the self-employed from right across the UK – from every sector and industry and from businesses of all ages and all sizes. Organised on a regional basis they are free to enter and are open to all small businesses, whether current FSB members, or not. Find out more and enter here.

10.   Contactless payments have become so popular among UK consumers that they accounted for half of all debit card transactions in July, according to banking trade body UK Finance; more here.

11.   If you know anybody aged 16-19 who loves film why not get them to apply for the BFI Film Academy Bristol? No matter what their background, qualifications or experience this is great a chance to be part of the film industry. Bursaries are available; deadline for applications is Monday 4 November; more here.

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