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Bristol City Council Business news: Business support, grants, funding and more

From: Bristol City Council <bristol.business@bristol.gov.uk>

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City Centre Culture and Events Grant
Don’t miss out. Applications for the first round of funding close on Wednesday 1 June 2022.

Grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 are available to Bristol-based culture and events organisations looking to run events or cultural activities across four locations in the city centre: Old City, King Street, Park Street and Queen’s Road, and Broadmead.

The grant will support projects of different scales and creative forms including music, visual art, architecture, film, history and heritage; events where people can share, celebrate or learn.

Activity can be a one off or take place over a specific duration, and can take many forms such as festivals, workshops, performances, parades, interventions, and installations.

Events and activities must be free to attend at the point of access and must be delivered by the end of March 2023. No match funding is required.

Applications for a second round of funding will open in July 2022.

Visit the council’s webpage for more information City Centre Culture and Events Grant.

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund
If your business has been impacted by COVID-19 and you are unable or struggling to adapt to the changes, check your eligibility to the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) for 2021/22.

Applications close on 31 May 2022.

CARF intends to support businesses affected by the pandemic but are ineligible for existing support linked to business rates in respect of 2021/22 only.

Eligible businesses can get all of their business rates credited back for the 2021/22 financial year.

Depending on the level of demand, the amount of relief may be capped at a certain value so the fund can support as many businesses as possible.

To be eligible, a business must be able to demonstrate they have been adversely affected by the pandemic and that they are unable to adequately adapt to that impact.

Visit our website for full details on the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund, to check your eligibility and to apply.

33% Cashback Grant
If you are you a Bristol based start-up or business looking to invest in growing your business, you could be eligible for the 33% Cashback Grant.

The grant can be used to invest in new technologies, marketing, equipment, skills training, employment, consultancy and more.

To be eligible, you must be a pre-start, existing business or self-employed and based in North, East or Central Bristol.

To receive the grant, you will firstly need to make a 100% up-front payment between £1,000 and £10,000. Once you have provided proof of purchase, you will then receive 33% cashback on your spend.

The 33% Cashback Grant is bought to you by the North and East Bristol Enterprise Support programme (NEBES), delivered by YTKO, and funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority.

To register your interest, complete the North and East Bristol Enterprise Support enrolment form.

First round of applications closes on 30 June.

Recovery Loans Scheme
The Recovery Loan Scheme supports access to finance for UK businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following changes from 1 January 2022, the scheme is currently open to small and medium sized enterprises, providing loans from £25,000 to £2 million until 30 June 2022.

Loans are available through a network of accredited lenders, listed on the British Business Bank’s website. The loan offered and the terms are at the discretion of participating lenders.

To be eligible, your business must:

  • be trading in the UK
  • have been impacted by COVID-19
  • have a viable business proposition
  • have a turnover not exceeding £45 million per annum

Visit the government website for information on the Recovery Loans Scheme, to check your eligibility and to apply.

Love Bristol Gift Card
Bristol City Centre BID, Redcliffe and Temple BID, and Broadmead BID are launching the new Love Bristol Gift Card in June 2022, to encourage people to spend locally, supporting businesses in the city centre.

All sizes and types of city centre businesses are eligible to join for free. To be eligible, businesses must be based within the boundary of Bristol City Centre BID, Redcliffe and Temple BID and Broadmead BID / Bristol Shopping Quarter.

It is free to register your business to accept the Love Bristol Gift Card and there are no additional costs to accept the gift card, it is charged at the same rate as a normal MasterCard Debit Card transaction

Working through the Mastercard network, business of all sectors including retail, hospitality, leisure, health and beauty, accommodation and services can register to accept the new Love Bristol Gift Card as an additional payment method, with no extra equipment required.

Find out more and register your business to accept the Love Bristol Gift Card.

Quick updates
• Redcliffe and Temple BID have revealed their green infrastructure action plan, to improve the city’s outdoor environment, providing details of a range of exciting projects to help make public spaces in Bristol more sustainable and accessible. The plan outlines future projects and the short, medium and long-term actions that will create quality green spaces and improve sustainability in the city across the next three years and beyond. Visit the Redcliffe and Temple BID website for information on their green infrastructure action plan.

• The results of the government’s recent Protect Duty consultation are now available, providing a summary on how Protect Duty can make the public safer at publicly accessible locations. The consultation considers how we can work together to develop proportionate security measures to improve public security and also considers how those responsible for publicly accessible locations are ready and prepared to take appropriate action, were a terrorist attack to happen. Visit the government website to access the response document to the Protect Duty consultation.

• Upfest returns to south Bristol this weekend, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May. Renowned internationally for bringing together street art’s freshest talents, following three weeks of street painting, the festival weekend will see hundreds of artists painting live. For the first time Upfest will take over Greville Smyth Park as its main venue with music and live painting, with hubs at Tobacco Factory and Ashton Gate Stadium. Visit the Upfest website for information on the festival and artists.

• South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES) partners are hosting an informal drop-in at the Tobacco Factory on Wednesday 1 June from 10am to 3pm. The session is for South Bristol residents considering starting a business to learn more, or existing South Bristol businesses wishing to access free support to learn more. Visit the South Bristol Enterprise Support for information on the drop-in session.

• Whatever your stage of business, your network is crucial for your growth. Enterprise Nation’s online Local Meetups are ideal if you have a business challenge that needs solving and want to grow your business connections in a fun and relaxed environment. Register on Eventbrite to join Enterprise Nation’s online local meet-up for Bristol on Thursday 26 May from 10am to 12pm.

Bristol Nights unveils two UV murals to shine a light on zero harassment of women. The murals are part of a wider campaign to raise awareness around women’s safety at night and the launch of the Bristol’s Women’s Safety Charter in response to a recent survey that found that almost 100 per cent of women in Bristol have experienced sexual harassment in some form. Find out more about the Bristol Nights murals on the Visit Bristol website.

• The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) are running a survey on the impact of cost Inflation and energy prices on trading levels. Please complete the NTIA UK trading levels, cost inflation and energy survey to help gain a clearer picture of the current financial landscape.

• Local people have helped to design a range of improvements to make Arnside Road in Southmead a more attractive, safer and eco-friendly place to visit. The shopping area has been substantially updated, including new pavements, kerbs and walkways, new cycle stands and bollards, street planting beds to help natural drainage and increase biodiversity, and new car parking areas. Visit the council website for information on the improvements to Arnside Road.

• Decision making is key to leading a business. Be the Business has produced a free tech guide that breaks down the digital tools available today, from customer management to accounting and HR software, that could help improve your decision-making process and likelihood of success. Visit the Be the Business website to access the tech guide to help improve your decision making.

• Purpose built food-grade business units are available at The Food Works in Weston-Super-Mare. The business units provide food and drink businesses with modern and cost amenable food-grade premises that conform to the highest standards and meet the latest environmental health legislation. For information on the food-grade business units visit the The Food Works website.

• The Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC) Annual Congress Public Lecture is taking place at University of the West of England, UWE Bristol, from 6:30pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 June. This year’s public lecture will be given by Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng and will explore how good engineering can make the world a better place. Register on Eventbrite for the EPC Congress Public Talk: Engineering A Better World.

• The winners of the Bristol Life Awards 2022 have been announced. Visit the Bristol Life Awards website to see the 2022 winners by category.

How can we help you?

We will do all we can to address the needs or concerns of businesses across Bristol. If you have any queries or if there is anything that you think we can do to better to help people and businesses, please contact us at: business

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