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Dear all,


This week’s Items of Interest:


  1. A final reminder about this year’s Great British High Street of the Year competition – the entry deadline is this Friday 9 September. Thanks to those  who have let us know they’re entering.


  1. Bristol is hosting the penultimate day of racing in the 2016 Tour of Britain cycle race on Saturday 10 September with a double-stage including both an individual time trial and a circuit race. Find out more about the route, timings, travel information etc here and here.


  1. Visit our stand – and scores of others – at the Bristol Business Exhibition on Tuesday 13 September (10am – 3pm) at the new Ashton Gate Conference Centre BS3 2EJ; full details of the event here.


  1. The 9th annual Montpelier Bean Feast takes place on Saturday September 17 (1pm – 6pm) in Montpelier Park, St Andrew’s Road BS6 5EF. A mixture of food from local vendors, music from Bristol-based bands, a bike-repair station, crafts for sale, and games for all ages; more information here.


  1. Read about the West of England region’s recent success at attracting inward investment – and a record number of jobs – here.


  1. Earlier this year Bristol was awarded silver in the Sustainable Food Cities awards. Following this success, the Bristol Food Network is keen to see the city become the first in the country to achieve the gold award. If you’d like to join the Network in this mission, then click here.


  1. Young Enterprise is looking for volunteer Business Advisers to help on its Company Programme. If you have 1 or 2 hours to spare, one day per week, want to share your knowledge and experience with young people and gain a huge amount of personal satisfaction, email or call 07436 153520.


  1. A series of Be Your Own Boss taster sessions are taking place across the city later this month and next; see attached for further information.   be-your-own-boss-taster-sessions


  1. The UK Government has announced that £250m of Start Up Loans have been made available to entrepreneurs since 2012. At the start of 2016, there were a record 4m SMEs in the UK, creating more than 15m jobs and contributing £1.8tr to the economy; read more here.


  1. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award; more here.


Kind regards,



Declan Murphy

Economic Development Project Officer

Bristol City Council – Place

T: 0117 922 3546




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