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COVID-19: Here to help the creative community

Published on Monday, 23rd March 2020

How we're supporting the network 

We want to let our members and the community know that we are still very much in operation during this challenging period. Whilst our keynotes, member lunches, workshops, and initiatives are currently on pause, we will continue to deliver value and support the local creative community by sharing advice and positive stories via our digital network.

Sharing the positivity

We recognise that this will be a very difficult time for most of us and to get through it we all need to support each other. Remote working can be challenging but it's been heart-warming to see some brilliant initiatives appearing within the network.  

We've already come across some great examples of ideas to help creative businesses get through these turbulent times. For instance, ‘Digital Guzzle’ Friday's from the Noisy Little Monkey clan, Virtual Book Clubs with Armadillo, and members offering free services such as copywriting, tips for remote working and how to manage your finances.

Our region is known for its unique collaborative spirit, so, we have an ask: share your initiatives and offers of support with us and we'll add them to this blog page where we're compiling positive news and stories to keep you going. 

Can you help?

Are you offering free drop-ins for creative businesses? Have you set up a virtual networking event to help people connect? Written a blog about weathering the storm? We want to hear it!

Let us know by emailing Kirsty with details of your initiative, including a summary of what you're offering, who it's for, your online link (this can be a LinkedIn post, tweet, blog etc), plus details for how people can get in touch. We'll be regularly adding to the blog so keep checking back for updates.

If you're a member, we'd encourage you to self-publish your own articles and share the positive activity and good news with the network. Please also continue to post your job opportunities and virtual events to our website over the coming months. The more positivity we can circulate the better.

Mentoring & Coaching support 

To kick things off, Chris Thurling (our Chair, business coach, mentor and serial networker!) is opening a virtual drop-in where members can book a free 20-minute coaching and mentoring session. Chris has earned multiple battle scars through surviving three periods of recession, so can provide useful advice and words of wisdom he's learned throughout his journey.

Slots are available on Wednesday afternoons (between 2pm - 4pm) on 25th March, 1st April and 8th April. If you're a Bristol Media member and would like to book, please email Chris

Free advertising on our Jobs board 

If you're a local business offering a short-term or freelance role for people working within the creative industries, please get in touch. You can advertise the vacancy for free on our Jobs board until the end of April. 

Staying connected 

We appreciate that for the smaller businesses and self-employed amongst you, it's going to be a particularly testing time. The environment is changing at a rapid rate, so we've created a Slack channel for our freelance members to share info, resources, opportunities, and anything that will help support the local gig economy through the current situation. If you'd like an invite, please email Alli.

Keeping you updated 

We will continue to work with local businesses and networks to ensure we are all actively supporting the creative industries in our region. If you are an organisation who can offer your services to support creative businesses in Bristol, Bath and the South West, please let us know. 

If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of the team, please get in touch.

Together, we are greater than the sum of our parts.