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Paying it Forward – supporting Bristol's creative industries

Our region is known for its unique collaborative spirit. In light of the situation surrounding COVID-19, we’re compiling positive news and offers of support from Bristol Media members to help businesses and individuals through these testing times. 

Published on Friday, 3rd April 2020

Share your initiatives and offers of support with us and we’ll add them below. Keep checking back as we'll be updating this page as we hear of more initiatives for the creative community in Bristol, Bath and the South West. Please help us #payitforwardBristol

1-2-1- Mentoring, Coaching & Business support 

  • Government Coronavirus Business Support – A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. The page helps businesses find out how to access the support, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.
  • Chris Thurling (Bristol Media Chair, business coach, mentor and serial networker!) – free virtual drop-ins for members to book a 20-minute coaching/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 1st April and 8th April. If you're a Bristol Media member and would like to book, please email Chris.
  • Simon Barbato (CEO at Mr B & Friends) – if you run an SME in our region and would like some free advice on marketing, customer retention, customer acquisition or positioning your business, message Simon to schedule a Zoom call.
  • Charles Fallon (Human & financial capital advisor to global organisations, SI Partners) – free 1-2-1 mentoring support and practical advice from a creativity/technology sector expert with over 35 years expertise. Email Charles to enquire.
  • Jack Thompson (Founder at Ginkgo) – offering free 1-hour video drop in sessions for anyone who would like to chat about sales/business development. Jack has 15 years B2B sales experience, the majority of which is in-house in marketing agencies. Contact Jack via LinkedIn
  • Amy & Yiuwin (Disruptive Thinking, a B2B marketing & business development consultancy) – offering free video call sessions to start-ups, SME’s and creative freelancers. For business development & marketing coaching, Google Analytics & marketing advice (aimed at novice / beginner level) or general support on your business strategy, campaign planning and execution, contact Amy Wilkinson at DTHQ to arrange.
  • BoardroomAdvisors.co.uk is offering a free consultation with one of its experienced regional directors to help consider ways to adapt the changing circumstances and enhance growth prospects over the longer-term. 

Legal Support

  • Legal & Contracts Webinar for Directors of creative businesses – free Bristol Media webinar with Rebecca Steer, Founder of Steer & Co on Thursday, 2nd April (11am). Click here for more information.

Financial tools & advice

  • Financial Support for Directors of creative businesses – Bristol Media webinar held on 26th March with Jonathan Gaunt, Managing Director of FD Works. Slides available here
  • Empowered Finance – specialise in working with creative and digital firms and have created a free cash flow template for agencies to use. They're also offering free 30-minute consultations for anyone who wants to talk about their cash flow, government funding or financial operations for their business.
  • Zoe Whitman (But the Books) – Three cash flow tips for small businesses 
  • Coping with the financial impact of Coronavirus – Q&A provided by Business West

Communications support

  • Joanna Randall (PR, media, crisis comms and social media) – free video advice sessions for Bristol Media members on what you should say to customers/stakeholders and how to relay your message through PR and media channels. With 25 years in the industry Joanna also has extensive crisis comms expertise. Get in touch with Joanna to set up a video call.
  • Jon Mowat (MD of video agency Hurricane and author of the book "Video Marketing Strategy") – offering free 1-2-1 consultancy on communications and video marketing strategy to brands that are trying to figure out how to communicate in these extraordinary times. Email jon@hurricanemedia.co.uk to book a slot.
  • Ed Palmer (Founder of 212 Limited) – Reaching out to engage remote individuals and communicate in a compelling way is now more important than ever. Ed is providing a free podcast service for Bristol Media members; planning, recording (remotely), presenting and editing a podcast episode. Contact Ed via email to chat.

Recruitment & Jobs

  • 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 the Bristol Media Jobs board until the end of April. 

Staying connected 

  • We've created a Slack channel for our freelance and agency members to share info, resources, opportunities, and anything that will help support local creatives businesses during the current situation. If you'd like an invite, please email Alli.
  • Join Noisy Little Monkey each Friday afternoon at 4pm for Digital Guzzle
  • SpiderGroup have set up AltNet – a virtual networking event for businesses in Bristol to meet on Wednesday lunchtimes to stay connected, share tips and ideas, and support one another. The Zoom session includes intros, small breakout sessions, and 121 breakouts so that everyone can participate.
  • Bristol Copywriters' Meetup is being revived online. It'll be the usual mix of talking shop, sharing worries, plus trying to figure out a way to get through the coming months. The next meeting is 4pm on Thursday, 2nd April, join via Zoom. Future dates TBC.

Helplines

  • For freelancers in the TV/Film sector: If you, or someone you know, needs advice or someone to talk to, please contact The TV & Film Charity. They have a 24-hour confidential support line: 0800 054 0000

Useful blogs & resources from Bristol Media Members

Students

  • Ian Bates (Founder and Creative Partner at Firehaus & Trustee of the Graeme Robertson Trust – the charitable arm of the DMA, set up to help bridge the gap for students between education and industry) is offering 121 support to students. Available on a first-come, first-served basis to final year students on any higher education creative course, Ian will support on: Book Crit, preparing for interviews, independent opinion on course work. Initially there are two 30-minute sessions per week available on Friday afternoons. To book contact ian@firehaus.co.uk

Got something to share?

Are you a Bristol Media member offering free drop-ins for creative businesses? Have you set up a virtual networking event to help people connect? Have some available time to help a young creative with their portfolio? We want to hear it. 

Send Kirsty an email with details of your initiative, including a summary of what you're offering, who would find it useful, your online link (this can be a LinkedIn post, tweet, blog etc), plus details for how people can get in touch. We're focussing on support offers from individuals and organisations within the Bristol Media membership community.

We'll be regularly adding to this blog so keep checking back for updates.

#payitforwardBristol

The above information is being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; it does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Bristol Media Group CIC of any of the services, products, or opinions of the individuals or organisations mentioned. 

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