One of Bristol’s oldest health stores, Wild Oats Natural Foods, has been named as part of this year’s Small Biz 100. This national campaign highlights some of the UK’s most inspiring small businesses over the course of 100 days, leading up to Small Business Saturday on the 5th December. In our latest blog post, Mike Abrahams of Wild Oats describes his motivations and the benefits of community-centric retail.

Gene Joyner, Managing Director at Better Food introduces “Bee Better” a new loyalty scheme that rewards shoppers for refilling their own reusable containers. Gene explains how the scheme works and his personal motivations for reducing packaging waste and localising supply chains. He describes his intentions for Bristolians to find a way of shopping that benefits the community and addresses climate change and waste.

The government-funded Eat Out To Help Out scheme officially came to an end on Monday 31 August, though a number of restaurants are continuing the scheme this month, covering the costs themselves. In our latest opinion piece, Going for Gold Public Engagement Coordinator Florence Pardoe explores how successful the scheme has been and whether it actually benefited the hospitality industry.

Bristol Going for Gold’s food sector lead Lucy Gatward reports on Bristol’s food businesses stakeholder webinars. The first event was held in the summer and the second one (Wednesday 16th September) will be led again by Deputy Mayor Cllr Asher Craig, chair of the Bristol Going for Gold steering group.

The new Bristol Photo Festival (BPF) has commissioned photographer Chris Hoare to document allotments and their communities around the city. Chris is also a food delivery driver, so he was able to access the whole city throughout lockdown and reflect on wider issues of the supply of Bristol’s food. Find out how you can get involved in the Growing Spaces project.

For Bristol’s students, the new academic year is a chance to get to grips with managing student loans and kitchen cupboards. In our latest blog post, interns on The University of Bristol’s Sustainability Team, Emma Lewins and Anya Kaufman, write about cutting food waste for the new cohort of Bristol students. They offer five easy ways to reduce food waste in the student kitchen.

A brand new photography festival launches in Bristol in 2021 in collaboration with all major arts venues in Bristol. The “Growing Spaces” project strand of the festival looks at the maze of citywide allotments, allotment holders, their histories and stories – both visual and oral. Hear from the Festival Director of Engagement and Education, Alejandro Acín, about how you can get involved in the public participatory element to the Growing Spaces project.

Bristol Going for Gold’s food sector lead Lucy Gatward reports back on research undertaken during lockdown, looking at people’s shopping habits during this time. What does this tell us about sourcing and supplying local food in the future? Key learnings indicate that an ability to be flexible, use a variety of suppliers, see opportunities, cooperate with other businesses and communicate well with customers will help future-proof our independent food businesses.