Essential Trading is the lead partner for Bristol Bites Back Better, the latest campaign from the team behind Bristol’s bid to be a Gold Sustainable Food City, which aims to create a resilient future for the city through food. Essential’s Jimmy Nelson writes in our latest blog post about the co-operative’s history and values and how they have offered a different model of food supply since the 1970s.

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.

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.

Bristol Food Union and the Welsh Independent Restaurant Collective have launched a campaign to drive the public to ‘eat independent, support local’. Like #BristolFoodKind, the #EatIndieBristol campaign urges citizens to support local food businesses and services under increased pressure due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Hear more from the Bristol Food Union team.