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.

Bristol Going for Gold partner, Bristol Food Network, is researching how Bristol citizens have adapted their grocery shopping during lockdown, and what people are likely to do when restrictions are lifted. Participants could win a voucher worth £25 to spend on local, sustainable food. Ramona Andrews, Bristol Going for Gold Content Coordinator, reports.

For World Localization Day, Sam Leach from Wilding Orchard in Chew Magna, just outside Bristol, writes our latest blog post. Sam and Beccy Leach aim to farm in a way that is kind to the climate and to nature. One way of re-building a more resilient food system in a post-covid world is to switch to regional-supply networks that allow us to be less reliant on global supply chains.