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Director Awards recognise bosses who are in the driving seat of business transformation

June 14, 2019
Director Awards recognise bosses who are in the driving seat of business transformation

The bosses of Bristol businesses ranging from the West of England’s largest bus operator to a recycling firm behind a state-of-the-art waste handling centre and a fast-growing recruitment firm have been named among the region’s top directors. First West of England managing director James Freeman won the Institute of...

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Clifton Asset Management hits acquisition trail to launch regional advisor network

June 14, 2019
Clifton Asset Management hits acquisition trail to launch regional advisor network

Bristol-based pension-led funding specialists Clifton Asset Management has made the first of a series of targeted acquisitions to create a regional network of small financial advisory businesses. The addition of Shrewsbury-based Plan For Life Wealth Management is the first step in Clifton’s ‘blueprint for the future’ which will focus...

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Global giant Deloitte sews up deal to acquire Bristol-based Stitch Communications

June 14, 2019
Global giant Deloitte sews up deal to acquire Bristol-based Stitch Communications

Bristol-based internal communications agency Stitch has been acquired by international accounting giant Deloitte to form part of its Global Employer Services practice. Stitch Communications – owned and managed by entrepreneur Emma Dawson – specialises in creating pay and reward communications that help employers to better engage their staff.  As...

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Work underway to build affordable homes on site of former Bristol swimming baths

June 14, 2019
Work underway to build affordable homes on site of former Bristol swimming baths

Demolition of Speedwell Swimming Baths has started following a deal between a building firm and a housing association to provide much-needed affordable homes for East Bristol. Bath-based Crossman Homes is re-developing the high-profile site on Whitefield Road with Yarlington Housing Group.  Bristol City Council has allocated £1,860,000 to Yarlington...

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Raising external finance impossible at first attempt for 70% of business, research reveals

June 14, 2019
Raising external finance impossible at first attempt for 70% of business, research reveals

Seven in 10 Bristol businesses that have attempted to raise capital have failed at least once, according to new research. Two in five businesses seeking investment have not been able to secure funding more than three times and 9% have made five or more unsuccessful attempts.  The figures emerge...

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Bristol well placed to combat high street meltdown, says major report, but shops will still close

June 14, 2019
Bristol well placed to combat high street meltdown, says major report, but shops will still close

Bristol has been named as the UK’s second most resilient city in the fight for retail survival now gripping the country’s high streets and town centres. However, it will only overcome the growing threat from online shopping and rapidly changing spending patterns by ‘repurposing’ much of its retail heart,...

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Key milestone for centre that will put Bristol in driving seat to develop ultra-green car engines

June 14, 2019
Key milestone for centre that will put Bristol in driving seat to develop ultra-green car engines

A £70m global centre of excellence for ultra-low emission vehicles on Bristol’s outskirts has reached another milestone with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by science minister Chris Skidmore. The he University of Bath’s Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) is due to open in 2021 on the...

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Canadian tech giant’s surprise £79m takeover bid for SCISYS approved by directors

June 14, 2019
Canadian tech giant’s surprise £79m takeover bid for SCISYS approved by directors

Specialist IT group SCISYS, which has a base in Brislington, looks set to be taken over by Canadian tech giant CGI in an approved offer that values it at nearly £79m. The surprise cash offer, which has been unanimously accepted by the Chippenham-headquartered group’s directors, was revealed to shareholders...

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‘Subversive’ Father’s Day advert aims to shed light on impact of domestic violence

June 14, 2019
‘Subversive’ Father’s Day advert aims to shed light on impact of domestic violence

Communications agency McCann Bristol has teamed up with domestic abuse charity Refuge to ‘subvert’ Father’s Day this Sunday as part of a campaign highlighting the impact of violence. The agency, which is working pro bono on the campaign, has created a special poem as a poignant reminder of the...

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