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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 30, 2016
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Monday 2 May Bank holiday – nothing scheduled Tuesday 3 May Interim: Aberdeen Asset Management Trading statements: HSBC, Just Eat AGMs: DP Poland, Fresnillo, Randgold Resources, Stadium, Stratex International Economics: Markit UK manufacturing PMI Wednesday 4 May Interims: Avon Rubber, Imperial Brands Finals: 1Spatial, J Sainsbury, Venture Life Trading...

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Business figures sign open letter backing George Ferguson in mayoral election

April 29, 2016
Business figures sign open letter backing George Ferguson in mayoral election

Some of Bristol’s most influential business figures have lent their names to an open letter backing the re-election of George Ferguson as mayor. The letter, signed by 41 men and women, has been published with less than a week to go to the mayoral election next Thursday. The group...

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Polish confectionery firm takes over Bristol’s Elizabeth Shaw in £2.5m deal

April 29, 2016
Polish confectionery firm takes over Bristol’s Elizabeth Shaw in £2.5m deal

Historic Bristol chocolate firm Elizabeth Shaw was today acquired for £2.5m by Polish confectionery company Colian. A leading producer and distributor of confectionery products, Colian has a number of well-known brands in the sector in its domestic market and exports to more than 60 countries worldwide. Elizabeth Shaw makes...

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Businesses urged to join in taking Bristol’s Happiness Pulse and help lead the world in wellbeing

April 29, 2016
Businesses urged to join in taking Bristol’s Happiness Pulse and help lead the world in wellbeing

Bristol businesses are being encouraged to take part in a world-beating project to gauge the happiness of the city and improve wellbeing for its residents. The Happiness Pulse has been launched by Bristol charity Happy City to build up a unique picture of the city as seen through the...

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Paris here we come. Cyclists head off to France to channel funds for hospital charity Above & Beyond

April 29, 2016
Paris here we come. Cyclists head off to France to channel funds for hospital charity Above & Beyond

Eighty intrepid cyclists – including Bristol medics, managing directors and even a Wonder Woman – bid ‘bon voyage’ to family and friends today as they set off on the Bristol-to-Paris Cycle Challenge for local hospital charity Above & Beyond. In just four days, the cyclists will pedal 430km to...

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Entrepreneur of the Year Award nomination for RSG boss Mike Beesley

April 29, 2016
Entrepreneur of the Year Award nomination for RSG boss Mike Beesley

Mike Beesley, CEO of Bristol-based recruitment firm Resource Solutions Group (RSG), is in the running for one of the UK’s most prestigious business awards. Mike, pictured, who joined RSG in 1980 and has helped transform it into the UK’s largest privately owned recruitment business, has been named as a...

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Event: The funding landscape for entrepreneurs considering going public

April 29, 2016
Event: The funding landscape for entrepreneurs considering going public

Engine Shed, Bristol’s innovation hub, launches a quarterly finance series on May 12 with a session aimed at entrepreneurs considering exiting from their business via an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Despite recent volatility, the public markets are still an important financing option for growth companies and an ultimate aspiration for...

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Bristol Business Blog: Matthew Midwinter, Sanderson Weatherall. Is there business rates relief on the horizon for companies in Bristol?

April 29, 2016
Bristol Business Blog: Matthew Midwinter, Sanderson Weatherall. Is there business rates relief on the horizon for companies in Bristol?

By Matthew Midwinter, a chartered surveyor at property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall and the firm’s head of rating in the South of England. Businesses across the South West are about to receive their new business rates bills and for many ratepayers yet another increase in outgoings will prove unpalatable, if...

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Bristol Old Vic’s 250th anniversary fundraiser is just the ticket for city’s enterpreneurs and creatives

April 29, 2016
Bristol Old Vic’s 250th anniversary fundraiser is just the ticket for city’s enterpreneurs and creatives

Leading Bristol entrepreneurs, creatives and philanthropists have thrown their support behind the Old Vic’s fundraising drive for its ambitious 250th anniversary redevelopment. They are following in the footsteps of theatre’s original investors by snapping up specially minted ‘silver tickets’, each costing £50,000. Back in 1766, the original theatre was...

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