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Loungers shrugs off impact of pandemic as it prepares to resume national expansion programme

April 9, 2021
Loungers shrugs off impact of pandemic as it prepares to resume national expansion programme

Fast-growing Bristol-based café-bar chain Loungers plans to open 25 new outlets over the next year as it bounces back strongly from the impact of Covid on the hospitality sector. The group, which opened its first bar in Bristol in 2002, now operates 168 neighbourhood café/bar/restaurants across England and Wales under...

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University delays opening of new Temple Quarter campus as Covid and Brexit force ‘recalibration’

April 9, 2021
University delays opening of new Temple Quarter campus as Covid and Brexit force ‘recalibration’

The coronavirus pandemic and Brexit have combined to force the University of Bristol to reshape the ambitious plans for its new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, delaying its opening by three years to 2025. Groundworks on the £300m, seven-acre campus on the former Post Office sorting office site next to...

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Decision on resuming international flights welcomed by Bristol Airport – but it slams cost of Covid tests

April 9, 2021
Decision on resuming international flights welcomed by Bristol Airport – but it slams cost of Covid tests

Bristol Airport today welcomed the findings of the government’s Global Travel Taskforce, which recommended that overseas travel could resume on May 17 at the earliest – but said clarity over pre-flight Covid tests and their cost was urgently needed. At the same time, low-cost leisure airline Jet2, which was...

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Business leaders demand ‘strong political leadership’ from region’s next Metro Mayor

April 9, 2021
Business leaders demand ‘strong political leadership’ from region’s next Metro Mayor

The West of England is being outshone by other devolved English regions such as London and Greater Manchester, a survey revealed this week as business leaders called on the next ‘Metro Mayor’ to strengthen its profile and help bring in much needed investment. With less than 30 days until...

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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

April 9, 2021
Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

Bristol Business News has teamed up with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox to host an exclusive virtual event aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain times. A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. Expert presenters from...

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New Bristol-based chair for Withers & Rogers will focus on IP in the post-Brexit era

April 9, 2021
New Bristol-based chair for Withers & Rogers will focus on IP in the post-Brexit era

European intellectual property firm Withers & Rogers has appointed Fiona McBride as its new chair, based in its Bristol office. With a career in intellectual property (IP) spanning 30 years – 20 of them at Withers & Rogers – Fiona brings a wealth of experience to the role.  She...

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Link-up with major financial services group means Andrews can build its mortgage offering

April 8, 2021
Link-up with major financial services group means Andrews can build its mortgage offering

Property group Andrews has substantially boosted its mortgage business by joining the Openwork Partnership, an organisation with more than 4,200 financial advisers across the UK. Under the agreement Keynsham-headquartered Andrews will be able to widen its client offering to include holistic wealth advice.  It said the move would help it deepen...

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Four promotions at Barcan+Kirby ‘reflect firm’s core focus on staff development’

April 7, 2021
Four promotions at Barcan+Kirby ‘reflect firm’s core focus on staff development’

Bristol law firm Barcan+Kirby has appointed a new partner, senior associate and two associates in its annual fee-earner promotions. Salma Maqsood’s promotion from senior associate to partner brings the firm’s partnership to 17 and maintains its gender balance. Salma joined Barcan+Kirby in 2018 as an associate in its commercial...

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One-stop business hub launched by Haines Watts with local partners

April 7, 2021
One-stop business hub launched by Haines Watts with local partners

National accountancy firm Haines Watts’ Bristol office has widened its offering to clients to include business coaching, HR and legal services by teaming up with specialist providers across the South West. Operating under the one banner of Haines Watts Employer Services, the partnership aims to support local smaller businesses...

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