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Region firmly on path to growth say business leaders despite unemployment inching up again

September 17, 2014
Region firmly on path to growth say business leaders despite unemployment inching up again

Unemployment has edged back up again in the South West, new figures show today, but business leaders say the recovery is firmly on track and firms are planning to recruit more workers. Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the period from May to July show...

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Canadian firm takes control of Bristol Airport after it buys out co-owner

September 17, 2014
Canadian firm takes control of Bristol Airport after it buys out co-owner

Bristol Airport has a new owner following a deal announced today in which a Canadian pension fund bought out the airport’s Australian co-shareholder. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which already held a 50% stake in the airport, acquired the remaining 50% from Australian asset manager Macquarie Group. The airport, the...

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SciSys lands Mars rover software contract worth €2m from Airbus Space

September 16, 2014
SciSys lands Mars rover software contract worth €2m from Airbus Space

IT innovator SciSys has secured a €2m (£1.59m) order to develop software for the next Mars rover as part of the European Space Agency’s 2018 mission to the red planet. The Chippenham-headquartered firm, which has an office in Brislington, has its roots in the space industry. It will work...

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Colston Hall raises curtain on its ambitious £45m refurbishment to create world-class music venue

September 15, 2014
Colston Hall raises curtain on its ambitious £45m refurbishment to create world-class music venue

Bristol’s iconic Colston Hall music venue this afternoon officially launched an ambitious £45m refurbishment appeal to meet its aspirations to become an international centre of excellence. Called Thank You for the Music, the appeal aims to end decades of under-investment in the venue, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in...

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Circuit judge appointment for Bristol silk who led HM Revenue’s case against celebrity tax dodgers

September 15, 2014
Circuit judge appointment for Bristol silk who led HM Revenue’s case against celebrity tax dodgers

Peter Blair, the Bristol-based QC who helped bring tax-avoiding celebrities such as Gary Barlow to book, has been appointed by the Queen as a circuit judge. Mr Blair, pictured, the head of Bristol’s Guildhall Chambers for the past eight years, will try civil and criminal cases at Swindon law...

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Would Scottish independence weaken the West – or bring us more powers from Westminster?

September 15, 2014

With the outcome of Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum on a knife edge, commentators have started to ask what impact an independent Scotland would have on business here in the West of England. James Durie, executive director of Bristol Chamber & Initiative at Business West, peers into the unknown ....

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

September 14, 2014
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Monday 15 September Interims: Bond International Software, MP Evans, Quixant, SimiGon, Sphere Medical, Telit Communications Finals: Avanti Communications, Monitise, Mysale Group AGMs: Fastnet Oil & Gas, Rockhopper Exploration EGM: Action Hotels Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 16 September Interims: Christie Group, IQE, Lidco, Porta Communications, Silence Therapeutics, TLA Worldwide...

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Bristol in the spotlight for movie industry as its long-running short film festival gets under way

September 12, 2014
Bristol in the spotlight for movie industry as its long-running short film festival gets under way

Bristol’s role as an international centre for the film industry is enhanced next week when the curtain goes up on the city’s 20th Encounters short film festival. The UK’s leading short film and animation festival, it takes place from next Tuesday to Sunday. The theme of this year’s Festival is...

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Networking group launched to overcome the self-employed parent trap

September 12, 2014
Networking group launched to overcome the self-employed parent trap

A pioneering group has been launched in Bristol to bring in from the cold the one group who are marginalised when it comes to normal daytime networking opportunities – self-employed parents. Founded by South Bristol blogger and mum of two Faye Dicker, Freelance Mum is a digital hub designed...

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