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Gem sparkles as trend for craft beer lifts Bath Ales’ supermarket sales

July 26, 2016
Gem sparkles as trend for craft beer lifts Bath Ales’ supermarket sales

The growing popularity of Bath Ales’ flagship Gem bitter has helped the brewery achieve its best ever year for grocery sales. Its supermarket sales grew by 14% last year to £3.5m as demand for craft beer continued to spiral. The increase put Bath Ales in third position in a...

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Institute of Directors governing body role for its South West regional chairman

July 25, 2016
Institute of Directors governing body role for its South West regional chairman

The Institute of Directors South West regional chairman Nick Sturge has been appointed to the organisation’s national council as it seeks to ensure that a range of voices from across business are heard as Brexit unfolds. Nick Sturge, pictured, the co-founder and director of Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub,...

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‘Best employer’ recognition for three Bristol law firms in prestigious industry report

July 25, 2016
‘Best employer’ recognition for three Bristol law firms in prestigious industry report

Three of Bristol’s largest law firms have been named among the sector’s top employers in a prestigious annual survey. Ashfords, Burges Salmon and Clarke Willmott appear alongside six other major firms in Legal Week’s 2016 Best Employers Report.  The survey measures what employees in UK law firms think about...

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Trio of promotions for Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office

July 25, 2016
Trio of promotions for Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office

Accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson has made three senior promotions in its Bristol office. Faye Hall has been made a director while Helen Bassett and Jane Grimsted have been promoted to associate director. Faye Hall heads Smith & Williamson’s forensic services team in Bristol and...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 24, 2016
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Monday 25 July Interims: Hammerson, Hiscox, Michelmersh Brick, XP Power Finals: Goodwin, Great Eastern Energy, Tungsten Trading statements: Cranswick, Petra Diamonds AGMs: All Star Minerals, Clear Leisure, Cranswick, Gresham House Strategic, Helical Bar, Independent Resources, Mx Oil, National Grid, Proxama EGMs: British Polythene Industries, Eco City Vehicles, Melrose Industries, Proxama Economics: CBI trends – total...

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The LAST WORD: Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation

July 22, 2016
The LAST WORD: Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent business figure the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Emma Jones MBE, founder of small business support group Enterprise Nation and Government Crown Representative for small business, answers our 10 questions.  What was the LAST: Film you watched? The Big Short Book you read? Delivering...

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Top award – and potential retail deal – for student’s invention that reuses waste plastic

July 22, 2016
Top award – and potential retail deal – for student’s invention that reuses waste plastic

An enterprising UWE Bristol student has invented a product which utilises the mountains of plastic bottles discarded every day by turning them into functional household items. Josh James, pictured, has received a prestigious industry award for his innovative product Melt, a toolkit which can be used to transform plastic...

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Sports performance coffee firm’s runaway success leads group of award-winning entrepreneurs

July 22, 2016
Sports performance coffee firm’s runaway success leads group of award-winning entrepreneurs

A group of Bristol start-ups have been awarded a total of £30,000 to propel their business growth and take them to the next level. The Entrepreneuring Awards were presented to ‘chiclets’ (entrepreneurs) in Bristol’s Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator – or ‘hatchery’. They received between £1,000 and £10,000 in the...

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Fintech event will put Bristol at heart of fast-growing industry

July 22, 2016
Fintech event will put Bristol at heart of fast-growing industry

Bristol’s growing reputation as a centre for financial technology (fintech) has attracted a major industry event to the city. Bristol FinTech 2016 will take place in November and will be hosted by national law firm Clarke Willmott’s office in the city. The firm announced the event today with partner Cheshire...

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