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The LAST WORD: Helen Powell, founder, Mode Beds

January 18, 2019
The LAST WORD: Helen Powell, founder, Mode Beds

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Helen Powell, founder of Mode Beds, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST:  Film you watched? Game Night – a silly black comedy but a...

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$8m funding for cyber security innovator using gaming techniques to fight real-life attacks

January 18, 2019
$8m funding for cyber security innovator using gaming techniques to fight real-life attacks

Immersive Labs, the Bristol cyber security firm founded by a former GCHQ researcher, has raised $8m (£6.2m) to further develop its innovative training system that uses computer game techniques to fight real-life threats. The skills platform, which is already used for complex cyber security training by clients such as engineering...

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Immediate past success presents Future Space tech hub with bright outlook

January 18, 2019
Immediate past success presents Future Space tech hub with bright outlook

Future Space, the science and tech hub at UWE’s Frenchay Campus, generated nearly £5m during its successful second year in operation, according to its latest annual review. The centre, which is managed by Oxford Innovation, had an occupancy rate of 69% – significantly higher than the original business plan...

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Appetite among small firms for invoice finance triggers sharp rise in lending at Optimum

January 18, 2019
Appetite among small firms for invoice finance triggers sharp rise in lending at Optimum

Bristol-based invoice finance firm Optimum Finance increased its lending to small and medium-sized businesses by more than 330% in just its second year of trading. The firm, founded by former Ultimate Finance chief executive Richard Pepler in 2017, worked with companies across the UK to help fund growth and...

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Award-winning lawyer appointment builds on Davies and Partners’ construction team’s success

January 18, 2019
Award-winning lawyer appointment builds on Davies and Partners’ construction team’s success

Davies and Partners Solicitors has appointed leading construction lawyer Sean Randall-Morris to develop its contentious and dispute resolution service for construction clients. Sean, pictured, joins the firm’s Aztec West, Bristol, office as a senior associate. He was previously head of chambers at arbitration firm St Catherine Chambers in London....

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Bristol office opens up South West market for award-winning financial planning firm

January 18, 2019
Bristol office opens up South West market for award-winning financial planning firm

National financial planning firm Cooper Parry Wealth has opened a base in Bristol as it looks to bring its award-winning offering into the South West for the first time. The firm, which covers the East and West Midlands and the South East from offices near Derby and in Solihull,...

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Flexible approach to work culture pays off for ‘double specialism’ consultancy

January 18, 2019
Flexible approach to work culture pays off for ‘double specialism’ consultancy

Flexible employment consultants Kristal McNamara and Shelley Snelson, who set up in business less than two years ago, have doubled staff numbers and moved into new offices after quadrupling year-on-year turnover. Their Bristol-based firm Flexology has a double specialism – consulting with businesses to develop a flexible working culture...

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Pressure grows on Bristol Airport to increase capacity after annual passenger numbers soar again

January 18, 2019
Pressure grows on Bristol Airport to increase capacity after annual passenger numbers soar again

Bristol Airport’s passenger numbers rose sharply again last year – up by 6.2% to 8.6m – as it prepares to avoid hitting full capacity within less than three years. Annual traffic through the airport’s terminal is limited to 10m passengers under its current planning permission. Continued growth forecast this...

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Chance for businesses to have their say on the future of public transport in the West of England

January 18, 2019
Chance for businesses to have their say on the future of public transport in the West of England

Priorities for easing traffic congestion in Bristol and across the West of England to support economic growth will come under scrutiny at a major conference next week. The West of England Public Transport Summit & Debate aims to influence thinking on the issue – one of the most pressing...

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