Monthly Archives: May 2011

Nine Bristol partners cash in on £197m takeover

May 31, 2011
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The nine Bristol-based partners of property consultants King Sturge could potentially each be at least £1m better off today as a result of a £197m takeover of their firm by rival Jones Lang LaSalle, the global commercial real estate consultancy. New York-listed Jones Lang LaSalle announced the merger on...

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Communications specialist sold in £15m deal

May 31, 2011
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Call Centre Technology (CCT), the Bristol-based Avaya specialist in business communications, has been acquired by Capita Group for £15m on a cash free, debt free basis. CCT, which employs 130 staff, made an operating profit £1.7m on a turnover of £18.7m last year. Its clients include 118 The Number, Strathclyde Police...

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Councils club together on legal costs

May 31, 2011
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Bristol law firm Clarke Willmott have been appointed to a panel which will provide public law and procurement and property services to the four authorities which used to form Avon. North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset will share the services in a bid to...

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Your chance to recreate a proud history

May 31, 2011
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M Shed, the new harbourside museum of Bristol which opens in mid-June, is looking for volunteers to join its inaugural Procession of Professions – a reinvention of such processions held centuries ago and aimed at reflecting the city’s economic and social activity. Currently 20 groups are involved but more...

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Zombie game firm is dead serious about expansion

May 27, 2011
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SlingShot, the Bristol-based firm behind Igfest, the world’s biggest Pervasive Games Festival which is taking place in the city this weekend, is expecting to double turnover next year as it capitalises on significant commercial opportunities. Having started life in 2008 with a £9,000 development grant from the publicly-funded Media...

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EasyJet sees bright summer as it unveils orange Airbus

May 27, 2011
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EasyJet, which flies more passengers through Bristol Airport than any other airline, is “cautiously optimistic” about prospects for the summer although it expects the following 18 months to be tougher.   Carolyn McCall, the budget airline’s chief executive, said yesterday: “We have over half of all seats sold now...

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Nice idea, or nice little earner?

May 26, 2011
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South West Screen is hosting a conference today on the potential for growing the creative economy in the UK by exploring incubation and acceleration, discussing how to develop successful investments, and examining various sources of finance such as peer to peer lending, micro finance loans, traditional venture capitalism and third...

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Law firm goes Green

May 26, 2011
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Bristol-based law firm Gregg Latchams has launched a new portfolio of services aimed focused on renewable energy, clean technology – and those having to cope with regulations governing carbon reduction and environmental pollution. The firm will also offer individually tailored advice to Green Law clients on matters such as...

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Hydro looks for more growth

May 26, 2011
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There are encouraging signs of recovery in the stormwater business, says Steve Hides, CEO of Hydro International, the Clevedon-based specialist in the control and treatment of stormwater, wastewater and combined sewer overflows. He told today’s annual general meeting that Hydro is trading in line with market expectations for the full year...

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Survey launched to test entrepreneurs

May 26, 2011
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A valuable insight into the performance and hopes of entrepreneurial businesses has been launched by advisory firm Deloitte. Entrepreneurship UK: 2011/12 will take the pulse of entrepreneurs and their businesses at a pivotal time for the UK economy. Now in their fourth year, Deloitte’s Entrepreneurship UK reports have become...

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A £9.5m loan to refinance debt and set sail for growth

May 25, 2011
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Specialist retail firm Harding Brothers, which operates on-board shops on cruise liners, is heading for further expansion after appointing Barclays  Corporate to restructure its finances. As part of the deal, the Avonmouth-based, family-owned business has taken out a £9.5m loan with the bank to refinance outstanding debt, providing it...

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Lucinda wins top apprentice award

May 25, 2011
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Airbus apprentice Lucinda Dancer has won the Higher Apprentice of the Year Award at the South West regional heat of the prestigious National Apprenticeship Awards. The judges felt the 20-year-old third year higher engineering apprentice exceeded all expectations with her high level of job awareness. She said: “I had no...

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Bristol to stage major Green trade show

May 25, 2011
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Bristol is to stage a major international environmental trade show later this year, organised by regional trade body Low Carbon South West. It is expected to attract strong international interest and will underline the growing reputation of the city as a world-class centre of excellence for sustainability. The show,...

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