Monthly Archives: June 2011

Bristol24-7 adds new services as it marks 2nd birthday

June 30, 2011
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Independent news and information website Bristol24-7 is celebrating its second birthday by unveiling a complete revamp of its site and enhancing its digital marketing services. The site, winner of the website of the year award in the recent EDF Energy South West Media Awards, now has around 50,000 unique...

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Weird – but it could be a world-beating business

June 30, 2011
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The strength and diversity of the city's creative industry will be illustrated in New York next weekend by SlingShot which staged the world’s biggest Pervasive Games Festival in Bristol earlier this summer – and is now exporting its particular brand of madness to the Big Apple with another new...

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Valuation question mark over von Essen collapse

June 29, 2011
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Administrators of the collapsed von Essen hotel chain, which includes Thornbury Castle, Ston Easton Park and the Royal Crescent in Bath, are reported to be disputing a claim by founder Andrew Davis that von Essen could pay its debts in full and be left with a surplus of £2m to pay...

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Ultimate teams up with South East investment group

June 28, 2011
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Bristol-based factoring specialist Ultimate has linked up with the Finance South East (FSE) Group to give more funding options to ambitious SMEs seeking finance to grow their business. The tie-up will combine cashflow lending products such as factoring and invoice discounting with the provision of complementary loan products currently...

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Trunki entrepreneur Rob Law is on the case

June 28, 2011
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Rob Law, director of Magmatic and designer of Trunki, the children's ride-on suitcase, is hosting an exclusive event at Bristol’s Harvey Nichols to raise money for The Prince’s Trust. The Bristol-based entrepreneur, who won backing for his business on BBC1’s Dragon’s Den, will tell guests about his experiences in...

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Six (or more) of the best at PwC

June 28, 2011
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Industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services firm PwC has made Christopher Williams a partner. Chris, who has been with PwC for 15 years, has specialised in corporate and International tax for the last 12 years. He advises many private equity backed companies based in the region. The firm, which has...

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Refurbished central office block is ready for business

June 27, 2011
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Colliers International has been appointed joint agents alongside DTZ for the refurbished Pithay building – one of Bristol city centre's biggest office blocks offering some of the largest open-plan floor spaces. The eight-storey building has around 52,000 sq ft of accommodation on offer over five floors including the third...

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Bristol Airport awarded Carbon Trust Standard

June 24, 2011
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Bristol Airport has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking actions to measure, manage and reduce its carbon emissions by nearly four per cent. The Carbon Trust Standard recognises organisations for real carbon reduction.  Based on rigorous, independent assessment, it certifies that organisations have measured, managed and reduced...

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It’s Weston-super-Seafront!

June 24, 2011
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The £29m seafront improvements at Weston-super-Mare have won another award – this time from The Institute of Civil Engineers which has identified the improvements as the best major scheme in the South West. It follows hot on the heels of a commendation for the scheme from the Concrete Society and also...

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Why it’s a day to give and gain

June 24, 2011
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More than 250 volunteers across the South West are trading their usual Friday at work for a day of voluntary work as part of Give & Gain Day, the UK’s only national day of employee volunteering run by business charity Business in the Community.  Working in teams, they are contributing...

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Taxmen use internet as weapon

June 24, 2011
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Tax inspectors will deploy sophisticated internet software to root-out e-marketplace dealers in the South West who have failed to pay the right tax. This latest HMRC campaign is also targeting VAT defaulters and private tutors, warn Smith & Williamson (formerly Solomon Hare). HMRC will use cutting-edge software, ‘web robot’,...

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Freehold on distinctive Clifton property changes hands

June 24, 2011
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The freehold of an iconic retail property in Clifton, Bristol has changed hands. Property adviser GVA, acting on behalf of Associated Property Investors, has purchased the prime freehold of 43 – 45 Queens Road in Clifton, for £1.632 million which represents a net initial yield of 6.36%. The upper...

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Brightside wins Business of the Year Award

June 23, 2011
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Fast-growing insurance broker Brightside has been named the 2011 West of England Business of the Year. The Bristol-based group, which was formed just 10 years ago with two staff, now employs more than 600 people in its head office and a string of call centres. Last year its turnover...

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