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Record fall in EU workers in UK making skills shortages worse, warns Business West

August 14, 2018
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Record fall in EU workers in UK making skills shortages worse, warns Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, today warned that the record fall in EU nationals working in the UK was hitting British companies. Some 86,000 fewer people from European Union countries are now employed by UK firms compared to the same period last year, according to the figures...

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New look Avon Gorge Hotel to be unveiled following multi-million pound transformation

August 14, 2018
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Bristol’s iconic Avon Gorge Hotel is to re-open later this month after a multi-million pound refurbishment by owners the Hotel du Vin group. All 78 bedrooms and suites have been transformed along with a new restaurant and meeting rooms at the venue, which has been renamed the Avon Gorge...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 12, 2018
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Monday August 13 Interims: Clarkson Tuesday August 14 Interims: Antofagasta, John Menzies, esure Economic announcement: Employment data (claimant count, unemployment rate, average earnings) Wednesday August 15 Interims: Admiral, Balfour Beatty, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Cisco Economic announcement: CPI (July) Thursday August 16 Final: Rank Group Interims: Kaz Minerals, Allied Minds, Walmart-Nvidia...

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The LAST WORD: Greg Aston, partner, Ridge & Partners

August 10, 2018
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The LAST WORD: Greg Aston, partner, Ridge & Partners

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 Greg Aston, partner at property and construction consultancy Ridge & Partners, answers our 10 questions.  What was the LAST: Film you watched? Pitch Perfect 3 Book...

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Artificial Intelligence debate serves up food for thought at Balloon Fiesta Business Breakfast

August 10, 2018
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Artificial Intelligence debate serves up food for thought at Balloon Fiesta Business Breakfast

Bristol’s business leaders believe artificial intelligence (AI) will be more of a blessing than a curse, according to attendees at this morning’s International Balloon Fiesta Business Breakfast. A show of hands among the audience at the end of a lively debate on AI’s impact on society, business and the...

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Dedicated website launched to help generate growth for Bristol’s scale-up businesses

August 10, 2018
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Dedicated website launched to help generate growth for Bristol’s scale-up businesses

Bristol’s fast-growth businesses can find all the information they need to help them expand in one place following the launch of the city’s first scale-up generator website. The site, which has been created by Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation centre in partnership with the West of England Growth Hub, includes...

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Chancellor’s £65m boost to catapult Bristol into world-leading centre for high-value manufacturing

August 10, 2018
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Chancellor’s £65m boost to catapult Bristol into world-leading centre for high-value manufacturing

Bristol’s standing as a centre for advanced manufacturing received a £65m boost today from Chancellor Philip Hammond in a move he said would put the city at the forefront of innovation in the sector. The money will go to the National Composites Centre (NCC), Bristol’s world-leading institution for composites...

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French connection could power cross-Channel nuclear sector boost for Bristol firms

August 10, 2018
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French connection could power cross-Channel nuclear sector boost for Bristol firms

Bristol firms operating in the nuclear sector could benefit from an agreement between industry organisations in South West England and Normandy in France which aims to create jobs, unlock opportunities and attract new investment to both regions. The memorandum of understanding between Nuclear South West and Nucleopolis potentially connects...

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Tech firms and students reap mutual rewards of UWE’s Future Space internship scheme

August 10, 2018
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Tech firms and students reap mutual rewards of UWE’s Future Space internship scheme

Start-up and scale-up businesses at UWE’s Future Space tech and science hub have opened their doors to students taking part in a new internship initiative designed around their business needs.  Over the 10-week period the interns, pictured, will develop skills, network and ultimately kickstart their careers in marketing at...

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Flower power takes the lead as businesses line up to support Bristol Giving Day underway

August 10, 2018
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Flower power takes the lead as businesses line up to support Bristol Giving Day underway

The first businesses have signed up to support Bristol Giving Day, a new fundraising event aimed at boosting the coffers of some of the thousands of local charities and good causes across the city. Hosted by Quartet Community Foundation, the independent charity that works across the West of England...

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TV hospital drama Casualty comes back to Bristol with a bang

August 10, 2018
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TV hospital drama Casualty comes back to Bristol with a bang

A stretch of unused dual carriageway near Bristol promoted to film and TV production companies as ‘the road to nowhere’ has played a starring role in BBC One hospital drama Casualty’s explosive return to the city. The 400m section of road was built in 1974 as part of a...

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‘Woman Lawyer of the Year’ shortlisting for Bristol private client partner

August 10, 2018
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‘Woman Lawyer of the Year’ shortlisting for Bristol private client partner

Michelle Rose, who leads Bristol-headquartered law firm VWV’s private client department, has been shortlisted in the ‘Woman Lawyer of the Year’ category of the prestigious The Law Society Excellence Awards 2018. The awards showcase outstanding firms across England and Wales and champion individual lawyers who go above and beyond...

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Second construction equipment deal for BGF as interest builds in the sector

August 10, 2018
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Second construction equipment deal for BGF as interest builds in the sector

The Bristol office of specialist finance group BGF has made a £4.7m growth capital investment in heavy equipment rental firm Plantforce – its second transaction in the sector this month. Weston-super-Mare-headquartered Plantforce is the largest firm of its type in the South West with a client portfolio that includes...

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