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Combined authority now opposes Bristol Airport’s expansion in U-turn steered by Metro Mayor

September 24, 2021
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Combined authority now opposes Bristol Airport’s expansion in U-turn steered by Metro Mayor

Bristol Airport’s expansions plans have been slammed as “badly judged, badly timed and bad for our planet” in a dramatic U-turn by the West of England regional body’s political leadership. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA), which covers Bristol and is now led by Labour Metro Mayor Dan...

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ICON advises on £3m investment to put cloud pioneer on path for more growth

September 24, 2021
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ICON advises on £3m investment to put cloud pioneer on path for more growth

Cloud services company Cloud Direct is poised for further expansion after Bristol-based tech-focused investment bank ICON Corporate Finance helped it secure a £3m strategic investment. The deal gives Oslo Stock Exchange-listed Crayon Group an unspecified minority stake in Bath-headquartered Cloud Direct, one of the UK’s leading Microsoft partners which has grown exponentially over...

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Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

September 24, 2021
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Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

Bristol-based serial social entrepreneur and community activist Jaya Chakrabarti MBE has become the new president of city’s Chamber of Commerce & Initiative – the membership and lobbying organisation at the heart of regional group Business West. Having served as vice-president for seven years, Jaya, pictured, replaces outgoing president Richard...

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New head of Bristol office for Osborne Clarke as it prepares for post-pandemic challenges

September 24, 2021
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New head of Bristol office for Osborne Clarke as it prepares for post-pandemic challenges

International law firm Osborne Clarke has appointed commercial law partner Lara Burch as head of its Bristol office, succeeding Peter Clough, who has completed two terms in the role. The office head’s principal role is to promote a high-quality working environment by embracing best practice, new technologies and new...

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Bevan Brittan’s support for health sector during Covid earns it coveted award for fifth year running

September 23, 2021
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Solving unprecedented legal issues for health and social care operators sparked by the pandemic has earned national law firm Bevan Brittan its fifth consecutive specialist the health sector award. The firm, which has an office in Bristol, topped the Legal Advisors of the Year – Transactional category at this year’s...

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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

September 23, 2021
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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

SETsquared, the globally acclaimed, University of Bristol-supported business incubator, has expanded with the addition of Cardiff University. Cardiff has become the sixth member of the partnership, which has been named three times as the world’s number one university business incubator.  SETsquared was set up in 2002 by a small...

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Firms urged to help next generation of schoolkids after pandemic disrupts their career prospects

September 23, 2021
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Firms urged to help next generation of schoolkids after pandemic disrupts their career prospects

Pioneering Bristol education charity Ablaze is calling on firms in the city to invest in developing secondary school pupils or face a new generation of employees who lack the skills they need to thrive in the workplace. The pandemic has caused unprecedented levels of disruption to schools and their...

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Business West hoping its Great British food export platform tastes success in global Chamber awards

September 22, 2021
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Business West hoping its Great British food export platform tastes success in global Chamber awards

A scheme originally set up by Bristol-based Business West to help food firms from across the South West sell abroad is competing for a prestigious international award. The online platform’s aim was initially to close the exporting gap with other UK regions.  Now rebranded as The Great British Food...

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Hat-trick of award nominations for workwear firm in recognition of its support for frontline Covid workers

September 22, 2021
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Hat-trick of award nominations for workwear firm in recognition of its support for frontline Covid workers

Bristol-based workwear firm Alexandra is in the running for three industry awards after it switched more than 90% of manufacturing capacity to producing scrubs for the NHS during the pandemic. The Thornbury firm, which has been designing and manufacturing garments since 1854, also marshalled and expanded its extensive supply chain...

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Ex-RBS head of invoice finance joins Bibby Financial Services as it targets growth in the South West

September 22, 2021
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Ex-RBS head of invoice finance joins Bibby Financial Services as it targets growth in the South West

Specialist funder Bibby Financial Services has appointed Steve Bentley as head of sales for the South West to consolidate its support for the region’s small and medium-sized businesses. Steve, pictured, has more than 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry, with more than half spent specialising in invoice...

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Warning for troubled firms as temporary insolvency measures end and insolvencies start to rise

September 21, 2021
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Warning for troubled firms as temporary insolvency measures end and insolvencies start to rise

Businesses in Bristol are being urged to seek advice if they are concerned about the lifting of temporary insolvency restrictions. The warning has come from the regional chair of R3, the trade body for restructuring and insolvency professionals, which issued the call after the government decided to begin phasing...

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Build-to-rent expert behind major Bristol schemes joins BDP in the city as associate architect

September 21, 2021
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Build-to-rent expert behind major Bristol schemes joins BDP in the city as associate architect

Global design practice BDP has appointed Adam Darby, who has significant experience and expertise in the residential sector, as associate architect in its Bristol studio. Previously an associate director at Assael Architecture in London, Adam, pictured, is at the forefront of best practice design in the build-to-rent sector with significant...

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Expo will offer Bristol’s advanced engineering and aerospace firms chance to network again

September 21, 2021
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Expo will offer Bristol’s advanced engineering and aerospace firms chance to network again

Aerospace and advanced engineering businesses from the Bristol area are being urged to attend the first major networking event for the sector in the South West since the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Organised by trade organisation the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), SW Aerotech Expo will bring together...

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