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Jobs at risk after administrators are called into Bristol pharmaceutical manufacturer

February 15, 2019
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Jobs at risk after administrators are called into Bristol pharmaceutical manufacturer

Administrators have been appointed at troubled Bristol-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Avara Avlon Pharma Services, putting a question mark over the jobs of all its 270 workers. The firm makes active pharmaceutical ingredients at a 100-acre site in Avonmouth, pictured, which was acquired by US-based Avara Pharmaceutical Services from UK drugs...

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OVO sells 20% stake to Mitsubishi to fund its drive into electric vehicle battery market

February 15, 2019
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OVO sells 20% stake to Mitsubishi to fund its drive into electric vehicle battery market

Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi has bought a 20% stake in fast-growing Bristol green energy group OVO, paving the way for it to expand into new markets across Europe and Asia Pacific. OVO, which received a reported £200m for the stake, will use the funding to accelerate the development of...

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Independent cinema to act as social hub for Bristol shopping centre upgrade

February 15, 2019
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Independent cinema to act as social hub for Bristol shopping centre upgrade

Bristol-based developer Firmstone Consortia One has revealed plans to open a cinema as part of its ambitious upgrade of an unloved South Bristol shopping mall. The firm has appointed independent cinema group Scott Cinemas – which owns the Henleaze Orpheus cinema in Bristol – to run the three-screen venue...

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Early-stage Bristol start-ups sought for tech firm’s relaunched Growth Accelerator Programme

February 15, 2019
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Early-stage Bristol start-ups sought for tech firm’s relaunched Growth Accelerator Programme

Bristol-based consultancy and tech company Techmodal has relaunched its Growth Accelerator Programme to invest and develop innovative ideas in the city’s start-up community.  The programme encourages individuals and pre and early-stage start-ups with an interest in tapping into the defence industry to pitch their ideas with a view to...

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Bristol film studio and city locations to star in TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s final incomplete novel

February 15, 2019
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Bristol film studio and city locations to star in TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s final incomplete novel

A major outdoor film set is under construction at Bristol’s Bottle Yard studios for its latest high-end TV drama – the upcoming adaptation of Jane Austen’s final incomplete novel Sanditon. A 10-week build process is underway following planning approval of an application to Bristol City Council by Red Planet...

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Skilled jobs on the way as two global firms choose West of England to open new bases

February 15, 2019
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Skilled jobs on the way as two global firms choose West of England to open new bases

Two international industrial firms are to create around 130 highly-skilled jobs between them after selecting the West of England to expand their reach and plug into the region’s fast-growing energy sector. French group Boccard has opened a nuclear centre of excellence in Bristol, which will be home to around...

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Bristol Wood Recycling Project carves out a brighter future with quickfire crowdfunding campaign

February 15, 2019
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Bristol Wood Recycling Project carves out a brighter future with quickfire crowdfunding campaign

Bristol Wood Recycling Project is celebrating rapid success in a fundraising exercise to buy its premises and secure its long-term future through a bond offer. The offer, staged on Bristol-based ethical bank Triodos’ crowdfunding platform, netted £430,000 in just over a fortnight from its public launch, with just over...

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Burges Salmon restructuring team advises on Patisserie Valerie rescue deal

February 15, 2019
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Burges Salmon restructuring team advises on Patisserie Valerie rescue deal

The corporate restructuring and insolvency team at Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has advised private equity firm Causeway Capital Partners on its acquisition of Patisserie Valerie, the UK café chain that went into administration last month.  The deal, which seeks to preserve the jobs of nearly 2,000 workers...

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Andrews’ Christmas appeal builds up funds for Bristol youth homelessness charity

February 15, 2019
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Andrews’ Christmas appeal builds up funds for Bristol youth homelessness charity

Regional estate agent and property group Andrews has given a boost to Bristol youth homelessness charity 1625ip following a Christmas appeal. Keynsham-based Andrews’ ‘Jolly Good Christmas’ campaign invited any customer booking a valuation or mortgage appointment in December to vote for one of three charities that Andrews already worked...

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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s top ethical businesses

February 14, 2019
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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s top ethical businesses

The region’s most ethical organisations will be celebrated next month when the South West Fair Trade Business Awards are staged for the seventh year. Tickets are selling fast for the ceremony on March 8, which will be hosted by Countdown presenter Nick Hewer and takes place in Bristol’s magnificent...

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KPMG boosts its regional restructuring team with business development appointment

February 14, 2019
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KPMG boosts its regional restructuring team with business development appointment

International accountancy group KPMG has hired Elizabeth Lewis as its first business development associate director for the region. Elizabeth, pictured, joins KPMG’s Bristol office from recruitment group Michael Page’s base in the city, where she was responsible for business development and recruiting senior finance and human resource professionals across...

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Parmenion and Resource Management join forces to bring fintech talent to Bristol

February 13, 2019
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Parmenion and Resource Management join forces to bring fintech talent to Bristol

Rapidly-expanding Bristol fintech firm Parmenion is partnering with independent recruiter Resource Management in a pioneering talent search programme aimed at strengthening the city’s presence in the high-growth sector. Parmenion is experiencing the fastest growth in its 11-year history, having trebled its in assets under management (AUM) over the past...

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Bristol charity boxing dinner goes ahead after winning backing of city firms

February 12, 2019
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Bristol charity boxing dinner goes ahead after winning backing of city firms

Bristol businesses WSSI and Moxie & Mettle are supporting an annual boxing dinner in the city this weekend that each year raises thousands of pounds for local charities. Filton-based WSSI, which supplies customised racking, shelving and storage for offices and warehouses, has agreed to be headline sponsor for this...

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