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Brightpearl shines in coveted business awards turnaround category

April 16, 2021
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Brightpearl shines in coveted business awards turnaround category

Bouncing back from near failure to a £12m-plus turnover in four years has earnt Bristol-based retail management software firm Brightpearl a prestigious national award. The firm, which supplies some of the world’s biggest retail brands, triumphed in the ‘Best Business Turnaround’ category in the Management Today Awards.  Winners in...

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Creative agency celebrates the influences that shape modern life with ‘playful’ rebrand

April 16, 2021
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Creative agency celebrates the influences that shape modern life with ‘playful’ rebrand

Bristol specialist creative agency Workbrands has relaunched as Shaped By in a move reflecting how the marketing landscape has changed dramatically since it began 16 years ago. Founded by Nick Farrar and Steve Goss in 2005, Workbrands has grown from a bedroom start-up to a 15-strong agency based in Bristol’s...

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Zap-Map powers ahead with £1m investment from parent group Good Energy

April 16, 2021
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Zap-Map powers ahead with £1m investment from parent group Good Energy

Green utility group Good Energy has invested a further £1m into the parent company of Bristol-based Zap-Map, the electric vehicle mapping service, to accelerate its growth. Good Energy already majority owns Next Green Car Ltd following two previous investments, which have helped make Zap-Map a major player in the...

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Happy Hour lands account with Yopa to help build online estate agent’s brand

April 16, 2021
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Happy Hour lands account with Yopa to help build online estate agent’s brand

National online estate agency Yopa has appointed Bristol-based TV advertising agency Happy Hour to work on future campaigns. Happy Hour, which works with brands to find new ways to reach their audience, said it will design, create and maintain a portfolio of relatable messages for Yopa that are “delivered...

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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

April 16, 2021
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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

Exports by South West businesses have slumped to historic lows as they are hit by higher trade barriers due to Brexit, according to a major new survey. Manufacturers have been impacted most, the research by the British Chambers of Commerce South West shows.  Some 53% of exporters said they...

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Signs of the times: Bristol’s world-leading Legible City wayfinding scheme to be updated

April 16, 2021
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Signs of the times: Bristol’s world-leading Legible City wayfinding scheme to be updated

A pioneering signposting and information scheme that helps visitors find their way around Bristol is to be updated by the city-based agency that helped launch it 25 years ago along with a specialist design firm also based in the city. Bristol Legible City initiative was conceived in 1996 by...

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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

April 15, 2021
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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

Bristol Business News has teamed up with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox to host an exclusive virtual event aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain times. A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. Expert presenters from Tinderbox...

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‘Pragmatic’ Osborne Clarke team helps $100m fund close despite Brexit and pandemic obstacles

April 14, 2021
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‘Pragmatic’ Osborne Clarke team helps $100m fund close despite Brexit and pandemic obstacles

A team from the Bristol office of global law firm Osborne Clarke have advised venture capital firm Illuminate Financial Management on the final close of its second fund at $100m (£72.5m) – double what it achieved in its first. London-based Illuminate Financial invests in companies providing cutting-edge solutions to...

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Bristol law firms’ innovative projects in the running for specialist awards

April 14, 2021
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Bristol law firms’ innovative projects in the running for specialist awards

Game-changing projects introduced by Bristol law firms have been recognised with nominations in a major national legal awards scheme that highlights innovation in the sector. Burges Salmon, Osborne Clarke, DAC Beachcroft and Womble Bond Dickinson will line up against many of the UK’s top law firms in The Legal...

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More growth for Avon Group as it hits acquisition trail for second time in six months

April 14, 2021
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More growth for Avon Group as it hits acquisition trail for second time in six months

Bristol-based specialist manufacturing and engineering business Avon Group has made its second key acquisition in six months – consolidating its position as a major player in the UK industrial component manufacturing sector. The takeover of Scandura – the UK’s longest-established gasket manufacturer – follows that of Edgewest Plastics (UK) last...

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RSM and Womble Bond Dickinson taste success with food firm sale as Italian group returns for seconds

April 13, 2021
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RSM and Womble Bond Dickinson taste success with food firm sale as Italian group returns for seconds

Italian food ingredients business Nactarome has made its second UK acquisition in less than a year, with the Bristol offices of national accountancy RSM and global law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) again advising on the deal. RSM’s Bristol mergers and acquisition (M&A) and private equity team and lawyers...

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Former Bevan Brittan trainee returns to firm as a partner in its Bristol property team

April 13, 2021
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Former Bevan Brittan trainee returns to firm as a partner in its Bristol property team

National law firm Bevan Brittan has made its second partner appointment of the year with the recruitment of property finance expert Jessica Church to its Bristol office. Jessica, pictured, began her legal career as a trainee with Bevan Brittan before joining Trowers & Hamlins in London, where she worked...

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Top pub industry award for Butcombe recognises its success in ‘incredibly challenging’ year

April 13, 2021
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Top pub industry award for Butcombe recognises its success in ‘incredibly challenging’ year

Bristol craft brewery and pub group Butcombe is toasting success in an awards scheme widely recognised as the Oscars of the hospitality industry. Butcombe and its parent company Liberation Group landed the Best Managed Pub Company at the prestigious Publican Awards, which for almost three decades have recognised excellence...

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