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Osborne Clarke partner takes up role on government trade advisory group

October 20, 2020
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Osborne Clarke partner takes up role on government trade advisory group

A partner in the Bristol office of international law firm Osborne Clarke has been appointed to a high-level government body that helps shape the UK’s future trade policy. Competition and trade partner Marc Shrimpling, pictured, is the only solicitor on the Strategic Trade Advisory Group (STAG), which is chaired...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

October 19, 2020
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Monday October 19 Final: Tristel Tuesday October 20 Finals: Bellway, Softcat, Transense Technologies Interim: TP Group Trading announcement: Luceco Wednesday October 21 Interim: C&C Group Trading announcements: Antofagasta, Segro, William Hill Economic announcements: Retail sales, Producer price index, Public sector net borrowing, Consumer price index, CBI industrial trends Thursday October 22 Q3 results: PJSC Magnit Iron...

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Transformation of ‘left behind’ area of city centre planned as major US group snaps up buildings

October 16, 2020
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A major scheme to redevelop Bristol’s high-profile but neglected St Mary le Port area on the edge of Castle Park is being drawn up following the acquisition of the three buildings on the site. US-based global investment manager Federated Hermes has bought Bank House, Bank of England House and...

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Youth empowerment group throws down challenge to business as receives its Queen’s Award

October 16, 2020
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Bristol youth empowerment social enterprise Babbasa has warned of the impact of increasing unemployment and social immobility in the city as it was officially been presented with the UK’s highest business accolade, the Queen’s Award For Enterprise. Earlier this year the non-profit empowerment organisation became one of just seven...

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Business groups urge Johnson to continue Brexit talks as he tells them to ‘prepare for a no-deal’

October 16, 2020
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Business groups urge Johnson to continue Brexit talks as he tells them to ‘prepare for a no-deal’

Firms will ‘despair’ over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s comments today that they should prepare for a no-deal Brexit, the region’s biggest business organisation said. Describing the move as “another period of political theatre”, Business West managing director Phil Smith, pictured, said firms across the West of England were already...

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Region’s creativity and diversity to be harnessed in £100m post-Covid bounce back plan

October 16, 2020
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Region’s creativity and diversity to be harnessed in £100m post-Covid bounce back plan

More than £100m is to be spent on ambitious plans that use the West of England’s creativity and diversity to protect and secure jobs while building back greener and creating opportunities for all residents. The plan has been drawn up by the region’s Recovery Taskforce, which brings together businesses,...

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Bristol’s starring role in UK film and TV industry brings in £17m for city’s coffers

October 16, 2020
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Bristol’s starring role in UK film and TV industry brings in £17m for city’s coffers

Film and TV production in Bristol contributed £17m towards the city’s economy in the 2019-20 financial year – up £1m on the previous 12 months, new figures show. Bristol Film Office recorded a total of 957 filming days in locations in and around the city or at The Bottle Yard Studios, despite...

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MoD enlists Bristol defence firm to help counter hostile ‘information attacks’ on UK

October 16, 2020
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MoD enlists Bristol defence firm to help counter hostile ‘information attacks’ on UK

Bristol-based specialist defence management consultancy Warner McCall has won a £2.8m, two-year contract with the Ministry of Defence to work on a campaign to protect the UK from ‘information attack’. With adversaries already using information as an effective weapon, the MoD’s Directorate of Joint Warfare Information Advantage Change Campaign (IACC) was set...

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Queen’s Birthday Honours for founders of pioneering Bristol bionic limb firm

October 16, 2020
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Queen’s Birthday Honours for founders of pioneering Bristol bionic limb firm

The co-founders of Bristol tech firm Open Bionics, which makes innovative hi-tech prosthetic limbs for amputees, have been honoured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List. CEO Samantha Payne and COO Joel Gibbard, pictured, who founded the company four years ago, were recognised for services to international trade and...

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Chance for food and drink firms to sell to Chinese buyers with a taste for made-in-Britain products

October 16, 2020
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Chance for food and drink firms to sell to Chinese buyers with a taste for made-in-Britain products

A scheme to connect West of England food and drink producers with Chinese consumers with an appetite for high-quality British produce has been launched by Business West. The Great British Food Programme, in which Business West is partnering with Regroup China, a digital marketing agency which specialises in driving...

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Bristol Property Inclusion Charter reaches 35 signatories as Avison Young joins

October 16, 2020
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Bristol Property Inclusion Charter reaches 35 signatories as Avison Young joins

International property consultancy has signed up to the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter, which supports and drives diversity and inclusion in the property sector across the city. Founded by Karl Brown, a partner in the commercial property team in Clarke Willmott, the charter is the UK’s first city-wide property industry...

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New MD at Bristol IT services firm targets five-year expansion

October 15, 2020
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New MD at Bristol IT services firm targets five-year expansion

Bristol-based IT services firm Chorus has embarked on an ambitious five-year growth plan after appointing a new managing director. Nicola Saner, pictured, has moved into the role after two years as operations director at the firm. She will now leading the executive team as it looks to implement its five-year expansion strategy.  Portishead-based Chorus was...

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Osborne Clarke’s new international CEO promises ‘truly exciting plans’ for next growth phase

October 15, 2020
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Osborne Clarke’s new international CEO promises ‘truly exciting plans’ for next growth phase

Global law firm Osborne Clarke has appointed Omar Al-Nuaimi, the Bristol-based head of its infrastructure finance group, as its new international CEO. Omar Al-Nuaimi, pictured right, will take up the role next July, replacing Simon Beswick, who became the firm’s first international CEO eight years ago. The creation of the...

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