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SCISYS lauds pre-Brexit office shift again after it lands another EU-funded space contract

January 17, 2019
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SCISYS lauds pre-Brexit office shift again after it lands another EU-funded space contract

Specialist IT group SCISYS, which has an office in Bristol, has again stressed that moving its parent company from the UK to Ireland to allow it to bid for EU-funded work has paid off by winning a fifth contract in less than a month. The Chippenham-headquartered group SCISYS has...

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New head of lease advisory recruited by Hartnell Taylor Cook

January 17, 2019
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New head of lease advisory recruited by Hartnell Taylor Cook

Hartnell Taylor Cook, the Bristol-headquartered commercial property consultancy, has appointed Louise Georgi as a director and head of lease advisory. In this newly created position, Louise, pictured, will be responsible for developing and building on existing HTC initiatives, providing clients with a range of lease advisory services.  She joins...

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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

January 16, 2019
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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

The “overriding priority” for both the government and Parliament must be to avoid a no deal Brexit following the overwhelming defeat of the Prime Minister’s deal, the region’s largest business organisation said this week. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said firms in the region now found...

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Half-dozen partner promotions at VWV sets new record for expanding firm

January 15, 2019
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Half-dozen partner promotions at VWV sets new record for expanding firm

A record six lawyers at Bristol-headquartered law firm VWV have been promoted to partners. The promotions span several teams and offices and include Kris Robbetts and Nicola Bickham in the Bristol office’s litigation & employment, Christina Le Riche and Madeleine Wakeley in the firm’s real estate department (London and...

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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

January 14, 2019
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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

Nearly 40% of West of England business owners back a second Brexit referendum while just one in 10 is confident the government will secure a good deal for the UK, according to the region’s largest business survey. Worryingly, more than 40% of the senior managers and directors taking part...

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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

January 14, 2019
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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

An innovative scheme encouraging and supporting Bristol scale-up businesses has been praised by industry experts as a role model for other parts of the country. The ScaleUp Institute, a company which aims to make the UK the best place in the world to develop a thriving business, said the...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 13, 2019
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Monday January 14 Interims: PageGroup, Citigroup Trading updates: JD Sports Fashion, Dechra Pharmaceuticals Tuesday January 15 Interims: JP Morgan, Wells Fargo Trading updates: Hays, Persimmon, Ashmore, Provident Financial Wednesday January 16 Interims: Bank of America, Goldman Sachs Trading updates: Bovis Homes, Tullow Oil, Cineworld Economic announcement: CPI (December) Thursday...

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Landmark building deal for fast-growing outsourcing group reflects strength of city centre market

January 11, 2019
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Landmark building deal for fast-growing outsourcing group reflects strength of city centre market

Global customer service outsourcing firm Teleperformance has more than doubled its office space in Bristol in one of the largest office lettings in the city centre for 12 months. In the deal, brokered by property consultancy JLL’s Bristol office, Teleperformance has taken a further 15,190 sq ft in the...

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The LAST WORD: Muir Macdonald, South West chair, Institute of Directors

January 11, 2019
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The LAST WORD: Muir Macdonald, South West chair, Institute of Directors

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 Muir Macdonald, the incoming South West chair of the Institute of Directors, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST:  Film you watched? Apart from the...

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Help for Bristol businesses looking to develop a more diverse workforce

January 11, 2019
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Help for Bristol businesses looking to develop a more diverse workforce

Bristol businesses looking to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of their workforce as well as their attractiveness to diverse and younger markets can get help through a new training course developed by city-based youth empowerment organisation Babbasa. Called Bridging the Gap, Babbasa’s professional development programme, harnesses its research and...

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St George’s promises music lovers taste of excellence as it opens new café bar

January 11, 2019
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St George’s promises music lovers taste of excellence as it opens new café bar

Music venue St George’s Bristol will officially launch its daytime café bar menu next Wednesday as it continues to develop its offering following the opening of its showpiece £6.3m extension last year. The café bar, on the ground floor of the extension, gives visitors the chance to view the...

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‘Indoor farming’ pioneers reap £1m funding to develop its groundbreaking products

January 11, 2019
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‘Indoor farming’ pioneers reap £1m funding to develop its groundbreaking products

LettUs Grow, the Bristol-based agri-tech firm, has secured investment of £1m to build world-beating indoor ‘farms’ that could help feed the ever-increasing global population. Under the funding, which has come from a range of investors, LettUS Grow scale its operations and develop new products to access a rapidly growing...

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£4.7m investment hands Bristol bionic arm pioneer opportunity to enter global market

January 11, 2019
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£4.7m investment hands Bristol bionic arm pioneer opportunity to enter global market

Bristol robotics firm Open Bionics, which makes innovative hi-tech prosthetic limbs for amputees, has raised £4.7m to help it become a global player.  The firm, founded four years ago by CEO Joel Gibbard and COO Samantha Payne, pictured, and based at UWE’s Future Space innovation hub, secured the funding...

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