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Bristol agency Brandon Hill lands contract to stage major UK space conference

August 20, 2014
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Bristol agency Brandon Hill lands contract to stage major UK space conference

Bristol-based events and communications agency Brandon Hill Communications has been appointed to stage the UK’s leading space industry event, the UK Space Conference 2015. The two-day event, held every second year, focuses on how the UK can make an impact in a global market which, according to estimates, could...

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Engineering group Alderley strengthens control systems business with new sales manager

August 19, 2014
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Engineering group Alderley strengthens control systems business with new sales manager

Spencer Linsell has been appointed sales manager at Alderley Systems, part of the Alderley group of specialist engineering companies. Spencer, pictured, brings with him a strong knowledge of integrated process and metering systems gained from working in the oil and gas industry for the past 10 years. In his...

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Imperial Tobacco’s sales suffer on tighter Russian anti-smoking laws and Middle East conflicts

August 19, 2014
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Imperial Tobacco’s sales suffer on tighter Russian anti-smoking laws and Middle East conflicts

Tighter regulations on smoking in Russia and continued violence in the Middle East combined to hit sales at Imperial Tobacco – but the Bristol-based global group said an emphasis on its key brands was paying off in the face of a shrinking worldwide market. The group, which has its...

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Arrival of senior surveyor Mike Woodliffe widens Williams Gunter Hardwick’s business space expertise

August 19, 2014
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Arrival of senior surveyor Mike Woodliffe widens Williams Gunter Hardwick’s business space expertise

Independent Bristol property consultancy Williams Gunter Hardwick has broadened its range of business space expertise with the appointment of Mike Woodliffe as senior surveyor. Mike, pictured, has nearly 20 years’ experience in the South West property market having worked with Donaldsons (now DTZ) and, more recently, with Colliers International,...

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New investment manager taken on at BGF in Bristol as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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New investment manager taken on at BGF in Bristol as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

The Bristol office of BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Thames Valley and working with them to...

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Shaun in the City adds accountants Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office to its growing flock of sponsors

August 18, 2014
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Shaun in the City adds accountants Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office to its growing flock of sponsors

Accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson has become the latest blue-chip firm to sponsor a Shaun the Sheep sculpture as part of next year’s Shaun in the City charity arts trails in Bristol and London. The campaign, to be launched by Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, will...

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Bristol’s tech innovators invited to enter contest to find UK’s wireless pioneers

August 18, 2014
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Bristol’s tech innovators invited to enter contest to find UK’s wireless pioneers

Businesses in Bristol’s world-leading mobile and microelectronics sector are being urged to enter a competition to find the most innovative new wireless technologies and business ventures. The annual Discovering Start-Ups contest is organised by SETsquared, the business incubator programme run from the University of Bristol’s Engine Shed, and Cambridge...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 17, 2014
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Monday 18 August Interims: Amlin, Bovis Homes, Clarkson, Coalfield Resources, Polypipe AGM: Northern Bear EGM: Chariot Oil & Gas Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 19 August Interims: Cairn Energy, CRH, H&T Group, Mears Group, John Menzies, Persimmon, TT Electronics, Wood (John) Final: BHP Billiton Trading Statement: Imperial Tobacco AGM:...

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Bike, art and coffee shops pop up to recycle empty Clifton retail scheme

August 15, 2014
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Bike, art and coffee shops pop up to recycle empty Clifton retail scheme

A shared love of bikes, art and coffee has brought a varied collection of businesses together to turn an empty Clifton Village shopping scheme into a vibrant pop-up community. The venture, called THAT Clifton Pop-up, brings together Bath-based coffee house group Jika Jika, Bath Ales’ craft beer brand Beerd...

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Anti-Metrobus campaigners deliver plea to Government to pull funding

August 15, 2014
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Anti-Metrobus campaigners deliver plea to Government to pull funding

From Bristol 24-7 www.bristol247.com Campaigners against the West of England’s Metrobus project were in London today to call on the Government to scrap its funding for the controversial public transport project. The Alliance to rethink Metrobus group delivered a letter, and a cardboard white elephant, to the office of...

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Bristol’s Tribal Group tumbles into first-half loss after Ofsted contract ends

August 15, 2014
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Bristol’s Tribal Group tumbles into first-half loss after Ofsted contract ends

The ending of a lucrative contract with school inspector Ofsted helped push Bristol-based education support services group Tribal into a first-half loss of £8.4m. The loss, for the six months to June 30, compares to profit of £4.3m in the same period last year. Sales edged ahead from £62.1m...

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Sportswear brand Puma to open base in Bristol

August 15, 2014
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Sportswear brand Puma to open base in Bristol

Iconic sportswear brand Puma is to open a showroom in Bristol to showcase its new and upcoming collections to retail buyers. The base, which will not be accessible to the public, will be at Bath Road Studios, the landmark former HTV building which has been converted to office and...

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Paper bag manufacturer’s relocation opens up site for redevelopment

August 15, 2014
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Paper bag manufacturer’s relocation opens up site for redevelopment

North Somerset-based AP Burt, one of the UK’s biggest paper bag manufacturers, is predicting growth after moving premises for the first time in 80 years. The firm has relocated to a 52,000 sq ft property at First Avenue, Portbury, leaving the factory in Harbour Road, Portishead, where it first...

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