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Export Week gives hundreds of West firms advice on doing business overseas

April 17, 2014
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Export Week gives hundreds of West firms advice on doing business overseas

Around 300 businesses attended events across the South West last week to learn about international business opportunities and the support available to reach new customers around the world.   A series of nine UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) events were held across the region as part of Export Week....

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Business West director Clive Wray presented with his OBE by the Queen

April 17, 2014
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Business West director Clive Wray presented with his OBE by the Queen

Clive Wray, the director of public sector contracts at Bristol-based lobbying and advice group Business West, this week received his OBE for services to small businesses and international trade from the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Clive, pictured, has supported small and medium-sized business development in the...

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Mulberry warns of more pressure on profits as it looks to boost sales with cheaper bags

April 17, 2014
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Mulberry warns of more pressure on profits as it looks to boost sales with cheaper bags

Mulberry, the West fashion brand best known for its upmarket bags, today warned its profits will be hit hard as it introduces new lower-price products. The firm, whose iconic bags often sell for upwards of £1,000, also said it was scaling back its new store opening programme as it...

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West cider apple growers urged to enter awards as industry presses ahead with growth

April 16, 2014
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West cider apple growers urged to enter awards as industry presses ahead with growth

The search is on for the best cider orchard in the West with apple growers being encouraged to compete for the silver medal awarded annually by the Royal Bath and West Show. This year’s contest is expected to be tougher than ever as the number and extent of orchards...

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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ Rob Law to make case for innovation at business show

April 15, 2014
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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ Rob Law to make case for innovation at business show

Rob Law, the Bristol-based inventor of child’s ride-on suitcase Trunki, heads up the M4 next month to be keynote speaker at this year’s Business Show Swindon The entrepreneur, innovator and ‘dragon-slayer’ – he was famously turned down by Dragons’ Den – will speak about the setbacks and learnings of...

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Inflation fall is good news but Govt must still act over funding for firms, says Business West

April 15, 2014
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Inflation fall is good news but Govt must still act over funding for firms, says Business West

Business West, the lobbying and advice group that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, welcomed today’s fall in inflation but warned that the Government still needed to do more to support business as it emerges from recession. Managing director Phil Smith said the drop in annual...

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Imperial blames falling sales and stricter anti-smoking laws for closure of Nottingham factory

April 15, 2014
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Imperial blames falling sales and stricter anti-smoking laws for closure of Nottingham factory

Bristol-based Imperial Tobacco Group is to close its cigarette factory in Nottingham with the loss of all 540 jobs, it announced this week. The group, whose brands include JPS, Lambert & Butler and Gauloises, blamed falling sales of cigarettes and tougher anti-smoking regulations in Europe. A plant in Nantes,...

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Three new graduates join Grant Thornton’s Bristol office

April 14, 2014
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Three new graduates join Grant Thornton’s Bristol office

Accountancy and financial advice firm Grant Thornton has recruited a trio of graduates to its Bristol office. The three have joined the firm’s public sector assurance (PSA) practice, which provides external audit services to NHS bodies and local authorities. They are Sarah McDonald, who has a BSc in psychology...

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European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

April 14, 2014
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European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

Shares in SciSys, the specialist software and IT group SciSys with a base in Bristol, climbed by nearly 3% this morning after it announced it had secured a €1.8m (£1.48m), six-year contract to work on Europe’s most advanced geostationary weather satellite. The firm, whose roots are in the European...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 14, 2014
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Monday 14 April Interims: Carr’s Milling Industries Finals: DDD Group, M. P. Evans Group, Networkers International EGMS: JSC KazMunaiGaz Exploration Production GDR (Reg S) AGMS: Bank Audi S.A.L. GDR (Repr 1’Com’Shr Lbp1299) (Reg S), Baronsmead VCT 3, Baronsmead VCT 4, Baronsmead VCT 5, Guaranty Trust Bank GDR (Reg S)...

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Siemens to open turbine blade plant in Bristol as city strengthens role as low-carbon tech capital

April 11, 2014
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Siemens to open turbine blade plant in Bristol as city strengthens role as low-carbon tech capital

Industrial giant Siemens is to open a tidal turbine blade factory in Bristol, creating 49 jobs and boosting the city’s growing reputation as a centre for low-carbon technology and innovation. The German group made the announcement yesterday when Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey visited its Marine Current...

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Portishead founder sings the praises of Bristol’s strength in the creative industries

April 11, 2014
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Portishead founder sings the praises of Bristol’s strength in the creative industries

Founder member of legendary Bristol band Portishead Geoff Barrow was among top figures from the creative industries to talk candidly about their career paths at an advice day in the city for young people starting out in the field. The musician and producer, pictured, spoke about his break into...

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Deeley Freed to fast-track developments after receiving £8.5m in new funding

April 11, 2014
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Bristol-based property developer Deeley Freed is to receive £8.5m of medium-term finance to fast-track its existing pipeline of development projects. The investment comes from a new partnership with Development Securities, the major London-based property investment and development group. Development Securities said it is anticipated that Deeley Freed will secure...

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