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Osborne Clarke and Burges Salmon help get £360m Great Western train deal on track

July 30, 2015
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Osborne Clarke and Burges Salmon help get £360m Great Western train deal on track

Bristol-headquartered law firms Burges Salmon and Osborne Clarke have advised on a £360m deal to buy new, faster trains for the Great Western mainline between London and Devon and Cornwall. The 29 Hitachi AT300 trains will cut journey times from London to Exeter by up to five minutes and...

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Insurer SunLife to offer home and pet cover as it continues to move into new markets

July 30, 2015
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Insurer SunLife to offer home and pet cover as it continues to move into new markets

Bristol-based insurance group SunLife is to launch a new division offering pet insurance and home cover as it continues to refocus following a rebrand last year. The firm, one of the UK’s biggest direct financial services companies, has appointed senior industry figure Simon Stanney as general insurance director to...

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Senior sales and marketing appointment helps Clip launch innovative exhibition stand system

July 29, 2015
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Senior sales and marketing appointment helps Clip launch innovative exhibition stand system

Clip, the exhibition stand design and build firm, has appointed experienced industry figure Doug Gosling as head of sales & marketing for its new Refresh by Clip system. Refresh is an industry and UK first aimed at bridging the gap in the exhibition stand market between simple shell schemes...

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Major wealth management group snaps up Bristol stockbrokers Rowan Dartington for £34m

July 29, 2015
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Major wealth management group snaps up Bristol stockbrokers Rowan Dartington for £34m

Staff at long-standing Bristol stockbroking firm Rowan Dartington are to share some of the proceeds of its multi-million pound sale to FTSE 100 wealth manager St James’s Place (SJP). SJP is to pay £19m once the acquisition gains regulatory approval with a further maximum potential future payment of £15.2m...

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GKN Aerospace ready for more growth after £500m deal to buy Fokker

July 28, 2015
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GKN Aerospace ready for more growth after £500m deal to buy Fokker

British engineering giant GKN – a major player in Bristol’s aerospace industry – is to buy historic Dutch aviation firm Fokker for €706m (£500m). GKN, which employs around 2,000 people at its two Bristol sites, said the acquisition would reinforce its position in key civilian and military aircraft programmes,...

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Bristol office for fast-growing environmental consultancy ESI

July 27, 2015
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Bristol office for fast-growing environmental consultancy ESI

ESI, the UK’s leading independent scientific environmental consultancy, has opened an office in Bristol as demand for its services continues to grow. The Shrewsbury-headquartered firm, which also has bases in Reading and Cardiff, provides a range of geo-environmental services to the private and public sectors. The opening of the...

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Veale Wasbrough Vizards solicitor joins elite group of registered trade mark attorneys in Bristol

July 27, 2015
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Veale Wasbrough Vizards solicitor joins elite group of registered trade mark attorneys in Bristol

Paula Williams, a senior associate in law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ (VWV) Bristol trade marks team, has qualified as a registered trade mark attorney – one of only seven based in the city. Paula  joins a select number of solicitors in the UK who are qualified both as a...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 26, 2015
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Monday 27 July Interims: Acacia Mining, Dialight, Fevertree Drinks, Hiscox, Reckitt Benckiser, Senior, XP Power Final: Goodwin Trading statements: Cranswick, Petra Diamonds AGM: Cranswick Economics: CBI trends – total orders, selling prices Tuesday 28 July Interims: BP, Brammer, Burford Capital, Domino’s Pizza, Drax, Elementis, GKN, Greencoat UK Wind, Informa,...

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Firms dig deep to make sure charity race day boosts Children’s Hospice South West

July 24, 2015
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Firms dig deep to make sure charity race day boosts Children’s Hospice South West

Specialist building contractor Dribuild – the premium sponsor of Bath Racecourse’s winning post – has raised more than £17,000 for the Children’s Hospice South West from the course’s Summer Afternoon Raceday meeting. The meeting on Wednesday – specially organised to support the hospice, the Keynsham-based company’s charity of the...

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The LAST WORD: Christina Robino, co-owner, Bud UK

July 24, 2015
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The LAST WORD: Christina Robino, co-owner, Bud UK

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 Christina Robino, co-owner of Bristol communications agency Bud UK, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: Film you watched? The Imitation Game Book you read?...

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Businesses urged to get on board with their views on Bristol’s new transport vision

July 24, 2015
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Businesses urged to get on board with their views on Bristol’s new transport vision

Sustrans, the Bristol-based transport charity, is encouraging businesses to help it shape its ‘Good Transport Plan’ for the city, which aims to cut congestion and stop the environmental damage caused by traffic. With snarl-ups costing the local economy an estimated £600m a year, businesses have a key role to...

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Entrepreneur behind Bristol R&D tax credit firm and app developer shortlisted for national awards

July 24, 2015
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Entrepreneur behind Bristol R&D tax credit firm and app developer shortlisted for national awards

The managing director of fast-growing Bristol-based R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown, and app consultancy and developer Mubaloo are in the running for prestigious national entrepreneur awards. Simon Brown, who founded the business in 2013, is shortlisted in the Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year category at the Lloyds...

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Refurbished city centre office building attracts new tenants

July 24, 2015
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Refurbished city centre office building attracts new tenants

Five new tenants have moved into a Bristol city centre office block since it was acquired by Clevedon-based commercial property investment and development company Chadwick Holdings last December. Privately-owned Chadwick paid previous owner LaSalle Investment Management £2.4m to take over Newminster House in Baldwin Street. It has since put...

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