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Former Burges Salmon managing partner returns to Bristol with non-exec advisory role at Cook & Co

May 18, 2015
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Former Burges Salmon managing partner returns to Bristol with non-exec advisory role at Cook & Co

Bristol boutique law firm Cook & Co Solicitors has appointed former Burges Salmon managing partner Guy Stobart to its advisory board. Guy, who will adopt a non-executive role at the firm, will provide guidance on growth, strategy and governance as well as acting in an ambassadorial capacity with clients...

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Acquisition puts driving school business on road to further expansion

May 18, 2015
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Acquisition puts driving school business on road to further expansion

The Belt-Up School of Motoring has continued its expansion by acquiring a long-established driving school in Somerset. Paulton-based Belt-Up, which includes the fleet driver coaching business Enterprise Solutions and operates 10 franchisees operating in the Bath and Bristol area, is on course to double its turnover to £250,000 this...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 17, 2015
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Monday 18 May Interim: Future Finals: Babcock International, blinkx, Cranswick, E2V Technologies, Mitie Trading statement: Interserve AGMs: Bioquell, Centamin, Ensco, Fresnillo, TMT Investments EGMs: Flowgroup, Horizon Discovery Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 19 May Interims: Impax Asset Management, Innovation, Intelligent Energy, Paragon Group of Companies, Renew, Topps Tiles, Victrex,...

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‘Bristol must not miss out on Govt promise of devolved powers to regional cities’ say business leaders

May 15, 2015
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‘Bristol must not miss out on Govt promise of devolved powers to regional cities’ say business leaders

Bristol needs to take advantage of the promise by Chancellor George Osborne to devolve more powers from London to regional cities – but can only achieve it by working closer with other West of England authorities. The view has come from regional business leaders who fear that unless the...

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Seven of Bristol’s best bosses competing for IoD South West Director Awards

May 15, 2015
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Seven of Bristol’s best bosses competing for IoD South West Director Awards

Seven Bristol bosses from widely differing organisations are in the running for this year’s coveted Institute of Directors (IoD) South West Director Awards. They range from a charity helping entrepreneurs in developing countries, an electronic product design specialist and an IT recruitment company. On the shortlist are: * Vashti...

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More expansion for Foot Anstey as revenues climb 16% to £32m

May 15, 2015
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More expansion for Foot Anstey as revenues climb 16% to £32m

Turnover at Foot Anstey, the regional law firm with an office in Bristol, has risen by 16% to £32m, according to its latest financial results. The firm, which also has offices in Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton and Truro, said it had continued to invest in IT infrastructure and talent –...

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Osborne Clarke achieves 60% revenue growth over three years

May 15, 2015
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Osborne Clarke achieves 60% revenue growth over three years

Annual global revenues have risen by 15% to €195m (£141m) at Bristol-headquartered international law firm Osborne Clarke, it announced this week. The figures, for the 2014/15 financial year, mean the firm’s international revenues have grown by more than 60% over the past three years. UK revenues increased by 9%...

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First franchisees signed up by Bristol takeaway chain Hotcha as it launches national expansion

May 15, 2015
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First franchisees signed up by Bristol takeaway chain Hotcha as it launches national expansion

Bristol-based Hotcha, the UK’s fastest-growing Chinese takeaway chain, has recruited its first franchisees as part of its ambitious expansion plan to have 100-plus outlets across the UK in the next five years. The firm, which serves freshly made Chinese dishes for collection or delivery, was founded three years ago...

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Event gives expert advice for aerospace and defence firms on doing business Stateside

May 15, 2015
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Event gives expert advice for aerospace and defence firms on doing business Stateside

Aerospace and defence business decision-makers from across the West of England gathered at the Bristol office of accountants Smith & Williamson for advice on how to set up and operate a company in the US. Staged by the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), the event attracted more than...

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Bristol agency Valuable Content wins Tech City UK online skills training contract

May 15, 2015
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Bristol agency Valuable Content wins Tech City UK online skills training contract

Pictured: Sonja and Sharon of Valuable Content Bristol-based digital marketing consultancy Valuable Content has been selected by Government-backed Tech City UK to create an online training course to help UK companies and employees do more business online. Valuable Content, launched by Sonja Jefferson and Sharon Tanton 15 years ago,...

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Business Showcase South West 2015: Photo gallery

May 15, 2015
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Levi Roots, the Reggae Reggae Sauce entrepreneur who secured investment from Dragons’ Den, and Gerald Ratner, the jewellery group boss who came back from the business wilderness, were the star attractions of Business Showcase South West 2015. But the two-day event at Bristol’s Colston Hall last Thursday and Friday...

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Bristol Business Blog: Bob Brassington, Smith & Williamson. Are your employee benefits working hard enough?

May 15, 2015
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Bristol Business Blog: Bob Brassington, Smith & Williamson. Are your employee benefits working hard enough?

By Bob Brassington, employee benefits and pensions specialist in Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office As the labour market tightens and recruitment becomes more challenging, employers will want to ensure their employee benefits are competitive and generating the maximum value for the business as well as its staff. Many employers...

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Two key appointments at Alder King as student accommodation market continues to grow

May 14, 2015
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Two key appointments at Alder King as student accommodation market continues to grow

Property consultancy Alder King has made two key appointments in its Bristol office to meet growing demand for its services linked to the burgeoning student accommodation market. Jack Appleton joins the firm’s rapidly-expanding planning team as a senior planner, having relocated from London where he worked in the public...

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