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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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Mayor calls for innovation to help make Bristol showcase for low-carbon public transport

April 11, 2014
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Mayor calls for innovation to help make Bristol showcase for low-carbon public transport

Bristol can be a showcase for zero-emission bus technology as part of its year as European Green Capital, Mayor George Ferguson has said. He challenged the motor industry and low-carbon sector to invest in Bristol and help it become a centre for innovation in public transport. He was speaking...

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Dyson’s international marketing head to join Wildscreen as new CEO

April 11, 2014
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Dyson’s international marketing head to join Wildscreen as new CEO

Wildscreen, the Bristol-based wildlife conservation charity, has appointed Caroline Copsey, head of marketing for international business development at Dyson, as its new chief executive. Caroline, pictured, who joined the innovative domestic appliance firm in 2011 as group marketing controller, also has experience of introducing and marketing several national food...

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Temple Bright drives TDC’s £10m European transport systems deal

April 11, 2014
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Temple Bright drives TDC’s £10m European transport systems deal

TDC Systems, the Weston-super-Mare-based specialist in advanced transport systems, has been acquired by Norwegian electronic toll collection business Q-Free. The deal, overseen by Bristol law firm Temple Bright, is expected to be worth £10m, if performance targets for 2014 and 2015 are hit. The initial consideration is £5m –...

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Bristol drinks brand Koji secures follow-on funds to drive growth

April 11, 2014
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Bristol drinks brand Koji secures follow-on funds to drive growth

Bristol-based Future Drinks Co has secured follow-on funding from the Government-backed Angel CoFund and its other investors to drive the next phase of growth of its Koji range of soft drinks. The funding means the firm can continue to scale up its operations and take the Koji brand into...

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