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Boost number of women bosses if you want to be successful, Bristol businesses urged

May 19, 2017
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Boost number of women bosses if you want to be successful, Bristol businesses urged

Bristol business leaders have been warned that they are failing to optimise the talents of their people if women are not fairly represented at senior levels in their organisations. The message came from Sir Philip Hampton, chair of the independent Hampton-Alexander Review, which aims to ensure talented women succeed...

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Private equity funding for firm behind innovative eye-screening device

May 19, 2017
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Private equity funding for firm behind innovative eye-screening device

A fledgling Bristol business developing a pioneering screening device that could help prevent blindness in older people has attracted private equity funding from a group of city-based entrepreneurs. The £310,000 for Azul Optics will provide seed funding for product development. Some £160,000 has been invested by Bristol Private Equity...

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Legal vacancies fall in South West as uncertainty causes lawyers to stay put

May 19, 2017
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Legal vacancies fall in South West as uncertainty causes lawyers to stay put

Private practice lawyer vacancies in the South West have fallen by 11% over the past year as the sector starts to suffer from uncertainty, according to a new survey. However, the decline is less than the national picture – the data from specialist recruiter Clayton Legal shows vacancies across...

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Salary sacrifice schemes targeted in government tax raid, warn accountants

May 19, 2017
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Salary sacrifice schemes targeted in government tax raid, warn accountants

Bristol employers are being warned to urgently review their payroll practices following a government tax raid on employee benefits. Since April 6 the government has clamped down on salary sacrifice schemes that reduce gross pay in exchange for benefits such as mobile phones, cars, gym memberships and school fees....

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Clock ticking for Bristol firms to enter region’s first Aerospace Ambassadors Awards

May 19, 2017
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Clock ticking for Bristol firms to enter region’s first Aerospace Ambassadors Awards

Bristol’s aerospace and defence firms are being urged to submit their entries for the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) awards as the deadline fast approaches. Nominations for the Aerospace Ambassadors Awards – the region’s first – close on June 9, with the winners announced at a celebration dinner...

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FSB urges election hopefuls to commit to tackling late payment and helping self-employed

May 18, 2017
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FSB urges election hopefuls to commit to tackling late payment and helping self-employed

Parliamentary candidates campaigning ahead of next month’s General Election should put the needs of the small business community at the heart of their thinking, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The business group has launched its own manifesto – called Small Business, Big Ambition – which urges...

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Recruitment firm set up “to do things differently” wins prestigious national award for its work culture

May 18, 2017
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Recruitment firm set up “to do things differently” wins prestigious national award for its work culture

Bristol-based challenger recruitment firm ISL has been named as one of the top small businesses to work for in the UK. ISL was created by entrepreneurs Henry Keeys and Alan Furley to move away from poor industry working culture within the sector. Now 10 years on the firm has become...

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Demerged Sift Digital reveals new brand and looks to future “as progressive change consultancy”

May 18, 2017
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Demerged Sift Digital reveals new brand and looks to future “as progressive change consultancy”

Sift Digital, the Bristol-based user-centred design agency, has relaunched as Edo following its demerger from parent group Sift. Edo, which also has an office in London, said the rebrand would re-affirm its proposition “as progressive change and technology consultants”.  The firm has a strong heritage working with private and non-profit clients...

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Bristol’s creative collaboration earns it place among UK Top 10 regional cities

May 18, 2017
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Bristol’s creative collaboration earns it place among UK Top 10 regional cities

Collaboration among Bristol’s creative firms has helped put the city in the top 10 for growth in a new report highlighting the strength of the sector in the UK’s regions. Bristol ranks eighth overall in the table of UK provincial cities – with Manchester taking top spot – but...

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New name – and top acts – for Bristol’s Americana Weekend

May 18, 2017
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New name – and top acts – for Bristol’s Americana Weekend

Bristol’s Americana Weekend, which brings the best blues, gospel, country and bluegrass music to the city, is back for a third year under a new name, River Town. Taking place from the July 14 to 17 at Colston Hall – and with a launch concert at St George’s this evening -...

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New finance director joins Bevan Brittan in Bristol from Simmons & Simmons

May 17, 2017
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New finance director joins Bevan Brittan in Bristol from Simmons & Simmons

National law firm Bevan Brittan has appointed Nick Hodgson as its new finance director based in its Bristol head office. Nick, pictured, joins after eight years at international law firm Simmons & Simmons, where he was initially finance controller for its Middle East operations and then senior finance systems...

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My Creative Life: Remco Merbis, visual storyteller, Pixillion

May 17, 2017
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My Creative Life: Remco Merbis, visual storyteller, Pixillion

Each fortnight Creative Business News gives a prominent member of the region’s creative sector the chance to reflect on their career, their work and their ambitions by answering 10 questions about themselves. Name: Remco Merbis Job title: Visual storyteller Current company: Pixillion Age: 45 My big break: I think...

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Creative Business News campaign of the month: Purplefish and the European launch of YoBike

May 17, 2017
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Creative Business News campaign of the month: Purplefish and the European launch of YoBike

We all know the West of England is chock-full of incredibly talented agencies and individuals. To showcase the cream of their work, Creative Business News each month features the very best creative campaigns coming out of the region. This month we highlight Bristol communications agency Purplefish’s attention-grabbing launch of innovative bike-sharing...

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