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New partner promotions for Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office

May 22, 2018
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New partner promotions for Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office

Four lawyers in the Bristol office of international legal practice Osborne Clarke have been promoted to partner – bringing the total number across the firm to more than 250.  The new partners come from a range of sectors, including real estate and infrastructure, energy and utilities, financial services and...

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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

May 22, 2018
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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

The managing director of the West of England’s largest business group this week joined more than 50 other chamber of commerce leaders to urge the Prime Minister to take radical action and ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the UK economy. Phil Smith from Business West – the organisation behind Bristol...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 20, 2018
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Monday May 21 Nothing listed Tuesday May 22 Finals: Big Yellow, Cranswick, Homeserve, Halfords, Pets at Home Interims: Shaftesbury, Topps Tiles, Hewlett Packard Trading updates: Close Bros, Galliford Try Wednesday May 23 Finals: Severn Trent, Marks & Spencer, Vedanta Resources, Dairy Crest Interims: Britvic, Target Trading updates: Bovis Homes,...

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The LAST WORD: Rav Bumbra, founder, Structur3dpeople

May 18, 2018
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The LAST WORD: Rav Bumbra, founder, Structur3dpeople

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 Rav Bumbra, tech entrepreneur and founder of recruitment business Structur3dpeople, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST:  Film you watched? Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation....

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At last! First Metrobus route gets ready to hit the road

May 18, 2018
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At last! First Metrobus route gets ready to hit the road

Business leaders, politicians and representatives of community and cultural and organisations  joined schoolchildren today on the maiden journey of Bristol’s delayed Metrobus service, the m3. The first route of the £230m rapid transit system goes live at the end of this month and marks the beginning of one of...

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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

May 18, 2018
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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

Lloyds Bank has launched a £100m fund to help small businesses take advantage of supply chain opportunities linked to the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. The fund, which opened today, will help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK access discounted lending and...

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Acquistion helps ethical lettings firm Temple Homes build bigger property portfolio

May 18, 2018
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Acquistion helps ethical lettings firm Temple Homes build bigger property portfolio

Bristol ethical lettings and property management company Temple Homes has acquired the portfolio of Ruben Property in a move which brings two young businesspeople together in historic offices. Temple Homes was set up four years ago as an alternative to high street property agencies, with the rights of tenants...

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Bristol tech firm ITEC’s merger with Dorset firm opens new markets on South Coast

May 18, 2018
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Bristol tech firm ITEC’s merger with Dorset firm opens new markets on South Coast

Bristol-based computer services firm ITEC is to merge with Dorset company Copyrite to create a business with 3,500 existing customers, 300 staff and annual sales of £45m. The new combined company, which includes Copyrite’s wholly owned IT services subsidiary Criterion, will be known y as ITEC from June 25....

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Hat-trick of architecture awards for pioneering Bristol buildings

May 18, 2018
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Hat-trick of architecture awards for pioneering Bristol buildings

Two iconic modern Bristol buildings and a new social housing scheme in the city have won major architectural awards. Aerospace Bristol, the showpiece aviation museum which opened last October and houses Concorde, landed the highly acclaimed South West Project of the Year accolade at the RICS South West Awards...

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Innovative trial to persuade car commuters to catch the bus – by giving them a cab ride to the stop

May 18, 2018
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Innovative trial to persuade car commuters to catch the bus – by giving them a cab ride to the stop

Bus operator First Bristol has joined forces with city-based tech firm Esoterix Systems to make the morning commute more convenient and sustainable in the first trial of its kind in the UK. The project is taking people by taxi from a pick-up point near their home to a bus...

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App with a snap decision on funding for SMEs developed by Optimum Finance

May 18, 2018
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App with a snap decision on funding for SMEs developed by Optimum Finance

Bristol-based invoice finance firm Optimum Finance has launched its industry’s first app aimed at accountants to empower them to gain almost immediate funding approval for their small business clients. The mobile and desktop app asks referrers eight simple questions based on the financial position of the business, including its turnover,...

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Experienced renewables lawyer joins niche firm Renew Legal to head its property team

May 18, 2018
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Experienced renewables lawyer joins niche firm Renew Legal to head its property team

Renew Legal, the Bristol-based niche practice focused on the renewable energy and energy storage sectors, has appointed Helen Rumford to head its property team. Helen, pictured, joins from the Bristol office of regional firm Thrings, where she worked for four years – the last two as head of renewables....

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Bristol’s role as hub for Artificial Intelligence outlined at Smith & Williamson event

May 18, 2018
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Bristol’s role as hub for Artificial Intelligence outlined at Smith & Williamson event

Artificial Intelligence (AI) could double the UK’s economic growth over the next two decades – with Bristol at the forefront of the revolution, city business leaders have been told. An event staged by the Bristol office of accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson heard from the...

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