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Simpson Millar medical negligence solicitor joins Clarke Willmott’s Bristol office as partner

June 26, 2015
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Simpson Millar medical negligence solicitor joins Clarke Willmott’s Bristol office as partner

National law firm Clarke Willmott continues to grow its Bristol-based personal injury team with the appointment of Marguarita Tyne, who joins as a partner from the Bristol office of Simpson Millar. Marguarita, pictured, who has more than 20 years’ experience, specialises in high-value, severe clinical negligence claims, in particular...

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Former NatWest regional director joins Bishop Fleming’s corporate finance team

June 25, 2015
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Former NatWest regional director joins Bishop Fleming’s corporate finance team

Accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has an office in Bristol, has boosted its corporate finance team with the appointment of Charles Davey, the former NatWest director of structured finance in the South West and South Wales. Mr Davey joins Bishop Fleming as director of corporate finance after eight years...

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EU exit could damage the UK economy, say four-fifths of West of England firms

June 24, 2015
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EU exit could damage the UK economy, say four-fifths of West of England firms

More than 80% of West of England firms fear leaving the EU would pose a risk to the UK economy, according to results of a survey among nearly 1,000 businesses in the region. Two thirds also believe it would be bad for their own business. The survey by Business...

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£24m extension planned at Bristol Airport to handle security checks on soaring passenger numbers

June 23, 2015
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£24m extension planned at Bristol Airport to handle security checks on soaring passenger numbers

Bristol Airport is to build a £24m extension to its terminal featuring state-of-the-art technology aimed at streamlining passenger security checks and ending peak-time bottle necks. The airport, the UK’s ninth largest and one of its fastest growing, is holding talks with security firms to install the industry’s most-advanced equipment...

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Smith & Williamson team’s double deal clinches world football memorabilia victory for UK retailer

June 22, 2015
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Smith & Williamson team’s double deal clinches world football memorabilia victory for UK retailer

The Bristol-based corporate finance team at accountancy group Smith & Williamson has helped create the world’s largest football memorabilia business through two deals spanning Dubai and Dorset. First the team handled the sale of a 65% stake in London-based signed memorabilia retailer Icons Shop for £2.6m to Marka, a...

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£271m student accommodation sale handled by Burges Salmon teams

June 22, 2015
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£271m student accommodation sale handled by Burges Salmon teams

Bristol-headquartered law firm Burges Salmon has advised Ahli United Bank UK (AUB UK) on the sale of its entire student accommodation portfolio in a £271m deal with the Unite UK Student Accommodation Fund (USAF). AUB’s UK Student Accommodation Fund was set-up as a Sharia-compliant vehicle and in 2011 bought...

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Law firm Thrings chalks up double-digit organic growth for second year running

June 22, 2015
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Law firm Thrings chalks up double-digit organic growth for second year running

Annual turnover at regional law firm Thrings, which has an office in Bristol, has leapt by 10% to £27.5m – the second consecutive year it has achieved double-digit growth. The firm said a client-focused strategy and modern and transparent pricing models coupled with strong organic growth contributed to the...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

June 22, 2015
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Monday 22 June Final: Polar Capital AGMs: Inspired Capital, Netscientific, Orsu Metals, Synairgen, Tarsus, TLA Worldwide, Ultima Networks Tuesday 23 June Interims: Benchmark, Chemring, Domino Printing Sciences Finals: Digital Barriers, Hayward Taylor, Imimobile, Immunodiagnostic Systems, Syqic, Telecom Plus Trading statement: Petrofac AGMs: BCA Marketplace, Bellzone Mining, Crawshaw, Edenville Energy,...

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Fifth series of supermarket comedy Trollied in store as it returns to Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios

June 19, 2015
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Fifth series of supermarket comedy Trollied in store as it returns to Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios

Sky 1 comedy Trollied has returned to Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios for its fifth series – with the show’s production head describing it as a “great place to shoot”. The show, produced by Roughcut TV, has been made at The Bottle Yard in Hengrove since it launched on TV...

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Bristol bosses land top accolades in South West Director of the Year Awards

June 19, 2015
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Bristol bosses land top accolades in South West Director of the Year Awards

The founder of international microfinance charity Deki, the CEO of Opus Recruitment Services and the boss of family-owned Jeff Way Electrical Services were among the Bristol winners at this year’s coveted South West Director of the Year Awards. Deki director Vashti Seth secured the South West Third Sector Director...

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Eden Project founder calls for bold action over climate change and attacks the lack of understanding

June 19, 2015
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Eden Project founder calls for bold action over climate change and attacks the lack of understanding

Everyone involved in climate change and sustainability – from scientists to politicians and business leaders – needed to go out and get ‘dirt under their fingernails’ to understand the key issues, Eden Project co-founder Sir Tim Smit said during a speech in Bristol. Because of this lack of understanding,...

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Bristol Business Blog: West of England LEP chief executive Barbara Davies looks to the future after recent changes

June 19, 2015
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Bristol Business Blog: West of England LEP chief executive Barbara Davies looks to the future after recent changes

By Barbara Davies, chief executive, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. Our newly refreshed LEP board met for the first time on June 17. There are some new faces following the local elections and a business-led selection process. Great news that Colin Skellett has been reappointed as chair of...

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Innovation helping put Bristol’s TV and movie heritage on the map

June 18, 2015
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Innovation helping put Bristol’s TV and movie heritage on the map

A new series of online maps celebrating Bristol’s rich movie heritage have been launched to help tourists and residents explore the city’s famous film and TV locations. From Only Fools and Horses’ Nelson Mandela House to key Casualty and Skins filming hotspots, and taking in Clifton Suspension Bridge –...

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