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TLT plans next phase of development after growing annual revenues by 15%

May 20, 2016
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TLT plans next phase of development after growing annual revenues by 15%

Annual turnover at TLT, the Bristol headquartered national law firm, has increased by 15% to £71.6m as it prepares for its next ambitious three-year strategy. Over the past three years the firm has grown revenue by 45% and its headcount by 60% to reach 1,000 people. Partner numbers have...

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Top taxation award for fast-growing R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown

May 20, 2016
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Top taxation award for fast-growing R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown

Bristol-based R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown has been named the UK’s Best Independent Consultancy Firm in recognition of its phenomenal growth and high quality of service since it launched in 2013. The accolade came at the Taxation Awards – the biggest night in the taxation calendar. ForrestBrown took home...

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Bristol Business Blog: Brady George, managing director, Almeda. The challenges Bristol faces in shaping the city of tomorrow

May 19, 2016
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Bristol Business Blog: Brady George, managing director, Almeda. The challenges Bristol faces in shaping the city of tomorrow

In the first of three Bristol Business News blogs, Brady George, managing director of facilities management firm Almeda, discusses the important factors that will help shape the cities of tomorrow. I was delighted to hear that Bristol was this week named as the country’s leading smart city outside London...

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Global innovation award for Bristol is Open, the city’s hi-tech testbed

May 19, 2016
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Global innovation award for Bristol is Open, the city’s hi-tech testbed

Bristol Is Open, the pioneering project that is turning the city into a giant hi-tech laboratory, has been awarded a major global award for innovation. The joint venture between Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and commercial partners collected the Smart City Innovator award at the TM Forum...

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The pie’s the limit as HSBC serves up £14m for next phase of Pieminister’s national expansion

May 17, 2016
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The pie’s the limit as HSBC serves up £14m for next phase of Pieminister’s national expansion

Bristol gourmet pie company Pieminister is to open five new restaurants across the UK and create more than 80 jobs after securing a £1.4m finance package from HSBC. The funding will be used to open and fit-out the new Pieminister outlets in as-yet-unnamed locations, taking its total to 16...

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Smart city report ranks Bristol as UK’s leading regional centre for digital innovation

May 17, 2016
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Smart city report ranks Bristol as UK’s leading regional centre for digital innovation

Bristol has been named as the UK’s top smart city outside London and the only regional centre classified as a leader for digital innovation. The accolades emerge from the UK’s first Smart Cities Index, which compares and evaluates 10 leading UK smart cities. The report has been produced by...

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Showcase of innovation, creativity and enterprise gets underway today

May 17, 2016
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Business Showcase South West – the region’s largest event of its kind – is taking place today at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium with the city’s Bloodhound Supersonic Car one of the star attractions. The free-to-visit event will also hear from the Bloodhound’s driver Wing Commander Andy Green OBE as...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 14, 2016
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Monday 16 May Interims: Diploma, Lonmin, Victrex Finals: e2v technologies, Braemar Shipping Services, British Land, Icap, Union Jack Oil Trading statements: Crest Nicholson, Ithaca Energy, Mimecast AGMs: Falcon Acquisitions, MirLand Development, Pittards, Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group, The Gym Group Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 17 May Interims: Enterprise Inns,...

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Bristol business leaders ready to work with new Labour mayor Marvin Rees

May 13, 2016
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Bristol business leaders ready to work with new Labour mayor Marvin Rees

Business leaders have welcomed the election of Labour’s Marvin Rees as Mayor of Bristol and pledged to work with him to drive through much-needed changes in key issues such as housing, skills and transport. They will also back him in the final negotiations over the devolution deal to transfer...

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Car dealership Wessex Garages sold to Japanese distributor

May 13, 2016
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Car dealership Wessex Garages sold to Japanese distributor

The Bristol-based corporate finance team at accountants Smith & Williamson and Bristol law firm TLT have acted as lead advisers on the sale of Wessex Garages, one of the leading independent car dealerships in the South West and Wales. The company, which has a large dealership in Bristol, has...

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Bristol & West fails in ‘cynical attempt’ to avoid paying £27m Corporation Tax

May 13, 2016
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Bristol & West fails in ‘cynical attempt’ to avoid paying £27m Corporation Tax

Finance firm Bristol & West has lost a £27m tax avoidance case after trying to exploit a non-existent loophole. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) challenged the attempt to avoid Corporation Tax by the former building society, now owned by The Bank of Ireland, and the Court of Appeal has...

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The LAST WORD: Jonathan Brecknell, director, Urban Creation

May 13, 2016
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The LAST WORD: Jonathan Brecknell, director, Urban Creation

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 Jonathan Brecknell, director of Bristol property developer Urban Creation, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: Film you watched? The Intern on TV… which was...

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Map launched to showcase West’s retail strength to national store groups

May 13, 2016
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Map launched to showcase West’s retail strength to national store groups

Bristol’s main shopping centres have joined forces with other retail schemes across the West of England to attract more stores to the region. They have combined to produce an eye-catching map, pictured below, that showcases the strength of the region’s retail sector and its economic potential for investors. Taking part...

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