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State-of-the-art fire-fighting training complex opened at Bristol Airport

October 17, 2014
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State-of-the-art fire-fighting training complex opened at Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has opened a £950,000 fire-fighting training facility to help it maintain its position as having one of the UK’s best-performing airport fire teams. The state-of-the-art facility will enable the airport’s dedicated Rescue and Fire-Fighting Service (RFFS) to simulate a range of emergencies involving a Boeing 737, an...

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Small manufacturers urged to reap rewards of UK’s £60bn nuclear power programme

October 16, 2014
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Small manufacturers urged to reap rewards of UK’s £60bn nuclear power programme

Bristol’s small and medium-sized manufacturers were today urged to take advantage of a new scheme which could help them win contracts from the UK’s rapidly-developing £60bn civil nuclear new build programme. The link-up between the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) will...

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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, Business West warns

October 16, 2014
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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, Business West warns

The economic recovery may not be as strong as anticipated despite the latest fall in unemployment, Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, has warned. While welcoming the 1.6% year-on-year drop in the number of people out of work in the South...

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Watercolour exhibition hosted by Smith & Williamson

October 16, 2014
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Watercolour exhibition hosted by Smith & Williamson

The Bristol office of accountancy firm Smith & Williamson, has hosted an exhibition of art shortlisted for the 27th annual Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014 – the largest exhibition of its kind in the UK. A private viewing of 93 original works by 73 artists included four from Somerset...

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Strewth! Thatchers Gold wins top award Down Under as Aussies get taste for West Country cider

October 15, 2014
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Strewth! Thatchers Gold wins top award Down Under as Aussies get taste for West Country cider

Thatchers Gold has swept the board at the Australian Cider Awards despite being available in the country for less than a year. The cider, made by family-owned Thatchers in Sandford, near Weston-super-Mare, scooped the awards for Best Cider and Best International Cider, before going on to receive the top...

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Brewery gets in the spirit – with its first single malt

October 15, 2014
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Brewery gets in the spirit – with its first single malt

Warmley brewer Bath Ales, best known for its range of award-winning beers, has produced its first spirit – in a limited edition of just 100 bottles. Gem Aqua Vitae, a 42% vol single malt spirit, has been made using wort from Bath Ales’ brewery. Wort is the liquid produced...

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Property expert returns to law firm Clarke Willmott to boost its social housing team

October 14, 2014
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Property expert returns to law firm Clarke Willmott to boost its social housing team

National law firm Clarke Willmott is expanding its social housing team following a number of high-profile client wins. Jonathan Stokes, pictured, has been appointed as head of plot sales in the firm’s commercial property team based in the Bristol office.  The move means a return to Clarke Willmott for...

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Mulberry warns on profits after sales decline again in tougher-than-expected market

October 14, 2014
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Mulberry warns on profits after sales decline again in tougher-than-expected market

Shares in luxury goods brand Mulberry fell sharply after it warned its annual profits will be “significantly” lower than expected. The group, based at Chilcompton, Somerset, and best known for its upmarket handbags, is undergoing a major restructuring after several years of dwindling profits. But chairman Godfrey Davis, who...

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PwC’s planned move to showpiece office at Temple Quay strengthens market recovery

October 13, 2014
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PwC’s planned move to showpiece office at Temple Quay strengthens market recovery

International accountancy firm PwC is to relocate its Bristol office to the showpiece 2 Glass Wharf scheme at Temple Quay in a move that reinforces the recovery of the city’s commercial property sector. PwC is taking just over 37,000 sq ft in the 100,000 sq ft office building, pictured...

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Grant Thornton’s financial director club to hear benefits of stock market flotation

October 13, 2014
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Grant Thornton’s financial director club to hear benefits of stock market flotation

The benefits of floating on the London Stock Exchange will be spelled out to financial directors this week at the next meeting of the accountants Grant Thornton’s quarterly FD Club. Lucy Tarleton, the LSE’s representative for London and the South of England, will join Tim Lincoln, head of Grant...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

October 12, 2014
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Monday 13 October Finals: Renewable Energy Generation, Tristel, YouGov Trading statement: Essentra Tuesday 14 October Interim: boohoo.com Finals: Bellway, dotDigital, Matchtech, Nanoco Trading statements: Ashmore, Burberry, Carpetright, Hargreaves Lansdown, Michael Page International, SABMiller AGMs: Scancell Holdings, Xplorer EGM: Assura Economics: BRC sales, Consumer price index, Retail price index, Producer...

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First projects unveiled as Bristol’s Green Capital 2015 programme aims for innovation

October 10, 2014
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First projects unveiled as Bristol’s Green Capital 2015 programme aims for innovation

Innovative projects ranging from the world’s first solar-powered balloon to a major festival looking at the future shape of cities across the globe will thrust Bristol into the international spotlight as 2015 European Green Capital. The first initiatives that will make up Bristol’s year as green capital were announced...

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Bristol’s media scene reshaped as new magazine hits the streets and city TV station is launched

October 10, 2014
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Bristol’s media scene reshaped as new magazine hits the streets and city TV station is launched

Bristol’s media landscape has undergone its biggest changes in decades this week with the launch of a major new magazine, website and app and a new TV channel dedicated to the city. B24/7 has emerged from the successful, independent websites Bristol24/7, Bristol Culture and Bristol Listings. It includes a...

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