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Lawyer becomes new chairman of Forum for the Built Environment’s regional branch

April 15, 2015
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Lawyer becomes new chairman of Forum for the Built Environment’s regional branch

Eric Livingston, a partner and construction solicitor at regional law firm Thrings, has become chairman of the Forum for the Built Environment’s (fbe) Great Western branch. Eric, pictured, a specialist in construction procurement, contract preparation and negotiation and resolving construction disputes, assumes the role after serving as regional vice...

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More trainees to be taken on by Ashfords as it aims for further expansion

April 15, 2015
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More trainees to be taken on by Ashfords as it aims for further expansion

West of England law firm Ashfords is to increase its intake of trainee solicitors over the next three years as a result of continued growth. The firm, which has six offices including one in Bristol, is now looking for five more trainees to join it this September and in...

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Hargreaves Lansdown co-founder Peter Hargreaves quits as director

April 14, 2015
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Hargreaves Lansdown co-founder Peter Hargreaves quits as director

Peter Hargreaves, the multi-millionaire co-founder of Bristol based fund management group Hargreaves Lansdown, stepped down this week as a director with immediate effect. Mr Hargreaves, pictured, stepped down as managing director in 2011 but remained as an executive director, effectively being the company’s figurehead as well as a major...

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Officers’ Association takes on first business development manager for West of England

April 13, 2015
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Officers’ Association takes on first business development manager for West of England

The Officers’ Association, the organisation committed to ensuring that former officers and their dependants live with dignity and independence, has appointed Sophia Koniarska as its regional business development manager for the West. Sophia, pictured, brings expertise in corporate social responsibility to the new role, which will focus on developing...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 12, 2015
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Monday 13 April Interim: Carr’s Milling Industries Finals: Netdimensions, Safestay, SimiGon Tuesday 14 April Finals: MP Evans, Horizon Discovery, Keywords Studios Trading statements: Ashmore, Michael Page International, Poundland AGMs: Law Debenture, Pennant International, Porvair, Ultrasis EGM: Ultrasis Economics: BRC like-for-like sales, Consumer Price Index, Retail Price Index, Producer prices...

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The LAST WORD: Suzanne Rolt, chief executive, St George’s Bristol

April 10, 2015
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The LAST WORD: Suzanne Rolt, chief executive, St George’s Bristol

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 Suzanne Rolt, chief executive, St George’s Bristol – currently fundraising £5.5m for its ‘Building a Sound Future’ extension appeal – answers our 10 questions. What was...

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Three firms in running to claim title of Bristol’s happiest workplace

April 10, 2015
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Three firms in running to claim title of Bristol’s happiest workplace

Bristol’s best workplace will be named next week – with three of the city’s happiest and most inspirational firms vying for the coveted title. Judges for the inaugural Happiest Workplace Award visited the three firms this week and Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson – who was on the judging...

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At last! Eyesore former Temple Meads sorting office building in line to be redeveloped

April 10, 2015
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At last! Eyesore former Temple Meads sorting office building in line to be redeveloped

The derelict former Royal Mail sorting office next to Temple Meads station could be bought by Bristol City Council and redeveloped as part of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. The crumbling building, which has stood empty for 17 years, is loathed by business leaders, tourist chiefs and politicians for...

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Bristol’s green innovation puts it in the spotlight at global gathering of sustainable cities

April 10, 2015
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Bristol’s green innovation puts it in the spotlight at global gathering of sustainable cities

Bristol’s burgeoning reputation as a testbed for innovative ways of tackling the impact of climate change has this week put it centre stage at a major event attended by senior figures from cities across the globe. The World Congress in Seoul, South Korea, heard from the Mayor of Bristol...

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Summit will offer food for thought on sustainability for Bristol’s thriving restaurant trade

April 10, 2015
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Summit will offer food for thought on sustainability for Bristol’s thriving restaurant trade

Sustainability in the restaurant and catering trade will be on the menu at a summit to be staged as part of the city’s innovative Eat Drink Bristol Fashion festival. Some 150 delegates from businesses across all sections of the food industry will take part to learn and exchange ideas...

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Bristol advisors help deliver sale of Somerset haulage firm

April 10, 2015
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Bristol advisors help deliver sale of Somerset haulage firm

The Bristol offices of accountants Baker Tilly and law firm Ashfords have advised on the sale of Shepton Mallet-based haulage firm Framptons Transport Services to a larger rival. Devon-based heavyweight Gregory Distribution Framptons Transport Services paid an undisclosed sum to acquire Framptons, which has an annual turnover of around...

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Coveted national tourism award shortlistings for At-Bristol and the Hippodrome

April 10, 2015
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Coveted national tourism award shortlistings for At-Bristol and the Hippodrome

The Bristol Hippodrome and At-Bristol Science Centre have been named as finalists in the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015. At-Bristol is among five venues shortlisted in the Sustainable Tourism Award category while the Hippodrome is competing for the Access for All Tourism award. This year’s VisitEngland Awards attracted...

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New chair for Prince’s Trust South West Leadership Group

April 10, 2015
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New chair for Prince’s Trust South West Leadership Group

The Prince’s Trust South West Leadership Group (SWLG), which brings business leaders together to support the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs, has appointed Mike Beesley as its new chair. Mike, pictured, CEO of Bristol-based recruitment firm Resource Solutions Group (RSG), takes over from Bristol app development company Mubaloo’s chief executive Mark...

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