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Mitie snaps up pre-employment vetting firm for £2.3m

October 17, 2014
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Mitie snaps up pre-employment vetting firm for £2.3m

Bristol-based outsourcing group Mitie has acquired pre-employment screening company Procius from its management team.    Mitie, which has grown rapidly through a number of strategic acquisitions in recent years, is paying up to up to £2.3m for Procius subject to an adjustment for final completion accounts. The Basingstke-based firm...

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Coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for Bristol Old Vic remodelling architect

October 17, 2014
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Coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for Bristol Old Vic remodelling architect

The architect behind Bristol Old Vic’s plans to transform its front-of-house spaces has won the RIBA Stirling Prize, the profession’s most-prestigious award. Haworth Tompkins scooped architecture’s top national prize for the best building of the year last night for their work on the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. They were...

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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Cross, Invest Bristol and Bath. How inward investment can generate sustainable economic growth

October 17, 2014
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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Cross, Invest Bristol and Bath. How inward investment can generate sustainable economic growth

By Matt Cross, Invest Bristol and Bath The value of investment to economic growth cannot be underestimated: it lessens our reliance on public sector support, creates jobs and drives up wages. This is as true for a small business – a café expanding into new premises and taking on...

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JBP to manage Colston Hall’s £45m Thank You for the Music transformation appeal

October 17, 2014
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JBP to manage Colston Hall’s £45m Thank You for the Music transformation appeal

Bristol PR agency JBP has been appointed by the Bristol Music Trust, which runs the city’s iconic music venue Colston Hall, to provide media and political communications support for its £45m transformation appeal. The agency will manage the communications campaign Thank You for the Music which aims to make...

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Bristol’s first direct representative in Brussels aims to gain European funding for city

October 17, 2014
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Bristol’s first direct representative in Brussels aims to gain European funding for city

Bristol City Council has appointed an experienced EU affairs professional to give the city a direct representative in Brussels for the first time. Paul Davies’ appointment will build on Bristol’s longstanding relationship with Europe and is ideally timed as the city prepares to embark on its year as European...

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GVA graduate planner wins prestigious national award

October 17, 2014
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GVA graduate planner wins prestigious national award

Jennifer Angus, a graduate planner in the Bristol office of property adviser GVA, has received a highly-prestigious national award from the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for her MSc Urban Planning Dissertation project. Jennifer’s thesis was selected as the winning entry in the Excellence in Spatial Planning Research student...

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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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