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Brexit: Economic impact

June 24, 2016
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Brexit: Economic impact

The referendum result had an immediate economic impact with sterling suffering its worst ever fall and share prices tumbling on the London Stock Exchange. The pound slumped by 10% to its lowest level since 1985. The Bank of England issued a statement saying it was “monitoring developments closely” and...

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Brexit: National business reaction

June 24, 2016
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Brexit: National business reaction

Business organisation the CBI, which had lobbied hard for the UK to remain in the EU, called for “strong and calm leadership” from the Government to ensure economic stability as Brexit kicks in. Director-general Carolyn Fairbairn described the vote as a “momentous turning point” in the country’s history. “The...

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Brexit: Bristol business leaders call for urgent Govt action to protect firms

June 24, 2016
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Brexit: Bristol business leaders call for urgent Govt action to protect firms

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, called on the government to immediately commit to negotiate the best deal possible for British firms outside the EU following the referendum result. Failing to do that could risk jeopardising new investment from the many overseas firms that have chosen to base...

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Intellectual property workshop to help start-ups protect their brands

June 23, 2016
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Intellectual property workshop to help start-ups protect their brands

Bristol start-ups can learn how to protect their fledgling brands at a free workshop hosted by BRAVE Enterprise next month. The intellectual property (IP) workshop on July 13 is being run by Business West at BRAVE’s offices at The Coach House, 2 Upper York Street, Bristol BS2 8QN. BRAVE...

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New South West business banking director appointed by NatWest

June 23, 2016
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New South West business banking director appointed by NatWest

NatWest has appointed John Bendall as regional director – business banking for the South West. John, pictured, has worked for the bank for 28 years and was previously the bank’s director – business banking for North and Mid Devon. In his new role he will oversee the NatWest’s links...

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Staying in EU could create 75,000 jobs, CBI claims and warns Brexit will ‘pull rug from under economy’

June 21, 2016
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Nearly 75,000 jobs could be created in the South West if the UK stays in the European Union, the CBI claimed today in one of the last pro-EU salvos by a major business group ahead of Thursday’s vote. The CBI, a staunch backer of the ‘remain’ camp during the...

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Breaking the universe’s rules earns Interactive Scientific top award at innovation showcase

June 21, 2016
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Combining technology, art, science and education to create powerful installations and performances has landed fast-growing digital business Interactive Scientific the coveted Bristol SETsquared Best Elevator Pitch award. It beat nine other fledgling firms to win the accolade at Bristol SETsquared’s Annual Innovation Showcase, which gives members of the business...

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Regional group calls on Bristol’s tech innovators to help showcase South West as global hub

June 21, 2016
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Regional group calls on Bristol’s tech innovators to help showcase South West as global hub

Bristol’s tech sector is being urged to get involved with a new group that aims to promote the South West as a global hi-tech and digital centre of excellence. Tech South West is holding its first event in Bristol on Thursday morning at the city’s Engine Shed innovation hub...

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Water technology pioneer Hydro International accepts £28m takeover

June 21, 2016
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Water technology pioneer Hydro International accepts £28m takeover

Hydro International, the innovative water industry technology company, has agreed to a £28m takeover by a private investment firm. Ely Acquisition, an investment vehicle ultimately owned by the London-based Hanover Active Equity Fund, said the public-to-private deal would help Hydro reach its full potential. Clevedon-based Hydro develops advanced technology...

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Construction of new head office for ALD Automotive shifts up a gear

June 20, 2016
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Construction of new head office for ALD Automotive shifts up a gear

Bristol-based ALD Automotive – one of the UK’s largest vehicle leasing companies – is preparing to relocate to its new £12m head office as the construction enters the final stages. Midlands-based commercial property developer Stoford has completed the shell of the 36,000 sq ft building at Vertex Park, Emersons...

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Rolling back the years: Former Junior Chamber members reunite for new team photo 20 years on

June 20, 2016
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Rolling back the years: Former Junior Chamber members reunite for new team photo 20 years on

The discovery of a photo from 20 years ago spurred a group of former Bristol Junior Chamber members to turn the clock back two decades to recreate it. The reunion photo shoot was organised by accountant Edward Corrigan – who now runs his own firm Corrigan Associates – after...

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Bristol Business News Photo Gallery: IoD South West Director of the Year Awards

June 20, 2016
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Bristol Business News Photo Gallery: IoD South West Director of the Year Awards

Business leaders from across the region were recognised at the Institute of Directors 2016 Director of the Year Awards. Simon Barbato, founder and CEO of Bath-based brand, digital and marketing agency was named South West Director of the Year. Other winners were:  James Piper of Ecosurety in Bristol (Young Director),...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

June 20, 2016
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Monday 20 June Final: Majestic Wine AGMs: Ascent Resources, CEPS, DRS Data and Research, Gusbourne, Management Consulting, Microsaic Systems, Premier Technical Services, Rasmala, Tarsus EGM: Bioquell Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 21 June Interim: Chemring Finals: Photo-Me International, Sepura Trading statement: Whitbread AGMs: Andrews Sykes, Futura Medical, Saga, Strategic...

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