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Regional origination manager appointment for alternative funder as it gears up for more growth

November 14, 2017
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Regional origination manager appointment for alternative funder as it gears up for more growth

Alternative funding specialist ThinCats has appointed Alison Whistance in a senior management role to cover its South West region. Alison, pictured, joins as origination manager, South-West, as the firm gears up for its next period of growth. ThinCats, an online peer-to-peer lending platform that allows investors to make secured...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 11, 2017
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Monday November 13 Trading update: Taylor Wimpey, Ladbrokes Coral Tuesday November 14 Finals: McCarthy & Stone Interims: FirstGroup, Land Securities, Vodafone, Aveva, Electrocomponents Trading updates: Paysafe, Smiths Group, Cobham, Cineworld, Meggitt, ITV, Bovis Homes Economic announcement: CPI (October) Wednesday November 15 Finals: Fenner Interims:Experian, Premier Foods, TalkTalk, Great Portland...

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Engine Shed 2 project on track after city council gives green light to new innovation hub

November 10, 2017
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Engine Shed 2 project on track after city council gives green light to new innovation hub

Ambitious plans for a second Engine Shed innovation hub in Bristol were this week given the go-ahead by the city council, paving the way for increased long-term, sustainable and inclusive economic growth based on its model of collaboration. Engine Shed 2 will enable it to bring new projects into...

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Confidence climbs to 12-month high as orders and sales strengthen, Business West survey reveals

November 10, 2017
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Confidence climbs to 12-month high as orders and sales strengthen, Business West survey reveals

West of England firms’ domestic sales and orders have grown at their fastest rate for two years, while business confidence is at its highest since before the Brexit referendum, according to the latest survey from Business West. The organisation, the largest business membership group in the region, said the...

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Nash Partnership’s senior management team bolstered with studio design director promotion

November 10, 2017
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Nash Partnership’s senior management team bolstered with studio design director promotion

The Bristol office of planning, design and regeneration consultancy Nash Partnership has boosted its senior management team with the promotion of John Everett to studio design director. The firm, which has its headquarters in Bath, said the move reflected its continued growth in Bristol. John, pictured, was previously an associate...

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Rise of ethical investing sends Rathbone Greenbank’s funds under management through £1bn

November 10, 2017
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Rise of ethical investing sends Rathbone Greenbank’s funds under management through £1bn

Funds under management at Bristol-based ‘green’ investment firm Rathbone Greenbank have exceeded £1bn for the first time as ethical investing moves into the mainstream. The firm’s specialist ethical and sustainable investment team has been a pioneer in the field, expanding to meet demand to include a total of 22...

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Firms to get a chance to find out why Fairtrade makes business sense at Bristol workshop

November 10, 2017
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Firms to get a chance to find out why Fairtrade makes business sense at Bristol workshop

Bristol firms are to get the chance to learn more about the business case behind using Fairtrade products at an event later this month. The workshop, staged by Bristol Fairtrade Network at the Future Economy Centre on Temple Way, will give help and inspiration on ways to source Fairtrade...

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Urgent need for more skilled construction workers to meet demand across West, report shows

November 10, 2017
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Urgent need for more skilled construction workers to meet demand across West, report shows

More than 80,000 construction workers will be needed across the West of England over the next 20 years to help make hundreds of building projects a reality, according to a new report.  The West of England Combined Authority (WECA)I, which commissioned the research, said it would work with colleges,...

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Temple Bright builds on strong foundations with academy construction projects

November 10, 2017
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Temple Bright builds on strong foundations with academy construction projects

Innovative law firm Temple Bright continues to develop its practice within the domain of the region’s large traditional firms. The Bristol and London firm has been advising North Somerset’s prestigious Churchill Academy on two significant construction projects, for which the Ofsted ‘outstanding’ school received almost £5m in government funding....

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Staff wellbeing, teamwork, yoga – and ping pong – earn Bristol firms happiest workplace awards

November 10, 2017
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Staff wellbeing, teamwork, yoga – and ping pong – earn Bristol firms happiest workplace awards

Four Bristol area firms have been named among the happiest places to work in the South West, with staff enjoying benefits ranging from flexible working and training to meditation and ping pong. The South West Happiest Workplaces awards were launched three years ago by Bristol-based workspace and interior design...

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Women in property industry still held back on career progression and equal pay, report reveals

November 10, 2017
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Women in property industry still held back on career progression and equal pay, report reveals

The West of England’s property and construction industry must speed up career progression for women and bring in more flexible working practices if it is to create a truly diverse and sustainable workforce, according to new research. Without doing this it runs the risk of making ‘fake’ progress, the...

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Trio of Bristol entrepreneurs on list of UK’s high-growth innovators

November 8, 2017
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Trio of Bristol entrepreneurs on list of UK’s high-growth innovators

Three influential Bristol business figures have been included on a list of 100 UK organisations and their leaders that demonstrate excellence through growth, innovation and purpose. Ellen Green, founder and managing director of Blue Badge Co, Bevis Watts, UK managing director of ethical bank Triodos, and Kalpna Woolf, founder...

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University of Bristol’s innovation centre will make city world hub for quantum technology

November 7, 2017
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University of Bristol’s innovation centre will make city world hub for quantum technology

The University of Bristol this week revealed plans to take quantum research from the lab into the commercial world by launching the world’s first centre of its kind. The £43m centre will harness the enormous power of the quantum world – the behaviour of matter and energy on the...

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