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New round of LEP growth funding opens to back expanding firms and create jobs

July 23, 2014
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New round of LEP growth funding opens to back expanding firms and create jobs

Ambitious businesses with growth potential are being encouraged to apply for a new round of funding from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The latest opportunity follows on from two previous successful rounds operated under the West of England Growth Fund scheme and through which nearly 300...

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University of Bristol snaps up former Habitat store in Clifton for student hub

July 23, 2014
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University of Bristol snaps up former Habitat store in Clifton for student hub

The former Habitat store in Clifton has been bought by the University of Bristol, which plans to convert the flagship building into a student hub and study centre. Known as Beacon House, the four-storey, Grade II listed building on the corner of Queen’s Road and Queen’s Avenue next to...

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Merchant Venturers seek charities to benefit from its next round of grants

July 23, 2014
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Merchant Venturers seek charities to benefit from its next round of grants

Bristol’s Society of Merchant Venturers is inviting local good causes to apply to its charity committee for grants. The call coincides with the Merchants’ quarterly announcement of its recent awards which total £35,000 in new grants. The awards are used to support organisations that work with the vulnerable and...

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Innovative recycled film set business sets up at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios

July 23, 2014
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Innovative recycled film set business sets up at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios

Sustainable film and TV set-clearance firm Drèsd has become the latest business to set up an operation at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios. The innovative company, which offers a cost-effective alternative to sending set waste to landfill, is the 11th firm to join the burgeoning creative community at the Hengrove...

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NHS Trust gives healthy boost to showpiece city centre office scheme with new letting

July 22, 2014
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NHS Trust gives healthy boost to showpiece city centre office scheme with new letting

More space at landmark Bristol city centre office building Whitefriars has been let, lifting the total taken since it was refurbished last year to more than 26,000 sq ft. The latest letting is to University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, which has doubled its presence in the 11-storey building...

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Chinese telecoms giant Huawei invests in Bristol microchip innovator XMOS

July 21, 2014
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Chinese telecoms giant Huawei invests in Bristol microchip innovator XMOS

Bristol microchip design pioneer XMOS has received a $26.2m (£15.3m) investment from a group of international technology businesses which include Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant. It is understood to be the largest single Chinese investment in a Bristol firm so far and could pave the way for further deals....

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Bristol takes its UK-leading strength in technology to heart of London’s Tech City

July 21, 2014
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Bristol takes its UK-leading strength in technology to heart of London’s Tech City

Bristol’s thriving digital cluster – and one of its leading up-and-coming businesses – have been championed to an audience of national investors at a Tech City UK event in London. Bristol, along with Bath, was one of five tech clusters from across the UK to be invited to present...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 21, 2014
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Monday 21 July Interims: Dialight, Michelmersh Brick Finals: Allocate Software, Schroder Real Estate Investment Trading statements: Babcock International, Quindell AGMs: Babcock International, Ensor, Pathfinder Minerals, Quintain Estates & Development EGM: Bowleven Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 22 July Interims: Arm, Beazley, Croda International, McColl's Retail Group, Premier Foods Finals:...

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Bristol Airport passenger numbers hit new high as airlines map out new routes

July 18, 2014
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Bristol Airport passenger numbers hit new high as airlines map out new routes

Bristol Airport has recorded its busiest June ever, handling more than 646,000 passengers during the month. The increase comes as a number of airlines introduce new services to meet growing demand and a new £6.5m central walkway, which opened earlier this month, paves the way for the airport to...

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Upbeat outlook for Bristol’s commercial property sector as demand nears pre-recession levels

July 18, 2014
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Upbeat outlook for Bristol’s commercial property sector as demand nears pre-recession levels

Bristol’s commercial property market is making a strong recovery with a sharp increase in demand in the first six months of this year and signs of further improvements for the second half, a series of upbeat reports out this week show. CBRE Bristol’s latest quarterly report shows demand was...

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Christmas jobs are in store already as Bristol field marketing firm keeps cool and plans ahead

July 18, 2014
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Christmas jobs are in store already as Bristol field marketing firm keeps cool and plans ahead

Bristol may be sweltering in the hottest temperatures of the year so far, but city-based field marketing business eXPD8 is turning its attention to Christmas by embarking on a festive season recruitment drive for 600 retail support professionals across the UK. The jobs, most of which will be temporary,...

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Rapid sale of Avonmouth warehouse points to industrial market recovery, says agent

July 18, 2014
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Rapid sale of Avonmouth warehouse points to industrial market recovery, says agent

Property consultants Alder King’s Bristol office has sold the freehold of a modern warehouse  in Avonmouth within two months of bringing it to market – another sign it says of a strong recovery in the city’s industrial market. Corporate House on Portview Road was acquired by Bristol Properties from...

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Alderley founder sings praises of UK’s mid-tier manufacturers at its 25th anniversary concert

July 18, 2014
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Alderley founder sings praises of UK’s mid-tier manufacturers at its 25th anniversary concert

Innovative advanced engineering group Alderley has celebrated its 25th anniversary with a concert and picnic for staff and supporters in the gardens of founder and chairman Tony Shepherd’s home. Mr Shepherd, a fervant supporter of UK manufacturing, formed the business in 1989 with a single workshop and Portacabins offices...

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