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Why score sheets and balance sheets both matter in rugby, seminar is told

July 17, 2013
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Why score sheets and balance sheets both matter in rugby, seminar is told

West finance directors were given an insight by leading figures at Bath Rugby into the pressures of delivering results both on and off the pitch at a seminar organised by the Bristol office of business and financial advisers Grant Thornton. The firm, which sponsors the Aviva Premiership side, held...

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Business-backed Old Vic scheme helps youngsters take first steps to acting careers

July 16, 2013
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Business-backed Old Vic scheme helps youngsters take first steps to acting careers

A pilot community scheme launched by a group of Bristol firms to help budding young actors join Bristol Old Vic’s Young Company has awarded its first bursaries. The payments, at the end of the first year of the three-year pilot scheme, have been made to six talented youngsters who...

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UWE robotics students bring on sub to secure second place in Euro contest

July 16, 2013
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A robot submarine built by a team of students from UWE Bristol has come second in a prestigious European challenge competition. The robot, named Phoenix, outmanoeuvred six teams in the week-long SAUC-E 2013 challenge at La Spezia, Italy, to win the runner-up prize worth €2,000. It was the fourth...

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Pioneering employee scheme aims to unleash their inner entrepreneur

July 16, 2013
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Pioneering employee scheme aims to unleash their inner entrepreneur

Bristol businesses will tomorrow be told how to ‘unleash the entrepreneur’ within their employees through a new initiative being run in the city. The Building Better Businesses scheme is based on the simple proposition that the best, most efficient, most profitable way to operate a business is to give...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 15, 2013
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Monday July 15 INTERIMS Access Intelligence, Amino Technologies, Frenkel Topping Group, SThree FINALS Ilika EGMS Commercial International Bank (Egypt) SAE GDR (Reg S) AGMS GB Group TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS Thorntons Tuesday July 16 FINALS Ideagen, Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust Ltd AGMS BTG, Coms, Cyprotex, Dairy Crest Group, EPE Special...

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TLT lawyers advise on major international software takeover

July 12, 2013
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TLT lawyers advise on major international software takeover

Bristol-based national law firm TLT has acted for international IT services group Sword in its £11.7m cross-border acquisition of UK-based Active Risk Group. NYSE-Euronext Paris-listed Sword operates in 15 countries with 1,000-plus staff. The acquisition of Active Risk Group's risk management software is a significant purchase for the group...

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Recognition for Lloyds Bank manager in Responsible Business Awards

July 12, 2013
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Recognition for Lloyds Bank manager in Responsible Business Awards

Bristol-based commercial banking manager Rob Hall has been recognised for his role in championing sustainable business with a high-profile business award. Rob, senior manager at Lloyds Banking Group, has been named 2013 Marks & Spencer Sieff Award winner for the South West for his commitment to community engagement across...

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Expanding Mezze group opens sixth restaurant

July 12, 2013
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Expanding Mezze group opens sixth restaurant

Mezze, the fast-growing Bristol bar and restaurant chain, has officially opened its sixth venue –The White Lion in Portishead – with a little help from Bristol-born Olympic gymnast Imogen Cairns. Imogen, who represented Great Britain at the Beijing and London Olympics and has won three Commonwealth Games gold medals,...

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Thrings lawyers play key part in saving iconic Bath music pub

July 12, 2013
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Thrings lawyers play key part in saving iconic Bath music pub

Expert advice from lawyers at Thrings, the M4 corridor legal firm with an office in Bristol, has helped save an iconic Bath pub. The Bell Inn, a popular live music venue on the city’s bohemian Walcot Street, was threatened with permanent closure when its former owners decided to sell. ...

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West lawyers help ex-Dragon’s investment vehicle snap up student housing

July 12, 2013
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West lawyers help ex-Dragon’s investment vehicle snap up student housing

Islamic finance specialists at West law firm Foot Anstey have worked on the £40m-plus acquisition of a student housing scheme by Gulf investors operating through a shari’ah-compliant real estate firm chaired by former Dragons’ Den star James Caan. London-based independent property advisory firm 90 North Real Estate Partners serves...

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Freedom of the city for eminent physicist Prof Peter Higgs

July 12, 2013
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Freedom of the city for eminent physicist Prof Peter Higgs

Professor Peter Higgs, one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and the man after whom the elusive Higgs boson is named, has been awarded the freedom of the city of Bristol. Professor Higgs, 92, who went to Cotham Grammar School, was recognised for his work during a special ceremony...

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Honorary degree for Bristol property industry stalwart Grant Watson

July 12, 2013
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Honorary degree for Bristol property industry stalwart Grant Watson

Veteran Bristol commercial property figure Grant Watson is to receive an honorary degree from UWE Bristol in recognition of his inspirational leadership, entrepreneurship and passion for the region. The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science will be conferred on Mr Watson, pictured, at the awards ceremony of the Faculty...

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Buoyant professional services market puts Bristol ahead of other UK cities

July 11, 2013
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Buoyant professional services market puts Bristol ahead of other UK cities

Bristol’s professional services sector is the most vibrant outside London, according to Blusource, the fast-growing legal, accountancy and banking sectors recruitment consultancy which opened an office in the city six month ago. Blusource, which launched its office in Temple Quay at the start of the year, has recently sealed...

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