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Govt-backed ‘angel’ fund invests in innovative Bristol healthy drinks firm

May 9, 2012
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Future Drinks, a Bristol start-up company which has developed a range of fruity bottled drinks aimed at the health conscious female market, has received a £360,000 investment from a Government-backed business angel scheme. The company will launch the drinks under the new Koji brand this summer following successful test...

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More backing sought for Bristol’s Euro Green Capital bid

May 9, 2012
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Around 1,500 people have signed up to back Bristol’s bid to be Europe’s green capital – and the Bristol Green Capital Partnership is asking for more businesses and individuals to pledge their ahead of the decision next month. Bristol is going head to head against Copenhagen and Frankfurt for the 2014 title....

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Hi-tech pioneers offer growing investment opportunities for IP firm

May 8, 2012
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IP Group, a developer of intellectual property-based technology spinout businesses from a dozen British universities including Bath and Bristol, has boosted the value of its investment portfolio from £123.8m on December 31 to £178.6m. The increase is largely due to the £26.4m fair value gain as a result of...

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Turnover inches ahead as earnings and margins improve at Jelf

May 8, 2012
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Turnover inches ahead as earnings and margins improve at Jelf

A strong financial first-half performance has been reported today by Jelf, the Yate-based independent full service brokerage which supports businesses and individuals. Revenues were slightly up on last year from £35m to £35.2m in the six months to March 31 as EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation)...

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Partner and associate promotions at law firm Ashfords

May 7, 2012
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Law firm Ashfords, which has offices across the West including Bristol, has announced four promotions to partner and three promotions to associate.  The partner promotions, which take the firm’s total number of partners to 72, have been made across the partnership in recognition of continuing development and contribution to...

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Elected mayor: Bristol votes ‘yes’

May 4, 2012
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From Bristol 24-7  Bristol has voted decisively in favour of an elected mayor, with a majority of more than 5,000 people in favour of changing the way the city is governed. More than 41,032 votes were cast in favour of a directly elected mayor with 35,880 against. The result...

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Elected mayor: Result due this afternoon

May 4, 2012
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From Bristol 24-7 The result of the referendum in Bristol for an elected mayor is due to be announced this afternoon with signs that the ‘no’ lobby will triumph. Voting took place yesterday across the city, with Bristolians asked to choose if they want an elected mayor or to...

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Bristol director cashes in with share sale

May 3, 2012
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Hargreaves Lansdown says its financial director Mrs Tracey Taylor has sold a total of 8,700 ordinary shares – and a connected person, Mr J Taylor, has sold a further 2,300 ordinary shares at a price of 529p per share. The Bristol-based financial services giant which has £26bn under management,...

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Renishaw makes American acquisition

May 3, 2012
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World-leading measurement and medical device manufacturer Renishaw has paid an undisclosed sum for R&R Sales LLC, an American supplier of fixtures for the global measurement and inspection market. Renishaw, based at Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire,  says the acquisition of family-owned R&R, which has 19 employees and is located  in Grand Haven, Michigan, will...

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UWE licenses innovative ceramic 3D printing process to US supplier

May 2, 2012
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A potentially money-spinning licensing agreement has been struck by UWE Bristol’s Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) with American suppliers Viridis3D granting them exclusive rights to market ViriClay, a new 3D printable ceramic material with wide-ranging potential for domestic and commercial applications in the arts and consumer product markets....

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Local apprentice makes a splash for charity

May 2, 2012
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The Virgin Media Apprentice team rowing hard

  An apprentice from Bristol has taken on England’s largest lake in an adrenaline-charged charity challenge, and raised nearly £1,600 in the process. Lee Milton pushed himself to the limit to row the width of Lake Windermere along with seven team members, as part of the Virgin Media Apprentice...

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Law firm specialising in construction and engineering opens for business in Bristol

May 2, 2012
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Another new law firm has opened in Bristol as the city continues to develop as a legal hotspot. The latest addition is Codobo Law, a firm set up by experienced Bristol lawyer Sean Campbell and specialising in advice for the construction and engineering industries.   Mr Campbell, an established...

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Witch report gets a handle on the latest signs of drought

May 1, 2012
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Witch report gets a handle on the latest signs of drought

It may have rained cats and dogs recently but deep under the Mendip Hills the signs are that the drought is far from over – or so the latest ‘witch report’ claims. While the Environment Agency harnesses sophisticated 21st century equipment to measure rainfall, guides in Somerset's famous Wookey...

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