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Colliers sold in pre-packaged administration deal

March 28, 2012
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Tony Horrell, CEO Colliers International UK

  Property consultancy Colliers has been bought in a pre-packaged administration deal by Canadian majority shareholder FirstService Corporation – previously a 29.4% stakeholder. London-based Colliers, which has an office in Bristol, initially confirmed that it was in talks with FirstService, a huge property services company, in January.  FirstService, which already owns 90% of...

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Property consultant welcomes planning reforms

March 28, 2012
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Commercial property consultant GVA, which has an office in Bristol, has welcomed the Government’s decision to water down planning reforms that threatened unrestrained building across swathes of the English countryside. The National Planning Policy Framework replaces 1200 pages of planning statements with a slim 49-page document. It still includes...

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SACO edges towards £10,000 fundraising target

March 27, 2012
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On Sunday March 25 a team from SACO, the serviced apartment specialist, abseiled down its flagship Bristol Broad Quay property to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Staff from various SACO offices came together in Bristol to congregate on the roof of SACO’s flagship 72-apartment property at Bristol Broad...

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Bristol oil company raises stakes in takeover talks

March 27, 2012
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French oil giant Total will have to pay more than its initial suggestion of around £72m if it wants to buy Wessex Exploration, the Bristol-based hydrocarbon prospecting company  which has a 1.25% working interest in the Zaedyus discovery – potentially a multi-billion pound oilfield off the coast of South America.  Wessex, which floated...

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Little Christmas cheer for hotels

March 27, 2012
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From Bristol247 Bristol hotels had little to cheer this Christmas at what was the end of a “concerning” year, according to a new survey. During December, occupancy levels in Bristol hotels dipped 0.7% from 59.5% in 2010 to 59.1% in December 2011, while room rates experienced a drop of...

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Sludge screen proves a moneyspinner for Hydro

March 27, 2012
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A new contract win boosted shares today in Hydro International, the Clevedon company which has developed a range of technologies to control urban run off, treat stormwater, combined sewage overflows and municipal wastewater. The company, which reported pre-tax profits up from £2.4m to £2.5m earlier this month, has won a £1m contract...

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Bristol pyrotechnics go with a bang in China

March 27, 2012
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Factory worker wrapping aerial shells

A team from Bristol fireworks company Skyburst is back in Britain after mounting a cutting edge, computer-programmed display to mark the end of the Chinese New Year in Liuyang, Hunan Province – the fireworks capital of the world.  The show – which was mounted at the personal invitation of...

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Brightside reports 9th record year

March 23, 2012
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Arron Banks, chief executive of Bristol-based specialist internet insurance broker Brightside, today announced the company's ninth successive record year of growth with a 35% rise in pre-tax profits, a 39% rise in earnings per share and 31% growth in policy numbers. He said: "We have made great strides towards...

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Staff promotions at CBRE in Bristol

March 23, 2012
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CBRE Promotions 2012

  Four staff from four different departments at property agents CBRE in Bristol have been promoted. James Broome, who heads the residential and development land team, has been promoted to director. Guy Mansfield in the agency and development team and has been promoted to associate director. Tom Morris from...

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Pirate ship sets sail for M Shed

March 23, 2012
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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

  The pirate ship from Bristol-based Aardman Animations' new pirate-themed movie -The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists – is to drop anchor in the Harbourside foyer of M Shed,  a move certain to boost the number of visitors to Bristol's newest museum which is housed in the landmark...

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Ikea receives maximum fine for health and safety breaches at Bristol store

March 22, 2012
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From Bristol 24-7  Swedish furniture giant Ikea has been fined £80,000 after a worker at its Bristol store suffered multiple injuries in an accident. Philip Edgecombe broke two bones in his left arm and dislocated his shoulder while driving a forklift truck in the store. The mast of the...

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Buoyant SciSys boosts profits and dividends

March 22, 2012
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Specilaist software developer SciSys today signalled confidence in the future by raising its annual dividend 10% on the back of a rise in pre-tax profits from £1.57m to £2m in 2011. The company, which has a major base in Bristol and its head office in Chippenham, develops information and...

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Harbourside regeneration deal sealed

March 22, 2012
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Purifier Building - Bristol

The regeneration of one of the last parts of Bristol's Harbourside looks to have been finally settled. Grade II-listed East Purifier House in Gas Ferry Road is to be converted into apartments. It follows a decision by serviced apartment group Citystay to sell the former gasworks building to developers...

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