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Paris expansion for fast-growing Osborne Clarke

July 22, 2013
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Paris expansion for fast-growing Osborne Clarke

Bristol law firm Osborne Clarke has continued its rapid international expansion by opening an office in Paris – its 15th across Europe and the US. The move means France becomes the seventh jurisdiction in which the firm has a base. Just over a year ago Osborne Clarke had around...

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New city centre base for Barclays corporate and wealth management teams

July 22, 2013
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New city centre base for Barclays corporate and wealth management teams

Barclays is to re-locate its two Bristol offices into prestigious new space in the city centre. The office in Bridgewater House, Finzels Reach, will bring together Barclays’ Corporate Banking and Wealth and Investment Management divisions. Barclays is to lease more than 18,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art space at Bridgewater...

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Firms land first investments under LEP’s growth fund

July 22, 2013
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Firms land first investments under LEP’s growth fund

Two Bristol area firms are the first to receive funding under the West of England Growth Fund initiative. The bids were put in to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) £25m fund by Avon Valley Precision Engineering, based in Bitton, and Yate-based Pulse Roll Label Products. More...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 22, 2013
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Monday July 22 INTERIMS Dialight, Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. (DI) FINALS Filtronic AGMS Ensor Holdings, European Convergence Development Co, Quintain Estates & Development, Ventus 2 VCT, Ventus VCT, Volex Tuesday July 23 INTERIMS Beazley, Premier Foods, Provident Financial FINALS IG Group Holdings EGMS Central Asia Metals AGMS Astar Minerals,...

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Jobless rate falls but long-term and youth unemployment remain high

July 19, 2013
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Jobless rate falls but long-term and youth unemployment remain high

From Bristol 24-7 www.bristol247.com The South West’s jobs market is the best performing in the country, new figures have revealed. Unemployment fell by 11,000 to 156,000 between March and May in the region, giving it the UK’s lowest jobless rate of 5.8%. In Bristol 10,912 people claimed Job Seekers...

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Vive la difference: Bristol office visit measures up for French property students

July 18, 2013
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Vive la difference: Bristol office visit measures up for French property students

French students learning about international real estate at UWE have been given a hands-on insight into the different techniques used to measure office space in the UK compared to France. The students, from the Ecole Supérieure des Professions Immobilières (ESPI – School of Real Estate Professions) in Paris, are...

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Bristol Uni innovation incubator among group named as joint best in Europe

July 18, 2013
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Bristol Uni innovation incubator among group named as joint best in Europe

SETsquared, the innovative business incubator partnership that includes the University of Bristol, has been named as the joint best in Europe at helping fledgling tech firms meet their potential. The accolade comes from the University Business Incubator (UBI) Index which also made it joint fourth best in the world,...

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Crown Estate reappoints Bond Dickinson to major portfolio

July 18, 2013
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Crown Estate reappoints Bond Dickinson to major portfolio

Bond Dickinson, the national law firm with a major office in Bristol, has been reappointed to one of two places on the legal panel of The Crown Estate energy and infrastructure portfolio. The decision followed a competitive tender process which aimed to consolidated legal advice across an extremely diverse...

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Jobs saved as Bristol headboard maker is rescued from liquidation

July 18, 2013
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Jobs saved as Bristol headboard maker is rescued from liquidation

Bristol bedroom furniture manufacturer Swanglen, which collapsed after being hit hard by the collapse of Britain’s biggest bed retailer Dreams, has been bought out of liquidation by major UK bed firm Airsprung. Swanglen supplied headboards and other furniture to major retailers and bed manufacturers. It recently ceased trading and...

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Zero-emission ferry fuels Bristol’s green credentials

July 17, 2013
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Zero-emission ferry fuels Bristol’s green credentials

The UK’s first hydrogen-powered ferry is officially launched in Bristol tomorrow – the latest step by the city towards becoming the UK’s green powerhouse. Clean, green and producing zero emissions, the ferry service will showcase the commercial advantages of this technology to businesses, residents, commuters and tourists during a pilot...

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Call of nature – Bristol scientists charge up mobile phone using urine

July 17, 2013
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Bristol scientists have made a world-leading breakthrough – by using urine to charge mobile phone batteries. They are calling urine the ultimate waste product as it freely available and will never run out and believe charging mobiles could just be the first of a host of gadgets to be...

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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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