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New bank opens Bristol base to target the city’s small and growing firms

April 5, 2012
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Aldermore, the bank set up two years ago by a group of investment funds, is to open an invoice finance office in Bristol as part of its ambitious expansion plans. The base, which will provide a range of financial services to small and medium-sized businesses across the South West,...

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Bank of England leaves interest rates on hold at 0.5%

April 5, 2012
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Interest rates have been pegged at 0.5% by the Bank of England for another month. The Bank also said there would be no change to its quantitative easing (QE) programme which aims to get money into the economy. Rates have been at 0.5% since March 2009 as the long...

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Jelf benefits from positive start to the year and looks for further growth

April 5, 2012
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Jelf, the independent consultancy which provides a broad range of insurance, financial services and employee benefits to corporates and individuals, says it "has enjoyed a positive start to the year" and is trading in line with expectations.  The Yate-based consultancy has more than 30 branches throughout England and South Wales, mainly...

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Top Scrabble players get on board for triple word scores at Doubletree hotel

April 4, 2012
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Some of Britain’s top-rated Scrabble players will be minding their Ps and Qs at the Doubletree by Hilton Cadbury House hotel in Congresbury for a four-day contest starting on Good Friday. It is the first time the venue has been asked to host the prestigious 2012 Easter Scrabble Weekend....

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Locking development moves ahead

April 4, 2012
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Work is set to start this month on the first commercial offices to be built on the £400m Locking Parklands scheme – the site of the former RAF Locking just outside Weston-super-Mare. The 6,000 sq ft of office space, due for completion this autumn, will comprise three individual units and...

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University joins fight against cyber attack

April 4, 2012
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The University of Bristol has been made an Academic Centre for Excellence in Cyber Security Research. It is one of eight universities to be recruited by intelligence agency GCHQ to help improve government and industry cyber security. The university will receive a £50,000 capital investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences...

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Highpoint in construction of new headquarters for Imps

April 4, 2012
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Chief executive Alison Cooper has marked a milestone in the construction of Imperial Tobacco's new headquarters in a ceremony at Winterstoke Road, Bristol. She helped to secure a silver bolt in a specially craned-in steel beam as the new four storey structure – being constructed by Bristol-based contractors BAM –...

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Shiver me timbers – and lentils! Cod Steaks serve up Aardman’s pirate ship

April 3, 2012
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The ship from Aardman Animations’ new pirate-themed movie – The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists – went on public view today at Bristol's M Shed museum. And for Cod Steaks, the city modelmaking firm, it is a particularly special creation. The firm has been behind many of Aardman's famous productions...

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Candle firm alights at historic Thornbury residence

April 3, 2012
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The International Yankee Candle Company – a global home fragrance manufacturer - has taken 1,500 sq ft of office space on the ground floor of Thornbury's Grade II-listed Georgian mansion Park House, once the home to  WG Grace’s elder brother. The deal was brokered by Colliers International whose offices specialist...

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College Green re-opening gets green light after £20k restoration

April 3, 2012
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The fences around Bristol's College Green will come down tomorrow for the first time since it was wrecked by Occupy protesters who were part of an international anti-poverty movement calling for a fairer society. The green will re-open following extensive digging out of contaminated soil, outdoor vacuuming to remove...

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Partner promotions underpin growth strategy at Burges Salmon

April 2, 2012
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Partner promotions underpin growth strategy at Burges Salmon

Bristol-based law firm Burges Salmon has made up seven new partners from within the firm as it continues to grow in the UK and international markets. The seven promotions, effective from May 1, represent a 10% increase to the existing partnership and is the largest-ever single round of internal...

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Laver celebrates being 21 with key to unlock growth

April 2, 2012
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Laver celebrates being 21 with key to unlock growth

Laver Financial is celebrating its 21st year with plans to grow its business across Britain – and a new website (www.laverfinancial.co.uk). The company, which manages and protects the wealth of private individuals, companies and partnerships, was founded by Derrick Laver in 1991. It one of only a small number of IFAs anywhere in the...

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North Somerset Council builds for the future with partnership charter

April 2, 2012
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North Somerset Council has signed a partnership charter with Scape – a  procurement company controlled by six local authorities in the North and Midlands – and private construction firm Kier. Under the agreement Kier will act as sole managing contractor to deliver minor works and larger projects worth between...

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