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400-plus firms back Local Enterprise Partnership

November 17, 2011
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Around 400 businesses are working with the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in 11 sector groups – a real sign of the willingness of the private sector to play its part, says LEP chairman Colin Skellett. “We have had seen successes during the year, which have included...

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Airbus seals new orders worth £13bn at the Dubai Airshow

November 16, 2011
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Strong demand for its fuel-efficient A320neo aircraft helped planemaker Airbus secure 211 orders and commitments worth $20.5bn (£13bn) at the Dubai Airshow. The success of the A320neo (new engine option), which is now the fastest-selling airliner ever, is a major boost for engineers at Airbus's Filton plant who designed...

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City council fights ‘short-sighted’ cuts in solar tariffs

November 16, 2011
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  The proposed cut in government incentives for the solar energy industry will reduce potential jobs growth and impact on Bristol’s ambitious energy efficiency and renewable energy plan, according to Bristol City Council.   The government plans is to cut feed-in tariffs that support the installation of solar PV...

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Insurance giant Aviva to axe nearly 400 in Bristol

November 16, 2011
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From Bristol 24-7 www.bristol247.com   Aviva , Britain’s second-biggest insurer, is to axe 384 jobs in Bristol from next year following the expiry of a life and savings joint venture with Royal Bank of Scotland. The job cuts, to be phased in over a year starting in the second...

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Unite flags up continued progress but retains cautious approach

November 16, 2011
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Bristol-based Unite,  the UK's leading developer and manager of student accommodation, achieved excellent performance through the third quarter in terms of reservation levels, customer service and financial performance, according to chief executive Mark Allan. "We remain well positioned to outperform the wider student accommodation sector as a result of our...

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Alterian delays interim results

November 16, 2011
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In a move that seems to indicate takeover talks are making progress, Alterian has postponed the announcement of its half year results due today. The Bristol-based marketing software company, which is considering an improved indicative £68.4m takeover offer from Maidenhead-based SDL, says in a Stock Exchange announcement that the...

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Seminar will urge firms to Think Russia for exports

November 16, 2011
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Opportunities to do business in Russia are to be outlined at a free seminar in Bristol next week. Entitled Think Russia, the UK Trade and Investment-staged event, is aimed at companies wishing to investigate the market before making the decision to export, as well as those already trading in...

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UK renewable energy accolade for Burges Salmon

November 15, 2011
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Bristol law firm Burges Salmon has been named Adviser of the Year: Legal and Financial in the inaugural Renewable Energy Infrastructure Awards. Members of a multi-disciplinary legal team – combining the firm’s environment, construction, planning, procurement, real estate, project finance and regulation expertise – received the award from the...

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Free wi-fi goes wider with 600 more hotspots across Bristol

November 15, 2011
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Bristol’s free wi-fi network is being expanded from 50 to 650 hotspots by end of the month as a result of a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the city council. Free hotspots in libraries, care homes and public areas, including St Nicholas Market and parts of Ashton...

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Santander and Bristol’s university challenge to innovators

November 15, 2011
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Funding for small and medium-sized entrepreneurial initiatives is to become available through a tie up between the University of Bristol and Santander Bank. The funding is part of a collaboration worth £300,000 over three years through the Santander Universities network that will also provide scholarships for students and researchers...

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Planner joins Aspiring team

November 15, 2011
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Ben Lewis has become an associate director with Aspire Planning, the Bristol firm which advises householders and businesses seeking planning permission for domestic, commercial and agricultural developments. Ben, who has a master’s degree in town planning from the University of the West of England, was previously a planning officer at North...

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Boeing lands record order with Emirates as Airbus delays new model take off

November 14, 2011
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Boeing upped its challenge to arch-rival Airbus today by sealing its largest-ever commercial aircraft order – a potential $26bn deal which gives it the lead in the lucrative global market for wide-bodied commercial airliners. The US planemaker signed the agreement with Emirates for 50 365-seat 777-300ER jets with an...

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Bid target Alterian recruits new director

November 14, 2011
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Alterian, the Bristol-based marketing software company which is considering an improved £68.4m takeover offer from Maidenhead-based SDL, has  appointed Christopher John Humphrey as an independent non-executive director. This is in line with last week's announcement that it was considering the appointment of a new non-exec to stand in for...

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