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Finzels Reach developer welcomes city council decision

October 28, 2011
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Developer HDG Mansur has expressed "huge relief" over the successful renegotiation of its Section 106 agreement with Bristol City Council on the £255m regeneration of Finzels Reach, the high-profile former Courage Brewery site. The moves means the company, which is struggling to make the scheme viable, has been freed...

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Oil explorer in good shape following successful year

October 27, 2011
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Oil industry veteran David Bramhill has summarised in typical style what he described as significant progress for Wessex Exploration, the Bristol-based hydrocarbon exploration company. He said in his chairman's annual statement for the year to June 30: "There is no in-between status in the speculative world of oil exploration...

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Property experts use Cabot Circus to lure new firms for Pithay

October 27, 2011
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From Bristol247 A major new marketing initiative that could bring hundreds of new jobs into former Government offices in Bristol city centre has been launched. Property experts are aiming to attract businesses to the Pithay building by promoting its proximity to Cabot Circus and Bristol’s most fashionable stores. Property specialists Colliers...

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SciSys boss to take a back seat

October 27, 2011
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SciSys executive chairman and founder Mike Love is to step back from day-to-day control of the Chippenham-based hi-tech company to become non executive chairman.  The firm, which also has operations in Brislington, Bristol, said in a statement today that he will, however, remain a director and significant shareholder in the...

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Bid target Alterian raises its defences with speedy update

October 27, 2011
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A business transformation update was rushed out today by Alterian, the Bristol-based marketing software company which rejected on Monday an indicative £50m takover offer from SDL. It has established three product profit centred business units and said it had found additional cost savings of £10.6m. The company has also...

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Helping Bristol turn the tide for green energy

October 26, 2011
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The huge potential energy resources which could be harnessed in the Bristol Channel have come under the spotlight at a tidal energy forum organised by Bristol City Council and Regen SW who have launched a partnership to ensure the city’s position as a leading centre for offshore renewable energy....

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West’s best innovators to be showcased at Venturefest

October 26, 2011
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Businesses and entrepreneurs with ideas ranging from healthcare solutions, renewable energy technologies, high-value manufacturing and apps to make companies more efficient will demonstrate their projects at Venturefest Bristol which is being held at at the Bristol & Bath Science Park next Thursday, November 3. The event will link entrepreneurs and...

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Get on track with the Greater Western Franchise

October 26, 2011
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The new Greater Western Franchise is offering the opportunity to set priorities for a cost effective local rail network at the West of England Rail Conference at Mercure Holland House Hotel on November 4.  Speakers will include representatives from the Department for Transport, rail industry and user groups and an interactive...

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Ambitious football club’s green energy goal

October 26, 2011
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Football fans in Clevedon could soon be among the first in the county to watch matches under solar-powered floodlights. Bristol-based consultancy Aspire Planning has submitted a planning application to mount 204 photovoltaic panels on the sloping roof of the main 300-seater grandstand at Clevedon Town’s Hand Stadium. The panels,...

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West technology helps the Dreamliner become a reality

October 26, 2011
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Thirty-five electro-mechanical actuators and control valves made by West aerospace firm Claverham helped make possible today’s maiden commercial flight by Boeing's 787 Dreamliner – albeit three years later than planned.  Claverham, based in the North Somerset village of the same name, was selected by US giant Boeing more than...

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Hang on to your talent, financial sector bosses urged

October 25, 2011
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The general economic outlook may seem bleak but the South West still has a vibrant and very active financial sector, says Nigel Benton, executive director of the NationalSkills Academy for Financial Services.   He was speaking after a conference in Bridgwater, organised by the Skills Academy, which was attended...

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Bid target Alterian’s shares slip

October 25, 2011
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Takeover target Alterian's shares slipped 1.25p this morning to 79.75p – 0.25p below the indicative cash offer from SDL which the Bristol-based database marketing software company rejected yesterday. The £50m offer, worth 80p a share, values the shares at 27 times forecast earnings for the current year and 16 times for...

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Citywide computer reuse scheme hits 500 mark

October 25, 2011
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Five hundred low cost recycled computers have been handed out by the city council since its reuse scheme was launched at the start of the year. Just how effective they are proving to be will be demonstrated tomorrow when council leader Barbara Janke will meet one of the recipients. Malcolm Chappell, who is...

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