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Black market cigarettes will hit profits, warns Imperial Tobacco

January 30, 2013
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Black market cigarettes will hit profits, warns Imperial Tobacco

Bristol-based Imperial Tobacco today warned that growing cigarette smuggling in Europe will hit its profits this year. The warning came as Imperial, the world’s fourth-largest cigarette group, said its overall cigarette sales dropped by 1% during the final three months of last year. However, its net revenue came in...

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Top national award in the sights of Bristol finance advice firm

January 29, 2013
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Top national award in the sights of Bristol finance advice firm

Milsted Langdon Financial Services, the independent financial advice arm of chartered accountants Milsted Langdon, is in the running for a prestigious national industry award. The firm, which has an office in Bristol, has been shortlisted for Best Small Adviser Firm (under 25 registered individuals) at the Professional Adviser Awards...

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Digital Bristol Week gets under way

January 29, 2013
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Digital Bristol Week gets under way

The first Digital Bristol Week is underway with informative, networking events aimed at those already working in and those seeking a career in digital industries. The week offers a broad range of free events, workshops and panels as well as networking, training and knowledge exchange for the creative industries. Hosted...

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Awards recognise Bristol’s tourism and hospitality stars

January 29, 2013
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Awards recognise Bristol’s tourism and hospitality stars

Tourism, hospitality and retail businesses across the Bristol area are celebrating their success at this week's Bristol Tourism and Hospitality Awards. Organised by Destination Bristol, Sounds Commercial and supported by Bristol Marriott Hotels, the awards not only celebrate business excellence within the tourism and hospitality industry, but also recognise...

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Bristol Young Students showcased as awards reach the final countdown

January 29, 2013
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Bristol Young Students showcased as awards reach the final countdown

Thirteen teams from Bristol’s secondary schools have been selected as finalists of the RSG 2012 Bristol Young Student of the Year awards. Nearly three-quarters of Bristol’s secondary schools signed up to take part in the awards, which aim to create employment opportunities across the city by pairing students with...

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Business group refloats Bristol ferry operator following liquidation

January 29, 2013
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Business group refloats Bristol ferry operator following liquidation

The Bristol Ferry Boat Company has resumed services after being rescued by a consortium of investors including original owner Ian Bungard. The business went into liquidation in November after struggling with mounting debts – much to the disappointment of loyal passengers including commuters and residents as well as tourists....

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Art put at the heart of Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone

January 28, 2013
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Art put at the heart of Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone

Artists are being sought to create a ‘gateway’ to Bristol Temple Meads station as part of a wider scheme to put art at the heart of the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. The project is launched this morning with the unveiling of two new artworks by internationally-renowned Bristol artists...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 28, 2013
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Monday 28 January Interim: Seagate Technology Finals: Amino Technologies, Porvair, SThree Trading statements: Cranswick, Mitie, Ryanair AGMs: Angel Biotechnology, Evocutis Economics: Hometrack housing survey, Nationwide house prices data Tuesday 29 January Interims: Mattioli Woods, NWF, PZ Cussons Trading statements: Aquarius Platinum, British Land, Carpetright, William Hill AGMs: Alternative Networks,...

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New fears as economy struggles to avoid slipping back into recession

January 25, 2013
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New fears as economy struggles to avoid slipping back into recession

Fears that Britain is heading for a triple-dip recession were heightened today after official Government figures showed the economy shrank by 0.3% in the last three months of 2012. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) blamed the fall largely on a drop in mining and quarrying. The economy had...

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Success on a plate for café bar group Loungers as it opens another venue

January 25, 2013
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Success on a plate for café bar group Loungers as it opens another venue

Loungers, the Bristol-based trendy café bar chain which last year secured a £16m investment, is to open its 26th outlet next week. Grupo Lounge, in Westbury on Trym, is its sixth venue in the city. Its first opened in 2002. It also owns three Cosy Clubs in an estate...

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Former FirstBus boss and Sustrans founder join Mayor’s transport group

January 25, 2013
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Former FirstBus boss and Sustrans founder join Mayor’s transport group

Former executive chairman of First Group Trevor Smallwood and John Grimshaw, founder and president of Bristol-based cycling promotion group Sustrans, have joined Bristol Mayor George Ferguson’s new transport advisory group, which met for the first time this week. Mr Smallwood led the management buy-out of Badgerline from National Bus...

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Women box clever as female business festival returns for second year

January 25, 2013
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Women box clever as female business festival returns for second year

The second Women Outside The Box (WOTB) festival of female entrepreneurship is to take place in October following the success of its inaugural event last year. The event has a mission to encourage more women to set up in business and to dare to think big. The 700-plus women...

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Gold standard for Clifton conference centre puts it among UK’s top 25 venues

January 25, 2013
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Gold standard for Clifton conference centre puts it among UK’s top 25 venues

Engineers’ House, the Grade II-listed conference centre in Clifton, has been awarded a major industry accreditation. The venue, pictured, built in 1831 but boasting the latest conference facilities, has achieved BDRC Continental VenueVerdict’s Gold Standard in recognition of its consistent outstanding customer service during 2012. The standard, the scheme’s...

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