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New PM Johnson urged to avoid a ‘messy’ Brexit and to restore business confidence

July 23, 2019
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New PM Johnson urged to avoid a ‘messy’ Brexit and to restore business confidence

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has called on new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to avoid a “messy, disorderly” Brexit on October 31 and urged him to rebuild business confidence.  Mr Johnson, pictured, was elected Conservative Party leader on Tuesday with 66% of the vote and officially became...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 21, 2019
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Monday July 22 Final: Tungsten Corp Interims: Ascential, Sthree Trading announcements: Midwich Grp, Petra Diamonds Tuesday July 23 Finals: Carclo, Cohort, Ig Group Holdings, Joules Grp, PZ Cussons Interims: Getbusy, Grn En S, Gresham, Segro, Synectics, Unite Trading announcement: Paragon Group Economic announcement: CBI distributive trades surveys Wednesday July...

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Industrial Strategy unveiled to harness potential of West of England’s innovation and creativity

July 19, 2019
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Industrial Strategy unveiled to harness potential of West of England’s innovation and creativity

The first-ever industrial blueprint for the West of England was launched today with the aim of building on the area’s unique creativity, collaboration and ingenuity to secure sustainable growth. Among ideas suggested in the strategy are connecting researchers, businesses and residents through a Global Centre of Innovation Excellence to...

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More growth on the cards for building consultancy after Bristol office move

July 19, 2019
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More growth on the cards for building consultancy after Bristol office move

Specialist building services consultancy Method Consulting has relocated its Bristol office to larger premises to give it room for further growth. The consultancy, which specialises in engineering and sustainability projects, has moved from Old Market Street to Queens Quay on Queen Square. It said the newly refurbished office also...

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Pledge on mental wellbeing at work made by Bristol hotel

July 19, 2019
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Pledge on mental wellbeing at work made by Bristol hotel

A hotel in Bristol has become the first in the South West’s hospitality industry to commit to a pledge that raises awareness of mental health in the workplace. The Bristol, part of the Doyle Collection, signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge, which commits it to changing the way...

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Bank funding gives specialist medical supplies firm healthy future

July 19, 2019
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Bank funding gives specialist medical supplies firm healthy future

Bristol-based medical supply firm Q-Surgical is meeting rising demand for its range of wound-closure devices after securing a finance package from HSBC. The firm, which was founded by Helene Brown, pictured, in 2013, is a prime distributor of sutures used to stitch wounds during surgery to NHS and private...

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No half measures as Bishop Fleming smashes £100k annual charity target in just six months

July 19, 2019
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No half measures as Bishop Fleming smashes £100k annual charity target in just six months

Regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming has reached its 2019 charity fundraising target of £100,000 with half the year still to go. At the beginning of this year the firm, which has the largest of its seven offices in Bristol, pledged to raise £100,000 to mark its centenary. Employees and...

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Chance to make sure advice to exporters is shipshape and Bristol fashion

July 19, 2019
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Chance to make sure advice to exporters is shipshape and Bristol fashion

Bristol exporting businesses have the opportunity to shape future international trade advice and support by taking part in a new survey. Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, and the Department for International Trade (DIT) South West have teamed up to stage the survey against a backdrop of increased...

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Fast-growing South West firms benefit as BGF’s investment total passes £2bn

July 19, 2019
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Fast-growing South West firms benefit as BGF’s investment total passes £2bn

BGF, the UK investment group with an office in Bristol, is celebrating passing the £2bn funding milestone, with £134m of that going to South West businesses. The firm, which is the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, has backed 19 businesses in the South West since...

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Industry survey puts Computershare at number one for fifth year in a row

July 18, 2019
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Industry survey puts Computershare at number one for fifth year in a row

Computershare, the Bristol-based specialist financial services group, has been named the UK’s leading registrar for a fifth consecutive year following the results of a survey that gave it top slot in five out of six key areas, including services to shareholders and client account management.  The benchmarking survey by...

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Foot Anstey maintains growth by restructuring its core sector teams

July 18, 2019
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Foot Anstey maintains growth by restructuring its core sector teams

Re-shaping its approach to some of its core sectors has paid off for South West law firm Foot Anstey, helping it achieve year-on-year turnover growth of 9% to £47.2m. The firm, which employs more than 500 staff across its seven offices including Bristol, said the latest figure maintains its...

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Former Smith & Williamson senior partner joins PKF Francis Clark to open Bristol office

July 18, 2019
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Former Smith & Williamson senior partner joins PKF Francis Clark to open Bristol office

South West accountancy group PKF Francis Clark, which has eight offices across the region, has opened its first base in Bristol. Heading the office in Victoria Street as Bristol managing partner is former Smith & Williamson Bristol office senior partner Mike Lea. He is joined by Paul Bray, who...

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TLT targets £100m turnover as it maintains record of strong growth

July 18, 2019
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TLT targets £100m turnover as it maintains record of strong growth

Strong performances in the financial services, green energy and digital sectors helped Bristol-headquartered law firm TLT achieve a 6.8% increase in annual revenues to £87.6m. While the rate of increase was down on the previous year – when the firm returned to double-digit growth with 10% – it was...

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