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Hinkley C decision could fuel major opportunities for firms says Business West

March 19, 2013
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Business West has urged firms to get involved in the construction and operation of EDF's Hinkley C nuclear power plant. The massive scheme in Somerset received planning permission earlier this week – although EDF has not said it will go ahead and build the plant as it is still...

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Clegg in Bristol to announce Govt investment in UK aerospace industry

March 18, 2013
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Clegg in Bristol to announce Govt investment in UK aerospace industry

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is at Airbus’s Filton plant today to announce a multi-million pound Government investment in the UK aerospace industry. Under the plans announced today, the Government will pledge to match-fund investment by companies in the sector over the next few years. The funding will be...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

March 17, 2013
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Monday March 18 INTERIMS Nanoco Group Q4 Planet Payment Inc. FINALS Capital Drilling Ltd. (DI), EKF Diagnostics Holdings , Espirito Santo Financial Group SA, Global Ports Investments GDR (REG S), John Laing Infrastructure Fund Ltd, M&C Saatchi, Miton Group, Pittards, Planet Payment Inc., PowerFilm Inc. (Reg S), Ruspetro, TEG...

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Ask the Expert – with Milsted Langdon. Tax efficient investment in new plant

March 17, 2013
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Ask the Expert – with Milsted Langdon. Tax efficient investment in new plant

Q: I’m looking to invest in new equipment or machinery for my business. How can I ensure that my investment is as tax efficient as possible? A: If you qualify for the Government’s annual investment allowance (AIA), then there has never been a better time to invest in new...

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Fairtrade Business Awards – all the winners

March 15, 2013
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Fairtrade Business Awards – all the winners

The Awards were presented by entrepreneur and chef, Levi Roots, at a ceremony at the Colston Hall on Friday 8th March, attended by 160 business leaders in the region. Levi has recently visited Fairtrade cocoa farmers in Ghana and told the audience how inspired he was by the difference...

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More chances to book for Business Show Swindon’s seminar programme

March 15, 2013
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More chances to book for Business Show Swindon’s seminar programme

Newly-released spaces are now available for the in-demand seminars at next week’s Business Show Swindon after the first allocation sold out. The show, the area’s leading business-to-business exhibition, returns for its third year next Tuesday at Swindon’s STEAM museum. The show is organised by Business West’s Swindon Initiative and...

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Iconic building sold by Bristol developer to social housing group

March 15, 2013
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Iconic building sold by Bristol developer to social housing group

Bristol property developer Urbis has sold one of the city’s industrial landmarks, the Robinson Building in Bedminster, to social housing group Sovereign in a £6m deal. The former paper bag factory and printing works, built in 1870, and an adjacent former church have been converted into dozens of apartments....

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Mobile app pioneer joins elite group of hi-tech Bristol innovators

March 15, 2013
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Red7Mobile, the mobile app company  has become the latest innovative business to be welcomed into the prestigious SETsquared Alumni group of growing hi-tech, high-growth firms. Red7 joined the award-winning Bristol SETsquared business incubator in November 2011 as a team of two led by serial entrepreneur Matt Hatch and co-founder...

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Flying high: Airbus celebrates as A380 deliveries reach 100

March 15, 2013
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The 100th A380 superjumbo has been delivered by aerospace giant Airbus, marking a landmark for the world’s largest commercial airliner and the Filton team behind much of its innovative technology. Now in its sixth year of commercial service, the A380 is flying with nine world-class airlines. To date, the...

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Fall in exports from West sparks call for more firms to consider trading overseas

March 15, 2013
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A renewed call to action has been issued to the Wests firms as a result of figures released by HM Revenue & Customs showing exports from the region fell last year. The value of exports from the South West totalled £12.3 billion in 2012 – a 1.16% drop from...

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Deadline for Regional Growth Fund bids draws near

March 15, 2013
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Firms considering bidding for a share of the latest round of funding through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) have only a few days left to make their submission. The RGF is a £2.6bn Government fund to support private sector-led projects across England designed to stimulate economic growth and...

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Michelmores continues to grow Bristol office with new partner for agricutural team

March 15, 2013
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Michelmores continues to grow Bristol office with new partner for agricutural team

Law firm Michelmores has appointed Tom Hyde as a partner in its national agricultural team based in its Bristol office. Tom, a qualified rural chartered surveyor, joins from Clarke Willmott and takes the number of partners at Michelmores to 53. He is recognised by the Chambers legal directory for...

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Top planner lawyer strengthens Bond Pearce’s Bristol team

March 15, 2013
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Top planner lawyer strengthens Bond Pearce’s Bristol team

Kevin Gibbs, one of the West’s top planning lawyers, has joined the Bristol planning and consents team of law firm Bond Pearce as a partner. Kevin arrived from DAC Beachcroft as part of a continuing expansion of the team. His appointment follows the recent recruitment of two planning lawyers...

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