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Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

September 24, 2021
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Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

Bristol-based serial social entrepreneur and community activist Jaya Chakrabarti MBE has become the new president of city’s Chamber of Commerce & Initiative – the membership and lobbying organisation at the heart of regional group Business West. Having served as vice-president for seven years, Jaya, pictured, replaces outgoing president Richard...

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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

September 23, 2021
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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

SETsquared, the globally acclaimed, University of Bristol-supported business incubator, has expanded with the addition of Cardiff University. Cardiff has become the sixth member of the partnership, which has been named three times as the world’s number one university business incubator.  SETsquared was set up in 2002 by a small...

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Firms urged to help next generation of schoolkids after pandemic disrupts their career prospects

September 23, 2021
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Firms urged to help next generation of schoolkids after pandemic disrupts their career prospects

Pioneering Bristol education charity Ablaze is calling on firms in the city to invest in developing secondary school pupils or face a new generation of employees who lack the skills they need to thrive in the workplace. The pandemic has caused unprecedented levels of disruption to schools and their...

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Hat-trick of award nominations for workwear firm in recognition of its support for frontline Covid workers

September 22, 2021
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Hat-trick of award nominations for workwear firm in recognition of its support for frontline Covid workers

Bristol-based workwear firm Alexandra is in the running for three industry awards after it switched more than 90% of manufacturing capacity to producing scrubs for the NHS during the pandemic. The Thornbury firm, which has been designing and manufacturing garments since 1854, also marshalled and expanded its extensive supply chain...

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Warning for troubled firms as temporary insolvency measures end and insolvencies start to rise

September 21, 2021
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Warning for troubled firms as temporary insolvency measures end and insolvencies start to rise

Businesses in Bristol are being urged to seek advice if they are concerned about the lifting of temporary insolvency restrictions. The warning has come from the regional chair of R3, the trade body for restructuring and insolvency professionals, which issued the call after the government decided to begin phasing...

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Expo will offer Bristol’s advanced engineering and aerospace firms chance to network again

September 21, 2021
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Expo will offer Bristol’s advanced engineering and aerospace firms chance to network again

Aerospace and advanced engineering businesses from the Bristol area are being urged to attend the first major networking event for the sector in the South West since the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Organised by trade organisation the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), SW Aerotech Expo will bring together...

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New UK-wide index puts Bristol second only to London for innovation

September 17, 2021
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New UK-wide index puts Bristol second only to London for innovation

Bristol is the second most innovative city in the UK, according to a new report, coming just behind London. The city scores 82.5 out of 100 in the new UK innovation index, which ranks 60 locations across the country on criteria such as number of start-ups, qualifications of its employees...

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Bristol fashion entrepreneur urges firms to take responsibility and work towards net zero

September 17, 2021
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Bristol fashion entrepreneur urges firms to take responsibility and work towards net zero

Nearly 200 Bristol business leaders and entrepreneurs have been told they will “face uncomfortable truths” on their journey to becoming zero carbon but had an obligation to the planet do it. Keri Andriana, pictured, founder of Bristol-based handbag brand Amschela, told the gathering, part of the nationwide Zero Carbon...

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Osborne Clarke advises AIM-listed specialist medical firm on £36.3m fundraising

September 16, 2021
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Osborne Clarke advises AIM-listed specialist medical firm on £36.3m fundraising

Lawyers based in the Bristol office of international legal firm Osborne Clarke have helped secure a £36.3m fundraising for a medical device company specialising in the emerging field of surgical endoscopy. Creo Medical Group, based in Chepstow with satellite offices in Bath and the US, raised the funds through...

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New CBI South West leadership team vows to help region’s firms build back from pandemic

September 14, 2021
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New CBI South West leadership team vows to help region’s firms build back from pandemic

The CBI has appointed a new South West team, including a new regional director and deputy regional director, to lead its activities in the region and support member businesses as they look to rebuild from the impact of Covid-19. Ben Rhodes steps up from the deputy director role he...

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Funding for drone tech firm on a mission to slash wind turbine maintenance costs

September 10, 2021
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Funding for drone tech firm on a mission to slash wind turbine maintenance costs

A Bristol robotics business aiming to cut the cost of maintaining wind turbines is flying high after landing £1.6m in its latest funding round. Perceptual Robotics uses autonomous drones to map turbines before passing the images onto a cloud-based AI (artificial intelligence) system which processes them to detect damage. ...

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Bristol Business Blog: Matthew Oldfield, tax manager, Haines Watts Bristol. The business impacts of reforms to health and social care

September 9, 2021
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Bristol Business Blog: Matthew Oldfield, tax manager, Haines Watts Bristol. The business impacts of reforms to health and social care

This week the government announced the headline-grabbing breakage of a manifesto promise in announcing tax rises to fund reforms of our nation’s health and social care. April 2022 will see an effective 1.25% increase in National Insurance Contributions (NICs), replaced a year later with a new levy, ring-fenced purely...

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Firms’ unused apprenticeship levy funds can help unlock Bristol’s wealth of talent, says Metro Mayor

September 8, 2021
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Firms’ unused apprenticeship levy funds can help unlock Bristol’s wealth of talent, says Metro Mayor

Bristol firms are being urged to help people in the city develop new skills by adding their unused apprenticeship levy funds to a shared funding pot. Nearly half a million pounds has already been pledged to the Share to Support scheme by apprentice-levy paying employers from across West of England...

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