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Foreign inward investment boost for Bristol as UK bounces back from Brexit doubts

May 29, 2020
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Foreign inward investment boost for Bristol as UK bounces back from Brexit doubts

Bristol attracted 15 investment projects from overseas last year, new figures show, making it the seventh best performing regional location in the UK and underlining its growing reputation as an international business hub. The city’s strong performance was despite the South West as a whole suffering a 14% decline...

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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

May 29, 2020
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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe blow to confidence levels among South West firms – with the region now the UK’s least optimistic, according to the gloomy results of another survey. Overall confidence slumped by 16 points during the past month to minus 51% – an unenviable record...

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Thousands of jobs at risk at aero-engine giant Rolls-Royce as Covid-19 devastates global air travel

May 20, 2020
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Thousands of jobs at risk at aero-engine giant Rolls-Royce as Covid-19 devastates global air travel

Rolls-Royce workers in Bristol are anxiously waiting to hear how many jobs will be axed at the aero-engineering giant’s Filton plant following its announcement that it plans to slash its global workforce by around 9,000 The majority of the cuts are expected to be made at the group’s Derby...

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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

May 18, 2020
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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is launching a series of expert webinars and virtual networking events to help small firms bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The webinars will address key practical issues and challenges facing firms as lockdown measures are eased while the...

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‘Strong fundamentals’ of industrial market will help it bounce back from Covid-19 crisis, says report

May 15, 2020
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Take-up in the Bristol’s industrial property market will be hit by the Covid-19 pandemic but should bounce back quickly, according to a forecast by one of the region’s top property agencies. Colliers International says the fundamentals of the market remain strong – and even now deals are being done. ...

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Strategic hire at Bristol digital engineering partnership as it looks to post-Covid-19 challenge

May 15, 2020
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Strategic hire at Bristol digital engineering partnership as it looks to post-Covid-19 challenge

A digital engineering project jointly run by the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), the Bristol-based specialist body aiming to transform digital engineering, and the University of Bristol has made a key appointment. Dr James Gopsill, pictured, has joined in a five-year, co-funded role as part of the strategic...

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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

May 14, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most important for businesses. Many businesses have suffered a massive shock to income, and furloughing has offered an ability to...

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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

May 12, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to October will be a “huge relief” to firms in the West of England, according to the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said its research showed the scheme, launched by...

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Business West says post-Brexit US trade links must help firms overcome impact of Covid-19

May 5, 2020
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Business West says post-Brexit US trade links must help firms overcome impact of Covid-19

Strong trade links with the US could help the West of England’s small firms recover from the impact of coronavirus, the region’s leading business group has suggested. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the start of formal post-Brexit talks between the UK and US on a...

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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

May 1, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses in the West of England has been highlighted again in the results of two more surveys this week – with one showing two-thirds of firms suffered a fall in orders while the second reveals productivity is down at 80% of...

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Challenge of returning to ‘UK Best Workplace’ list pays off during lockdown for recruiter

May 1, 2020
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Challenge of returning to ‘UK Best Workplace’ list pays off during lockdown for recruiter

Innovative Bristol recruitment firm ISL has appeared in a prestigious table of the UK’s best places to work for the third time in four years. ISL, which employs 25 people, was first ranked in the Best Workplaces list compiled by Great Place to Work in 2017. It reached fourth...

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Bristol Business Blog: Gil Lemon, partner, Smith & Williamson. Directors could still face risks under proposed insolvency law reforms

April 30, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Gil Lemon, partner, Smith & Williamson. Directors could still face risks under proposed insolvency law reforms

Gil Lemon, partner, restructuring and recovery services at Smith & Williamson in Bristol, anticipates government changes to insolvency laws intended to help businesses in financial trouble – and explains why individual directors need to be careful. Last week Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced further changes to insolvency law designed...

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Smith & Williamson launches interactive Covid-19 business support guide

April 28, 2020
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Business owners in Bristol can find out more about the support measures on offer from the government via an easy-to-follow way interactive guide on financial and professional services firm Smith & Williamson’s website. The guide, accessed from the site’s homepage of the website, can be used by both employers...

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