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Bentley teams up with Bristol automotive experts in drive to develop luxury electric car

August 7, 2020
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Bentley teams up with Bristol automotive experts in drive to develop luxury electric car

Researchers at Bristol’s yet-to-open £70m ‘car of the future’ centre are to work with engineers from luxury automotive firm Bentley Motors on a three-year study that promises to transform electric vehicles. The project, which will be among the first to be undertaken in the centre of excellence for ultra-low...

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Financial boost from government’s ‘shovel-ready’ building fund for Bristol development schemes

August 7, 2020
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Financial boost from government’s ‘shovel-ready’ building fund for Bristol development schemes

Development projects around Bristol ranging from a long-awaited new railway station and an upgrade of one of the city’s busiest roads to pioneering academic and industrial research have received financial support from a government scheme aimed at getting Britain building in the post-Covid era. The seven-strong list of projects...

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Gregg Latchams and Milsted Langdon kick off their ‘Bristol Bounce Back’ initiative

August 6, 2020
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More than 100 business leaders took part in the first of a series of ‘Bristol Bounce Back’ events staged by city-headquartered law firm Gregg Latchams and regional chartered accountants Milsted Langdon. The inaugural interactive online event heard from industry experts on plans for recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.  With...

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Bristol Business Blog: Tim Sloggett, Smith & Williamson restructuring partner. Act quickly to get ahead in the evolving Covid-19 landscape

August 5, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Tim Sloggett, Smith & Williamson restructuring partner. Act quickly to get ahead in the evolving Covid-19 landscape

Businesses will struggle to survive if they are not flexible enough to adapt to continual change in the Covid-19 landscape we are now living in. Those businesses that develop the right tools, flexible structures and forward plans will not only survive in the long term but will get ahead...

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Tech consultancy’s support for Armed Forces personnel earns it Gold award

August 5, 2020
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Tech consultancy’s support for Armed Forces personnel earns it Gold award

Bristol-based specialist tech consultancy Techmodal is to receive a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award in recognition of its support to Armed Forces Reservists and veterans. The firm, which works with defence, industry and public sector clients, including the MoD, also supports the wider Armed Forces community, particularly within the general...

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Two new arrivals strengthen team at SWIG as demand for finance increases

August 4, 2020
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Regional alternative finance lender South West Investment Group (SWIG) has made two appointments to its growing team while also saying farewell to Brian Steer, one of its longest-standing employees, who has retired. Nicki Kimberley has joined as start-up loans officer, a role that involves supporting applicants to the Start...

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New enterprise support service targeting the south of the city opens for business

July 31, 2020
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New enterprise support service targeting the south of the city opens for business

South Bristol residents looking to start a business and existing companies looking to grow are to get expert advice from a new scheme launched this week. Bristol City Council is leading the partnership behind South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES), which is offering access to expertise in a range of...

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UK-China project to show how the ‘new normal’ will need a different approach to people issues

July 30, 2020
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UK-China project to show how the ‘new normal’ will need a different approach to people issues

Bristol-based training consultancy Hewlett Rand has teamed up with a Chinese counterpart to launch an online programme to help companies navigate their way through what is being viewed as ‘the new normal’. With businesses across the globe facing enormous challenges – from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic to seismic shifts in...

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Surveys point to slow recovery for South West firms as they emerge from lockdown

July 30, 2020
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Surveys point to slow recovery for South West firms as they emerge from lockdown

Most firms in the South West remain cautious about their prospects as the coronavirus lockdown eases, according to the results of three business surveys released this week – but the region’s small manufacturers appear to be leading the bounce back. The surveys paint a mixed picture of the outlook...

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Funding for pioneering Bristol firms to continue to innovate in the time of coronavirus

July 24, 2020
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Funding for pioneering Bristol firms to continue to innovate in the time of coronavirus

Businesses based at UWE Bristol’s Future Space science and tech hub are celebrating securing more than £2m in funding – most of it targeted at helping them continue to innovate through the coronavirus crisis. Some £1.3m of the money has come from Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency, over...

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Profit warnings soar to 20-year high as Covid-19 crisis hits South West’s quoted firms

July 23, 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic has pushed up the number of profit warnings issued by South West listed businesses to a 20-year high, with those in the travel and leisure sector hardest hit. According to new figures from accountancy group EY, profit warnings soared by 73% year-on-year in the first half of...

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Insolvency group warns Govt figures on business failures mask true impact of Covid-19 on firms

July 21, 2020
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Insolvency group warns Govt figures on business failures mask true impact of Covid-19 on firms

Government figures showing another monthly fall in corporate insolvencies are hiding the true picture of the damaging effect of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses,  according to the South West branch of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3. Insolvency Service statistics for June show 732 company insolvencies in England and...

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Bristol sustainable business hub leaps back with a mission to build a green post Covid-19 future

July 17, 2020
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Bristol sustainable business hub leaps back with a mission to build a green post Covid-19 future

The Future Leap, Bristol’s sustainable business hub, has reopened from lockdown with a new co-working space offering a home to businesses, freelancers and charities interested in developing the green economy. The Future Leap, operated by Bristol’s Future Economy Group, opened on Gloucester Road last year as a UK first,...

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