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Michelmores hosts event for female founders and angel investors ahead of International Women’s Day

February 22, 2024
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Michelmores hosts event for female founders and angel investors ahead of International Women’s Day

Law firm Michelmores’ angel investor network is to stage an event in Bristol next week during which four female-founded businesses will be given the chance to pitch for investment. The event, on Tuesday 27 February, is also aimed at recruiting more female angel investors as well as helping accelerate the...

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Race for space on cards in Bristol’s industrial market amid economic woes and shortage of new buildings

February 2, 2024
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Race for space on cards in Bristol’s industrial market amid economic woes and shortage of new buildings

Take-up in Bristol’s industrial and logistics property market slumped by 36% last year due to a lack of space combined with the impact of macro-economic factors, according to new research. And while demand remains strong, the market will remain constrained by a lack of buildings that are immediately available....

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Politicians urged to act as small firms’ survey paints ‘depressingly familiar’ picture of low confidence

February 2, 2024
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Politicians urged to act as small firms’ survey paints ‘depressingly familiar’ picture of low confidence

The South West’s small firms are the least confident in the UK about their prospects for this year as they continue to struggle against the state of the economy, high labour costs and the lack of available staff. Worryingly, one in five say they may have to cut their...

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Serial innovator and investor joins SETsquared Bristol to advise its next generation of entrepreneurs

February 1, 2024
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Serial innovator and investor joins SETsquared Bristol to advise its next generation of entrepreneurs

Highly experienced venture capital and innovation specialist Kevin Simmons has been appointed to the entrepreneur in residence team at acclaimed tech incubator SETsquared Bristol. A general partner of a $50m (£39.4m) early-stage pan-African venture capital technology fund, Kevin, pictured, has helped launch several successful angel networks and has invested...

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Ongoing tough economic conditions raise red flags over close to 4,000 struggling Bristol businesses

January 26, 2024
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Ongoing tough economic conditions raise red flags over close to 4,000 struggling Bristol businesses

Nearly 4,000 companies in the Bristol area are in ‘significant’ financial distress as the economy continues to teeter on the brink of recession, according to a new report. The 12% increase on the previous quarter shows stubbornly high interest rates and inflation alongside weak consumer confidence and rising and...

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Maven boosts its Bristol team and moves to larger office to support new regional investment fund

January 25, 2024
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Maven boosts its Bristol team and moves to larger office to support new regional investment fund

Private equity and investment firm Maven Capital Partners has strengthened its presence in Bristol to support its delivery of the £200m South West Investment Fund (SWIF). Launched last July by the British Business Bank, WIF aims to boost the supply of finance to small and medium-sized businesses across the...

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Liquid sunshine! Brewery to make beer using only its own energy after installing more solar panels

January 25, 2024
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Liquid sunshine! Brewery to make beer using only its own energy after installing more solar panels

A brewery on Bristol’s outskirts has installed hundreds more solar panels on its roof to harness as much renewable energy as possible for beer production. Hare Brewery at Warmley, which is owned by Cornish brewing and pub group St Austell, will now be able to generate an additional 230,511kWh...

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Survey shows South West’s mid-tier businesses eyeing growth this year despite ongoing challenges

January 19, 2024
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Survey shows South West’s mid-tier businesses eyeing growth this year despite ongoing challenges

Nine in 10 mid-sized firms based in the South West shrugged off the national economic gloom last year to achieve their forecasted growth, according to a new survey. Now nearly a third plan to launch new products or services to continue to expand this year, despite challenges linked to...

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Major US tie-up puts successful Bristol aviation software firm on flight path to more global growth

January 12, 2024
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Major US tie-up puts successful Bristol aviation software firm on flight path to more global growth

Bristol-based airline safety software specialist Vistair has merged with a major US firm to form a global data intelligence technology group operating in more than 30 countries on six continents. Vistair was formed  in the early 1990s when it emerged from an interactive Bristol media software company.  Founder Ian...

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Bristol Business Blog: Dan Peacey, regional sales manager, Grundon. The Grundon guide to simpler recycling

January 9, 2024
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Bristol Business Blog: Dan Peacey, regional sales manager, Grundon. The Grundon guide to simpler recycling

The government announced its Simpler Recycling scheme last October aimed at reforming the waste system in terms of collections and accepted materials. These changes aim to dispel any confusion regarding recyclable and non-recyclable materials and provide consistency in recycling practices for homes, workplaces, and schools across England. As we...

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CEO who gave Bart Ingredients taste for growth prepares to move to new role as non-executive chair

January 8, 2024
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CEO who gave Bart Ingredients taste for growth prepares to move to new role as non-executive chair

Long-established Bristol herbs and spices manufacturer Bart Ingredients is to have a new-look senior management team from April when its chief executive officer becomes non-executive chairman. David Collard, who has been CEO for more than 12 years, will be replaced in the role by the firm’s chief commercial officer...

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Confidence gap widens as firms see little economic cheer this year but are optimistic about own prospects

January 5, 2024
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Confidence gap widens as firms see little economic cheer this year but are optimistic about own prospects

Fewer than one in five West of England businesses have confidence in the UK’s economic outlook this year, according to a new survey – yet almost two-thirds are optimistic about their own prospects. Key challenges identified by firms in the region as 2024 gets under way are interest rate...

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West of England needs to ‘act like powerhouse before it is recognised as one’, says Business West MD

January 2, 2024
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West of England needs to ‘act like powerhouse before it is recognised as one’, says Business West MD

The West of England needs to come up with some “big, bold ideas” this year if it wants the government to treat it as a regional powerhouse similar to the North and Midlands, the leader of the region’s largest business group has said. In his New Year message, Phil...

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