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Bristol bosses urged to enter region’s top awards for boardroom excellence

March 21, 2017
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Bristol bosses urged to enter region’s top awards for boardroom excellence

The clock is ticking for Bristol directors to enter the region’s top award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The deadline for the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2017 is March 31 and organisers are urging Bristol’s top executives to get...

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New Avonmouth logistics hub opens with pledge to deliver better pallet service to Europe

March 17, 2017
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New Avonmouth logistics hub opens with pledge to deliver better pallet service to Europe

Bristol firms needing to distribute goods on pallets into mainland Europe are being promised a more efficient service following the opening of a new logistics hub at Avonmouth. The development by Palletways, Europe’s largest specialist logistics network, is the firm’s fifth in the UK and will offer a pan-European...

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U-Turn some more, Chancellor urged, with calls for dividend tax change to follow NI about-face

March 17, 2017
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U-Turn some more, Chancellor urged, with calls for dividend tax change to follow NI about-face

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been told to follow up his dramatic Spring Budget U-Turn on proposed National Insurance increases for the self-employed by reversing planned tax rises on small business owners. Regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has its largest office in Bristol, welcomed the Mr Hammond’s decision to...

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Bristol to become major centre for science research as wraps come off much-needed incubator

March 15, 2017
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Bristol to become major centre for science research as wraps come off much-needed incubator

Bristol’s innovation centre for scientific enterprise opened today – allowing the city to effectively compete for the first time against cities such as Oxford and Cambridge. Unit DX, pictured, will encourage cutting-edge science and tech start-ups with the kind of high-end laboratory space and support facilities common in the US and...

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Unrivalled networking opportunities for Bristol firms at Bath Business Expo

March 10, 2017
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Unrivalled networking opportunities for Bristol firms at Bath Business Expo

Bristol firms are being invited to head up the A4 to attend the successful Bath Business Expo, which returns to the city next week. One of the region’s largest general business exhibitions, it offers unrivalled exhibition and networking opportunities for firms across the West of England. The Expo takes...

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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to Bristol for sixth year with host of top speakers

March 10, 2017
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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to Bristol for sixth year with host of top speakers

Small business support group Enterprise Nation is to head to Bristol again to stage its flagship female-focused event, the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs. The event, the largest of its kind in the UK, has been held in the city since it was launched six years ago. Taking place this year on...

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Spring Budget 2017: Bristol business reaction

March 8, 2017
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Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, described Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget as “underwhelming” but warned there were some measures that will make firms nervous. These included the National Insurance increase for the self-employed – which it feared could dampen entrepreneurship – and the impact of business rate...

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Spring Budget 2017: National business reaction

March 8, 2017
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Business organisation the CBI’s director-general Carolyn Fairbairn described today’s Budget as a “breakthrough for skills”. She said: “There has never been a more important time for the UK to sit at the global top table of technical education for young people. “Firms will be looking for ongoing partnership with...

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Spring Budget 2017: Investment in science and innovation

March 8, 2017
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Chancellor Philip Hammond announced new funding to help the UK compete in science and innovation in his spring Budget, including: £300m for research talent, including 1,000 PhD places for STEM subjects £270m for robots, driverless cars and biotech £16m for a 5G mobile technology hub £200m for fibre broadband

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Start-up and growth advice for fledgling firms at BRAVE Enterprise

March 3, 2017
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BRAVE Enterprise, the Bristol-based not-for-profit business support organisation, is running a series of workshops this month to provide expert start-up advice to fledgling firms and help growing businesses promote themselves effectively. The not-for-profit business support organisation will be running the courses at its central Bristol offices at The Coach...

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New help for Bristol firms to break into high-growth international markets as Brexit looms

March 3, 2017
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New help for Bristol firms to break into high-growth international markets as Brexit looms

Bristol businesses looking to expand into high-growth global markets will receive enhanced advice and support following the signing of four new international partnership agreements by Business West. The organisation, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, is the largest international trade support body in the South West....

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Accountants call for Budget reform to end business rates ‘madness’

March 3, 2017
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Accountants call for Budget reform to end business rates ‘madness’

Chancellor Philip Hammond is being urged to tear up the rule book on business rates and introduce a much fairer form of local corporation tax in his Budget next week. The plea comes from Bristol-based regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming. It wants to see an urgent and radical reform...

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Plans for world-beating innovation centres move closer after government funding pledge

February 24, 2017
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Plans for world-beating innovation centres move closer after government funding pledge

World-class innovation hubs in and around Bristol specialising in sectors ranging from aerospace and automotive to food and drink are a step closer following the announcement of extra growth funding for the West of England from the government. The pioneering centres have been included on a list of schemes...

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