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Assistant regional director joins the CBI in the South West

September 18, 2017
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Assistant regional director joins the CBI in the South West

The CBI has appointed Ben Rhodes as its new assistant regional director in the South West. Ben, pictured, joins from the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, where he was chief executive for five-and-a-half years. His responsibilities in the newly created role will include promoting the South West as a...

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Last chances for Bristol businesses to have their say on draft economic vision for the West of England

September 15, 2017
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Last chances for Bristol businesses to have their say on draft economic vision for the West of England

Bristol businesses have just a few weeks left to comment on a new economic blueprint for the West of England which aims to make it a “beacon of growth and innovation”. The draft strategy was launched in July by West of England Mayor Tim Bowles and interim chair of...

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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned in Bristol next month

September 14, 2017
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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned in Bristol next month

The search is on to find Britain’s female start-up of the Year – with the winner following in the footsteps of two Bristol-based businesswomen. The successful entrant will be crowned in Bristol next month following a live pitching session on stage at the annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, which...

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SCISYS confident ahead of first-half results as spate of contract wins boost order book

September 8, 2017
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SCISYS confident ahead of first-half results as spate of contract wins boost order book

A raft of recent contract wins and a bumper order book means specialist IT group SCISYS, which has an office in Bristol, is on target to report solid half-year results later this month, according to its directors. In a trading update to the London Stock Exchange earlier this week,...

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Innovative subsea engineering firm lands coveted PwC West of England Business of Year award

September 7, 2017
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Innovative subsea engineering firm lands coveted PwC West of England Business of Year award

Developing pioneering products for the global oil industry has earned advanced engineering group Viper Innovations the prestigious title of 2017 PwC West of England Business of Year in the category for businesses turning over less than £30m. The firm, which has its head office and main manufacturing base in...

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Poll of EU workers points to potential skills crisis for West firms as thousands say they will leave UK

August 31, 2017
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Poll of EU workers points to potential skills crisis for West firms as thousands say they will leave UK

Tens of thousands of EU workers in the South West could leave the UK over the next few years, potentially triggering a major skills headache for the region’s firms, according to a new survey. Some 28% of all EU nationals working in the region say they are considering quitting...

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Economic clouds gathering, but we’re better prepared to weather them, Bank of England tells Bristol bosses

August 25, 2017
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Economic clouds gathering, but we’re better prepared to weather them, Bank of England tells Bristol bosses

The outlook for the global economy is “highly uncertain”, a top Bank of England official has warned Bristol business leaders, but he insisted that Britain’s financial services industry is in far better shape to cope with any sudden shocks than it was ahead of the last recession. China’s huge...

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High-profile speaker line-up announced for Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

August 25, 2017
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High-profile speaker line-up announced for Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

Branding, exporting and the challenges of being a woman boss in the male-dominated world of professional football are among the issues that will be showcased at this year’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs in Bristol. The event, staged by small business support group Enterprise Nation on October 20, has become...

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Former HP Labs chief and cyber expert joins University of Bristol in special advisor role

August 24, 2017
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Former HP Labs chief and cyber expert joins University of Bristol in special advisor role

The University of Bristol has appointed Martin Sadler OBE, an acclaimed tech industry and cyber security expert, as its first special advisor on industrial strategy. Martin, pictured, has a long and illustrious career at the leading edge of industrial research and development, particularly in fields related to digital and...

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New Business West chair calls for region to ‘punch a bit above our weight’ to succeed

August 18, 2017
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New Business West chair calls for region to ‘punch a bit above our weight’ to succeed

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has appointed one of the South West’s top marketeers as its new chairman. Iain Wolsey, pictured, said he wanted Business West to ensure the region “punched a bit above our weight” and competed against the likes of the Northern Powerhouse and the...

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Commitment to corporate social responsibility helps Almeda do the double at family business awards

August 18, 2017
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Commitment to corporate social responsibility helps Almeda do the double at family business awards

Facilities management firm Almeda has scooped two awards at the prestigious National Family Business Awards. Managing director Brady George, pictured, won the Entrepreneur of the Year title while the Keynsham-based company itself received the Big Heart award for improving corporate social responsibility (CSR).  Almeda was recognised in this category...

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Bid to find – and close – gaps in West of England’s digital network launched by metro mayor

August 17, 2017
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Bid to find – and close – gaps in West of England’s digital network launched by metro mayor

Gaps in Bristol and the West of England’s digital infrastructure are to be identified in a major new study aimed at improving its digital connectivity and boosting the economy. The project, to be launched in the autumn, will also identify the skills gaps in the digital sector that are...

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Sale to larger rival helps timber merchant grow its branches

August 10, 2017
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Sale to larger rival helps timber merchant grow its branches

Timber and sheet materials specialist Avon Plywood has been acquired by larger competitor Sydenhams for an undisclosed sum. Keynsham-based Avon Plywood, which was established in 1983 as an importer of wood-based materials and timber into Bristol, is now one of the UK’s largest suppliers of its kind.  It specialises...

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