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Aardman on cue to sign up as first backer of region’s inaugural Good Employment Charter

July 29, 2022
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Aardman on cue to sign up as first backer of region’s inaugural Good Employment Charter

The West of England’s first Good Employment Charter has been launched – with Bristol’s four times Academy Award-winning animation studio Aardman the first to pledge its support. The project was kick-started this week by Metro Mayor Dan Norris as part of a push to develop good jobs, deliver opportunities...

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Confidence levels among South West firms worst in UK as economic storm clouds gather

July 29, 2022
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Confidence levels among South West firms worst in UK as economic storm clouds gather

Companies in the South West are more gloomy about the economy and their own prospects than those in all other regions of the UK, according to a new survey. Business confidence in the region fell three percentage points to 11% during July, making it the least confident region in the UK for...

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Cost pressures stopping many firms from taking action on climate change, survey reveals

July 28, 2022
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Cost pressures stopping many firms from taking action on climate change, survey reveals

More than seven in 10 West of England firms consider climate change to be a core business issue for them but many admit they need help to do anything about it due to cost pressures. As a result, fewer than a quarter have taken concrete steps to reduce their...

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Pioneering Bristol medical simulator firm launches unique graduate scheme

July 28, 2022
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Pioneering Bristol medical simulator firm launches unique graduate scheme

Bristol-based medical simulator manufacturer Limbs & Things, whose products range from ‘arms’ with mock blood systems to birthing simulators, has launched its first graduate recruitment scheme as it looks to shape its future. The Queen’s Award-winning firm has been designing and making training equipment and simulators for healthcare professionals...

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Support for inflation-hit firms must be top of next Prime Minister’s agenda, says Business West

July 21, 2022
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The next Prime Minister and their Chancellor of the Exchequer must take immediate action to help companies cope with the impact of sky-high inflation, the region’s largest business group has said. Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics this week show inflation at a 40-year high of 9.4%....

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Milsted Langdon handles sale of battery firm aiming to power the move to all-electric aircraft

July 20, 2022
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Milsted Langdon handles sale of battery firm aiming to power the move to all-electric aircraft

Regional accountancy firm Milsted Langdon’s Bristol office has helped secure the sale of an innovative battery business at the forefront of the electrification of the aerospace industry. Electroflight’s directors called in Milsted Langdon’s specialist restructuring and insolvency team to advise on the future of the Cheltenham-based business after seeking additional...

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Acquisition of diagnostics firm at cutting edge of vehicle servicing handled by Osborne Clarke team

July 19, 2022
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Acquisition of diagnostics firm at cutting edge of vehicle servicing handled by Osborne Clarke team

A team from the Bristol office of international law firm Osborne Clarke has advised on a deal that could revolutionise the way modern cars and other vehicles are serviced by using advanced diagnostics technology. The lawyers worked with KPIT Technologies, a global partner to the automotive and mobility ecosystem...

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Chance for Bristol’s fast-growth tech firms to shine in roll-call of the UK’s most-innovative businesses

July 12, 2022
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Chance for Bristol’s fast-growth tech firms to shine in roll-call of the UK’s most-innovative businesses

Bristol’s tech pioneers are being urged to enter one of the UK’s top awards schemes for the sector as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Over the past quarter of a century the Technology Fast 50 Awards, staged by accountancy group Deloitte, have showcased nearly 20 of the most innovative Bristol...

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Major science hub plan unveiled for former Bristol Post HQ as city’s deep-tech status grows

July 8, 2022
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Major science hub plan unveiled for former Bristol Post HQ as city’s deep-tech status grows

Bristol’s emerging research & development and deep-tech ecosystem is to get a boost with the opening of the largest commercial science hub in the South West. London-based specialist mixed-use property investor, developer and operator Mission Street and BentallGreenOak, a leading, global real estate investment management advisor, have acquired 1...

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Manufacturing skills crisis leaves Bristol with five vacancies for each job seeker

July 1, 2022
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Manufacturing skills crisis leaves Bristol with five vacancies for each job seeker

Bristol has been named as one of the UK cities hardest hit by the chronic shortage of manufacturing workers – with five roles available for every person looking for work. The city, home to Europe’s largest aerospace sector cluster, ranks second in a new table created to illustrate the...

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Most firms forced to raise prices as they struggle with ‘uncharted territory’ of soaring inflation

July 1, 2022
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Most firms forced to raise prices as they struggle with ‘uncharted territory’ of soaring inflation

Spiralling inflation has become the biggest issue for firms in Bristol and across the South West, with nearly 70% saying they are worried about its impact on their business, according to a new survey. Big rises in labour costs and utility bills – which have helped take inflation to...

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Bristol Innovations project aims to boost business by harnessing university’s research prowess

June 24, 2022
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Bristol Innovations project aims to boost business by harnessing university’s research prowess

The University of Bristol is to combine its far-reaching research expertise with the industry know-how of major global partners under a new project launched today which will also be the first to open on its new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. Called Bristol Innovations, it will be a virtual network...

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SETsquared to stage first face-to-face Sustainability Workout for business founders

June 24, 2022
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SETsquared to stage first face-to-face Sustainability Workout for business founders

Bristol business founders looking to develop their sustainability credentials are invited to take part in a new support programme. Staged by the city’s SETsquared incubator, the fully funded Sustainability Workout was launched during the pandemic and has already supported 40 businesses.  So far it has been delivered online but...

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