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Business West warns of looming prospect of ‘tremendously damaging’ no deal Brexit

November 15, 2018
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Business West warns of looming prospect of ‘tremendously damaging’ no deal Brexit

The West of England’s largest business organisation today urged “calm compromise” from politicians over Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan to avoid what it said would be the “tremendously damaging” impact of the UK crashing out of the EU with no deal. Business West – which runs Bristol Chamber...

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‘Supremely creative’ Bristol has potential to become a global innovation powerhouse, says report

November 9, 2018
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‘Supremely creative’ Bristol has potential to become a global innovation powerhouse, says report

Bristol’s highly talented workforce and its unparalleled collaborative approach mean it is well positioned to become one of the world’s leading centres for innovation, according to a major study published this week. The Bristol city-region, which includes Bath, is already among the UK’s most exciting innovation clusters based on...

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Pioneering firm behind world-first composites manufacturing process lands £10,000 in enterprise contest

November 9, 2018
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Pioneering firm behind world-first composites manufacturing process lands £10,000 in enterprise contest

A fledgling Bristol firm behind a world-first composites manufacturing process that could revolutionise the way aircraft and vehicles are made has won top prize in the University of Bristol’s New Enterprise Competition (NEC). iCOMAT has created, through patented technology, two prototypes that have enabled it to manufacture a range...

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£6m funding will spark up new industrial scheme on site of former cigarette packet factory

November 9, 2018
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£6m funding will spark up new industrial scheme on site of former cigarette packet factory

A former cigarette packet factory on Bristol’s outskirts is to be redeveloped to create much-needed industrial space. The Amcor Packaging factory in Warmley closed two years ago with the loss of all 75 jobs. It was the last of the Bristol area’s once world-leading cigarette packaging industry, which had...

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Bristol’s scale-ups on track for more support as Engine Shed launches month of events

November 9, 2018
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Bristol’s scale-ups on track for more support as Engine Shed launches month of events

Four weeks of events and resources to support fast-growth companies and make the West of England the best place in the UK to start and grow a business are being staged by Bristol innovation hub Engine Shed as part of its Scale Up Month. Engine Shed launched the Scale...

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Ping Pong Fight Club heads to Bristol – with a challenge to find which firm’s top of the table

November 2, 2018
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Ping Pong Fight Club heads to Bristol – with a challenge to find which firm’s top of the table

Bristol’s most competitive businesses are being urged to bring their rivalry to the table and take part in the city’s first Ping Pong Fight Club. The popular Ping Pong Fight Club began four years ago as a stand-alone annual tournament in London. It is now spreading out across the...

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Bristol engineering firms help latest cohort of city’s ‘Future Brunels’ get on board

November 1, 2018
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Bristol engineering firms help latest cohort of city’s ‘Future Brunels’ get on board

Twelve young people are the latest to graduate from Bristol’s Future Brunels programme, which offers students real-world experiences in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) during their five years at secondary school. Launched by the SS Great Britain Trust in 2011, the programme is made possible with the support...

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Budget 2018: Bristol business reaction

October 29, 2018
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Budget 2018: Bristol business reaction

Business West director of policy Matt Griffith described the Budget as pro-business in which the Chancellor “reaffirmed his commitment to providing stimuli in the right places”. “Businesses will welcome the Chancellor’s commitment to housing, particularly with the Housing Infrastructure Fund,” said Mr Griffith, pictured.  “The spiralling cost of housing...

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Budget 2018: As it happened – Chancellor says the era of austerity is coming to an end

October 29, 2018
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Budget 2018: As it happened – Chancellor says the era of austerity is coming to an end

Chancellor Philip Hammond started his speech at 3.33pm and finished at 4.43pm. He open by saying he will deliver a Budget for “hard-working families … who live their lives far from this place … and care little for the twists and turns of Westminster politics”.  Chancellor says the era...

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2018 series of Phenomenal Women talks closes with speech from Airbus senior vice-president

October 26, 2018
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2018 series of Phenomenal Women talks closes with speech from Airbus senior vice-president

Katherine Bennett OBE, aerospace giant Airbus’s senior vice-president, is the next speaker a series of talks by high-profile business women staged at a series of talks held in conjunction with UWE’s Bristol Business School.  Katherine, pictured, who is responsible for leading Airbus’s strategy and external relations in the UK...

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Impartial guide to life after Brexit launched by Business West as departure day draws near

October 26, 2018
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Impartial guide to life after Brexit launched by Business West as departure day draws near

Business West, the region’s largest business support group, has launched a free up-to-the minute advice and guidance service to help firms get ready for life after Brexit. Called Trading Through Brexit, it aims to help businesses start planning for the period up to and after the UK leaves the...

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Fire and security firm powers ahead after winning Hinkley Point C contract

October 24, 2018
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Fire and security firm powers ahead after winning Hinkley Point C contract

Annual turnover at Portbury-based Astron Fire & Security is set to increase by 25% after it won a contract linked to the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project now underway in Somerset. Under the deal family-run Astron will install fire extinguishers and CCTV cameras to the on-site...

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Doors open on Bristol’s housing innovation festival as global mayors arrive in city for summit

October 19, 2018
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Doors open on Bristol’s housing innovation festival as global mayors arrive in city for summit

Bristol is to become a global ‘living exhibition’ for innovation in housing as a new festival gets under way and the mayors of more than 80 cities worldwide arrive for a major conference. The Bristol Housing Festival, which kicked off today in Waterfront Square near Millennium Square, brings together manufacturers,...

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