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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

May 22, 2018
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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

The managing director of the West of England’s largest business group this week joined more than 50 other chamber of commerce leaders to urge the Prime Minister to take radical action and ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the UK economy. Phil Smith from Business West – the organisation behind Bristol...

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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

May 18, 2018
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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

Lloyds Bank has launched a £100m fund to help small businesses take advantage of supply chain opportunities linked to the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. The fund, which opened today, will help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK access discounted lending and...

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Hat-trick of architecture awards for pioneering Bristol buildings

May 18, 2018
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Hat-trick of architecture awards for pioneering Bristol buildings

Two iconic modern Bristol buildings and a new social housing scheme in the city have won major architectural awards. Aerospace Bristol, the showpiece aviation museum which opened last October and houses Concorde, landed the highly acclaimed South West Project of the Year accolade at the RICS South West Awards...

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University of Bristol aims to power new generation of high-growth companies

May 18, 2018
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University of Bristol aims to power new generation of high-growth companies

A programme to enable some of the UK’s best tech scale-up companies become the sector giants of tomorrow has been launched by the University of Bristol The programme, part of a national project, is supported by £5m of government money through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund. It will enable...

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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Bristol next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

May 18, 2018
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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Bristol next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

Bristol businesses are to be helped prepare for the challenges and opportunities that Brexit will bring when an Export for Growth roadshow arrives in the city next month. The day-long Trade Horizons event is one of four being staged across the South West by Business West – the region’s...

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Double vision for drinks group as new multi-million pound brewery increases capacity

May 18, 2018
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Double vision for drinks group as new multi-million pound brewery increases capacity

The South West’s most technologically advanced brewery has been officially opened on the outskirts of Bristol following a multi-million pound investment by drinks and pub group St Austell. Bath Ales’ new state-of-the-art Hare Brewery at Warmley will double its capacity and open up the possibility of a wider range of beers.  The...

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Bristol bosses line up against rivals from across the South West in region’s Director of the Year Awards

May 16, 2018
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Bristol bosses line up against rivals from across the South West in region’s Director of the Year Awards

Three recruitment firm bosses, a university pro vice-chancellor and the founder of a tech business that harnesses under-utilised computer power for financial services and animation clients are among the Bristol directors hoping to win one of the region’s top awards for boardroom excellence. The Institute of Directors (IoD) has...

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UWE opens £5m hub to encourage creation of new health tech cluster

May 11, 2018
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UWE opens £5m hub to encourage creation of new health tech cluster

A world-class health technology cluster could be developed in Bristol following the opening of a £5m centre. The hub, on UWE’s Frenchay campus, will help businesses develop innovative products harnessing technology that enables people to live independently and manage their own health and wellbeing, ensuring they spend the least...

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Small business cyber security workshop to staged by BRAVE

May 11, 2018
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Small business cyber security workshop to staged by BRAVE

Bristol small business owners can get advice on how to protect against the latest online threats at a free cyber security workshop next month. Hosted by business support organisation BRAVE Enterprise, the event on June 13th will take place following figures showing more than four in 10 UK firms...

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IoD lands Flybe chief as headline speaker at its Director of the Year Awards dinner

May 8, 2018
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IoD lands Flybe chief as headline speaker at its Director of the Year Awards dinner

The CEO of regional airline Flybe is to be headline speaker at the IoD South West Director of the Year Awards next month. Christine Ourmières-Widener, pictured, who took up the role at the Devon-based carrier in January last year, will share her experiences in an interview with the event’s host, BBC...

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Funding to drive further growth at Bristol tech firm harnessing 3D and AI for subsea inspections

May 4, 2018
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Funding to drive further growth at Bristol tech firm harnessing 3D and AI for subsea inspections

Fast-growing Bristol tech firm Rovco, which is developing 3D vision and Artificial Intelligence  (AI) techniques for subsea inspections, has received a £400,000 investment. The firm plans to grow from 10 to 30 employees in the next year as it further develops its technologies for use in the offshore renewable...

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German refrigerant firm is latest overseas acquisition for fast-growing A-Gas

May 4, 2018
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German refrigerant firm is latest overseas acquisition for fast-growing A-Gas

Acquisitive Bristol-based international speciality chemicals and gases firm A-Gas has bought German refrigerant business Arthur Friedrichs Kältemittel, giving it a foothold in the European automotive market. A-Gas plans to further invest in the company, based near Hamburg, by building a refrigerant reclamation facility – a growing sector of the...

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£500,000 funding to help Bristol scale-ups reach next stage of growth

May 4, 2018
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£500,000 funding to help Bristol scale-ups reach next stage of growth

Ambitious Bristol businesses with at least two years of sustained growth are being invited to apply for grants of £5,000 to accelerate their expansion. Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has £500,000 worth of funding available to aspiring scale-up businesses through its new High Impact Scale-Up Coaching Grants...

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