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Greenbank investor day to tap into the challenges and opportunities of a water-scarce world

April 2, 2024
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The social, environmental and economic risks posed by water scarcity will go under the spotlight at Bristol-based green investment firm Greenbank’s latest annual investor day later this month. Titled ‘Water Under Pressure’, the online event on 24 April will focus on risks and opportunities in a water-scarce future and...

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Ashfords’ public sector team helps Somerset Council power ahead with £4bn car battery gigafactory plan

March 28, 2024
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Ashfords’ public sector team helps Somerset Council power ahead with £4bn car battery gigafactory plan

UK law firm Ashfords, which has an office in Bristol, has been appointed to advise on elements of the £4bn electric vehicle battery gigafactory to be built on former industrial land in Somerset. The firm is working with Somerset Council on the consenting, funding and development of the massive...

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Bright sparks of Bristol’s tech cluster invited to enter sector’s most-coveted awards

March 22, 2024
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Bright sparks of Bristol’s tech cluster invited to enter sector’s most-coveted awards

Nominations have opened for this year’s SPARKies, the pioneering awards that shine a light on the best individuals, products and firms that make up the West of England’s tech sector. Launched in 2012, the annual awards have grown to become the best-respected tech accolades in the region, attracting hundreds...

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Tech and net zero will help drive new sustainable growth blueprint for Western ‘super-region’

March 21, 2024
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Tech and net zero will help drive new sustainable growth blueprint for Western ‘super-region’

Harnessing the potential of the West of England in areas such as cyber, tech and net zero will underpin a new pan-regional plan for sustainable growth to be launched this summer. The economic blueprint will form the basis of a conference led by the Western Gateway, the partnership covering...

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Latest acquisition puts Bristol engineering group on road to more expansion in the automotive sector

March 20, 2024
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Latest acquisition puts Bristol engineering group on road to more expansion in the automotive sector

Bristol-based engineering and manufacturing business Avon Group has hit the acquisition trail again to accelerate its growth – this time snapping up a specialist automotive component manufacturer. The £80m-turnover group has bought Nottinghamshire-based Interflex, which manufactures seals and acoustic protection products for the automotive industry, out of administration.  Interflex...

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Webinar: Understanding the media with Bristol Business News and Distinctive Communications

March 18, 2024
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Webinar: Understanding the media with Bristol Business News and Distinctive Communications

Bristol Business News has teamed up with city-based specialist communications consultancy Distinctive Communications to discuss how to engage with journalists to promote your business at an event tomorrow. Hosted by Distinctive founder Ben Lowndes, the free webinar will hear from Bristol Business News editor Robert Buckland on why some stories get coverage and...

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More funding for Bristol firm plugging into the power of graphene to drive down EV battery costs

March 15, 2024
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More funding for Bristol firm plugging into the power of graphene to drive down EV battery costs

The Bristol company behind pioneering technology that aims to reduce electric vehicle (EV) battery charging times while also cutting manufacturing costs has received more funding to further develop the system. Anaphite’s latest £1.6m round, which has come from a range of backers and Innovate UK, follows an injection of...

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Bristol academics get millions in funding to lead research in areas such as AI, digital health and cyber

March 15, 2024
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Bristol academics get millions in funding to lead research in areas such as AI, digital health and cyber

Bristol’s status as a leading centre for cutting-edge academic research was boosted this week as it joined a new innovative digital health hub while also receiving £57m to train a new generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The University of Bristol and UWE Bristol have become part of the...

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Webinar: Understanding the media with Bristol Business News and Distinctive Communications

March 15, 2024
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Webinar: Understanding the media with Bristol Business News and Distinctive Communications

Bristol Business News has teamed up with city-based specialist communications consultancy Distinctive Communications to discuss how to engage with journalists to promote your business at an event next week. Hosted by Distinctive founder Ben Lowndes, the free webinar will hear from Bristol Business News editor Robert Buckland on why some...

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Another accolade for SETsquared as FT-backed report ranks it UK’s top start-up hub and third in Europe

March 14, 2024
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Another accolade for SETsquared as FT-backed report ranks it UK’s top start-up hub and third in Europe

The SETsquared Partnership, the pioneering tech incubator backed by the University of Bristol, has been named as the UK’s leading start-up hub and third best in Europe. No stranger to awards – it has been ranked best in the world by the University Business Incubator (UBI) Index three times...

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New chair of pan-regional powerhouse group stresses its approach to net zero and innovation

March 13, 2024
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New chair of pan-regional powerhouse group stresses its approach to net zero and innovation

The Western Gateway, the pan-regional partnership that stretches from Swindon to Swansea via Bristol, has appointed a new chair as it focuses its efforts on net zero and creating jobs and economic growth. Sarah Williams-Gardener, former CEO of FinTech Wales, takes over from Bristol-based Katherine Bennett CBE, who was...

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New group will showcase Bristol’s strength in AI by bringing together entrepreneurs and academics

March 8, 2024
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New group will showcase Bristol’s strength in AI by bringing together entrepreneurs and academics

Bristol is to be promoted as a centre of excellence for AI following the launch of a new group with a mission to ensure that the rapid-growth advanced automation tech benefits the whole of society. Called AI West, the representative group has a clear purpose to educate, collaborate and communicate around...

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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol business reaction

March 6, 2024
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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol business reaction

Phil Smith, managing director of Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said while the Budget offered a number of initiatives that were likely to benefit the region’s businesses it lacked any measure that would tackle big issues such as transport, housing and infrastructure. “The creative and...

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