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Bristol green hydrogen plant to put region in fast lane for alternative fuel research

May 20, 2022
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Bristol green hydrogen plant to put region in fast lane for alternative fuel research

The South West’s first manufacturing plant for sustainable green hydrogen is to be opened on the outskirts of Bristol, underlining the city’s position as a leader in the low carbon sector. The plant is to be sited at the new £70m Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) pictured, on...

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Former ‘big four’ R&D tax director joins ForrestBrown to work with major clients

May 17, 2022
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Former ‘big four’ R&D tax director joins ForrestBrown to work with major clients

Bristol-headquartered R&D tax consultancy ForrestBrown has further strengthened its senior team with the appointment of David Byrne as director. David, pictured, will lead the consultancy’s London office with a focus on supporting local, national and international businesses.  After spending nearly 20 years as an IT professional, designing and developing...

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New weapon for doctors in war against rising tide of infections to be marketed by Bristol business

May 13, 2022
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New weapon for doctors in war against rising tide of infections to be marketed by Bristol business

Bristol medical devices firm FluoretiQ has launched a new initiative in the fight against AMR (antimicrobial resistance) infections, which are estimated to cause 700,000 deaths a year globally. According to research, that figure could rise to 10m – alongside a cumulative cost of $1trillion – by 2050 if no...

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Avon Group’s support for children’s hospice charity reaches landmark of £100k in just six years

May 12, 2022
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Avon Group’s support for children’s hospice charity reaches landmark of £100k in just six years

Corporate support and enthusiastic fundraising efforts by its staff have enabled Bristol engineering business Avon Group to donate a staggering £100,000 to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) over the past six years. The fast-growing company, which makes specialist  rubber, plastic moulded and foam parts for a range of industries, has sponsored...

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Bristol Business Blog: Susannah Adams, partner, Harbourside Corporate Finance. Preparing your business for sale

May 11, 2022
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Bristol Business Blog: Susannah Adams, partner, Harbourside Corporate Finance. Preparing your business for sale

Have you asked yourself when you want to sell your business and why? Some entrepreneurs may have one eye on their next venture, while others may simply be aiming to retire early. Whatever the reason, the fundamentals of a business sale remain the same.  In this blog, we look...

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Soaring energy bills sparking huge potential for solar, says fast-growing panel tech firm

April 29, 2022
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Soaring energy bills sparking huge potential for solar, says fast-growing panel tech firm

Solar technology provider Solarsense is forecasting a fourfold increase turnover within the next five years as rising energy prices and the drive towards energy independence boosts demand. The Backwell-headquartered firm, which grew revenues by 120% to £6m in the last financial year, believes rising demand for green power and...

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ICON looking to accelerate its growth in global mobility sector after taking on industry expert

April 26, 2022
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ICON looking to accelerate its growth in global mobility sector after taking on industry expert

Bristol-based tech-focussed investment bank ICON Corporate Finance has hired mobility sector expert Sumeet Pillai. With a background in venture capital, investment banking and corporate development, Sumeet, pictured, has partnered with companies and investors throughout the growth lifecycle from series A and mid-to-late-stage growth to publicly listed companies.  He brings...

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Free IP advice sessions to be staged by Foot Anstey to mark World Intellectual Property Day

April 21, 2022
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Free IP advice sessions to be staged by Foot Anstey to mark World Intellectual Property Day

The intellectual property (IP) team at law firm Foot Anstey is to mark World Intellectual Property Day next week by offering free 30-minute consultations for businesses worried about IP issues. Lawyers from across the firm’s offices, including Bristol, will be stage the event from 26 April – World IP...

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Expansion in the pipeline for mechanical engineering firm after it appoints veteran executive

April 21, 2022
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Expansion in the pipeline for mechanical engineering firm after it appoints veteran executive

Bristol-based mechanical engineering specialist Cosgrove & Drew has appointed experienced West of England company director Bob Holt as its new chairman to help with its expansion plans. Mr Holt, pictured, a former director of Gloucestershire building contractor Mears Group and a serial investor, has also become a major shareholder...

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Specialist printing firm sale reflects high demand from foreign buyers for UK businesses, says ICON

April 20, 2022
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Specialist printing firm sale reflects high demand from foreign buyers for UK businesses, says ICON

Bristol-based tech-focussed investment bank ICON Corporate Finance has advised on the sale of a printing and packaging specialist to global sector leader Canon. The deal involving Hampshire-based Edale is the latest in a string of international deals advised on by ICON, which said it reflected the continuing attractiveness of...

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Acquisition-hungry Avon Group on takeover trail again with deal to buy specialist manufacturer

April 19, 2022
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Acquisition-hungry Avon Group on takeover trail again with deal to buy specialist manufacturer

Avon Group, the Bristol-based engineering business, has completed its second acquisition in as many months – and fourth in less than two years – with the takeover of a specialist manufacturer. AntiVibe makes power transmission couplings and precision-made technical rubber and plastic components used in a wide range of industrial machinery...

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Former Bristol Old Vic interim executive director lands CEO role at Aerospace Bristol

April 8, 2022
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Former Bristol Old Vic interim executive director lands CEO role at Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol, the museum that celebrates the city’s world-class aviation heritage and houses the last Concorde to fly – has appointed Sally Cordwell as its new CEO. Sally, pictured, brings significant experience of senior leadership roles in visitor attractions and culture venues in Bristol and the South West, including...

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£3.3m secured from government to expand WECA’s Skills Bootcamps scheme

April 8, 2022
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£3.3m secured from government to expand WECA’s Skills Bootcamps scheme

A successful Skills Bootcamp programme for the unemployed and those seeking to change their career is to be extended following the allocation of £3.3m in new government funding. The money, which will enable a further 1,200 learners to take part in the scheme across the West of England, was...

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