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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

January 15, 2021
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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has broken with its traditional method of recruiting for its board to take on three new non-executive directors. The £10m turnover group, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said the move was designed to access a wider talent pool that represented the...

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Bristol’s Centre for Modelling & Simulation recruits Nick Sturge as first non-executive director

January 15, 2021
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Bristol’s Centre for Modelling & Simulation recruits Nick Sturge as first non-executive director

Nick Sturge, the former director of the Bristol’s pioneering Engine Shed innovation hub, has been appointed as the first non-executive director of the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS). CFMS, based on the Bristol & Bath Science Park, is a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering.  It has pioneered new...

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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

January 14, 2021
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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

Regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance has strengthened its board again with a non-executive director appointment as it prepares for its new chair to take up her role. The arrival of Chris Butters, pictured, who has considerable non-executive director and senior executive experience, comes ahead of Christine Allison taking over...

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Join us in backing city’s vital primary school ‘reading buddies’ scheme, says National Friendly

January 12, 2021
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Join us in backing city’s vital primary school ‘reading buddies’ scheme, says National Friendly

Bristol-based mutual insurer National Friendly has seen a lot of change in its 150 year history. Originally it provided sickness benefits to working men, but also, uniquely among friendly societies at the time, it welcomed working women and children too. This pioneering stance – when poverty, poor education, poor...

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Export Academy set up to give Bristol firms help selling to overseas markets

January 8, 2021
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Export Academy set up to give Bristol firms help selling to overseas markets

Bristol’s small businesses can access help and advice to grow internationally through a new, free, post-Brexit programme. The Export Academy involves overseas trade experts from the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosting a series of online workshops and events offering advice and support directly to business owners.  The programme...

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Former World Bank lead economist to become next chair of alternative regional lender SWIG Finance

January 6, 2021
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SWIG

Malachy McReynolds, the chair of regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance, is to step down in March after five years in the role. He will be replaced by Christine Allison, a former lead economist for the World Bank, who has been a non-executive director of SWIG Finance for the...

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Webinar will put spotlight on opportunities in China’s booming Greater Bay Area

January 5, 2021
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GBA

The Greater Bay Area of China will come under the spotlight at a webinar to be hosted by the Bristol and West of England China Bureau next week. The free Zoom event takes place between 9am and 10.30am on Tuesday, January 12, and will give an overview of the...

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New ‘body blow’ for Bristol businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

January 5, 2021
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New ‘body blow’ for Bristol businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

The latest lockdown will be another “body blow” to Bristol firms, coming after the uncertainty caused by Brexit and lost trade in the run-up to Christmas, the region’s biggest business group has warned. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said firms that had survived so far with...

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Smith & Williamson’s corporate finance team end 2020 on a high with two major deals

January 4, 2021
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Smith & Williamson’s corporate finance team end 2020 on a high with two major deals

The Bristol office of national accountancy group Smith & Williamson capped off a successful 2020 by completing two deals – a management buyout at a robotics firm and a sale of an e-learning business. The management buyout at Gloucester-based CKF Systems secures the future of the 30-year-old business, which...

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Government must do more to help Covid-hit businesses, say Mayor of Bristol and South West CBI

December 31, 2020
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Government must do more to help Covid-hit businesses, say Mayor of Bristol and South West CBI

Fresh calls for a rethink of government support for businesses hit by Covid-related restrictions have been made as more parts of the South West join Bristol in Tier 3. While Bristol’s status remained unchanged – having gone from Tier 2 to Tier 3 on Boxing Day – Bath and...

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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

December 23, 2020
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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and has introduced three new steps to help it – and firms across the South West – reach the ambitious target. The organisation, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol...

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Some Christmas cheer for businesses as Bristol goes into Tier 2, but hotels say it’s too late

December 18, 2020
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Bristol business leaders have welcomed the city’s move into Tier 2 from tomorrow but the group representing its major hotels said it had come too late to enable them to cash in on Christmas and secure any meaningful income. Bristol Chamber and Initiative chief executive James Durie joined the Mayor of...

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Survey shows region’s high-growth firms adapting to new normal to resume expansion

December 18, 2020
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Survey shows region’s high-growth firms adapting to new normal to resume expansion

More than two-thirds of high-growth firms in the South West plan to continue to expand next year after adapting for a post-Covid world, new research shows. According to the first survey to chart these businesses during the coronavirus pandemic it has created significant barriers to growth for 58% of...

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