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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol political reaction

March 6, 2024
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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol political reaction

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris, pictured, said “hard-pressed” West of England residents and businesses were still struggling with 70-year high levels of tax under the Conservatives, “despite today’s desperate attempts from the Chancellor to pretend otherwise”. The Labour leader of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA),...

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Spring Budget 2024: The key points . . .

March 6, 2024
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Spring Budget 2024: The key points . . .

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has delivered his Spring Budget. The main points were: The Chancellor said growth had been higher in the UK since 2010 than every other European economy. But future growth would not come from mass immigration. He promised a Budget for future growth. Inflation had been halved to...

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Ground-breaking product set to revolutionise medical training launched by Bristol simulator firm

March 6, 2024
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Ground-breaking product set to revolutionise medical training launched by Bristol simulator firm

Bristol-based medical simulator company Limbs & Things has launched the most ambitious and complex product in its 30-year history – a device to help medical practitioners better recognise and diagnose more than 30 chronic conditions and life-threatening emergencies Called CaRE (Cardiovascular & Respiratory Examination), the ground-breaking simulator, pictured, is...

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Bristol Business Blog: Samantha Castle, employment partner, Barcan+Kirby. Employment law changes – what you need to know

March 5, 2024
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Bristol Business Blog: Samantha Castle, employment partner, Barcan+Kirby. Employment law changes – what you need to know

With a number of key employment law changes taking place this year -  many of them effective from next month – Barcan+Kirby employment partner Samantha Castle summarises what’s changing. Redundancy protection  Currently, employees who are on maternity, shared parental or adoption leave and facing redundancy, have first access to...

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Bristol businesses urged to support city’s iconic Balloon Fiesta as organisers battle spiralling costs

March 1, 2024
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Bristol businesses urged to support city’s iconic Balloon Fiesta as organisers battle spiralling costs

Bristol’s long-running International Balloon Fiesta is seeking corporate sponsors from the city’s business community as its organisers commit to becoming more financially sustainable amid soaring costs. The not-for-profit organisation behind the annual free-to-attend event, which injects millions of pounds into the local economy every August and has become synonymous...

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Another successful year for SETsquared Bristol as its member firms generate 300-plus jobs

March 1, 2024
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Another successful year for SETsquared Bristol as its member firms generate 300-plus jobs

More than 300 jobs were created last year by businesses that are part of SETsquared Bristol, the acclaimed University of Bristol-backed tech incubator. Its member companies also generated £45m-plus in revenues, raised a combined £50m in funding – up from £33m in 2022 despite the tougher investment market –...

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Bristol’s pioneering deep-tech incubator launches its second unique accelerator programme

March 1, 2024
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Bristol’s pioneering deep-tech incubator launches its second unique accelerator programme

An equity-free accelerator scheme launched last year by Bristol deep-tech ecosystem Science Creates is aiming to create more innovative businesses following the launch of its second programme. Science Creates Accelerate seeks to find the best fit between companies and investors, intentionally providing deep-tech founders and entrepreneurs with the best opportunity...

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Awards launched to showcase businesses that are the bee’s knees at caring for region’s pollinators

February 29, 2024
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Awards launched to showcase businesses that are the bee’s knees at caring for region’s pollinators

An awards scheme that champions the West of England’s best bee-friendly businesses is back – with some of the region’s biggest firms promising to create some extra buzz around it. The first Bee Bold Awards were held last year to champion the region’s pollinator champions. Winners included a digital tech...

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Live webinar: Power to Your Business – Solar from Start to Finish

February 28, 2024
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Thousands of UK businesses have already switched to solar PV to reduce their carbon emissions and cut costs – are you missing out? For the third webinar in its Power to Your Business series, Solarsense will next week bring together a panel of industry leaders and sustainability experts to...

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Big rise in annual revenues at solar panel installation firm as spiralling electricity prices fuel take up

February 23, 2024
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Big rise in annual revenues at solar panel installation firm as spiralling electricity prices fuel take up

Annual revenues at renewable energy specialist Solarsense have powered ahead by 40% as it enjoyed its busiest-ever year. The PV system design and installation firm, which was launched 30 years ago – well ahead of the renewable energy curve – said it had benefited from an eagerness among organisations...

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Green hydrogen plant opened to power West of England ahead in harnessing ‘fuel of the future’

February 22, 2024
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Green hydrogen plant opened to power West of England ahead in harnessing ‘fuel of the future’

The West of England’s first green hydrogen production and storage plant has been officially opened, underpining the region’s status as a leader in research into what is widely regarded as the fuel of the future. The plant, at the state-of-the-art Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) on the...

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Michelmores hosts event for female founders and angel investors ahead of International Women’s Day

February 22, 2024
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Michelmores hosts event for female founders and angel investors ahead of International Women’s Day

Law firm Michelmores’ angel investor network is to stage an event in Bristol next week during which four female-founded businesses will be given the chance to pitch for investment. The event, on Tuesday 27 February, is also aimed at recruiting more female angel investors as well as helping accelerate the...

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Race for space on cards in Bristol’s industrial market amid economic woes and shortage of new buildings

February 2, 2024
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Race for space on cards in Bristol’s industrial market amid economic woes and shortage of new buildings

Take-up in Bristol’s industrial and logistics property market slumped by 36% last year due to a lack of space combined with the impact of macro-economic factors, according to new research. And while demand remains strong, the market will remain constrained by a lack of buildings that are immediately available....

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