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‘Perfect storm’ for manufacturers as survey shows Brexit uncertainty colliding with impact of Covid-19

December 18, 2020
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‘Perfect storm’ for manufacturers as survey shows Brexit uncertainty colliding with impact of Covid-19

Just 2% of the South West’s small to medium-sized manufacturers think Brexit will have a positive impact on their recovery, while more than half admit they still cannot predict how the transition out of the EU will affect their business. And with the UK-EU talks entering their final hours...

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‘Instant decision’ app and website launched by Optimum Finance as part of new CEO’s strategic vision

December 16, 2020
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‘Instant decision’ app and website launched by Optimum Finance as part of new CEO’s strategic vision

Bristol-based invoice finance provider Optimum Finance has launched a website and app that give instant funding decisions to businesses on how much funding they can access. The service has also been made available to Optimum’s intermediary partners to use. The app can be rebranded and embedded within their websites...

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National group snaps up Bristol ethical waste management firm

December 16, 2020
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National group snaps up Bristol ethical waste management firm

Bristol-based ethical waste management company Waste Source has been acquired by national market leader Reconomy UK in a deal handled by regional accountancy firm Milsted Langdon. Waste Source was launched in 2010 to make waste disposal a simpler, cheaper and more effective process so businesses could reduce their waste...

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Entrepreneur unveils scheme to make Bristol the ‘new West Coast’ for scientific innovation

December 11, 2020
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Entrepreneur unveils scheme to make Bristol the ‘new West Coast’ for scientific innovation

Plans to develop a world-class ‘deep tech’ ecosystem in Bristol where scientists and engineers can accelerate ground-breaking ideas have been unveiled by one of the city’s most successful entrepreneurs of recent years. The scheme, led by Bristol-based chemist and investor Dr Harry Destecroix, includes an incubator, a £15m early-stage...

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SETsquared Bristol’s innovative bursary scheme puts BAME-led start-ups on the road to success

December 11, 2020
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SETsquared Bristol’s innovative bursary scheme puts BAME-led start-ups on the road to success

Six tech start-ups run by entrepreneurs from diverse ethnic backgrounds are to be supported under an innovative scheme run by acclaimed incubator SETsquared Bristol. Now in its second year, SETsquared’s Breakthrough Bursary provides bespoke business support, mentoring, strategic advice and coaching, investment readiness training and events as well as...

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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

December 11, 2020
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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

West of England Firms have slammed government financial support for businesses forced to close during the most recent lockdown as grossly inadequate. Some 54% of businesses that were shuttered during November – including restaurants, cafes and non-essential retailers – said the financial assistance covered less than a quarter of...

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Export opportunities open up virtually for agri-tech and marine-tech firms

December 11, 2020
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Export opportunities open up virtually for agri-tech and marine-tech firms

Bristol businesses operating in the high-growth agri-tech and marine-tech sectors are being given new opportunities to break into overseas markets by virtually showcasing their products. Agri-tech companies can meet global commercial trade officers from 50 overseas markets on Tuesday at a virtual Meet the Market Expert event.  Organised by...

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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

December 8, 2020
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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

A third of South West firms still do not know if they will be impacted by Brexit with less than four weeks to go to the end of the UK-EU transition period, according to a new survey. At the same time 46% are worried that Brexit could have a...

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Firms invited to have their say on region’s 20-year planning blueprint

December 4, 2020
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Firms invited to have their say on region’s 20-year planning blueprint

Bristol businesses have less than two weeks to give their views on the type of employment spaces, vital transport links and homes the region needs over the next 20 years. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has already received almost 1,000 responses to the survey it is running...

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Wessex Water working with investigators on cause of treatment plant blast that killed four people

December 4, 2020
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Wessex Water working with investigators on cause of treatment plant blast that killed four people

An investigation has started into the explosion yesterday at an Avonmouth wastewater treatment plant that killed four people. A fifth person was injured in the incident at Wessex Water’s Bristol Wastewater Recycling Centre at Avonmouth but is not thought to be in a life-threatening condition.  Three of those killed...

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National Friendly urges Bristol’s digital innovators to come to aid of city’s literacy charity Ablaze

December 1, 2020
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National Friendly urges Bristol’s digital innovators to come to aid of city’s literacy charity Ablaze

National Friendly, the Bristol-based insurer, has stepped in to support city literacy and schools charity Ablaze with a new fundraising campaign. Under the initiative, the mutual insurer – a long-term partner of Ablaze – will use its influence to urge Bristol firms to contribute to the charity as well...

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Bristol’s burgeoning tech sector shrugs off impact of Covid-19 to become city’s biggest industry

November 27, 2020
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Bristol’s burgeoning tech sector shrugs off impact of Covid-19 to become city’s biggest industry

Tech has overtaken engineering to become Bristol’s dominant industry, boasting the most jobs and higher-than-average salaries, according to a new report. There are currently 1,965 IT-related job openings in the city, the highest of any industry, with logistics and warehouse coming in second with 1,840, and a total of...

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Business groups and Mayor warn of bleak winter as Bristol prepares to enter Tier 3 when lockdown ends

November 27, 2020
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Business groups and Mayor warn of bleak winter as Bristol prepares to enter Tier 3 when lockdown ends

Bristol’s Tier 3 restrictions when it comes out of the national lockdown next week will have a “chilling impact” on its economy, with much of its hospitality sector remaining “frozen” in the vital run-up to Christmas, business groups and the city’s mayor have warned. Mayor Marvin Rees, pictured, said...

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