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Soaring costs and project delays force family-owned Bristol window firm into administration

August 19, 2022
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Soaring costs and project delays force family-owned Bristol window firm into administration

A long-established Bristol architectural window system business that has worked on many of the city’s landmark building schemes has gone into administration due to rising costs and delays on key projects. The Window Glass Company (Bristol), which trades as Window Glass, was founded in 1970 and operates from a...

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CBI’s flagship South West annual dinner returns in October after two-year gap caused by the pandemic

August 18, 2022
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CBI’s flagship South West annual dinner returns in October after two-year gap caused by the pandemic

Business leaders from across the South West are being invited to a major event in the region’s business calendar, the CBI’s annual regional dinner in Bristol. The event, which is traditionally a sell-out, is attended by more than 300 senior business figures from across the region – although it has not...

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West of England business group in urgent plea to ministers to protect firms from soaring energy bills

August 17, 2022
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West of England business group in urgent plea to ministers to protect firms from soaring energy bills

The government must set out an immediate plan to spur economic recovery, including helping firms pay their spiralling energy bills and easing restrictions on employing overseas workers. The call has come from Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, which fears more firms will be forced to close down...

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Investment for Bristol’s fast-growing fintech firms behind sharp rise in city’s venture capital funding

August 11, 2022
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Investment for Bristol’s fast-growing fintech firms behind sharp rise in city’s venture capital funding

Venture capital funding secured by fast-growth Bristol businesses leapt by two-thirds to £63m in the second quarter of this year, with the city’s burgeoning fintech sector leading the way. The big rise in total investment came despite a fall in the number of deals compared to the previous three...

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New grants available from the region’s combined authority to help small businesses adapt and grow

August 11, 2022
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New grants available from the region’s combined authority to help small businesses adapt and grow

A £1.5m fund has been launched to help small firms in Bristol and across the West of England and their supply chains adapt to the new economic and regulatory landscape. The Business Growth and Adaptions Grants are aimed at helping small to medium-sized enterprises buy new products and equipment...

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Aardman on cue to sign up as first backer of region’s inaugural Good Employment Charter

July 29, 2022
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Aardman on cue to sign up as first backer of region’s inaugural Good Employment Charter

The West of England’s first Good Employment Charter has been launched – with Bristol’s four times Academy Award-winning animation studio Aardman the first to pledge its support. The project was kick-started this week by Metro Mayor Dan Norris as part of a push to develop good jobs, deliver opportunities...

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Confidence levels among South West firms worst in UK as economic storm clouds gather

July 29, 2022
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Confidence levels among South West firms worst in UK as economic storm clouds gather

Companies in the South West are more gloomy about the economy and their own prospects than those in all other regions of the UK, according to a new survey. Business confidence in the region fell three percentage points to 11% during July, making it the least confident region in the UK for...

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Cost pressures stopping many firms from taking action on climate change, survey reveals

July 28, 2022
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Cost pressures stopping many firms from taking action on climate change, survey reveals

More than seven in 10 West of England firms consider climate change to be a core business issue for them but many admit they need help to do anything about it due to cost pressures. As a result, fewer than a quarter have taken concrete steps to reduce their...

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Pioneering Bristol medical simulator firm launches unique graduate scheme

July 28, 2022
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Pioneering Bristol medical simulator firm launches unique graduate scheme

Bristol-based medical simulator manufacturer Limbs & Things, whose products range from ‘arms’ with mock blood systems to birthing simulators, has launched its first graduate recruitment scheme as it looks to shape its future. The Queen’s Award-winning firm has been designing and making training equipment and simulators for healthcare professionals...

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Support for inflation-hit firms must be top of next Prime Minister’s agenda, says Business West

July 21, 2022
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The next Prime Minister and their Chancellor of the Exchequer must take immediate action to help companies cope with the impact of sky-high inflation, the region’s largest business group has said. Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics this week show inflation at a 40-year high of 9.4%....

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Milsted Langdon handles sale of battery firm aiming to power the move to all-electric aircraft

July 20, 2022
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Milsted Langdon handles sale of battery firm aiming to power the move to all-electric aircraft

Regional accountancy firm Milsted Langdon’s Bristol office has helped secure the sale of an innovative battery business at the forefront of the electrification of the aerospace industry. Electroflight’s directors called in Milsted Langdon’s specialist restructuring and insolvency team to advise on the future of the Cheltenham-based business after seeking additional...

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Acquisition of diagnostics firm at cutting edge of vehicle servicing handled by Osborne Clarke team

July 19, 2022
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Acquisition of diagnostics firm at cutting edge of vehicle servicing handled by Osborne Clarke team

A team from the Bristol office of international law firm Osborne Clarke has advised on a deal that could revolutionise the way modern cars and other vehicles are serviced by using advanced diagnostics technology. The lawyers worked with KPIT Technologies, a global partner to the automotive and mobility ecosystem...

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Chance for Bristol’s fast-growth tech firms to shine in roll-call of the UK’s most-innovative businesses

July 12, 2022
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Chance for Bristol’s fast-growth tech firms to shine in roll-call of the UK’s most-innovative businesses

Bristol’s tech pioneers are being urged to enter one of the UK’s top awards schemes for the sector as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Over the past quarter of a century the Technology Fast 50 Awards, staged by accountancy group Deloitte, have showcased nearly 20 of the most innovative Bristol...

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