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Programme launched to equip workers with the skills to ensure Bristol’s growth is clean and green

February 10, 2022
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Programme launched to equip workers with the skills to ensure Bristol’s growth is clean and green

Bristol’s construction and manufacturing businesses will be able to boost their employees’ green skills as part of a new scheme backed by the West of England Combined Authority. More than 100 firms across the region are being invited to take part in the 18-month Skills for Clean Growth programme to...

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100 skilled tech and engineering jobs to be created in Bristol by global group Expleo

February 4, 2022
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100 skilled tech and engineering jobs to be created in Bristol by global group Expleo

Global engineering, technology and consulting group Expleo, which operates from three bases in Bristol, is creating 100 highly skilled jobs in the city as part of a major expansion. Expleo, which is planning to create a total of 500 new jobs in the UK this year, has grown rapidly since...

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Strong year for SETsquared Bristol member firms with investment of just under £99m

February 3, 2022
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Strong year for SETsquared Bristol member firms with investment of just under £99m

Innovative businesses based at SETsquared Bristol, the incubator that supports the growth of tech start-ups, attracted investment of £98.8m last year – a 145% increase on 2020’s total. Member companies also created 250 jobs, generated £29m in revenues and achieved best-ever numbers for leadership diversity.  More than half of...

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Debut deal for Harbourside as it completes cross-border sale of roofing tile distributor

February 1, 2022
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Debut deal for Harbourside as it completes cross-border sale of roofing tile distributor

Bristol-based Harbourside, the South West’s newest corporate finance boutique, has completed its first significant deal – helping a specialist UK roof tile firm on its sale to a major Belgian supplier. The Harbourside team was brought in by Metrotile (UK), which specialises in distributing lightweight steel roofing, to assist...

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Deloitte’s M&A team in Bristol hails ‘fantastic’ year for dealmaking with total of 17 completed

January 26, 2022
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Deloitte’s M&A team in Bristol hails ‘fantastic’ year for dealmaking with total of 17 completed

Dealmakers from accountancy firm Deloitte’s Bristol-based mergers & acquisitions team completed a record number 17 deals last year – four of them in just three weeks during December. The total number, with a collective value of just under £2bn, was almost double that of 2020, when the team completed...

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CBI boss told of Bristol’s global potential in emerging tech sectors on visit to city

January 21, 2022
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CBI boss told of Bristol’s global potential in emerging tech sectors on visit to city

National business organisation such as the CBI can play a crucial role in helping Bristol develop world-class clusters in high-potential sectors such as deeptech and creative tech, its director-general was told on a visit to the city. Tony Danker met a number of businesses in Bristol to hear about...

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Children’s hospice business club shows the power of bringing companies together

January 21, 2022
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Children’s hospice business club shows the power of bringing companies together

Bristol firms are being invited to join Children’s Hospice South West’s Business Club as it aims to raise £90,000 from the initiative to support it in helping make a difference to young people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. The charity needs around £11m a year to run its...

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BGF Bristol office invests record £115m in high-growth business in 2021

January 20, 2022
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BGF Bristol office invests record £115m in high-growth business in 2021

Investments by the Bristol team of growth finance group BGF passed the £100m mark for the first time last year as it continued its strong run of funding ambitious businesses. The team injected £115m of equity into firms in 2021 – a 72% increase on 2020’s total and more...

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New finance director for Avon Group as it aims for further expansion

January 18, 2022
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New finance director for Avon Group as it aims for further expansion

Bristol-based specialist manufacturing and engineering firm Avon Group has appointed Charles Toosey as finance director to support its ambitious growth plans. Charles, pictured, has high-level experience in financial management and business consulting having joined Avon Group from London-based aluminium manufacturer Alvance, where he has spent the past two years...

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Supply chain disruption hitting firms, survey shows, but confidence for 2022 is high

January 7, 2022
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Supply chain disruption hitting firms, survey shows, but confidence for 2022 is high

More than three-quarters of manufacturing firms in Bristol and across the West of England have been affected by delays or other disruption when importing supplies or goods, according to the latest economic survey by the regions largest business group. Two-thirds of all importers have also been affected, triggering a...

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Business West managing director Phil Smith: 2022 will be a year of challenges but also opportunities

January 5, 2022
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Business West managing director Phil Smith: 2022 will be a year of challenges but also opportunities

With the ongoing impact of the pandemic, climate change and Brexit, 2022 will be another tough year for many Bristol businesses. Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative – looks at the needs and challenges for this...

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New director for SETsquared Bristol as it looks to build on its world-leading reputation

December 10, 2021
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New director for SETsquared Bristol as it looks to build on its world-leading reputation

SETsquared Bristol has appointed Marty Reid as its new director, taking over from Monika Radclyffe, who has led the world-leading tech incubator since 2016. Marty, pictured, takes up the role in January. He has been the head of Engine Shed, the Bristol innovation hub and home to SETsquared Bristol,...

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SETsquared online investment showcase shines spotlight on trio of Bristol tech innovators

December 2, 2021
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SETsquared online investment showcase shines spotlight on trio of Bristol tech innovators

Three pioneering Bristol tech firms are hoping to secure vital funding after taking part in a high-profile online investment showcase staged by globally acclaimed business incubator SETsquared. Airway Medical, Emm Technology and Neuronostics were among 16 SETsquared-backed ventures that took the mic and pitched for the investment at the...

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