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Webinar: Understanding the media with Bristol Business News and Distinctive Communications

March 15, 2024
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Webinar: Understanding the media with Bristol Business News and Distinctive Communications

Bristol Business News has teamed up with city-based specialist communications consultancy Distinctive Communications to discuss how to engage with journalists to promote your business at an event next week. Hosted by Distinctive founder Ben Lowndes, the free webinar will hear from Bristol Business News editor Robert Buckland on why some...

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Another accolade for SETsquared as FT-backed report ranks it UK’s top start-up hub and third in Europe

March 14, 2024
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Another accolade for SETsquared as FT-backed report ranks it UK’s top start-up hub and third in Europe

The SETsquared Partnership, the pioneering tech incubator backed by the University of Bristol, has been named as the UK’s leading start-up hub and third best in Europe. No stranger to awards – it has been ranked best in the world by the University Business Incubator (UBI) Index three times...

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New chair of pan-regional powerhouse group stresses its approach to net zero and innovation

March 13, 2024
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New chair of pan-regional powerhouse group stresses its approach to net zero and innovation

The Western Gateway, the pan-regional partnership that stretches from Swindon to Swansea via Bristol, has appointed a new chair as it focuses its efforts on net zero and creating jobs and economic growth. Sarah Williams-Gardener, former CEO of FinTech Wales, takes over from Bristol-based Katherine Bennett CBE, who was...

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New group will showcase Bristol’s strength in AI by bringing together entrepreneurs and academics

March 8, 2024
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New group will showcase Bristol’s strength in AI by bringing together entrepreneurs and academics

Bristol is to be promoted as a centre of excellence for AI following the launch of a new group with a mission to ensure that the rapid-growth advanced automation tech benefits the whole of society. Called AI West, the representative group has a clear purpose to educate, collaborate and communicate around...

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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol business reaction

March 6, 2024
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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol business reaction

Phil Smith, managing director of Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said while the Budget offered a number of initiatives that were likely to benefit the region’s businesses it lacked any measure that would tackle big issues such as transport, housing and infrastructure. “The creative and...

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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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