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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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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

November 26, 2020
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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

The award-winning Trading Through Brexit service run by Business West has been relaunched to help companies make crucial last-minute adjustments to the way they operate ahead of the end of the UK-EU transition period. Regardless of whether or not a deal is reached between UK and EU negotiators ahead...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Bristol business reaction

November 25, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Bristol business reaction

Business West, the region’s biggest business organisation, was disappointed with the lack of capital investment promised by the government for the West of England. Policy manager Claire Ralph said: “Some minor funding has been allocated to the West of England Combined Authority for local transport improvements through the Transforming...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: National business reaction

November 25, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: National business reaction

Business groups have welcomed the investment in infrastructure and jobs in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review but said many firms still needed more help from the government. The CBI praised the Chancellor for making “some bold autumn decisions” to power a spring recovery even as the stark forecasts pointed...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Main points

November 25, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Main points

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his much-anticipated Spending Review, outlining how the government will tackle the huge economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Among main points were:  The government is spending £280bn on tackling Covid-19 But the Chancellor says: “The economic damage is likely to be lasting.” Forecast...

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Virtual training session to help firms improve inclusivity in the workplace

November 25, 2020
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Virtual training session to help firms improve inclusivity in the workplace

Bristol youth empowerment social enterprise Babbasa is hosting a virtual taster training session tomorrow aimed at businesses wishing to improve their workplace’s inclusivity. Evidence clearly shows that diverse and inclusive working environments improve staff wellbeing, boost creativity and innovation and strengthen brand and reputation, resulting in a happier workforce and...

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Plea for more help for businesses as government announces new regional tier restrictions

November 24, 2020
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Plea for more help for businesses as government announces new regional tier restrictions

The government has been warned that it cannot “keep switching businesses on and off like a light switch” through Covid-19 related national lockdowns and regional tiers without expecting severe consequences.  Instead, firms need a plan that keeps them, and the economy, open throughout winter and beyond, according to Business...

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TIME magazine puts Bristol-developed VR tech into its Top 100 inventions of 2020

November 20, 2020
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TIME magazine puts Bristol-developed VR tech into its Top 100 inventions of 2020

Virtual reality technology developed in Bristol by immersive training company Virti has been included in TIME magazine’s prestigious annual Best Inventions List. The high-profile list – unveiled in the US yesterday – showcases the 100 products that are making the world “better, smarter, and even a little more fun”,...

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Bristol on launchpad as new space hub after government urges firms to harness power of high-flying sector

November 20, 2020
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Bristol on launchpad as new space hub after government urges firms to harness power of high-flying sector

Bristol has been chosen as one of seven new UK space hubs to harness innovation in the industry and boost its advanced engineering, tech and science sectors. Initial funding for the hub will come from the UK Space Agency to bring together experts and business leaders to identify and showcase...

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Unique platform to help small firms access Kickstart Scheme launched by Bristol entrepreneurs

November 20, 2020
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Unique platform to help small firms access Kickstart Scheme launched by Bristol entrepreneurs

Three Bristol digital marketing and tech experts have set up what they believe is the most user-friendly and comprehensive platform to enable smaller firms to apply to the government’s recently launched Kickstart Scheme. KickstartGo has just one simple form that businesses need to complete if they want to make...

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CBI calls for emphasis on skills, 5G and transport to spur South West’s post-Covid recovery

November 18, 2020
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CBI calls for emphasis on skills, 5G and transport to spur South West’s post-Covid recovery

Boosting skills and developing the physical and digital infrastructure will be vital for South West to build back better from the economic ravages of coronavirus, the CBI said today in a major new report. Called Reviving Regions, the paper highlights long-standing regional inequalities across England which have inhibited growth, opportunity and...

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Groundbreaking report will show strength of Bristol’s ‘Chinese ecosystem’

November 17, 2020
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Bristol’s burgeoning business links with China are to be mapped for the first time in a major research project. The Bristol and Bath Chinese Ecosystem Analysis, which will be published next spring, will track all business, investment and academic connections between the area region and China, offering a definitive...

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Time has ‘almost run out’ to prepare for Brexit transition on January 1, Business West warns

November 13, 2020
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Time has ‘almost run out’ to prepare for Brexit transition on January 1, Business West warns

Bristol firms trading in Europe have been told that it is ‘almost too late’ if they have not planned for a worst case scenario following the end of the Brexit transition on January 1. The 50-day countdown to that date was on Wednesday and Business West, the region’s largest...

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