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Second phase of innovation hub Engine Shed on track as Govt pledges £18m more for Bristol

January 29, 2015
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Second phase of innovation hub Engine Shed on track as Govt pledges £18m more for Bristol

Bristol’s pioneering business incubator Engine Shed is to be expanded as part of a £18.1m increase in Government funding for the West of England announced this week. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited the hi-tech building at Temple Meads on Thursday to announce the funding, which will also go...

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Chairman role at Bristol R&D tax credit firm for city tech entrepreneur Mark Mason

January 27, 2015
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Chairman role at Bristol R&D tax credit firm for city tech entrepreneur Mark Mason

Bristol digital entrepreneur Mark Mason has joined the leadership team of city-based research and development tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown to help it continue to grow. He will also seek to improve access for tech firms to the high levels of tax relief they may be eligible to claim against...

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Bristol placed among top UK cities for innovation and business growth in major new report

January 23, 2015
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Bristol placed among top UK cities for innovation and business growth in major new report

Bristol’s standing as one of the UK’s most innovative cities has been recognised in a major new report which also highlights the strength of its economy. The latest report from respected urban think tank Centre for Cities places Bristol ninth in the table of the leading UK cities for...

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Former Elizabeth Shaw boss joins regional investment firm as it targets Bristol businesses

January 16, 2015
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Former Elizabeth Shaw boss joins regional investment firm as it targets Bristol businesses

The former managing director of Bristol-based chocolate manufacturer Elizabeth Shaw has been appointed by alternative finance provider South West Investment Group (SWIG) Capital as a non-executive director to the board of its fund-holding arm. Malachy McReynolds, pictured, join the group, which since 1996 has invested £15m in to more...

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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

January 13, 2015
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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

Confidence among West of England businesses petered out at the end of 2014 and has started the new year lower than at any time over the previous 12 months, new research shows. Domestic sales, cashflow and recruitment expectations all fell during the fourth quarter, according to results of the...

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Low-carbon buses to be trialled in Bristol during Green Capital year in bid to clean up city’s air pollution

January 9, 2015
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Low-carbon buses to be trialled in Bristol during Green Capital year in bid to clean up city’s air pollution

Bristol is to become a test bed for hybrid buses that can automatically switch from diesel to electric power to reduce emissions in areas of the city with poor air quality. The vehicles will be piloted on the city’s streets thanks to a £1m Government grant. The trial coincides...

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University of Bristol gains funding for world-class research into next-generation semiconductors

January 9, 2015
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University of Bristol gains funding for world-class research into next-generation semiconductors

The University of Bristol is to play a key role in helping the UK develop a hub to manufacture next-generation advanced semiconductor materials. Along with the universities of Bath, Sheffield and Strathclyde and industrial partners, it has received £2.65m from the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to fund research into...

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MBE for Bristol businessman and charity stalwart Stephen Parsons in New Year Honours

December 31, 2014
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MBE for Bristol businessman and charity stalwart Stephen Parsons in New Year Honours

Bristol businessman and charity champion Stephen Parsons has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours list. Mr Parsons, pictured, splits his time between specialist engineering firm Redcliffe Magtronics, where he is chairman, and his extensive charity work. He also chairs the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP)...

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Bristol bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Chamber of Commerce boss warns politicians

December 29, 2014
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Bristol bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Chamber of Commerce boss warns politicians

Phil Smith, managing director of Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, looks back at the past 12 months and considers why next year’s General Election is set to be one of the most important in recent memory. “The noise and glare of...

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Smith & Williamson deals point to return of appetite for private equity

December 19, 2014
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Smith & Williamson deals point to return of appetite for private equity

The Bristol office of accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson has completed two private equity deals in one week, signalling a resurgence of interest from both businesses and investors. The firm’s Bristol tax, advisory and corporate finance teams worked closely with Bristol-based specialised advanced engineering firm Stirling...

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UWE’s world-leading research recognised in major new report

December 19, 2014
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UWE’s world-leading research recognised in major new report

The amount of world-leading research carried out at UWE Bristol has soared by 170%, according to a major new national report. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) show that 57 % of the research submitted by UWE was judged to be either world-leading or internationally excellent....

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Jobless fall welcomed by Bristol Chamber, but it warns of weaknesses in economy

December 17, 2014
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Jobless fall welcomed by Bristol Chamber, but it warns of weaknesses in economy

Bristol Chamber & Initiative has welcomed another decrease in unemployment but warned that “fundamental weaknesses” remain in the economy which threaten to hold back recovery. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published this week show unemployment across the South West fell by 2,000 between August and October,...

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Greens can build a better Bristol, party leader insists on visit to city

December 10, 2014
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Greens can build a better Bristol, party leader insists on visit to city

Building a fairer and more sustainable society would create jobs and boost the economy, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said on a visit to Bristol. Speaking to Bristol Business News, Ms Bennett, pictured, said it was a stereotype that her party was anti-business. But it wanted big businesses to...

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