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New Year’s Honours for Bristol business leaders

December 31, 2013
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New Year’s Honours for Bristol business leaders

Some of Bristol’s best-known business figures have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. Peter Hargreaves, the co-founder of Bristol-based investment services provider Hargreaves Lansdown, has been awarded the CBE for services to business, innovation, financial services. Don Cameron, founder of Bristol-based Cameron Balloons and figurehead for the...

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AirAsia deal lifts Airbus but major blow for Rolls-Royce as it misses out on Typhoon order

December 20, 2013
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AirAsia deal lifts Airbus but major blow for Rolls-Royce as it misses out on Typhoon order

Airbus has landed a significant pre-Christmas boost for its long-established A330 long-haul aircraft with a firm order for 25 from fast-growing low-cost carrier AirAsia X. The £3.67bn contract, the largest one-off order for A330s order received by Airbus, is good news for the 5,000 workers at Airbus’s Filton engineering...

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Strong bounce back by businesses points to steady growth in 2014

December 16, 2013
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Strong bounce back by businesses points to steady growth in 2014

Business confidence is running at its highest level for more than three years as the recovery gathers pace and firms put austerity behind them at last. Manufacturers in particular are upbeat about their prospects going into the new year, according to the latest Business Trends report by accountants BDO....

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What’s the big idea? Bristol firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

December 16, 2013
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What’s the big idea? Bristol firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

Ideas on the best way to create sustainable jobs and growth across the West of England are being invited from Bristol firms. The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) today launches a six-week public consultation on its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) – a blueprint for growth over the next six years....

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Supercomputer centre logs on to give Bristol powerful test-bed for innovation

December 11, 2013
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Supercomputer centre logs on to give Bristol powerful test-bed for innovation

Bristol’s world-leading supercomputing centre, which is used to tackle major industrial and social problems, has officially started work in its new base. The massive computing power at the state-of-the-art Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS) allows it to solve highly-complex calculations – making it possible to explore and test...

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National acclaim for Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub just a week after opening

December 11, 2013
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National acclaim for Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub just a week after opening

Bristol’s newly-opened Engine Shed, which houses the University of Bristol’s business incubator SETsquared, has gained recognition in a national awards scheme for its highly-connected location and the entrepreneurial heritage of the building. The Engine Shed, part of Brunel’s original station at Temple Meads, was also praised for the ‘oxygen...

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Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

December 10, 2013
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Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

The Manufacturing Advisory Service has appointed a supply chain specialist in the South West to ensure that manufacturers gain a significant share of the lucrative opportunities presented by the UK’s burgeoning offshore wind market. Nick Kirsop-Taylor, pictured, will help firms tap into the recently-launched £20m GROW:OffshoreWind service that supports...

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Engine Shed hi-tech hub puts Bristol on fast track for innovation and growth

December 6, 2013
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Engine Shed hi-tech hub puts Bristol on fast track for innovation and growth

Bristol is in the driving seat for world-class innovation and creativity following the transformation of the Engine Shed at Brunel’s original Temple Meads station into a hi-tech enterprise hub, guests at its official opening were told. The building, once Bristol’s gateway to the world, has been transformed into a...

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Surprise decline in exports from region prompts fresh action to get West firms to trade overseas

December 6, 2013
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Surprise decline in exports from region prompts fresh action to get West firms to trade overseas

Efforts to get more South West firms to export are being stepped up after new figures showed the first fall in overseas sales from the region for more than a year. Exports by value dropped by 3.3% in the third quarter to £3.32bn, sparked by a fall-off in h...

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Suppliers start to benefit from renewed strength in region’s manufacturing sector

December 2, 2013
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Suppliers start to benefit from renewed strength in region’s manufacturing sector

The West of England’s strength in the aerospace and automotive sectors is creating strong conditions for smaller firms in their supply chains with most expecting to increase staffing and investment over the next three months. According to the latest Manufacturing Outlook survey published today by manufacturers’ organisation EEF and...

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Brunel’s original Temple Meads station goes back to the future as platform for Bristol’s innovation

December 2, 2013
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Brunel’s original Temple Meads station goes back to the future as platform for Bristol’s innovation

Bristol’s ambition to be a world-class city for innovation and creativity takes a major leap forward today when Brunel’s original railway station at Temple Meads re-opens as a hi-tech enterprise hub. The Engine Shed, once Bristol’s gateway to the world, has been transformed into a modern centre to spearhead...

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Most West manufacturers enjoy sales growth but remain cautious on future prospects

November 26, 2013
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Most West manufacturers enjoy sales growth but remain cautious on future prospects

Sales have increased for more than half the West’s small to medium-sized West manufacturers over the past six months, with just over a third also experiencing an increase in inquiries and orders. The upbeat picture emerges from the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s latest Barometer, which also reveals a slight rise...

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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

November 22, 2013
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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

An ambitious plan is being drawn up to harness Bristol and the West of England’s creativity and innovation to potentially create more than 100,000 jobs over the next 17 years. The emphasis will be on five key sectors spanning digital to aerospace, and in which the area is already...

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