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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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Our year as European Green Capital will change people’s lives, Mayor vows as city takes over title

December 8, 2014
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Our year as European Green Capital will change people’s lives, Mayor vows as city takes over title

Bristol today promised to stage the best-funded and most-comprehensive programme of events yet by any European Green Capital as it officially took over the title. The European Commission bestowed the title on the city from this year’s holders Copenhagen in a  ceremony in the Danish capital. Bristol is the...

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Brewery’s team spirit and food offer put it in running for top industry award

December 5, 2014
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Brewery’s team spirit and food offer put it in running for top industry award

For the second year in a row Warmley-based Bath Ales has been shortlisted in prestigious national awards that recognise quality and innovation in the pub trade. The firm is a finalist in the Best Food Offer (2 – 50 sites) category in The Publican Morning Advertiser Awards, as well...

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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

December 5, 2014
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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

The annual search for the region’s best companies has started with the launch of accountants PwC’s widely-respected West of England Business of the Year Awards 2015. Now in their 27th year, the eagerly-contested awards are the most prestigious in the region by far – previous winners read like a...

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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

December 5, 2014
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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

Exports by South West firms have risen slightly over the past year despite turmoil in the key eurozone market, new figures show. And more companies are following the Government’s advice and selling overseas as a way of strengthening their business. Regional trade boss Russell Jones welcomed today’s figures with...

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Red is the colour for Mulberry as sales decline pushes it into a half-year loss

December 4, 2014
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Red is the colour for Mulberry as sales decline pushes it into a half-year loss

Mulberry, the luxury goods brand, has slumped into the red with a half-year loss of £1.1m after a disastrous attempt to go upmarket backfired. The firm, based at Chilcompton, suffered a 9% fall in sales to £45.1m in the six months to September 30 while wholesale revenues tumbled 31%...

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Innovation partnership SETsquared’s £3.8bn boost to economy creates 9,000 jobs

December 4, 2014
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Innovation partnership SETsquared’s £3.8bn boost to economy creates 9,000 jobs

Hi-tech start-ups incubated by SETsquared, the innovation hub backed by the University of Bristol, have created 9,000 jobs and contributed a staggering £3.8bn to the UK economy, research released today shows. The figures, which emerge from a study commissioned from Warwick Economics & Development, are based on the 1,041...

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Autumn Statement: Bristol Business reaction

December 3, 2014
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The Chancellor produced a balanced Autumn Statement that addressed business concerns around rates reform and finance, according to Bristol business leaders. James Durie, executive director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce at Business West, described it as a “crowd-pleasing” set of proposals for business, particularly its pledge for a major...

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Driverless cars to be trialled in Bristol after city group receives funding

December 3, 2014
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Driverless cars to be trialled in Bristol after city group receives funding

Bristol is to be a test-bed for driverless cars after funding was secured by a consortium made up of the city council, universities and businesses. The Bristol trial, which will start next January, will look at how the public reacts to so-called autonomous vehicles along with the legal and...

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International urban innovation award puts Bristol among world’s ‘smartest’ cities

December 3, 2014
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International urban innovation award puts Bristol among world’s ‘smartest’ cities

Bristol’s pioneering use of digital technology to improve the lives of its residents has earned it a major international award that places it among the world’s most-innovative cities. The International Award for Urban Innovation was presented to Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson at an event hosted by the municipal...

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Colourful campaign draws on Bristol’s street art scene to get more firms selling overseas

December 2, 2014
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Colourful campaign draws on Bristol’s street art scene to get more firms selling overseas

Export chiefs hope that a former shipping container covered with colourful street art will hold the key to getting more Bristol firms to take their business to the world. Launched this week outside the city’s Engine Shed innovation hub, Business West’s #GetExporting campaign highlights the benefits of exporting in...

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Green light for M49 junction to open up Avonmouth and Severnside for development

December 1, 2014
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Green light for M49 junction to open up Avonmouth and Severnside for development

Economic development in the Avonmouth and Severnside areas has been given a massive boost after the Government today finally gave the go ahead to a new junction on the M49 near Bristol. South Gloucestershire Council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership first made a plea for the...

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