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Back our plan to create 25,000 jobs, LEP tells Government as it sets out blueprint for growth

March 31, 2014
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Back our plan to create 25,000 jobs, LEP tells Government as it sets out blueprint for growth

The blueprint for job creation and economic growth in Bristol and the West of England was unveiled this morning with a clear message to the Government – come and back our vision for success. The Strategic Economic Plan identifies the city-region’s key growth sectors and sets out 122 ways...

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Cutting-edge physics academic centre will boost Bristol’s standing as science city

March 28, 2014
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A major new academic centre to develop the next generation of scientists specialising in condensed matter physics is to open at the University of Bristol. The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is among 22 across the UK aimed at boosting postgraduate training in a wide range of engineering and...

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New innovation director to head the successful SETsquared incubator network

March 27, 2014
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New innovation director to head the successful SETsquared incubator network

The SETsquared network, the UK’s top university business incubator with a base in Bristol, has appointed Simon Bond as its new head. As innovation director, Simon, pictured, the former director of the SETsquared innovation centre at the University of Bath, will oversee the way the partnership incubates hi- tech...

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BUDGET 2014: Help for Bristol’s key tech, creative and manufacturing industries

March 21, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Help for Bristol’s key tech, creative and manufacturing industries

Bristol’s standing as a hub for the hi-tech, creative and advanced engineering sectors received some welcome boosts in this week’s Budget. There was help for businesses moving to the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, its filmmakers through increased tax breaks, its growing cyber security industry through investment and its...

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Funding for Bristol Uni team behind innovative aircraft that tests fall out from nuclear accidents

March 21, 2014
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Funding for Bristol Uni team behind innovative aircraft that tests fall out from nuclear accidents

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Bristol scientists and capable of safely and accurately assessing dangerous nuclear accident sites has been awarded funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering to turn it into reality. Dr James MacFarlane and his team at the University of Bristol are joint winner...

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Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

March 21, 2014
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Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

Bristol firms with expansion potential can apply for growth funding to a £25m pot of Government cash launched this week. The West of England Growth Fund aims to bring about job creation and private sector investment that would otherwise not have happened, or that can be accelerated through public...

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Reshoring trend gathers pace as Bristol shoe hanger firm opens new factory

March 21, 2014
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Reshoring trend gathers pace as Bristol shoe hanger firm opens new factory

Bristol specialist plastics manufacturer Phineas Group International has officially opened its new factory – the latest firm to ‘reshore’ production from China. The state-of-the-art plastic injection moulding factory in Hengrove has been made possible with a £100,000 grant from the West of England Growth Fund. Phineas supplies more than...

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Export Week: Making money from MINTS

March 21, 2014
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Export Week: Making money from MINTS

Ahead of Export Week (April 7 to 11), UKTI and Bristol Business News have teamed up to offer expert advice in a series of features, kicking off today with UKTI International Trade adviser Patrick Bos looking at the opportunities in the MINT countries For those of you who have...

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Sudden departure for Mulberry chief after stormy period at fashion brand

March 21, 2014
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Sudden departure for Mulberry chief after stormy period at fashion brand

Upmarket fashion brand Mulberry’s chief executive Bruno Guillon resigned with immediate effect yesterday – with industry insiders pointing to the West-based group’s troubles during his two years at the helm. His sudden departure comes less than two months after the iconic brand’s third profits warning in 18 months –...

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BUDGET 2014: Bristol business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Bristol business reaction

Measures that will help Bristol’s recovery from recession in this week's Budget were welcomed by business leaders and professiona advisers in the city. Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, said the Chancellor had delivered on many items on its wish-list. Executive directorJames...

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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

National business groups welcomed today’s Budget, particularly the measures aimed at boosting manufacturing and lower energy costs. The CBI, which had called it a “make-or-break” Budget, said it “will put wind in the sails of business investment, especially for manufacturers”. Director-general John Cridland, pictured, said it had come at...

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BUDGET 2014: Boost for region’s cider industry

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Boost for region’s cider industry

The West’s cider industry cheered the Chancellor’s decision not to raise duty on the drink in this year’s Budget along with his decision to scrap the duty escalator which aims to automatically increase the tax on alcohol. National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) chair Paul Bartlett said: “We are...

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BUDGET 2014: Help for exporters

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Help for exporters

Chancellor George Osborne delivered a major boost to the region’s exporters in his Budget today by announcing the amount of lending available to the UK firms doing business overseas will be doubled to £3bn. Interest rates charged on that lending will also be cut by a third, he said....

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