Creative/Media

Creative agency celebrates the influences that shape modern life with ‘playful’ rebrand

April 16, 2021
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Creative agency celebrates the influences that shape modern life with ‘playful’ rebrand

Bristol specialist creative agency Workbrands has relaunched as Shaped By in a move reflecting how the marketing landscape has changed dramatically since it began 16 years ago. Founded by Nick Farrar and Steve Goss in 2005, Workbrands has grown from a bedroom start-up to a 15-strong agency based in Bristol’s...

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Zap-Map powers ahead with £1m investment from parent group Good Energy

April 16, 2021
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Zap-Map powers ahead with £1m investment from parent group Good Energy

Green utility group Good Energy has invested a further £1m into the parent company of Bristol-based Zap-Map, the electric vehicle mapping service, to accelerate its growth. Good Energy already majority owns Next Green Car Ltd following two previous investments, which have helped make Zap-Map a major player in the...

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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

April 16, 2021
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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

Exports by South West businesses have slumped to historic lows as they are hit by higher trade barriers due to Brexit, according to a major new survey. Manufacturers have been impacted most, the research by the British Chambers of Commerce South West shows.  Some 53% of exporters said they...

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Signs of the times: Bristol’s world-leading Legible City wayfinding scheme to be updated

April 16, 2021
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Signs of the times: Bristol’s world-leading Legible City wayfinding scheme to be updated

A pioneering signposting and information scheme that helps visitors find their way around Bristol is to be updated by the city-based agency that helped launch it 25 years ago along with a specialist design firm also based in the city. Bristol Legible City initiative was conceived in 1996 by...

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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

April 15, 2021
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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

Bristol Business News has teamed up with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox to host an exclusive virtual event aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain times. A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. Expert presenters from Tinderbox...

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Top pub industry award for Butcombe recognises its success in ‘incredibly challenging’ year

April 13, 2021
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Top pub industry award for Butcombe recognises its success in ‘incredibly challenging’ year

Bristol craft brewery and pub group Butcombe is toasting success in an awards scheme widely recognised as the Oscars of the hospitality industry. Butcombe and its parent company Liberation Group landed the Best Managed Pub Company at the prestigious Publican Awards, which for almost three decades have recognised excellence...

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Loungers shrugs off impact of pandemic as it prepares to resume national expansion programme

April 9, 2021
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Loungers shrugs off impact of pandemic as it prepares to resume national expansion programme

Fast-growing Bristol-based café-bar chain Loungers plans to open 25 new outlets over the next year as it bounces back strongly from the impact of Covid on the hospitality sector. The group, which opened its first bar in Bristol in 2002, now operates 168 neighbourhood café/bar/restaurants across England and Wales under...

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University delays opening of new Temple Quarter campus as Covid and Brexit force ‘recalibration’

April 9, 2021
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University delays opening of new Temple Quarter campus as Covid and Brexit force ‘recalibration’

The coronavirus pandemic and Brexit have combined to force the University of Bristol to reshape the ambitious plans for its new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, delaying its opening by three years to 2025. Groundworks on the £300m, seven-acre campus on the former Post Office sorting office site next to...

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Business leaders demand ‘strong political leadership’ from region’s next Metro Mayor

April 9, 2021
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Business leaders demand ‘strong political leadership’ from region’s next Metro Mayor

The West of England is being outshone by other devolved English regions such as London and Greater Manchester, a survey revealed this week as business leaders called on the next ‘Metro Mayor’ to strengthen its profile and help bring in much needed investment. With less than 30 days until...

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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

April 9, 2021
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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

Bristol Business News has teamed up with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox to host an exclusive virtual event aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain times. A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. Expert presenters from...

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Bristol Business Blog: West of England Combined Authority. Find new opportunities and protect growth with Intellectual Property

April 5, 2021
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Bristol Business Blog: West of England Combined Authority. Find new opportunities and protect growth with Intellectual Property

Did you know that your Intellectual Property (IP) assets can be integral to the growth and sustainability of your business? When properly managed, the value of your IP can far outweigh physical assets, accounting for over 70% of your business’s value. One of the biggest misconceptions we hear about is business owners thinking they...

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New South West CBI chair says it can “act as agent of positive change” as region emerges from pandemic

March 30, 2021
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New South West CBI chair says it can “act as agent of positive change” as region emerges from pandemic

National business group the CBI has appointed Adrian Bratt, the General Counsel of luxury motorboat manufacturer Princess Yachts, as the next chair of its South West region. Adrian, pictured, who is also a board director at the Plymouth-based firm, takes over from Pennon chief executive Susan Davy, who has...

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Report shows Bristol punching above its weight for investment into its tech firms

March 26, 2021
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Report shows Bristol punching above its weight for investment into its tech firms

Bristol attracted the third largest amount of investment into tech businesses last year of any UK city, according to a new report, which also named one of its fastest-growing firms among the country’s top 10 ‘superstar scale-ups’ of 2020. Some £339m in venture capital funding went to Bristol tech...

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