Creative/Media

Innovative robotic hand firm picks up prestigious James Dyson Award

August 28, 2015
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Innovative robotic hand firm picks up prestigious James Dyson Award

Open Bionics, the fledgling Bristol firm developing 3D-printed robotic hands for amputees, has won the coveted James Dyson Award, which celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The award is the latest in a long line of accolades for the firm. It was recently selected for...

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Upmarket travel website redesign win for Gibe Digital

August 28, 2015
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Upmarket travel website redesign win for Gibe Digital

Bristol-based web agency Gibe Digital been appointed by specialist luxury tour operator Simpson Travel to redevelop its website. In collaboration with Simpson Travel’s marketing team, Gibe will redesign the site to deliver competitive brand advantage through market-leading user experience.  Utilising Gibe Digital’s ecommerce expertise, the site will be built...

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Growth for Bristol’s mid-tier businesses stunted by lack of funding, says CBI/BDO report

August 28, 2015
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Growth for Bristol’s mid-tier businesses stunted by lack of funding, says CBI/BDO report

Bristol’s ambitious medium-sized businesses are being held back by gaps in the provision of long-term lending, according to a new report. With improved bank lending, an increased flow of invoice finance facilities and huge growth in peer-to-peer lending over the last few years, much of the finance landscape is...

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Major survey to shed light on why race remains a factor in the workplace

August 28, 2015
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Major survey to shed light on why race remains a factor in the workplace

Bristol firms are being asked to encourage their staff to take part in the UK’s largest ever survey of race at work to help find out why ethnic minorities are under-represented at all levels in the workplace. Commissioned by responsible business network Business in the Community, the survey aims...

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Marketing expert takes up chair at CIM in Bristol and West

August 25, 2015
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Marketing expert takes up chair at CIM in Bristol and West

Bristol marketer Matilda Crossman has been appointed chair of the Bristol and West area of the CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing). Matilda, pictured, who attended Harvard Business School and is also a chartered accountant, will lead a team of volunteers who organise events and activities for marketers and business...

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The LAST WORD: Alison Bevan, director, RWA

August 21, 2015
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The LAST WORD: Alison Bevan, director, RWA

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Alison Bevan, director of the RWA, answers our 10 questions: What was the last: Film you watched? Harold and Maude (70s classic on DVD: I missed it...

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Only Connect teams up with Bristol Business News for its landmark 25th event

August 21, 2015
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Only Connect teams up with Bristol Business News for its landmark 25th event

Only Connect, Bristol’s exclusive business and social networking company, stages its landmark 25th event next month – and Bristol Business News has partnered with it to offer a massive 50% discount on ticket prices. The strictly black tie event, on September 17, will bring together 300-plus like-minded professionals in...

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Disney-ABC returns to Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios to shoot next series of major US production

August 21, 2015
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Disney-ABC returns to Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios to shoot next series of major US production

Disney’s ABC Studios has started filming a second series of its major US TV epic fairy tale Galavant at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios – further strengthening the city’s reputation as a prime centre for television production. ABC Studios, the TV production arm of Disney-ABC Television group, chose The Bottle Yard...

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Bright future beckons for furniture enterpreneur who started out working from his parents’ bedroom

August 21, 2015
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Bright future beckons for furniture enterpreneur who started out working from his parents’ bedroom

A young entrepreneur who set up a business in his mum and dad’s bedroom is now on track to earn his first half million. Paul Randall, 30, launched online furniture store Rainbow Zebra from the family home in Almondsbury four years ago. In the early days the Business Studies...

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Warning that changes to enterprise investment schemes could hit tech firms’ growth

August 21, 2015
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Warning that changes to enterprise investment schemes could hit tech firms’ growth

Bristol tech companies could have their growth plans scuppered by new rules introduced in this year’s Finance Bill, accountancy firm Baker Tilly is warning. Government initiatives such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) have been successfully used by small tech firms over recent...

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Poland visit will offer valuable business connections in Central and Eastern Europe for rookie exporters

August 21, 2015
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Poland visit will offer valuable business connections in Central and Eastern Europe for rookie exporters

First-time exporters from the Bristol and the West of England are being invited to explore opportunities in the fast-growing Central and Eastern Europe markets by taking part in a trade mission to Poland in October. The trip to Warsaw between October 6 and 8 is dedicated to building connections...

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Gem bitter continues to sparkle in beer awards 20 years after making its debut

August 18, 2015
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Gem bitter continues to sparkle in beer awards 20 years after making its debut

Gem bitter – the first beer produced by Warmley-based Bath Ales when it launched 20 years ago – has lost none of its thirst for awards, earning a silver medal at the International Beer Challenge. The trophy is the second in consecutive years scooped by Gem – last year...

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Paris here I come! Destination Bristol boss John Hirst joins Above & Beyond’s cycle challenge team

August 14, 2015
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Paris here I come! Destination Bristol boss John Hirst joins Above & Beyond’s cycle challenge team

Destination Bristol chief executive and keen cyclist John Hirst has signed up to take part in city centre hospital charity Above & Beyond’s Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge next year – and  is urging more business people to join him. John, pictured, got into training for the 430km, four-day...

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