Creative/Media

Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

September 24, 2021
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Chamber of Commerce & Initiative appoints social entrepreneur Jaya Chakrabarti as president

Bristol-based serial social entrepreneur and community activist Jaya Chakrabarti MBE has become the new president of city’s Chamber of Commerce & Initiative – the membership and lobbying organisation at the heart of regional group Business West. Having served as vice-president for seven years, Jaya, pictured, replaces outgoing president Richard...

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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

September 23, 2021
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Bristol Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

SETsquared, the globally acclaimed, University of Bristol-supported business incubator, has expanded with the addition of Cardiff University. Cardiff has become the sixth member of the partnership, which has been named three times as the world’s number one university business incubator.  SETsquared was set up in 2002 by a small...

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Firms urged to help next generation of schoolkids after pandemic disrupts their career prospects

September 23, 2021
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Firms urged to help next generation of schoolkids after pandemic disrupts their career prospects

Pioneering Bristol education charity Ablaze is calling on firms in the city to invest in developing secondary school pupils or face a new generation of employees who lack the skills they need to thrive in the workplace. The pandemic has caused unprecedented levels of disruption to schools and their...

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Business West hoping its Great British food export platform tastes success in global Chamber awards

September 22, 2021
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Business West hoping its Great British food export platform tastes success in global Chamber awards

A scheme originally set up by Bristol-based Business West to help food firms from across the South West sell abroad is competing for a prestigious international award. The online platform’s aim was initially to close the exporting gap with other UK regions.  Now rebranded as The Great British Food...

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Build-to-rent expert behind major Bristol schemes joins BDP in the city as associate architect

September 21, 2021
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Build-to-rent expert behind major Bristol schemes joins BDP in the city as associate architect

Global design practice BDP has appointed Adam Darby, who has significant experience and expertise in the residential sector, as associate architect in its Bristol studio. Previously an associate director at Assael Architecture in London, Adam, pictured, is at the forefront of best practice design in the build-to-rent sector with significant...

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More food waste-powered trucks ‘buzz’ onto region’s streets as cafés and offices aim for carbon neutral

September 20, 2021
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More food waste-powered trucks ‘buzz’ onto region’s streets as cafés and offices aim for carbon neutral

Two new large recycling vehicles powered entirely from the food waste they collect have been launched by GENeco, the Bristol-based renewable energy and recycling company best known for its poo-powered Bio-Bus. The vehicles, which service cafés, restaurants, schools and offices around the West of England, are the latest addition...

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New UK-wide index puts Bristol second only to London for innovation

September 17, 2021
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New UK-wide index puts Bristol second only to London for innovation

Bristol is the second most innovative city in the UK, according to a new report, coming just behind London. The city scores 82.5 out of 100 in the new UK innovation index, which ranks 60 locations across the country on criteria such as number of start-ups, qualifications of its employees...

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Bristol fashion entrepreneur urges firms to take responsibility and work towards net zero

September 17, 2021
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Bristol fashion entrepreneur urges firms to take responsibility and work towards net zero

Nearly 200 Bristol business leaders and entrepreneurs have been told they will “face uncomfortable truths” on their journey to becoming zero carbon but had an obligation to the planet do it. Keri Andriana, pictured, founder of Bristol-based handbag brand Amschela, told the gathering, part of the nationwide Zero Carbon...

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Space game developer on launch pad for further growth after potential £6m sale

September 17, 2021
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Space game developer on launch pad for further growth after potential £6m sale

Bristol-based video games studio Auroch Digital has been acquired by a major player in the sector in a deal worth up to £6m. Sheffield-based Sumo Group said acquiring Auroch Digital, best known for its Mars Horizon space game, gave it access to the growing talent pool in Bristol while adding...

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Chance for budding content creators to gain work experience during Bristol Technology Festival

September 17, 2021
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Chance for budding content creators to gain work experience during Bristol Technology Festival

Bristol communications agency Purplefish has teamed up with the organisers of next month’s Bristol Technology Festival to launch a scheme offering budding writers, photographers and videographers the chance to get valuable, paid training and work experience. The festival, which runs from October 10-15, will bring together events, people and communities...

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HSBC funding to help skateboard firm ramp up its international growth

September 17, 2021
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HSBC funding to help skateboard firm ramp up its international growth

Bristol action sports equipment firm Shiner is looking to expanded further into global markets after securing a £8.5m finance package from HSBC. The third-generation family business, which manufactures and distributes lifestyle goods and action sports equipment such as roller skates, skateboards and protective gear, recently expanded into the US and...

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New CBI South West leadership team vows to help region’s firms build back from pandemic

September 14, 2021
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New CBI South West leadership team vows to help region’s firms build back from pandemic

The CBI has appointed a new South West team, including a new regional director and deputy regional director, to lead its activities in the region and support member businesses as they look to rebuild from the impact of Covid-19. Ben Rhodes steps up from the deputy director role he...

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Bristol plays host to Channel 4 News as part of TV station’s pioneering Black to Front project

September 10, 2021
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Bristol plays host to Channel 4 News as part of TV station’s pioneering Black to Front project

Channel 4’s commitment to Bristol will be underpinned this evening when its flagship news programme is broadcast from the city as part of its ground-breaking Black to Front initiative. Black to Front aims to showcase Black talent and improve representation within the TV industry, said Channel 4, which opened...

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