Creative/Media

No hot air, but plenty of heated debate at Balloon Fiesta Business Breakfast

August 19, 2016
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No hot air, but plenty of heated debate at Balloon Fiesta Business Breakfast

Can businesses operate with a purpose was theme of the annual Bristol Balloon Fiesta Business Breakfast – with nearly 200 early-riser guests enjoying the debate. The event, sponsored by regional law firm Thrings for the fourth consecutive year, heard from an expert panel made up of Steve Fuller, from...

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‘Exceptional’ year for Watershed earns it nomination for coveted Cinema of the Year Award

August 19, 2016
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‘Exceptional’ year for Watershed earns it nomination for coveted Cinema of the Year Award

Bristol’s iconic Watershed film and digital media centre has been shortlisted for UK Cinema of the Year 2016 at the prestigious Screen Awards, which showcase excellence in film distribution, exhibition and marketing in the UK film industry. The nomination recognises an exceptional 12 months for Watershed in which its...

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Survey points to stagnation as West firms’ confidence falls and spending plans are put on hold

August 19, 2016
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Survey points to stagnation as West firms’ confidence falls and spending plans are put on hold

Confidence among West of England firms has dropped significantly following the vote to leave the European Union, according to one of the first regional surveys conducted since the historic referendum result. A third of businesses expect sales to flatline over the next 12 months while more than half plan...

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Thatchers makes another stand for Bristol sport – this time by boosting ties with Rovers

August 18, 2016
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Thatchers makes another stand for Bristol sport – this time by boosting ties with Rovers

Cidermaker Thatchers has continued to build its brands among West of England sports fans by stepping up its sponsorship in the blue half of Bristol. The North Terrace at Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Stadium has been renamed The Thatchers End. Ironically, the stand was once named after Blackthorn cider –...

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Chocolate Factory office scheme set to boost West of England’s tech and creative sectors

August 18, 2016
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Chocolate Factory office scheme set to boost West of England’s tech and creative sectors

Work to convert a landmark building on the former Cadbury’s factory site in Keynsham into modern workspace is underway and on schedule for completion next summer. The 100,000 sq ft of high-quality employment space in what will be branded as The Chocolate Factory is being viewed as key to...

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Bright outlook at SciSys triggers sharp rise in share price

August 16, 2016
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Bright outlook at SciSys triggers sharp rise in share price

Shares in SciSys, the specialist IT group with a base in Bristol, soared this week after it said its half-year financial results are likely to be “significantly” better than expected. The group, which sells complex software systems to the space, defence, media and government sectors, said a favourable trading...

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Converted shipping containers lift Bristol’s burgeoning food scene

August 12, 2016
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Converted shipping containers lift Bristol’s burgeoning food scene

Bristol’s vibrant food scene took a major leap forward today when the first occupiers of its innovative CARGO scheme started fitting out their units The Harbourside hub at Wapping Wharf is the first retail development in the city to be built using converted shipping containers.  CARGO 1 includes 18...

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Time running out for businesses to take part in Mayor Rees’s Bristol budget simulator

August 12, 2016
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Time running out for businesses to take part in Mayor Rees’s Bristol budget simulator

Businesses have just a week left to take part in Bristol City Council’s budget simulator and let Mayor Marvin Rees know what their priorities are as he strives to balance the books. The online simulator breaks down the services provided by the council and describes what they do. It...

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Trunki founder officially opens Blue Badge Company’s new HQ

August 12, 2016
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Trunki founder officially opens Blue Badge Company’s new HQ

Blue Badge Company has officially opened its new Bristol base – ushering in a new era for the designer and manufacturer of a range of stylish living aids. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed by Dragons’ Den veteran Rob Law MBE, Bristol-based founder and CEO of the firm behind the...

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New UWE innovation centre welcomes first hi-tech occupier

August 5, 2016
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New UWE innovation centre welcomes first hi-tech occupier

Reach Robotics, the company behind the world’s first gaming robot, is to become the first occupier of UWE’s Future Space innovation centre. Currently undergoing high-grade refurbishment after internal remodelling, the former Hewlett Packard building at Filton will provide job-creating incubation space for start-ups and early-stage firms, helping them get...

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Fair will showcase Bristol young entrepreneurs who beat unemployment with Prince’s Trust

August 5, 2016
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Fair will showcase Bristol young entrepreneurs who beat unemployment with Prince’s Trust

Fifty young entrepreneurs, who beat unemployment with help from youth charity The Prince’s Trust, will be showcasing their achievements at a summer fair next week. Businesses taking part in Thursday’s fair in Bristol Cathedral will include bakers, fashion designers and artists. There will also be performances from talented young...

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More growth on the cards for Blue Badge Company as it moves into new home

August 5, 2016
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More growth on the cards for Blue Badge Company as it moves into new home

Bristol-based Blue Badge Company, the innovative firm that designs and makes a range of stylish living aids, is officially opening its new base this afternoon as it prepares for more growth. The 1,200 sq ft facility at St Gabriel’s Business Park, Easton, will give the firm room to expand,...

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Thatchers Cider toasts Bristol Rugby’s Premiership return with new sponsorship deal

August 1, 2016
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Thatchers Cider toasts Bristol Rugby’s Premiership return with new sponsorship deal

Cidermakers Thatchers is to have its name on Bristol Rugby’s home and away shirts for the upcoming season as the club returns to the Premiership. The firm will also extend its presence at Ashton Gate, home to both Bristol Rugby and Bristol City FC, as its £45m redevelopment nears...

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