Creative/Media

New marketing director for The HR Dept as it steps up support for Coronavirus-hit firms

July 13, 2020
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New marketing director for The HR Dept as it steps up support for Coronavirus-hit firms

Bristol-based human resources outsourcing specialist The HR Dept has promoted Felicity Kenny to become marketing director. Felicity, pictured, joined the company three years ago as marketing and franchise recruitment manager.  In that role she oversaw a new company website and brand refresh, implemented new digital marketing platforms and improved...

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Bristol Bounce Back project to tackle questions of business recovery from Covid-19 crisis

July 10, 2020
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Bristol Bounce Back project to tackle questions of business recovery from Covid-19 crisis

Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams and regional chartered accountants Milsted Langdon have teamed up to launch a ‘Bristol Bounce Back’ initiative to help firms recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The project is supported by an expert panel made up of individuals some of the city’s leading businesses including the Bank of England’s South...

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Bristol agency Wild West lands account to tell Yeo Valley’s sustainability and organic stories

July 10, 2020
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Bristol agency Wild West lands account to tell Yeo Valley’s sustainability and organic stories

West Country dairy brand Yeo Valley has hired Bristol communications agency Wild West to produce an integrated campaign focused on its sustainability and organic messaging. The account was won by Wild West, along with its London-based sister agency Wild Card, following a competitive pitch.  The two have combined to form...

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From Zero to hero. Thatchers’ 0.0%-proof cider tastes success in no-and-low alcohol drink awards

July 9, 2020
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From Zero to hero. Thatchers’ 0.0%-proof cider tastes success in no-and-low alcohol drink awards

Thatchers Zero, the North Somerset cidermaker’s first alcohol-free cider, has been named as the UK’s best ‘no or low’ drink in its category at a major industry awards scheme – despite only being launched six months ago. Family-owned Thatchers – best known for its Thatchers Gold brand – took...

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Chancellor’s summer economic statement: National business reaction

July 8, 2020
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The CBI said Chancellor Rishi Sunak was “absolutely right” to prioritise jobs in his summer statement. Director-general Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured, said: “Flattening the daunting unemployment curve about to hit our country could not be more important. Joblessness scars lives and hits the young and most disadvantaged hardest.  “The...

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Chancellor’s summer economic statement: Bristol business reaction

July 8, 2020
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Chancellor’s summer economic statement: Bristol business reaction

Measures to address the huge economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic announced this week by Chancellor Rishi Sunak have been welcomed by Business West, the region’s largest business group. Matt Griffith, director of policy at Business West – which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce – described them as impressive...

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Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

July 3, 2020
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Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

Business confidence has bounced back stronger in the South West than any other part of the UK, according to a new survey – but many firms remain gloomy and one in 10 expects to stay closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The monthly Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial...

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Business West initiative selected to help UK food and drink firms bounce back by selling overseas

July 2, 2020
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Business West initiative selected to help UK food and drink firms bounce back by selling overseas

A coronavirus business bounce-back campaign to encourage UK food and drink producers to break into overseas markets is being spearheaded by the South West’s largest business organisation. Hampers full of British artisan food and drink are being sent all over the world as part of the Business West-led campaign,...

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Financial resilience programme launched to prepare small firms for post Covid-19 business life

July 2, 2020
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Financial resilience programme launched to prepare small firms for post Covid-19 business life

Bristol’s small businesses are being offered the chance to get free help to manage their finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to a new programme launched by West of England Mayor Tim Bowles. The accountancy support programme is being delivered in partnership with the Institute of...

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Bristol team to ‘turbocharge’ BBC’s podcast output as listening figures soar

June 26, 2020
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Bristol team to ‘turbocharge’ BBC’s podcast output as listening figures soar

BBC Radio’s Bristol-based in-house production division – previously called BBC Radio & Music Production – is to relaunch on Monday as BBC Audio with a new development unit focused on podcasts. The BBC said the Creative Development Unit (CDU) will ‘turbocharge’ the production division’s podcast ambitions.  The popularity of...

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Bristol’s creative talent plugs into digital project to put South West at the leading edge of screen media

June 26, 2020
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Bristol’s creative talent plugs into digital project to put South West at the leading edge of screen media

A pioneering project involving many of Bristol’s leading creative businesses, alongside both its universities and a number of its arts groups, is aiming to make the South West an international trailblazer in screen-based media. The MyWorld initiative could generate more than 700 jobs across the region through new digital...

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PR agency Purplefish to help give Future Space’s science and tech innovators springboard for growth

June 25, 2020
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PR agency Purplefish to help give Future Space’s science and tech innovators springboard for growth

Bristol science and tech hub Future Space has teamed up with city-based communications agency Purplefish to launch a programme of advice and support to businesses for businesses across the South West. The free, virtual advisory sessions have been helping firms based at the hub on UWE Bristol’s Frenchay campus...

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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

June 25, 2020
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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

An online service promising impartial financial advice for Bristol firms on funding options has been launched by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. According to Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, its Finance Hub will be free from confusing jargon or any hard sell, enabling businesses...

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