Creative/Media

2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

January 13, 2015
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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

Confidence among West of England businesses petered out at the end of 2014 and has started the new year lower than at any time over the previous 12 months, new research shows. Domestic sales, cashflow and recruitment expectations all fell during the fourth quarter, according to results of the...

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The LAST WORD: Joanna Randall, purplefish

January 9, 2015
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The LAST WORD: Joanna Randall, purplefish

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 Joanna Randall, managing director of PR and social media consultancy purplefish, answers our 10 questions What was the LAST: Film you watched? Dallas Buyers Club Book...

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UWE vice chancellor urges Home Secretary to rethink plans to limit overseas student numbers

January 9, 2015
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UWE vice chancellor urges Home Secretary to rethink plans to limit overseas student numbers

The UK economy would be badly damaged if international students at British universities were forced to return home after graduating and reapply for new visas, according to UWE vice chancellor Professor Steve West. He has hit out at the suggestion from Home Secretary Theresa May, accusing her of trying...

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Grillstock meets growing thirst for craft beer by launching its own Pale Ale

January 9, 2015
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Grillstock meets growing thirst for craft beer by launching its own Pale Ale

Grillstock, the Bristol-based smokehouse restaurant and festival group, has launched its own craft beer designed to complement its smoked meats. Grillstock Pale Ale is brewed in collaboration with Bath Ales’ Beerd Brewery and is a blend of three US hops. It is the latest in a string of US-style...

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Bristol publisher Immediate forced to offload recently-acquired titles by competition watchdog

January 8, 2015
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Bristol publisher Immediate forced to offload recently-acquired titles by competition watchdog

The competition watchdog has forced Bristol-based magazine publisher Immediate Media to sell three of the titles it acquired eight months ago from rival Future. Immediate, the UK’s third-largest magazine group with a portfolio that includes Radio Times, Gardeners’ World, Good Food and Top Gear, bought the titles from Bath-based...

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Bristol bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Chamber of Commerce boss warns politicians

December 29, 2014
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Bristol bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Chamber of Commerce boss warns politicians

Phil Smith, managing director of Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, looks back at the past 12 months and considers why next year’s General Election is set to be one of the most important in recent memory. “The noise and glare of...

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UWE’s world-leading research recognised in major new report

December 19, 2014
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UWE’s world-leading research recognised in major new report

The amount of world-leading research carried out at UWE Bristol has soared by 170%, according to a major new national report. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) show that 57 % of the research submitted by UWE was judged to be either world-leading or internationally excellent....

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Social media and technology are key to Estate Agency of the Year Award wins for Andrews

December 18, 2014
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Social media and technology are key to Estate Agency of the Year Award wins for Andrews

Estate agency and property group Andrews’  innovative use of social media and its pioneering website has helped it collect four awards at the prestigious Estate Agency of the Year Awards, including silver in the Best Large Estate Agency category for the second year running. The Keynsham-based firm, with offices...

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SciSys snaps up innovative app firm as it looks for growth in retail sector

December 18, 2014
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SciSys snaps up innovative app firm as it looks for growth in retail sector

Specialist IT group SciSys, which has a base in Bristol, is expanding into the retail industry following the acquisition of a small software application development firm. SciSys is paying a maximum of £3.2m for Leicester-based Xibis, which it expects to be immediately earnings-enhancing. SciSys, which works in sectors spanning...

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Search starts to find Bristol’s happiest workplace – the humdrum and boring need not apply

December 17, 2014
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Search starts to find Bristol’s happiest workplace – the humdrum and boring need not apply

A competition has been launched to find Bristol’s happiest workplace – and staff working for the city’s forward-looking employers are being urged to enter. The contest is being staged by Bristol-based workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde IA , which wants to know exactly what sets some of the...

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Greens can build a better Bristol, party leader insists on visit to city

December 10, 2014
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Greens can build a better Bristol, party leader insists on visit to city

Building a fairer and more sustainable society would create jobs and boost the economy, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said on a visit to Bristol. Speaking to Bristol Business News, Ms Bennett, pictured, said it was a stereotype that her party was anti-business. But it wanted big businesses to...

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Engine Shed’s role as platform for economic growth outlined as it marks its first anniversary

December 5, 2014
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Engine Shed’s role as platform for economic growth outlined as it marks its first anniversary

Bristol’s innovation hub Engine Shed has celebrated its first year by revealing that it has created 128 jobs and contributed £8m to the West of England’s economy. The building, a unique collaboration between the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and the  West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP),...

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McCann Bristol brings in experienced creative director to take agency to next level

December 5, 2014
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McCann Bristol brings in experienced creative director to take agency to next level

Integrated communications agency McCann Bristol has recruited Paul Cottrell, a former creative director from Ogilvy in Melbourne. Paul, pictured, joins the agency following a period of double digit growth and a doubling of the head count in 2014. His agency career spans 20 years and two continents. In that...

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