Creative/Media

Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

June 23, 2020
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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

Business groups have cautiously backed the reduction of many coronavirus lockdown restrictions announced earlier this week by the Prime Minister. But they also warned that other measures to boost the economy were still needed to avoid widespread business failures and job losses.  In a major boost to the West...

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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

June 23, 2020
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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

A surprise fall in the number of corporate insolvencies could herald the ‘calm before the storm’, the South West branch of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 has warned. Figures published by the Insolvency Service show a 30% drop in companies going bust at the height of the coronavirus...

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Book publishing giant to open Bristol office as it targets creative talent outside of ‘London bubble’

June 19, 2020
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Book publishing giant to open Bristol office as it targets creative talent outside of ‘London bubble’

Hachette UK, one of the UK’s largest publishers, is looking for a base in Bristol after inviting its London-based staff to name the cities in which they would like to live. Hachette UK, part of the giant Hachette French publishing group with a roster of authors that includes Stephen...

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Top billing for Bristol-developed touchless tech as US cinemas open doors after lockdown

June 19, 2020
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Pioneering touchless technology developed in Bristol is helping US cinemas re-open as the country emerges from its Covid-19 lockdown Bristol-headquartered tech pioneer Ultraleap has signed a deal with US electronic media giant CEN to use its haptic technology in interactive cinema lobby advertising – so allowing brands to continue...

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Job losses, cash-strapped firms and furloughed staff. Grim picture of pandemic’s toll on West of England

June 19, 2020
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Job losses, cash-strapped firms and furloughed staff. Grim picture of pandemic’s toll on West of England

Unemployment has soared by 145% in the West of England since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to figures published today, with just nearly 40,000 people claiming jobless benefits. At the same time, around 22% of the region’s workforce – 132,600 people – have been furloughed while job...

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Bristol Business Blog: Interaction. How to prepare your office so your employees can return to work safely

June 19, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Interaction. How to prepare your office so your employees can return to work safely

With the lockdown easing and more businesses re-opening, the workplace psychologists and designers at Interaction have developed an in-depth guide to help companies prepare for their return to the office safely, confidently and responsibly.    Safely It doesn’t need to be complicated. But you do need to be thorough. It starts...

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Plea to government for emergency funding to protect Bristol’s We The Curious and other science centres

June 18, 2020
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Plea to government for emergency funding to protect Bristol’s We The Curious and other science centres

Bristol’s We The Curious has joined more than 40 other science centres across the UK to call for emergency help from the government as they fight for survival during the lockdown. The Science Centres For Our Future campaign is being supported by some of the UK’s leading science advocates...

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Bristol’s up-coming diesel car ban and changes in commuting spark £2.1m upgrade of office block

June 17, 2020
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Bristol’s up-coming diesel car ban and changes in commuting spark £2.1m upgrade of office block

A £2.1m refurbishment of Bristol’s tallest office building is going ahead to get it ready for the city’s commuting revolution. A total of 374 new bike spaces are being created at Castlemead, pictured, opposite Castle Park in the city centre, together with cycle hire facilities, 18 new showers, storage...

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Lord-Lieutenant calls on business to help create a fairer Bristol in wake of toppling of Colston statue

June 12, 2020
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Lord-Lieutenant calls on business to help create a fairer Bristol in wake of toppling of Colston statue

Bristol’s businesses have a key role to play in creating a fairer and more just city, the Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol has said as the impact of last weekend’s toppling of the Edward Colston statue continue to be felt. Peaches Golding OBE, pictured, said much had been achieved over the...

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Bristol buildings shortlisted for prestigious RIBA regional award

June 12, 2020
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Two very different buildings in Bristol – an extension to a historic concert venue and a modern house – are in the running for a major regional architecture award.  The St George’s scheme off Park Street and the Corten Courtyard House in St Werburgs are among the 13 projects...

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UWE launches £1m fund to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

June 12, 2020
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UWE launches £1m fund to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

Small and medium-sized businesses investing in digital innovation to address challenges arising from Covid-19 can access grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 under a new scheme started by UWE Bristol. The university’s £1m Digital Innovation Fund is aimed at helping firms ranging from start-ups and micro businesses to more...

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UK quarantine rules hitting Bristol’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

June 11, 2020
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UK quarantine rules hitting Bristol’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has joined bodies representing business, education and employment in urging the government to rethink its controversial quarantine rules for travellers arriving in the UK. In an open letter to the home, foreign and transport secretaries, Business West, UK Hospitality, Universities UK and...

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Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

June 9, 2020
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Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

A new support programme has been set up to help Bristol firms whose employees’ mental health and wellbeing have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is investing £100,000 to develop Thrive West, which aims to address some of the key mental health...

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