Creative/Media

Bristol Business Blog: Colin Skellett, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

July 25, 2014
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Bristol Business Blog: Colin Skellett, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

By Colin Skellett, Chair, West of England LEP Since the Government announcement a couple of weeks ago of the local growth deals awarded to England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), there have been a lot of big numbers bandied about. Unless you’re close to the deals, the figures and...

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Bristol proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

July 25, 2014
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Bristol proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

A strong performance by Bristol in attracting business investment from overseas has helped the UK achieve the highest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, new figures show. There were 27 new investment projects by overseas companies in 2013/14 across the area covered by West...

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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

July 25, 2014
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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

Specialist software and IT group SciSys has pointed to further growth as it continues to recover from tough conditions last year in its core markets. In a trading update for the six months to June 30 – and prior to it entering its close period – directors at the...

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Innovative recycled film set business sets up at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios

July 23, 2014
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Innovative recycled film set business sets up at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios

Sustainable film and TV set-clearance firm Drèsd has become the latest business to set up an operation at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios. The innovative company, which offers a cost-effective alternative to sending set waste to landfill, is the 11th firm to join the burgeoning creative community at the Hengrove...

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Bristol takes its UK-leading strength in technology to heart of London’s Tech City

July 21, 2014
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Bristol takes its UK-leading strength in technology to heart of London’s Tech City

Bristol’s thriving digital cluster – and one of its leading up-and-coming businesses – have been championed to an audience of national investors at a Tech City UK event in London. Bristol, along with Bath, was one of five tech clusters from across the UK to be invited to present...

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Christmas jobs are in store already as Bristol field marketing firm keeps cool and plans ahead

July 18, 2014
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Christmas jobs are in store already as Bristol field marketing firm keeps cool and plans ahead

Bristol may be sweltering in the hottest temperatures of the year so far, but city-based field marketing business eXPD8 is turning its attention to Christmas by embarking on a festive season recruitment drive for 600 retail support professionals across the UK. The jobs, most of which will be temporary,...

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£50m state-of-the-art building for business school and law school announced by UWE

July 17, 2014
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£50m state-of-the-art building for business school and law school announced by UWE

UWE Bristol has unveiled ambitious plans for a new £50m building for its Faculty of Business and Law – the latest in a series of major investments at the university. UWE said the state-of-the-art building on its Frenchay Campus will fulfil the aspirations of students and the business community...

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He’s the best baa none. Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep tops poll to find all-time favourite kids’ TV character

July 15, 2014
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He’s the best baa none. Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep tops poll to find all-time favourite kids’ TV character

Bristol-based Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep has been voted the nation’s favourite BBC children’s character – beating veterans Postman Pat and Sooty and Sweep into second and third place. The Claymation character, statues of whom will form charity trails around Bristol and London this summer, made his debut in Aardman's...

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New city centre base for Princes Trust boosts its work in transforming young lives

July 11, 2014
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New city centre base for Princes Trust boosts its work in transforming young lives

The Prince’s Trust has officially opened its new Bristol centre – enabling it to take the way it transforms young lives to the next level. The office in Victoria Street in the city centre is hub for unemployed young people, equipping them with the skills and confidence they need...

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Firms urged to join urban gardening revolution taking root at Harbourside

July 11, 2014
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Firms urged to join urban gardening revolution taking root at Harbourside

Businesses based in and around Bristol’s Harbourside are being encouraged to take part in a groundbreaking urban allotment scheme to grow free food in flower beds. The At-Bristol science centre has partnered with Almondsbury Garden Centre and local food group Incredible Edible Bristol to transform the raised beds in...

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Watershed: Rare chance to see classics from 100 years of Chinese cinema

July 11, 2014
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Watershed: Rare chance to see classics from 100 years of Chinese cinema

Bristol’s Watershed is screening a season of rarely seen Chinese films this month as part of the most extensive presentation of Chinese cinema ever staged in the UK. Chinese cinema is one of the world’s largest – yet least known – film cultures. Watershed’s unprecedented season offers a rare...

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Council draws up shortlist of three bidders to operate Bristol Arena

July 10, 2014
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Council draws up shortlist of three bidders to operate Bristol Arena

Three firms are bidding to operate Bristol’s long-awaited arena, which is set to open in mid-2017. The potential operators will now be invited to submit detailed tenders outlining how they would run the 12,000-capacity venue, including the type of programme that could be expected and the amount they would pay...

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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

July 7, 2014
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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, has welcomed the £86.2m of Government investment to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs in the area. But it said the city’s business community still needed to make sure future funding was secured under...

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