Creative/Media

Bristol scale-ups selected for unique UK-wide growth acceleration programme

January 25, 2019
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Bristol scale-ups selected for unique UK-wide growth acceleration programme

Two Bristol tech firms are among 30 fast-growth UK businesses chosen to take part in a prestigious programme aimed at accelerating their expansion. BookingLive, the UK’s number one online booking and reservation platform, and Immersive Labs, the cyber security firm founded by a former GCHQ researcher, were selected for...

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Specialist creative co-working space with a difference unveiled in redesigned Georgian mansion

January 25, 2019
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Specialist creative co-working space with a difference unveiled in redesigned Georgian mansion

Quarter, the independent Bristol-based property group, has unveiled its latest venture – a co-working space alongside its upmarket Berkeley Square hotel, restaurant and accommodation suites. Joining the growing ranks of new-generation workspaces in Bristol, Square Works will be targeted at creative professionals and businesses in a meticulously redesigned Georgian...

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Ashfords celebrates major rise in transactions during 2018 as it strengthens lead role in tech deals

January 25, 2019
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Ashfords celebrates major rise in transactions during 2018 as it strengthens lead role in tech deals

The value of transactions completed by dealmakers at South West law firm Ashfords has jumped by a third over the past 12 months. The firm completed deals totalling more than £900m in 2018, an increase of £320m over the previous year. Transactions included investments, re-financing and share transfers.  The...

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Ordnance Survey maps out partnership with Engine Shed to boost Bristol’s tech start-ups

January 25, 2019
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Ordnance Survey maps out partnership with Engine Shed to boost Bristol’s tech start-ups

Bristol tech start-ups will be able to receive specialist advice and guidance under a new partnership between the city’s Engine Shed enterprise hub and Ordnance Survey’s Geovation support initiative. Geovation, which focuses on advancing geotech and proptech businesses, is offering start-ups that are members of Engine Shed and its...

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More Phenomenal Women talks lined up following last year’s successful series launch

January 25, 2019
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More Phenomenal Women talks lined up following last year’s successful series launch

Two of Bristol’s most inspirational businesswomen are to take part in a new series of talks backed by UWE’s Business School and Business West and staged at one of the region’s top hotels. The Gainsborough Bath Spa launched its Phenomenal Women talks last year with the aim of celebrating,...

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Buoyant SCISYS says it has ‘mitigated Brexit risks’ with parent company move to Ireland

January 25, 2019
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Buoyant SCISYS says it has ‘mitigated Brexit risks’ with parent company move to Ireland

A flurry of new business won by its space division in December gave specialist IT and software group SCISYS a better-than-expected end to 2018, it said in a trading update today. The Chippenham-headquartered group landed a series of contract wins with an aggregate value of £23m during the month....

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Putting St George’s on a sound footing helps earn its chief executive top classical music award

January 25, 2019
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Putting St George’s on a sound footing helps earn its chief executive top classical music award

Suzanne Rolt, chief executive of historic Bristol music venue St George’s, has been named Concert Hall Manager of the Year at the annual ABO Classical Music Awards. The accolade follows the success of the iconic Great George Street venue’s £6.3m ‘Building A Sound Future’ project last year, which has...

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Burges Salmon’s firm-wide focus on combining people, skills and tech to encourage innovation

January 25, 2019
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Burges Salmon’s firm-wide focus on combining people, skills and tech to encourage innovation

Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon is aiming to educate and inspire its staff about how they work, both internally and directly with clients, in a new initiative. The first instalment of its B-Innovative Week took place last week, with the firm collaborating with Bristol science and education centre...

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Events team launched by Purplefish to meet growing demand for experiential-based campaigns

January 24, 2019
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Events team launched by Purplefish to meet growing demand for experiential-based campaigns

Bristol communications agency Purplefish has created a dedicated events planning team with two new appointments. The consultancy, which specialises in brand campaigns for clients in the tech, property, business and hospitality sectors, has taken on Julia Bassett as office manager with responsibility for the planning and execution of client...

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WBD corporate team’s work on health food deal satisfies client’s appetite for investment

January 24, 2019
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WBD corporate team’s work on health food deal satisfies client’s appetite for investment

Lawyers in the Bristol office of Womble Bond Dickinson have worked with longstanding investment client Piper to back a rapid-growth firm that creates and delivers healthy food boxes. Piper, the UK’s leading specialist investor in consumer brands, has made a £6m investment into London-based Mindful Chef, which last year...

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Airbus joins CBI in warning of ‘devastating’ impact of ‘no deal’ Brexit on South West’s economy

January 22, 2019
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Airbus joins CBI in warning of ‘devastating’ impact of ‘no deal’ Brexit on South West’s economy

Leaving the EU without a deal would be ‘devastating’ for the South West’s economy, hitting the region’s output by a staggering £13bn a year, the CBI said today. It teamed up with aerospace giant Airbus, which employs around 4,000 people in its UK wing design centre at Filton, to...

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$8m funding for cyber security innovator using gaming techniques to fight real-life attacks

January 18, 2019
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$8m funding for cyber security innovator using gaming techniques to fight real-life attacks

Immersive Labs, the Bristol cyber security firm founded by a former GCHQ researcher, has raised $8m (£6.2m) to further develop its innovative training system that uses computer game techniques to fight real-life threats. The skills platform, which is already used for complex cyber security training by clients such as engineering...

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Immediate past success presents Future Space tech hub with bright outlook

January 18, 2019
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Immediate past success presents Future Space tech hub with bright outlook

Future Space, the science and tech hub at UWE’s Frenchay Campus, generated nearly £5m during its successful second year in operation, according to its latest annual review. The centre, which is managed by Oxford Innovation, had an occupancy rate of 69% – significantly higher than the original business plan...

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