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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

January 19, 2021
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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

Bristol firms struggling with post-Brexit trade complications are being urged to get expert advice and support by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. With the UK now outside of the European Union as of December 31, businesses must adhere to new rules and regulations when trading with the EU. ...

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Business club launched by Children’s Hospice South West to bring in much-needed funds

January 19, 2021
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Business club launched by Children’s Hospice South West to bring in much-needed funds

Children’s Hospice South West is aiming to get 100 companies from across the region to sign up to its new a business club. The initiative has been launched by the charity to mark its  30th anniversary this year – which comes as it faces a huge funding challenge.  Each...

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Bristol property developer Gavin Bridge promises to ‘challenge the status quo’ with his new business

January 15, 2021
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Bristol property developer Gavin Bridge promises to ‘challenge the status quo’ with his new business

A major regeneration project on the edge of Bristol city centre will become a testbed for new ways of creating sustainable communities and affordable housing, according to property developer Gavin Bridge. Gavin, pictured, who launched his own business this month, believes Bristol needs to address its new home provision...

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Pioneering independent living rooftop housing scheme proposed by Bristol homeless charity

January 15, 2021
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Pioneering independent living rooftop housing scheme proposed by Bristol homeless charity

Homeless charity Emmaus Bristol is aiming to create 15 low-carbon, affordable eco homes on the roof of its office on the edge of the city centre. The scheme on the roof of Backfields House in St Pauls – Emmaus Bristol’s office and retail space – includes 11 one-bedroom, two-storey...

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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

January 15, 2021
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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has broken with its traditional method of recruiting for its board to take on three new non-executive directors. The £10m turnover group, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said the move was designed to access a wider talent pool that represented the...

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Bristol Private Equity Club helps put two more pioneering scale-ups on road to growth

January 14, 2021
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Two innovative Bristol scale-up businesses have received financial support from a group of successful entrepreneurs based in the city as they gear up for further growth. GenomeKey, which is carrying out a pioneering research project to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, and The Bunch, which manages...

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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

January 14, 2021
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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

Regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance has strengthened its board again with a non-executive director appointment as it prepares for its new chair to take up her role. The arrival of Chris Butters, pictured, who has considerable non-executive director and senior executive experience, comes ahead of Christine Allison taking over...

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NHS appoints user experience specialist Mace & Menter to make its services more user friendly

January 14, 2021
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NHS appoints user experience specialist Mace & Menter to make its services more user friendly

Specialist Bristol design firm Mace & Menter has won a competitive tender to work with the NHS on a series of projects to adapt and innovate health services in the South West. The work will support NHS Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) ongoing drive...

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Join us in backing city’s vital primary school ‘reading buddies’ scheme, says National Friendly

January 12, 2021
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Join us in backing city’s vital primary school ‘reading buddies’ scheme, says National Friendly

Bristol-based mutual insurer National Friendly has seen a lot of change in its 150 year history. Originally it provided sickness benefits to working men, but also, uniquely among friendly societies at the time, it welcomed working women and children too. This pioneering stance – when poverty, poor education, poor...

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Entrepreneur who secured £140k from Dragons’ Den invests in high-growth Bristol SEO firms

January 8, 2021
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Entrepreneur who secured £140k from Dragons’ Den invests in high-growth Bristol SEO firms

Expanding Bristol search engine optimisation (SEO) firms upUgo and GoRank are poised for further expansion after securing investment from Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Imran Hakim. Both firms have benefited from the lockdowns of the past year as more business goes online and already boast a already   the likes of WH...

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Tech star Brightpearl looking to shine in global retail market after Sage leads £25m funding round

January 8, 2021
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Tech star Brightpearl looking to shine in global retail market after Sage leads £25m funding round

Business management systems giant Sage has taken a minority investment in fast-growing Bristol-based retail management software firm Brightpearl as part of a £25m fundraising round aimed at triggering further international expansion. Sage, which will have a seat on Brightpearl’s board under the deal, said the move would help make...

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Former eCommerce agency boss joins Manchester firm to launch its new Bristol office

January 8, 2021
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Former eCommerce agency boss joins Manchester firm to launch its new Bristol office

Full-service eCommerce firm PushON has opened an office in Bristol after recruiting the co-founder of one of the city’s most-successful Magento agencies. Tim Willis, former client services director of C3 Media, is now heading PushON’s new office at Bristol’s Runway East creative hub.  PushON was founded in Manchester in...

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Export Academy set up to give Bristol firms help selling to overseas markets

January 8, 2021
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Export Academy set up to give Bristol firms help selling to overseas markets

Bristol’s small businesses can access help and advice to grow internationally through a new, free, post-Brexit programme. The Export Academy involves overseas trade experts from the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosting a series of online workshops and events offering advice and support directly to business owners.  The programme...

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