Creative/Media

Directors urged to enter awards scheme that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

January 24, 2020
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Directors urged to enter awards scheme that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

The region’s top annual business award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom has been launched. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs while also focusing UK-wide attention on success in the region.  Nominations – which opened...

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Bristol’s creative sector welcomes Channel 4 with pledge to support city’s diverse talent pool

January 17, 2020
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Bristol’s creative sector welcomes Channel 4 with pledge to support city’s diverse talent pool

Channel 4’s arrival in Bristol will open up new opportunities for the city’s creative talent and widen access to jobs in the media sector, Mayor Marvin Rees told the official launch party for the TV firm’s Bristol base. He said the campaign to attract Channel 4 to the city...

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Bristol’s booming tech sector earns city place among global investment hotspots

January 17, 2020
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Bristol’s booming tech sector earns city place among global investment hotspots

Bristol is one of the 15 top destinations in the world for venture capital investment in tech businesses, beating cities such as Oslo and Dublin and second only to London in the UK, according to new research. A report prepared for the Digital Economy Council by Tech Nation and...

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More seed funding for indoor farming firm as it looks to reap rewards of its pioneering tech

January 17, 2020
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More seed funding for indoor farming firm as it looks to reap rewards of its pioneering tech

Bristol vertical and indoor farming innovator LettUs Grow has secured £2.35m in seed funding to scale-up delivery of its game-changing technology to farmers across the UK. LettUs Grow’s award-winning indoor farming system for greenhouses and vertical farms aims to address global food security and sustainability concerns.  These indoor farms...

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Inspiring speakers from Bristol lined up for Bath hotel’s Phenomenal Women 2020 series

January 17, 2020
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Inspiring speakers from Bristol lined up for Bath hotel’s Phenomenal Women 2020 series

Some of Bristol’s most inspiring businesswomen will share their experiences in the latest series of Phenomenal Women talks staged by a top Bath hotel. Now in its third year, the series at The Gainsborough Bath Spa aims to celebrate, support and inspire. Each event is delivered by a high-profile...

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Practical insight and expert speakers lined up for MEET South West’s educational programme

January 17, 2020
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Practical insight and expert speakers lined up for MEET South West’s educational programme

The speaker line-up for MEET South West 2020, the region’s only trade show dedicated to the events industry, has been confirmed – with attendees promised a day full of expert advice, industry updates and practical support. Subjects will range from future trends and sustainable events to utilising tech and...

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MIND Mondays launched by Bristol pub chain to help raise awareness of mental health

January 17, 2020
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MIND Mondays launched by Bristol pub chain to help raise awareness of mental health

Butcombe, the brewery and pub chain based just outside Bristol, has teamed up with charity MIND to increase awareness of mental health issues among its customers and staff. The pair are launching MIND Mondays – weekly coffee afternoons to encourage people to meet, talk more and enjoy a free...

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West of England start-ups to benefit from UK’s first investment catalyst scheme

January 16, 2020
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West of England start-ups to benefit from UK’s first investment catalyst scheme

A pioneering programme to help catalyse investment into some of the West of England’s fastest-growing start-ups has been launched by TechSPARK, the region’s tech sector information hub. The first of its kind in the UK, the Investment Activator Programme (IAP) will include activities to increase the flow of money...

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Business Improvement District plan for city’s high-growth commercial heart

January 16, 2020
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Business Improvement District plan for city’s high-growth commercial heart

Bristol could get another Business Improvement District (BID) later this year if a majority of firms in one of the city’s fastest-growing commercial areas vote in favour. Bristol already has five BIDs in operation with a sixth – covering the Redcliffe and Temple areas – proposed by Destination Bristol,...

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CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

January 10, 2020
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CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

The South West needs its own government minister to champion the case for more funding and spur its economic growth, the CBI’s director general said on a visit to Bristol today. Such a move – along with more autonomy for the West of England’s Metro Mayor over government funding...

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Return to profit for pioneering Pieminister as new ‘snacking patty’ range and ethical stance drive sales

January 10, 2020
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Return to profit for pioneering Pieminister as new ‘snacking patty’ range and ethical stance drive sales

Iconic Bristol specialist food and restaurant firm Pieminister has achieved double-digit sales growth for the fourth year running. It also returned to profit after falling into the red in 2018 – a turnaround it said it had achieved without easing back on its journey to further establish itself as...

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Bristol’s film industry boosted as city-made productions compete for hat-trick of BAFTAs

January 10, 2020
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Bristol’s burgeoning film industry is celebrating three nominations for this year’s British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) – with Aardman Animations’ latest cinema release joined by the debut feature from one of the city’s small independent production companies. Mark Jenkin’s Bait is the first full-length theatre release feature from Totterdown-based...

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Tobacco giant’s New Year pledge to work with Bristol firms to help city become smoke-free

January 10, 2020
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Tobacco giant’s New Year pledge to work with Bristol firms to help city become smoke-free

Bristol businesses are being invited to take part in a major initiative that aims to make the city the UK’s first to go smoke-free. Cigarette smokers are being helped to quit or switch to alternative products marketed as having a lower risk in the project being staged by international...

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