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Major lift for Bristol Balloon Fiesta as first tranche of city firms sign up as corporate sponsors

May 10, 2024
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Key organisations in Bristol’s business community have signed up to support the city’s iconic International Balloon Fiesta. Among the firms sponsoring the event, now in its 46th year, are aerospace giant Airbus, which has its main wing design centre at Filton, electric-car manufacturer Tesla and upmarket restaurant chain The...

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Shaggy dog story gives guests at accountancy group’s annual dinner some food for thought

May 10, 2024
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Shaggy dog story gives guests at accountancy group’s annual dinner some food for thought

Ultra-athlete Dion Leonard, who runs distances of 250-plus miles in some of the world’s toughest conditions, has told West of England business leaders they too can overcome huge challenges – if they are determined. Dion, pictured, was guest speaker at accountancy body ICAEW West of England’s annual dinner in...

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Festival of Nature to host staff awaydays and roundtables as it seeks to involve Bristol businesses

May 10, 2024
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Festival of Nature to host staff awaydays and roundtables as it seeks to involve Bristol businesses

Bristol firms are being urged to link up with the UK’s biggest nature festival taking place in the city next month, when they will be able to get involved in a host of activities. Among events targeted at businesses during the 21st annual Festival of Nature will be roundtables on...

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Substantial increase in South West business optimism flagged up by third survey in less than two weeks

May 8, 2024
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Substantial increase in South West business optimism flagged up by third survey in less than two weeks

Another business survey has pointed to a dramatic bounce back in confidence among South West firms as the outlook on inflation and interest rates improves. Results of the quarterly survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) show optimism levels soared by 40 percentage points to their highest level...

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£1m worth of funding available to encourage innovation among Bristol’s small and mid-sized firms

May 7, 2024
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£1m worth of funding available to encourage innovation among Bristol’s small and mid-sized firms

Bristol’s small and medium-sized firms can secure grants of up to £25,000 to help them innovate and grow under a scheme set up by the West of England Combined Authority. The £1m programme offers eligible firms a one-off grant towards the cost of research and development – with the...

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Bristol premium co-working space marks fifth anniversary with glamorous get-together

May 3, 2024
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Bristol premium co-working space marks fifth anniversary with glamorous get-together

Co-working space and community hub Origin Workspace has staged a gala event to celebrate five years since it opened its doors. Over that time it has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs, start-ups and scale-ups. Today the premium co-working and meeting venue in Berkeley Square has more than 600 members, as...

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New CEO for rapid-growth Huboo as co-founder prepares to step down from the role

May 3, 2024
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New CEO for rapid-growth Huboo as co-founder prepares to step down from the role

The CEO and co-founder of Bristol eCommerce fulfilment success story Huboo is to step back from its day-to-day operations, having built it into a major European business with more than 700 employees in just seven years. Martin Bysh, who co-founded the firm with chief innovation officer Paul Dodd with...

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The Soil Association plugs into Good Energy’s ‘groundbreaking’ new clean power-matching scheme

May 3, 2024
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The Soil Association plugs into Good Energy’s ‘groundbreaking’ new clean power-matching scheme

Bristol environmental charity The Soil Association is demonstrating its commitment to a more sustainable future by signing up to a groundbreaking new way of sourcing its energy. The charity, which is developing natural solutions to some of today’s biggest environmental and health challenges, has become one of renewable electricity firm...

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Eden Project and Pukka extend their partnership to make the world a better place – one cuppa at a time

May 2, 2024
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Eden Project and Pukka extend their partnership to make the world a better place – one cuppa at a time

Pukka Herbs, the Bristol-founded organic tea brand based, has renewed its long-running partnership with eco visitor experience Eden Project as part of its commitment to the ‘1% for the Planet’ initiative. Since the partnership started in 2015, the Cornish attraction, pictured, has become the largest single independent retailer of Pukka...

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Plea to Bristol’s male-dominated firms to help city gain title of UK capital of gender equality

May 1, 2024
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Plea to Bristol’s male-dominated firms to help city gain title of UK capital of gender equality

Businesses in traditionally male industries such as engineering and manufacturing are being urged to back efforts to help make Bristol the UK’s first gender equal city. The call has come from Bristol Women in Business Charter, which has signed up 45 organisations represents more than a fifth of Bristol’s...

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Stronger sales and profits forecast by region’s firms as lower inflation sparks big rise in confidence

May 1, 2024
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Stronger sales and profits forecast by region’s firms as lower inflation sparks big rise in confidence

Business optimism is increasing rapidly in the South West as lower inflation is expected to trigger strong sales and profits growth, two new survey show. Confidence among the region’s firms has surged over the past six months at more than three times its usual rate, according to the latest...

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Grundon takes up key waste role at Wake The Tiger as ‘amazement park’ pursues B Corp status

April 30, 2024
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Grundon takes up key waste role at Wake The Tiger as ‘amazement park’ pursues B Corp status

Bristol immersive visitor attraction Wake The Tiger has appointed Grundon as its new waste management partner as it continues its journey towards gaining coveted B Corp accreditation. The self-styled ‘amazement park’, pictured, has welcomed more than 300,000 visitors since it opened its heady mix of interactive rooms, corridors, displays...

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Directors’ ‘pre-pack’ deal saves jobs at Bristol print firm following collapse of two major customers

April 26, 2024
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Directors’ ‘pre-pack’ deal saves jobs at Bristol print firm following collapse of two major customers

One of the UK’s largest specialist printing firms, Bristol-based Folio Print Finishing, has been rescued by its directors in a deal that has secured the jobs of all its 40 employees. David Robshaw and Andrew Bird bought the business in a pre-pack deal after it was forced into administration...

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