Creative/Media

Finance deal whets appetite for growth at exporter of iconic British food and drink brands

June 21, 2019
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Finance deal whets appetite for growth at exporter of iconic British food and drink brands

Bristol-based British Corner Shop, which sells much-loved UK food and drink products such as Bird’s custard and Marmite around the world, is on course for further growth after securing a £2.73m finance facility from HSBC. The firm will use the funding to further develop its export activities, helping it...

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Ashfords’ Bristol team act for guitar maker in majority stake sale to Muse frontman

June 21, 2019
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Ashfords’ Bristol team act for guitar maker in majority stake sale to Muse frontman

Lawyers in the Bristol office of national firm Ashfords have helped one of the UK’s top guitar manufacturers sell shares to the frontman of rock band Muse. Matt Bellamy bought the stake from Hugh Manson and Adrian Ashton of Devon-based Manson Guitar Works, giving the singer, guitarist and songwriter...

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Insurer Admiral gets Bristol ad agency on board to create nostalgic animated brand campaign

June 18, 2019
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Insurer Admiral gets Bristol ad agency on board to create nostalgic animated brand campaign

Creative agency McCann Bristol has created an animated TV advert for insurance group Admiral in a major departure from its previous broadcast campaigns. Created in partnership with London-based production company Studio AKA, the advert launches an entirely new animated brand campaign for Admiral that will run across integrated media....

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Director Awards recognise bosses who are in the driving seat of business transformation

June 14, 2019
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Director Awards recognise bosses who are in the driving seat of business transformation

The bosses of Bristol businesses ranging from the West of England’s largest bus operator to a recycling firm behind a state-of-the-art waste handling centre and a fast-growing recruitment firm have been named among the region’s top directors. First West of England managing director James Freeman won the Institute of...

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Global giant Deloitte sews up deal to acquire Bristol-based Stitch Communications

June 14, 2019
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Global giant Deloitte sews up deal to acquire Bristol-based Stitch Communications

Bristol-based internal communications agency Stitch has been acquired by international accounting giant Deloitte to form part of its Global Employer Services practice. Stitch Communications – owned and managed by entrepreneur Emma Dawson – specialises in creating pay and reward communications that help employers to better engage their staff.  As...

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Bristol well placed to combat high street meltdown, says major report, but shops will still close

June 14, 2019
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Bristol well placed to combat high street meltdown, says major report, but shops will still close

Bristol has been named as the UK’s second most resilient city in the fight for retail survival now gripping the country’s high streets and town centres. However, it will only overcome the growing threat from online shopping and rapidly changing spending patterns by ‘repurposing’ much of its retail heart,...

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Canadian tech giant’s surprise £79m takeover bid for SCISYS approved by directors

June 14, 2019
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Canadian tech giant’s surprise £79m takeover bid for SCISYS approved by directors

Specialist IT group SCISYS, which has a base in Brislington, looks set to be taken over by Canadian tech giant CGI in an approved offer that values it at nearly £79m. The surprise cash offer, which has been unanimously accepted by the Chippenham-headquartered group’s directors, was revealed to shareholders...

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‘Subversive’ Father’s Day advert aims to shed light on impact of domestic violence

June 14, 2019
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‘Subversive’ Father’s Day advert aims to shed light on impact of domestic violence

Communications agency McCann Bristol has teamed up with domestic abuse charity Refuge to ‘subvert’ Father’s Day this Sunday as part of a campaign highlighting the impact of violence. The agency, which is working pro bono on the campaign, has created a special poem as a poignant reminder of the...

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Specialist wine festival to toast sustainable drinks trade between Portugal and Bristol

June 13, 2019
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Specialist wine festival to toast sustainable drinks trade between Portugal and Bristol

Bristol-based Portuguese wine importer Xisto is to stage a traditional festival in the city to celebrate a newly formed sustainable trade connection between the two locations. The Festa São João do Porto is unique to Bristol’s Portuguese twin city Porto. The Bristol version, called Port O’Bristol, takes place on...

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Developer snaps up landmark Old Market site for £175m mixed-use scheme

June 13, 2019
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Developer snaps up landmark Old Market site for £175m mixed-use scheme

A £175m mixed-use scheme that includes modern workspace, new homes, an apart-hotel, cafes and restaurants could be built on a landmark site close to Bristol city centre. London-based property developer First Base has acquired the 2.25-acre site in Old Market for its first South West project.  The site, to...

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Time to act over climate change is now, declares Bristol’s We The Curious science centre

June 7, 2019
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Time to act over climate change is now, declares Bristol’s We The Curious science centre

Bristol’s We The Curious has become the first science centre in the world to declare a climate emergency and pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030. Along with Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol, it is one of the first organisations in the city to make such...

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New growth phase for youth empowerment group Babbasa as it prepares to move to larger base

June 7, 2019
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New growth phase for youth empowerment group Babbasa as it prepares to move to larger base

Babbasa, the pioneering social enterprise that has supported hundreds of young people from Bristol’s inner city, is preparing for a new phase of growth as it moves to a new base. The organisation, which was launched in 2010 by founder Poku Osei, has since helped 1,600, 16-to-25 year olds...

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Businesses targeted to raise £100k and prevent ‘holiday hunger’ for thousands of Bristol kids

June 7, 2019
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Businesses targeted to raise £100k and prevent ‘holiday hunger’ for thousands of Bristol kids

Bristol businesses are being urged to support a campaign aimed at saving thousands of children in the city from poor physical and mental health caused by ‘holiday hunger’ this summer. The charity Feeding Bristol, which provides outreach and support across the city through a network of community groups and...

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