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Smith & Williamson webinar will showcase entrepreneur who turned to philanthropy

January 7, 2021
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Smith & Williamson webinar will showcase entrepreneur who turned to philanthropy

An inspirational entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist will talk about her career – including building up and selling Europe’s first holiday rental website – in a webinar to be hosted by the Bristol office of financial and professional services firm Smith & Williamson. Marcelle Speller OBE, pictured, who lives near Bath, is appearing at the online event, called An Entrepreneur’s Journey Through Business...

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Former World Bank lead economist to become next chair of alternative regional lender SWIG Finance

January 6, 2021
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SWIG

Malachy McReynolds, the chair of regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance, is to step down in March after five years in the role. He will be replaced by Christine Allison, a former lead economist for the World Bank, who has been a non-executive director of SWIG Finance for the...

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Webinar will put spotlight on opportunities in China’s booming Greater Bay Area

January 5, 2021
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GBA

The Greater Bay Area of China will come under the spotlight at a webinar to be hosted by the Bristol and West of England China Bureau next week. The free Zoom event takes place between 9am and 10.30am on Tuesday, January 12, and will give an overview of the...

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New ‘body blow’ for Bristol businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

January 5, 2021
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New ‘body blow’ for Bristol businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

The latest lockdown will be another “body blow” to Bristol firms, coming after the uncertainty caused by Brexit and lost trade in the run-up to Christmas, the region’s biggest business group has warned. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said firms that had survived so far with...

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Government must do more to help Covid-hit businesses, say Mayor of Bristol and South West CBI

December 31, 2020
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Government must do more to help Covid-hit businesses, say Mayor of Bristol and South West CBI

Fresh calls for a rethink of government support for businesses hit by Covid-related restrictions have been made as more parts of the South West join Bristol in Tier 3. While Bristol’s status remained unchanged – having gone from Tier 2 to Tier 3 on Boxing Day – Bath and...

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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

December 23, 2020
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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and has introduced three new steps to help it – and firms across the South West – reach the ambitious target. The organisation, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol...

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Some Christmas cheer for businesses as Bristol goes into Tier 2, but hotels say it’s too late

December 18, 2020
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xmas

Bristol business leaders have welcomed the city’s move into Tier 2 from tomorrow but the group representing its major hotels said it had come too late to enable them to cash in on Christmas and secure any meaningful income. Bristol Chamber and Initiative chief executive James Durie joined the Mayor of...

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City centre Grade A office shortage eased as work starts on another major speculative scheme

December 18, 2020
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City centre Grade A office shortage eased as work starts on another major speculative scheme

Construction work has started on a third major office scheme in Bristol in almost as many months – with the latest project hailed as the largest speculative office development in Southern England this year. The 200,000 sq ft EQ scheme, pictured, on Victoria Street is also being described as...

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Survey shows region’s high-growth firms adapting to new normal to resume expansion

December 18, 2020
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Survey shows region’s high-growth firms adapting to new normal to resume expansion

More than two-thirds of high-growth firms in the South West plan to continue to expand next year after adapting for a post-Covid world, new research shows. According to the first survey to chart these businesses during the coronavirus pandemic it has created significant barriers to growth for 58% of...

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Trio of new recruits for Create Health as it ends successful 2020 on a high

December 16, 2020
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createhealth

Fast-growing Bristol-based healthcare marketing and advertising agency Create Health has ended the year by recruiting three more staff. Ben Price joins as commercial account director and Tom Hunt as project manager while Matt Sugrim becomes the agency’s first in-house animator.  Create Health, which works on global and national campaigns for...

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Womble Bond Dickinson team unpacks £7m investment into luxury villa holiday firm

December 16, 2020
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Womble Bond Dickinson team unpacks £7m investment into luxury villa holiday firm

The Bristol office of transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson has advised longstanding client Piper Private Equity on a £7m investment into a specialist villa brand. London-based The Thinking Traveller was launched in 2002 with seven villas in Sicily and today has 220 highly curated properties, including some of the...

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Entrepreneur unveils scheme to make Bristol the ‘new West Coast’ for scientific innovation

December 11, 2020
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Entrepreneur unveils scheme to make Bristol the ‘new West Coast’ for scientific innovation

Plans to develop a world-class ‘deep tech’ ecosystem in Bristol where scientists and engineers can accelerate ground-breaking ideas have been unveiled by one of the city’s most successful entrepreneurs of recent years. The scheme, led by Bristol-based chemist and investor Dr Harry Destecroix, includes an incubator, a £15m early-stage...

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SETsquared Bristol’s innovative bursary scheme puts BAME-led start-ups on the road to success

December 11, 2020
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SETsquared Bristol’s innovative bursary scheme puts BAME-led start-ups on the road to success

Six tech start-ups run by entrepreneurs from diverse ethnic backgrounds are to be supported under an innovative scheme run by acclaimed incubator SETsquared Bristol. Now in its second year, SETsquared’s Breakthrough Bursary provides bespoke business support, mentoring, strategic advice and coaching, investment readiness training and events as well as...

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