Creative/Media

Cautious welcome for Chancellor’s ‘economy-boosting’ investment zone plan for West of England

September 23, 2022
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Cautious welcome for Chancellor’s ‘economy-boosting’ investment zone plan for West of England

Areas in the West of England could become investment zones aimed at driving economic growth and unlocking land for housing under a scheme announced today by Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng in his mini-Budget. Businesses in the zones would benefit from lowering taxes and ‘liberalised’ planning frameworks, according to the Treasury. Mr...

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Mini-Budget 2022: Bristol business reaction

September 23, 2022
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Mini-Budget 2022: Bristol business reaction

Business groups covering Bristol and the West of England this afternoon largely approved of many of the measures in Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-Budget – but the political reaction was less favourable. Business West, the region’s largest business group and the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said the announcements would...

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Social inequalities cast shadow over Bristol’s success in sustainability and job creation, report reveals

September 23, 2022
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Social inequalities cast shadow over Bristol’s success in sustainability and job creation, report reveals

Carbon emissions and unemployment have fallen significantly in Bristol over the past decade, according to a new report – but major challenges around social inequalities and poverty remain and are set to deepen as the cost of living crisis worsens. The research, which measures how Bristol is meeting the...

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Mini-Budget 2022: Key points . . .

September 23, 2022
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Mini-Budget 2022: Key points . . .

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng presented his mini-Budget in the House of Commons this morning against a backdrop of high inflation, soaring energy bills and an economy which, according to the Bank of England, could already be in recession. Key points announced by Mr Kwarteng, pictured, were:  Chancellor says a new approach...

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B Corp status for Bristol instant noodle firm with pots of ambition to become more sustainable

September 22, 2022
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B Corp status for Bristol instant noodle firm with pots of ambition to become more sustainable

Bristol food brand Kabuto has become the first instant noodle firm to be accepted into the global B Corp network of businesses that put people and purpose on a par with profit. Kabuto, which was founded in 2010 and now employs a team of seven in Bristol, has sold more...

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Potential U-turn over Channel 4 sell-off plan could save at-risk jobs in its Bristol hub, says Metro Mayor

September 22, 2022
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Potential U-turn over Channel 4 sell-off plan could save at-risk jobs in its Bristol hub, says Metro Mayor

The government’s decision to “re-examine” the privatisation of Channel 4 has been welcomed by West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris, a highly vocal critic of the idea who has claimed it could threaten job creation by the broadcaster’s Bristol creative hub. The controversial sell-off, put in place by...

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Tech entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds sought for pioneering SETsquared bursary scheme

September 22, 2022
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Tech entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds sought for pioneering SETsquared bursary scheme

Bristol’s world-beating tech incubator SETsquared is continuing its commitment to inclusivity in the sector by staging its Breakthrough Bursary scheme for the fourth year. Targeted at UK tech entrepreneurs from a minority ethnic background, the scheme provides access to tailored business support at heavily discounted rates, including coaching and...

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Business groups welcome Govt support scheme for firms as they grapple with soaring energy bills

September 21, 2022
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Business groups welcome Govt support scheme for firms as they grapple with soaring energy bills

The government’s energy support scheme for firms has been welcomed by business groups in Bristol as giving them vital breathing space in the face of soaring bills. But Business West, the region’s largest business group and the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce, urged ministers to provide more details...

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The LAST WORD: Matt Rees, managing director, Fiora

September 16, 2022
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The LAST WORD: Matt Rees, managing director, Fiora

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Matt Rees, managing director of Bristol integrated marketing agency Fiora, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST:   Film you watched? Dog: a comedy drama on Netflix drama about a bromance...

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Young innovators raise funds to extend reach of their family wellbeing app into schools

September 16, 2022
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Young innovators raise funds to extend reach of their family wellbeing app into schools

An app developed by two UWE Bristol graduates to help families improve their health and happiness with fun and engaging activities has crowdfunded £144,000. Focused on exercise, nutrition, and mental health – the three core pillars of wellbeing – the 200-plus intergenerational activities created by Famli allow households build...

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‘Original’ craft brewery Butcombe taps into new beer revolution to achieve its best ever August sales

September 15, 2022
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‘Original’ craft brewery Butcombe taps into new beer revolution to achieve its best ever August sales

Strong trading over the summer – including a record August – at Bristol brewery Butcombe means its Original bitter is on target to enter the top 10 UK cask ales this year. The Wrington-based brewer achieved a 9.5% increase in sales between 21 May and 3 September as beer...

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Business West calls for government to shed light on its energy price pledge for inflation-hit firms

September 15, 2022
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Business West calls for government to shed light on its energy price pledge for inflation-hit firms

The government has been urged to give more details about how it intends to help struggling businesses with soaring energy bills a week after assurances its price guarantee plan for consumers would also apply to them. Business West, the region’s largest business group and the organisation behind Bristol Chamber...

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Applications sought for unique weekend workshop in Bristol for early-career creatives

September 13, 2022
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Applications sought for unique weekend workshop in Bristol for early-career creatives

Bristol’s young creatives are being invited to take part in a weekend studio experience in the city aimed at giving them a valuable insight into working in an agency. Werkhouse was co-founded in 2017 a small group of design professionals from Bristol and Bath as a deep dive into the...

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