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Bristol Business Blog: Tim Close, insolvency partner, Milsted Langdon. Businesses must seek help now if they fear insolvency

January 24, 2021
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Bristol Business Blog: Tim Close, insolvency partner, Milsted Langdon. Businesses must seek help now if they fear insolvency

Recently released research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has indicated that as many as 250,000 small businesses could collapse in the next 12 months. Whilst many businesses affected by the latest national lockdown are receiving assistance via the various government financial support measures, such as the furlough...

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Former iconic Bristol music venue to get sound future as creative college events space

January 22, 2021
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Former iconic Bristol music venue to get sound future as creative college events space

Legendary Bristol music venue Bierkeller, which closed three years ago, is to be given a new lease of life as a creative industries college. Independent college group Access Creative College (ACC) is to resurrect the All Saints Street building as a £4.5m state-of-the-art events and education space – phase...

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Mr B & Friends’ rebranding turns up the WOW for animation software firm Sparkol

January 22, 2021
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Mr B & Friends’ rebranding turns up the WOW for animation software firm Sparkol

Sparkol, the Bristol-based specialist software firm, has unveiled its new branding created by city-based marketing agency Mr B & Friends. Sparkol appointed Mr B & Friends to use its expertise to increase its marketing effectiveness while retaining its well-established product brands as part of its portfolio.  Sparkol, which was...

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St George’s CEO to join Quartet Community Foundation as it steps up Covid-related support

January 22, 2021
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St George’s CEO to join Quartet Community Foundation as it steps up Covid-related support

Quartet, the community foundation covering Bristol and the West of England, has appointed Suzanne Rolt as its new CEO. Suzanne, pictured, has nearly 15 years’ experience in charity leadership, having led Bristol’s iconic music venue St George’s as director and CEO since 2006.  She will join Quartet as it...

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Bristol Business Blog: Claire Burden and Tim Sloggett, Smith & Williamson turnaround and rescue experts. Get match fit for 2021

January 21, 2021
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It has been great to see many businesses adapt and thrive throughout the pandemic, while for those facing ongoing uncertainty and challenges, the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccines now provides some welcome light at the end of the tunnel. However, the future still remains uncertain for many. These businesses...

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Business West calls on government to act now and extend business rates relief for struggling firms

January 21, 2021
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Business West calls on government to act now and extend business rates relief for struggling firms

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to extend business rates relief beyond its March 31 cut-off point to avoid further pressure on firms struggling from lockdown restrictions. The call has come from Business West, the region’s largest business group and the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce.  Businesses in...

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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

January 19, 2021
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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

Bristol firms struggling with post-Brexit trade complications are being urged to get expert advice and support by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. With the UK now outside of the European Union as of December 31, businesses must adhere to new rules and regulations when trading with the EU. ...

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Business club launched by Children’s Hospice South West to bring in much-needed funds

January 19, 2021
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Business club launched by Children’s Hospice South West to bring in much-needed funds

Children’s Hospice South West is aiming to get 100 companies from across the region to sign up to its new a business club. The initiative has been launched by the charity to mark its  30th anniversary this year – which comes as it faces a huge funding challenge.  Each...

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Bristol property developer Gavin Bridge promises to ‘challenge the status quo’ with his new business

January 15, 2021
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Bristol property developer Gavin Bridge promises to ‘challenge the status quo’ with his new business

A major regeneration project on the edge of Bristol city centre will become a testbed for new ways of creating sustainable communities and affordable housing, according to property developer Gavin Bridge. Gavin, pictured, who launched his own business this month, believes Bristol needs to address its new home provision...

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Pioneering independent living rooftop housing scheme proposed by Bristol homeless charity

January 15, 2021
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Pioneering independent living rooftop housing scheme proposed by Bristol homeless charity

Homeless charity Emmaus Bristol is aiming to create 15 low-carbon, affordable eco homes on the roof of its office on the edge of the city centre. The scheme on the roof of Backfields House in St Pauls – Emmaus Bristol’s office and retail space – includes 11 one-bedroom, two-storey...

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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

January 15, 2021
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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has broken with its traditional method of recruiting for its board to take on three new non-executive directors. The £10m turnover group, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said the move was designed to access a wider talent pool that represented the...

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Bristol Private Equity Club helps put two more pioneering scale-ups on road to growth

January 14, 2021
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Two innovative Bristol scale-up businesses have received financial support from a group of successful entrepreneurs based in the city as they gear up for further growth. GenomeKey, which is carrying out a pioneering research project to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, and The Bunch, which manages...

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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

January 14, 2021
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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

Regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance has strengthened its board again with a non-executive director appointment as it prepares for its new chair to take up her role. The arrival of Chris Butters, pictured, who has considerable non-executive director and senior executive experience, comes ahead of Christine Allison taking over...

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