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Funding for Bristol innovators creating technology capable of sniffing out disease

November 8, 2019
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Funding for Bristol innovators creating technology capable of sniffing out disease

University of Bristol spin-out Rosa Biotech, which is developing technology that mimics the sense of smell to detect chronic diseases, has raised £760,000 to commercialise its ground-breaking innovation. The firm’s artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven biosensing technology, which is capable of detecting the faint chemical signature given off by diseases, has...

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Event: Growing Your Business on Solid Foundations

November 8, 2019
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Event: Growing Your Business on Solid Foundations

Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams’ In-House Lawyer service and Bristol Business News have teamed up to host a seminar aimed at helping fledgling businesses achieve sustainable growth. Called Growing Your Business on Solid Foundations, it will discuss topics surrounding business growth, the risks companies face when scaling-up and the...

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Growth in London and South East prompts Optimum Finance to open Mayfair office

November 8, 2019
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Growth in London and South East prompts Optimum Finance to open Mayfair office

Bristol-based invoice finance specialist Optimum Finance has opened an office in London’s Mayfair as it continues to serve a growing national client base. Just three years after being launched by Richard Pepler, the former chief executive and co-founder of Bristol-based factoring group Ultimate Finance, Optimum has rapidly developed and...

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‘Icon of the year’ award for Bristol tech entrepreneur and co-founder of city’s first unicorn

November 8, 2019
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‘Icon of the year’ award for Bristol tech entrepreneur and co-founder of city’s first unicorn

The founder and CEO of Bristol’s first ‘unicorn’ tech business has been named as one of the UK’s top entrepreneurs. Nigel Toon, who launched semiconductor challenger Graphcore in 2016 and is also a key player in the city’s business ecosystem, was among the winners at the recent Barclays Entrepreneurs...

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Out of this world: SETsquared enterprise partnership wins global accolade for third time in a row

November 7, 2019
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Out of this world: SETsquared enterprise partnership wins global accolade for third time in a row

SETsquared, the unique enterprise partnership backed by the University of Bristol, has been named as the world’s number one university business incubator for the third consecutive time. It beat off challenges from more than 1,500 incubators and accelerator programmes in 78 countries across the globe to claim the title...

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‘Outstanding’ TLT partner becomes firm’s new UK head of corporate

November 7, 2019
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‘Outstanding’ TLT partner becomes firm’s new UK head of corporate

Andrew Webber, a partner in Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT, has become its new UK head of corporate. Andrew, pictured, replaces partner John Wood, who led the corporate team for 16 years before being elected to serve as the firm’s new managing partner from April 2020. Andrew has been...

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Bristol investors back pioneering firm seeking to harness the power of AI to boost worker productivity

November 1, 2019
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Bristol investors back pioneering firm seeking to harness the power of AI to boost worker productivity

Flourish Zone, which aims to revolutionise the global workplace wellbeing and coaching industry with the use of artificial intelligence (AI), is a step closer to realising its ambitions thanks to a £140,000 investment from the Bristol Private Equity Club (BPEC). The Bath-based firm will use the funds to add the finishing touches...

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OVO plugs into Bristol green energy exchange with minority stake

October 28, 2019
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OVO plugs into Bristol green energy exchange with minority stake

Bristol clean energy marketplace Renewable Exchange is powering ahead with its growth following investment from green energy group OVO. Renewable Exchange, which was launched three years ago by a former manager at OVO, has developed a digital marketplace that optimises the sale of renewable energy from generators to suppliers. ...

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Bristol nutritionist who tasted start-up success picked to advise fledgling businesses across UK

October 25, 2019
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Bristol nutritionist who tasted start-up success picked to advise fledgling businesses across UK

The founder of a Bristol business specialising in providing bespoke nutritional plans and advice has been chosen to champion UK start-ups. Rosie Letts launched Rosie Letts Nutrition after developing an interest in nutrition while researching ways to tackle her own health problems, which included IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) and...

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Pioneering £10m Bristol social investment scheme up and running, with help from Burges Salmon

October 25, 2019
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Pioneering £10m Bristol social investment scheme up and running, with help from Burges Salmon

Bristol-headquartered law firm Burges Salmon has provided legal advice to help launch a £10m social investment fund as part of Bristol’s City Funds initiative. The scheme – one of the first funds of its kind in the UK – aims to ensure everyone in Bristol has the opportunity to...

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Time for Bristol firms to do battle with bat and ball as the Ping Pong Fight Club returns

October 25, 2019
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Time for Bristol firms to do battle with bat and ball as the Ping Pong Fight Club returns

More Bristol firms are ready to bring their skills to the table as the city’s all-action Ping Pong Fight Club comes back for a second year. Granite Consulting, MDE Group, accountants Bishop Fleming, iO Associates and Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing are the latest to sign up for what...

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‘Pioneer for good’ in financial services gains prestigious ethical accreditation

October 25, 2019
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‘Pioneer for good’ in financial services gains prestigious ethical accreditation

Bristol financial planning firm Paradigm Norton has become the latest to obtain the acclaimed B Corporation status as the city continues to become a hotspot for value-driven businesses. B Corp certification recognises a business’s commitment to building for the longer term. In Paradigm Norton’s case it also reflects its...

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Bristol e-commerce fulfilment firm unpacks £2.1m funding deal, with help from TLT

October 24, 2019
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Bristol e-commerce fulfilment firm unpacks £2.1m funding deal, with help from TLT

Lawyers from Bristol-headquartered TLT have advised local e-commerce fulfilment start-up Huboo on a £2.1m investment to help it continue to expand and also move into the European market. Emersons Green-based Huboo was launched two years ago by Bath tech serial entrepreneur Martin Bysh and logistics innovator Paul Dodd to...

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