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Zap-Map powers ahead with £1m investment from parent group Good Energy

April 16, 2021
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Zap-Map powers ahead with £1m investment from parent group Good Energy

Green utility group Good Energy has invested a further £1m into the parent company of Bristol-based Zap-Map, the electric vehicle mapping service, to accelerate its growth. Good Energy already majority owns Next Green Car Ltd following two previous investments, which have helped make Zap-Map a major player in the...

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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

April 16, 2021
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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

Exports by South West businesses have slumped to historic lows as they are hit by higher trade barriers due to Brexit, according to a major new survey. Manufacturers have been impacted most, the research by the British Chambers of Commerce South West shows.  Some 53% of exporters said they...

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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

April 15, 2021
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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

Bristol Business News has teamed up with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox to host an exclusive virtual event aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain times. A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. Expert presenters from Tinderbox...

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‘Pragmatic’ Osborne Clarke team helps $100m fund close despite Brexit and pandemic obstacles

April 14, 2021
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‘Pragmatic’ Osborne Clarke team helps $100m fund close despite Brexit and pandemic obstacles

A team from the Bristol office of global law firm Osborne Clarke have advised venture capital firm Illuminate Financial Management on the final close of its second fund at $100m (£72.5m) – double what it achieved in its first. London-based Illuminate Financial invests in companies providing cutting-edge solutions to...

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RSM and Womble Bond Dickinson taste success with food firm sale as Italian group returns for seconds

April 13, 2021
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RSM and Womble Bond Dickinson taste success with food firm sale as Italian group returns for seconds

Italian food ingredients business Nactarome has made its second UK acquisition in less than a year, with the Bristol offices of national accountancy RSM and global law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) again advising on the deal. RSM’s Bristol mergers and acquisition (M&A) and private equity team and lawyers...

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Former Bevan Brittan trainee returns to firm as a partner in its Bristol property team

April 13, 2021
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Former Bevan Brittan trainee returns to firm as a partner in its Bristol property team

National law firm Bevan Brittan has made its second partner appointment of the year with the recruitment of property finance expert Jessica Church to its Bristol office. Jessica, pictured, began her legal career as a trainee with Bevan Brittan before joining Trowers & Hamlins in London, where she worked...

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Mazars called in as administrators after collapse of 110-year-old hotel and grocery chain business

April 12, 2021
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Mazars called in as administrators after collapse of 110-year-old hotel and grocery chain business

The Bristol office of tax, audit and advisory firm Mazars has been appointed to handle the administration of the long-established company behind a North Somerset hotel, health club and golf course. The 45-bedroom Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel, pictured, in Midsomer Norton has become the latest victim of the devastating impact...

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Loungers shrugs off impact of pandemic as it prepares to resume national expansion programme

April 9, 2021
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Loungers shrugs off impact of pandemic as it prepares to resume national expansion programme

Fast-growing Bristol-based café-bar chain Loungers plans to open 25 new outlets over the next year as it bounces back strongly from the impact of Covid on the hospitality sector. The group, which opened its first bar in Bristol in 2002, now operates 168 neighbourhood café/bar/restaurants across England and Wales under...

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Business leaders demand ‘strong political leadership’ from region’s next Metro Mayor

April 9, 2021
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Business leaders demand ‘strong political leadership’ from region’s next Metro Mayor

The West of England is being outshone by other devolved English regions such as London and Greater Manchester, a survey revealed this week as business leaders called on the next ‘Metro Mayor’ to strengthen its profile and help bring in much needed investment. With less than 30 days until...

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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

April 9, 2021
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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

Bristol Business News has teamed up with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox to host an exclusive virtual event aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain times. A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. Expert presenters from...

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Link-up with major financial services group means Andrews can build its mortgage offering

April 8, 2021
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Link-up with major financial services group means Andrews can build its mortgage offering

Property group Andrews has substantially boosted its mortgage business by joining the Openwork Partnership, an organisation with more than 4,200 financial advisers across the UK. Under the agreement Keynsham-headquartered Andrews will be able to widen its client offering to include holistic wealth advice.  It said the move would help it deepen...

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One-stop business hub launched by Haines Watts with local partners

April 7, 2021
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One-stop business hub launched by Haines Watts with local partners

National accountancy firm Haines Watts’ Bristol office has widened its offering to clients to include business coaching, HR and legal services by teaming up with specialist providers across the South West. Operating under the one banner of Haines Watts Employer Services, the partnership aims to support local smaller businesses...

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New business development manager brings unique market perspective to National Friendly

April 6, 2021
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New business development manager brings unique market perspective to National Friendly

Bristol-based National Friendly, the specialist provider of insurance and care funding to the over-50s, has appointed Gavin Brooks to the role of business development manager. The mutual society said the move was designed to continue to support its rapidly growing presence in the intermediary sector.  Gavin, pictured, has more...

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