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Entrepreneur behind Bristol R&D tax credit firm and app developer shortlisted for national awards

July 24, 2015
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Entrepreneur behind Bristol R&D tax credit firm and app developer shortlisted for national awards

The managing director of fast-growing Bristol-based R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown, and app consultancy and developer Mubaloo are in the running for prestigious national entrepreneur awards. Simon Brown, who founded the business in 2013, is shortlisted in the Duke of York New Entrepreneur of the Year category at the Lloyds...

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Trade minister praises Bristol’s strength in attracting inward investment

July 24, 2015
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Trade minister praises Bristol’s strength in attracting inward investment

Bristol’s ambitions to attract more inward investment and boost exports were highlighted this week with the visit of trade and investment minister Lord Francis Maude. Lord Maude met a cross section of small and medium-sized firms and recent investors in the city along with representatives from aerospace giant Rolls-Royce,...

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Innovative community-business connector Neighbourly goes for growth after £1m angel investment

July 24, 2015
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Neighbourly, the innovative Bristol-based internet platform that connects community projects with companies wishing to make a difference, has raised more than £1m from angel investors. The funds – its third round of investment – will be used to grow the firm’s engineering team and accelerate its development and international...

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Senior consultant joins Smith & Williamson’s HR team in Bristol

July 24, 2015
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Senior consultant joins Smith & Williamson’s HR team in Bristol

Accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson has appointed Geralyn Meehan as a senior consultant in its Bristol-based HR Consulting team. With more than 16 years’ experience as an HR practitioner, Geralyn, pictured, brings her specialist knowledge of employee relations, HR strategy and organisational development to Smith &...

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RWA offers gilt-edged brand promotion opportunities to Bristol businesses

July 17, 2015
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RWA offers gilt-edged brand promotion opportunities to Bristol businesses

Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol’s original public gallery and regional centre of arts excellence, is invigorating its offer to businesses that are seeking to promote their brand and services, or are looking for a distinctive venue for hosting corporate events. “Great art continuously inspires. Great business leaders...

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IoD South West Director award winners earn places in national finals

July 17, 2015
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IoD South West Director award winners earn places in national finals

The three Bristol bosses who last month won prestigious regional Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards are in the running for national IoD accolades. Vashti Seth, pictured, the founder of international microfinance charity Deki, (Third Sector Director), Opus Recruitment CEO Darren Ryemill (Young Director), and Neil Way, managing director of...

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Experienced head of business development joins Temple Legal Protection’s Bristol office

July 16, 2015
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Experienced head of business development joins Temple Legal Protection’s Bristol office

Specialist legal expenses insurer Temple Legal Protection has appointed Peter Thorpe as head of business development in its Bristol office. He has joined the firm’s expanding team of experienced insurance experts under the leadership of underwriting director Phil Bellamy, working with head of corporate partnerships Andy Parkinson. Peter, pictured,...

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Associate director promotions at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office

July 13, 2015
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Associate director promotions at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office

Smith & Williamson, the accountancy and investment management group, has promoted Simon Weston and Kelly Jones to associate directors in its Bristol office. Simon has been with the firm since 1988 and leads its business outsourcing team in Bristol. As well as managing the accounts  preparation process for clients,...

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Storage group Bott lands prestigious PWC Business of the Year Award

July 10, 2015
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Storage group Bott lands prestigious PWC Business of the Year Award

Bott, the workplace storage equipment firm, and Devon Air Ambulance Trust have won the PWC Business of the Year Awards – the South West’s most coveted business accolades. Bude-based Bott’s CEO Clive Woodward received his trophy for the £30m-plus turnover category from Mark Beard, chief executive of last year’s...

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New regional relationship director joins Lloyds’ commercial real estate team

July 9, 2015
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New regional relationship director joins Lloyds’ commercial real estate team

Lloyds Bank’s Bristol-based commercial real estate team has appointed David Willock as relationship director for the South West and Wales. He joins from RBS, where he was a senior director in its Bristol real estate team. During his 10 years with RBS he was responsible for loan origination and...

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SUMMER BUDGET 2015: Business West reaction

July 8, 2015
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Before the Budget Business West – the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce – called for a focus on infrastructure, exports and the skills gap. Managing director Phil Smith said: “Our nation’s roads and apprentices got a cordial mention , international trade was almost utterly absent....

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SUMMER BUDGET 2015: National business reaction

July 8, 2015
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The CBI described the Budget as double-edged for business and branded the Chancellor’s flagship introduction of a National Living Wage of £7.20 next April as “a big gamble”. It also called the apprentice levy “a blunt tool” to force more businesses to take on trainees. Director-general John Cridland said:...

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SUMMER BUDGET 2015: Bristol business reaction

July 8, 2015
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Many of the measures in Chancellor George Osborne’s Summer Budget got a warm welcome from Bristol business figures – particularly support for small businesses. Jeremy Richards, head of office at property agency JLL’s Bristol office, said: “The Chancellor’s continued focus on investment in improving the M4 and the electrification...

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