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Coronavirus update: Website launched with expert advice to help firms trade through the crisis

March 26, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Website launched with expert advice to help firms trade through the crisis

Bristol businesses needing up-to-date information, advice and guidance to help them trade in the current unprecedented market conditions are being encouraged to turn to a new web portal launched by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. Called Trading Through Coronavirus, it aims to help businesses navigate their way...

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Bristol office building named as global paragon of healthy workplaces

March 26, 2020
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Bristol office building named as global paragon of healthy workplaces

An office block in central Bristol has been named as one of the world’s healthiest workplaces in an international awards scheme that showcases the role working environments play in employee wellbeing. The Paragon, pictured, a 75,000 sq ft, six-storey building on the corner of Victoria Street and Counterslip, is...

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Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones taps into Osborne Clarke’s expertise as he joins forces with investor BGF

March 24, 2020
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Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones taps into Osborne Clarke’s expertise as he joins forces with investor BGF

The corporate team in the Bristol office of international law firm Osborne Clarke has advised long-standing client and Dragons’ Den panellist Peter Jones CBE on his latest investments. Serial entrepreneur Mr Jones, pictured, has joined forces with investment group BGF to support two high-growth tech businesses with plans for...

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Coronavirus update: Government’s lockdown measures welcomed by business groups

March 24, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Government’s lockdown measures welcomed by business groups

National business organisations have welcomed the government’s drastic measures putting the country into virtual lockdown in a bid to combat the rapid spread of coronavirus. The CBI said the action presented “great challenges” while the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said it made it even more vital that support...

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: All pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as Chancellor announces ‘unprecedented’ support for firms

March 20, 2020
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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: All pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as Chancellor announces ‘unprecedented’ support for firms

Pubs, cafes and restaurants must close down this evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a massive package of measures to support businesses and their workers. The government is to pay 80% of wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month, Mr...

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Bristol named among Europe’s top cities for tech growth as it embraces Artificial Intelligence

March 20, 2020
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Growth in its use of Artificial Intelligence has resulted in Bristol being named as one of Europe’s ‘top-scaling’ tech cities. The latest accolade for the city – which has regularly appeared at or near the top of similar league tables – comes in the latest annual Tech Nation Report....

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Welcome for delay to controversial IR35 changes

March 20, 2020
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Welcome for delay to controversial IR35 changes

The government’s decision to delay the roll-out of IR35 to the private sector for another 12 months has been welcomed by Bristol-based human resources outsourcing specialist The HR Dept. The off-payroll working rules were due to be controversially introduced to the private sector next month but have been postponed...

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Outsourced fulfilment firm to deliver more growth after investment from logistics giant

March 20, 2020
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Outsourced fulfilment firm to deliver more growth after investment from logistics giant

A Bristol firm that helps small e-commerce firms distribute their products has received a major investment from an international logistics group. The undisclosed funding from Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of the global shipping container giant, will allow Emersons Green-based Huboo to continue its rapid growth.  uboo’s innovative...

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Bristol corporate teams work with specialist UK software firm on its takeover by US group

March 20, 2020
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Bristol corporate teams work with specialist UK software firm on its takeover by US group

The corporate team at Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon and Bristol-based ICON Corporate Finance have advised the shareholders of UK transportation management software firm Paragon Software Systems on its acquisition by US tech giant Aptean. Surrey-based Paragon has provided market-leading software to the food and beverage, distribution and...

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Coronavirus update: Interest rates slashed to lowest-ever level of 0.1% by Bank of England

March 19, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Interest rates slashed to lowest-ever level of 0.1% by Bank of England

The Bank of England has cut interest rates to 0.1% – their lowest level ever – as it attempts to deal with the economic fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic. The move is the second emergency cut in just over a week prompted by the outbreak – last week the...

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Two senior associate promotions at Barcan+Kirby increases partnership to 18

March 19, 2020
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Two senior associate promotions at Barcan+Kirby increases partnership to 18

Bristol law firm Barcan+Kirby has promoted two of its senior associates – Anna Molter and Rob Davenport – to partner. The move brings the total number of partners in the firm to 18. It also maintains the gender balance of the partnership. Anna joined Barcan+Kirby’s private client team in...

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Business West training scheme in the running for blue-chip national recruitment award

March 18, 2020
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Business West training scheme in the running for blue-chip national recruitment award

A training programme staged by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has been nominated alongside the likes of Apple and Google at a prestigious national awards scheme. Pathways to International Trade, which is in its sixth year, involves talented undergraduate students undergoing an intensive four-day training course in...

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Coronavirus update: Chancellor announces emergency measures to support businesses

March 17, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Chancellor announces emergency measures to support businesses

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an emergency £330bn package to support businesses during the coronavirus crisis. Mr Sunak, pictured, said the move was equivalent to 15% of the UK’s GDP and added that if demand was greater than the initial £330bn he would go further and provide as much...

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