Finance

Bake Off star to host regional awards for organisations that rise to Fair Trade challenge

January 30, 2020
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Briony2

The South West Fair Trade Business Awards are returning for an eighth year, with The Great British Bake Off star and Bristol resident Briony Williams lined up to host the presentation ceremony. The awards, which celebrate ethical organisations of all sizes and from any sector across the region, have...

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Regional trade association role for Bristol insolvency and restructuring lawyer

January 27, 2020
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R3

Bristol-based insolvency and restructuring lawyer Philip Winterborne has been appointed the South West and Wales chair of recovery trade body R3. Philip, pictured, an insolvency and turnaround partner at Bristol-based Temple Bright solicitors, was formally appointed to the role at R3 South West and Wales’s AGM.  He takes the...

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Gap in lending to small firms leads to record growth in 2019 for Ultimate Finance

January 24, 2020
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Gap in lending to small firms leads to record growth in 2019 for Ultimate Finance

Bristol-based commercial finance firm Ultimate Finance has achieved record annual financial results as it continues to grow its client base. The firm provided funds of more than £1.6bn to small and medium-sized businesses across the UK last year – up on £1.4bn in 2018 and £1.2bn in 2017.  This...

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From alcohol-free spirits to eco-friendly glitter, Bristol firms compete for new enterprise awards

January 24, 2020
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From alcohol-free spirits to eco-friendly glitter, Bristol firms compete for new enterprise awards

Some of Bristol’s most dynamic entrepreneurs are among the shortlisted entries for a major new awards scheme celebrating the West of England’s inspirational small businesses. The inaugural Enterprising West of England ‘Ones to Watch’ awards take place next week to champion the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs. ...

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Directors urged to enter awards scheme that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

January 24, 2020
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Directors urged to enter awards scheme that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

The region’s top annual business award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom has been launched. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs while also focusing UK-wide attention on success in the region.  Nominations – which opened...

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Funding for Bristol firm harnessing power of supermaterial and developing ‘electronic nose’

January 23, 2020
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Funding for Bristol firm harnessing power of supermaterial and developing ‘electronic nose’

Bristol tech firm Anaphite has received £425,000 to fund its work investigating new ways of using advanced materials, including developing an ‘electronic nose’. The firm, based in the city’s Unit DX incubator, was launched by Sam Burrow and Alexander Hewitt after they left university to look at ways to exploit the potential of...

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Risk assurance chief joins Bishop Fleming as it continues to grow its assurance and advisory services

January 20, 2020
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Risk assurance chief joins Bishop Fleming as it continues to grow its assurance and advisory services

Bishop Fleming, the regional accountancy firm with its largest office in Bristol, has continued its growth with the appointment of a new head of risk assurance. Alastair Campbell, pictured, left, with Bishop Fleming partner Joe Scaife, joins from rival RSM, where he worked for more than 20 years, most...

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Bristol’s booming tech sector earns city place among global investment hotspots

January 17, 2020
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Bristol’s booming tech sector earns city place among global investment hotspots

Bristol is one of the 15 top destinations in the world for venture capital investment in tech businesses, beating cities such as Oslo and Dublin and second only to London in the UK, according to new research. A report prepared for the Digital Economy Council by Tech Nation and...

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More seed funding for indoor farming firm as it looks to reap rewards of its pioneering tech

January 17, 2020
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More seed funding for indoor farming firm as it looks to reap rewards of its pioneering tech

Bristol vertical and indoor farming innovator LettUs Grow has secured £2.35m in seed funding to scale-up delivery of its game-changing technology to farmers across the UK. LettUs Grow’s award-winning indoor farming system for greenhouses and vertical farms aims to address global food security and sustainability concerns.  These indoor farms...

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£5m more funding for Bristol firm developing subsea robots for oil and gas industry

January 17, 2020
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£5m more funding for Bristol firm developing subsea robots for oil and gas industry

Bristol subsea technology firm Rovco, which is revolutionising the way costly underwater repair, maintenance and inspection work is performed, has received a further £5m in its latest finance round. Established in 2015, the firm is pushing the boundaries of subsea technology by investing heavily in the development of an...

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Bank of England economic overview launches Gregg Latchams’ 2020 construction breakfasts

January 17, 2020
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Bank of England economic overview launches Gregg Latchams’ 2020 construction breakfasts

Bristol-based law firm Gregg Latchams has kicked off its packed 2020 programme of construction breakfasts with a typically insightful presentation from the Bank of England’s agent for the South West. Donna Kehoe, pictured, provided the room of industry professionals with an update on the state of the UK economy...

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West of England start-ups to benefit from UK’s first investment catalyst scheme

January 16, 2020
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West of England start-ups to benefit from UK’s first investment catalyst scheme

A pioneering programme to help catalyse investment into some of the West of England’s fastest-growing start-ups has been launched by TechSPARK, the region’s tech sector information hub. The first of its kind in the UK, the Investment Activator Programme (IAP) will include activities to increase the flow of money...

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Business Improvement District plan for city’s high-growth commercial heart

January 16, 2020
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Business Improvement District plan for city’s high-growth commercial heart

Bristol could get another Business Improvement District (BID) later this year if a majority of firms in one of the city’s fastest-growing commercial areas vote in favour. Bristol already has five BIDs in operation with a sixth – covering the Redcliffe and Temple areas – proposed by Destination Bristol,...

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