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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

January 14, 2019
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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

An innovative scheme encouraging and supporting Bristol scale-up businesses has been praised by industry experts as a role model for other parts of the country. The ScaleUp Institute, a company which aims to make the UK the best place in the world to develop a thriving business, said the...

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Help for Bristol businesses looking to develop a more diverse workforce

January 11, 2019
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Help for Bristol businesses looking to develop a more diverse workforce

Bristol businesses looking to increase the diversity and inclusiveness of their workforce as well as their attractiveness to diverse and younger markets can get help through a new training course developed by city-based youth empowerment organisation Babbasa. Called Bridging the Gap, Babbasa’s professional development programme, harnesses its research and...

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‘Indoor farming’ pioneers reap £1m funding to develop its groundbreaking products

January 11, 2019
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‘Indoor farming’ pioneers reap £1m funding to develop its groundbreaking products

LettUs Grow, the Bristol-based agri-tech firm, has secured investment of £1m to build world-beating indoor ‘farms’ that could help feed the ever-increasing global population. Under the funding, which has come from a range of investors, LettUS Grow scale its operations and develop new products to access a rapidly growing...

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£4.7m investment hands Bristol bionic arm pioneer opportunity to enter global market

January 11, 2019
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£4.7m investment hands Bristol bionic arm pioneer opportunity to enter global market

Bristol robotics firm Open Bionics, which makes innovative hi-tech prosthetic limbs for amputees, has raised £4.7m to help it become a global player.  The firm, founded four years ago by CEO Joel Gibbard and COO Samantha Payne, pictured, and based at UWE’s Future Space innovation hub, secured the funding...

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CBI leader urges government to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to Bristol

January 11, 2019
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CBI leader urges government to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to Bristol

The director-general of the CBI used a speech in Bristol today to warn that a no deal Brexit would hit the South West’s manufacturing and services industries hard as well as scuppering vital export deals. Addressing a gathering of senior business figures at Bristol Old Vic, Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured,...

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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

January 8, 2019
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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

Countdown presenter Nick Hewer is to host this year’s South West Fair Trade Business Awards. Nick, pictured, who was also Sir Alan Sugar’s former right-hand man on The Apprentice, is a long-running supporter of ethical business and a patron of The Fairtrade Foundation. He will help present the awards...

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More jobs on the way at R&D tax consultancy ForrestBrown as it unveils 2019 growth plans

January 4, 2019
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More jobs on the way at R&D tax consultancy ForrestBrown as it unveils 2019 growth plans

Further growth is planned at Bristol-based specialist R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown this year as it prepares to take on more than 40 new staff and expand its tax associate programme. The firm, which became the UK’s largest business of its kind in 2018 just five years after its...

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Former KPMG director joins The BD Consultancy in business development role

January 4, 2019
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Former KPMG director joins The BD Consultancy in business development role

The BD Consultancy, the Bristol-based business development group, has appointed Catriona Tully as a business development consultant. Catriona, pictured, has 18 years’ experience as a business development and marketing director in professional services firms such as global accountancy group KPMG, where she was a director for nine years in...

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RWA abstract expressionism exhibition sponsorship launches Bishop Fleming’s centenary year

January 4, 2019
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RWA abstract expressionism exhibition sponsorship launches Bishop Fleming’s centenary year

Regional accountancy group Bishop Fleming, which has the largest of its seven offices in Bristol, has boosted its backing for the arts in the city by sponsoring the latest exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA). The Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism show The New American Painting...

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Chance for firms to shape future of skills in the region as shortages begin to hit

January 4, 2019
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Chance for firms to shape future of skills in the region as shortages begin to hit

Bristol firms are being urged to take part in the region’s largest survey on skills shortages as the issue once again becomes one of the most critical factors for the West of England economy’s continued success. The survey – conducted by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation –...

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Senior appointment for private equity firm Maven’s Bristol office

December 31, 2018
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Senior appointment for private equity firm Maven’s Bristol office

National private equity house Maven Capital Partners has further expanded its Bristol-based investment team with the appointment of Gareth Price as an investment director. Gareth, pictured, is responsible for sourcing VCT (Venture Capital Trust) opportunities and investments for Maven’s MBO (management buyout) fund, and its private equity co-investor partner...

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Bristol investors back pioneering young persons’ mental health app following move to city

December 21, 2018
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Bristol investors back pioneering young persons’ mental health app following move to city

A peer support social network that helps young people struggling with mental health issues has attracted funding of £390,000 from Bristol investors to expand its pioneering work after relocating to the city. Talklife founder Jamie Druitt’s personal experience inspired him to create the app, which tackles issues such as...

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Bristol Initiative marks 30 years with look back at its achievements – and look ahead at new challenges

December 21, 2018
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Bristol Initiative marks 30 years with look back at its achievements – and look ahead at new challenges

More than 150 business, community and civic leaders gathered to celebrate 30 years of the Bristol, Bath and West of England Initiative and hear how it has helped shape the region’s economic and cultural landscape over three decades. The Initiative, which sits at the heart of Business West, was...

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