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Investment in Bristol biotech firm as it looks to take its innovative adhesives from lab to pilot trials

May 17, 2019
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Investment in Bristol biotech firm as it looks to take its innovative adhesives from lab to pilot trials

University of Bristol biotech spin-out Zentraxa is raising £500,000 to start full trials of its unique manufacturing process that produces biological adhesives for use in the healthcare sector. The firm, which has its roots in the university’s Synthetic Biology Research Centre, hopes to commercialise the produce, called Zentide.  It...

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Newport insurance group completes management buyout with help from Bristol advisors

May 17, 2019
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Newport insurance group completes management buyout with help from Bristol advisors

Bristol corporate finance and legal expertise has helped a South Wales insurance broker with strong links to the city complete a management buyout and prepare for international growth. Bristol-based boutique corporate finance firm Momentum provided the lead financial advice for the MBO of Newport-headquartered Acquis, while a team from...

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Bristol bosses shortlisted for awards that champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs

May 17, 2019
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Bristol bosses shortlisted for awards that champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs

Five Bristol bosses are in the running for the region’s most prestigious awards for boardroom excellence and enterprise. The five – whose businesses range from the region’s largest bus operator to a family-owned recycling company – have been shortlisted in the Institute of Directors South West 2019 Director of...

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Swedish firm taps into Bristol corporate finance expertise for cross-border acquisition

May 17, 2019
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Swedish firm taps into Bristol corporate finance expertise for cross-border acquisition

The Bristol office of business advisory firm FRP Advisory has advised on a multi-million euro, cross-border acquisition involving Swedish and Dutch tap suppliers. The firm acted on behalf of Sweden-based FM Mattsson Mora Group, the leading supplier of kitchen and bathroom taps in the Scandinavian market, its €17.7m acquisition...

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Partner promotion for Bishop Fleming audit director recognises her ‘outstanding contribution’

May 15, 2019
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Partner promotion for Bishop Fleming audit director recognises her ‘outstanding contribution’

Regional accountancy group Bishop Fleming’s corporate audit director Ria Burridge has been promoted to partner less than three years after joining the firm. Ria, who is based in Bishop Fleming’s Bristol office, takes up her new role from June 1.  The firm said the promotion was in recognition of her...

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Bristol Arena boss appointed as chair of The Prince’s Trust regional development committee

May 14, 2019
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Bristol Arena boss appointed as chair of The Prince’s Trust regional development committee

The Prince’s Trust has appointed YTL Arena Bristol managing director Andrew Billingham as chair of its South West Development Committee (SWDC). Andrew, who has been vice-chair for four years, will take over from Mike Beesley, the CEO of Clifton-based recruitment group RSG who set up the SWDC in 2015. ...

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Bristol relocation for student bills company following rebrand and move into rental market

May 10, 2019
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Bristol relocation for student bills company following rebrand and move into rental market

A rapidly growing company which manages students’ household bills has set up its head office in Bristol and relaunched under a new brand. Formerly known as Easy Student Living and based in Leeds, The Bunch oversees students’ energy, water, TV and wi-fi bills, saving them time and money.  The...

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Clarke Willmott team’s 100-mile, three-day feat of endurance brings in £20,000 for two charities

May 10, 2019
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Clarke Willmott team’s 100-mile, three-day feat of endurance brings in £20,000 for two charities

Staff from national law firm Clarke Willmott’s Bristol office have raised more than £20,000 by taking part in a 100-mile challenge from North Devon to the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The 16-strong team of partners, lawyers, office staff and friends completed the gruelling three-day trek – called SWAY100 – over...

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Michelmores promotes senior associate and barrister to partners in its Bristol office

May 10, 2019
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Regional law firm Michelmores has promoted two key members of its Bristol office to partner. Edward Porter becomes a partner in the private wealth team, while Adam Corbin has been made partner in the agriculture team.  Edward, pictured right, joined Michelmores in 2013 from the Bristol office of international...

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Family-owned transport firm taken over by national group as founder retires after 40 years

May 3, 2019
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Family-owned transport firm taken over by national group as founder retires after 40 years

Fast-growing national logistics group Kinaxia has entered the South West market with the acquisition of Yate-based commercial transport operator David Hathaway. The move comes as founder David Hathaway, who launched the business in 1976 as a coal merchant, retires and hands over the reins to his three sons already...

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Pedal to Paris challenge for Bristol firms to pull in funds for city’s hospital charity

May 3, 2019
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Pedal to Paris challenge for Bristol firms to pull in funds for city’s hospital charity

Bristol businesses looking for a corporate challenge can join a 470km cycle ride to Paris to and help raise money for the city’s hospitals. Now in its fifth year, the event will include 80 cyclists taking a new route from the centre of Bristol to the French capital, where...

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Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office recruits new pensions partner from Burges Salmon

May 1, 2019
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Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office recruits new pensions partner from Burges Salmon

Pensions expert Claire Rankin has left Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon to join the local office of rival international legal practice Osborne Clarke as a partner. BClaire, pictured, is a highly regarded pensions practitioner who specialises in non-contentious pensions law. She arrives at Osborne Clarke after nine years with...

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Ton-up for ForrestBrown as its rapid growth takes staffing level to 100

May 1, 2019
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Ton-up for ForrestBrown as its rapid growth takes staffing level to 100

Bristol-based specialist R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown has this month reached a significant milestone by welcoming its 100th employee to its rapidly expanding team of specialist tax advisers, sector specialists, lawyers and ex-HMRC inspectors. Dave North, pictured, joins the firm, the UK’s largest of its kind, as a technology...

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