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Plea to government for emergency funding to protect Bristol’s We The Curious and other science centres

June 18, 2020
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Plea to government for emergency funding to protect Bristol’s We The Curious and other science centres

Bristol’s We The Curious has joined more than 40 other science centres across the UK to call for emergency help from the government as they fight for survival during the lockdown. The Science Centres For Our Future campaign is being supported by some of the UK’s leading science advocates...

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Burges Salmon stages Q&A webinar with The Pensions Regulator

June 18, 2020
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Key current themes in pensions were explored in a question-and-answer webinar with an executive director of The Pensions Regulator hosted by Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon. David Fairs, who leads on regulatory policy, analysis and advice at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), was joined by Burges Salmon partners Richard...

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US specialist investor snaps up fast-growing student digs broadband firm

June 12, 2020
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US specialist investor snaps up fast-growing student digs broadband firm

Broadband provider Glide, which specialises in getting student accommodation and house sharers online, has been acquired by a US infrastructure investor. Clevedon-based Glide designs, installs and manages fibre networks required for broadband connectivity together with other critical products and services.  Its sale to Alinda Capital follows a six-year period...

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UWE launches £1m fund to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

June 12, 2020
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UWE launches £1m fund to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

Small and medium-sized businesses investing in digital innovation to address challenges arising from Covid-19 can access grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 under a new scheme started by UWE Bristol. The university’s £1m Digital Innovation Fund is aimed at helping firms ranging from start-ups and micro businesses to more...

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UK quarantine rules hitting Bristol’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

June 11, 2020
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UK quarantine rules hitting Bristol’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has joined bodies representing business, education and employment in urging the government to rethink its controversial quarantine rules for travellers arriving in the UK. In an open letter to the home, foreign and transport secretaries, Business West, UK Hospitality, Universities UK and...

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Double boost for PKF Francis Clark’s Bristol office as it marks a year since opening

June 10, 2020
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South West accountancy group PKF Francis Clark has made two senior appointments as it continues to grow its Bristol office. Audit partner Paul Putnam and corporate tax senior manager Rob Meredith have joined the office, which PKF opened last year to fill what it saw as a gap in...

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Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

June 9, 2020
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Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

A new support programme has been set up to help Bristol firms whose employees’ mental health and wellbeing have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is investing £100,000 to develop Thrive West, which aims to address some of the key mental health...

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£6m investment puts expanding Bristol tech firm Amdaris on acquisition trail

June 5, 2020
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£6m investment puts expanding Bristol tech firm Amdaris on acquisition trail

Fast-growing Bristol-based software developer and digital transformation specialist Amdaris is poised for further expansion, including potential acquisitions, after securing a £6m from investor BGF. The firm, already one of the UK’s fastest-growing tech companies, employs more than 200 developers in Bristol and across its centres in Romania, Moldova and...

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Wastewater treatment innovator taps more investment as it looks to clean up coasts and rivers

June 5, 2020
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Wastewater treatment innovator taps more investment as it looks to clean up coasts and rivers

A Bristol-based company that has developed an eco-friendly water treatment system that can reduce pollution levels has raised £550,000 to help roll it out its innovative technology to the industry. The second-round investment means Industrial Phycology – also known as I-Phyc – has now raised a more than £1.2m...

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Help for small firms to bounce back from the impact of coronavius by boosting their online presence

June 5, 2020
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Help for small firms to bounce back from the impact of coronavius by boosting their online presence

A new programme to help Bristol’s small businesses improve their digital presence has been launched by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) as it expands its Growth Hub to help firms bounce back from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Trading Better Online programme has been developed...

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Deadline looming for grants of up to £5,000 for some firms hit by impact of Covid-19

June 5, 2020
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Deadline looming for grants of up to £5,000 for some firms hit by impact of Covid-19

Firms based in shared offices or flexible workspaces, as well as B&Bs and guest houses, have only a few days left to apply for a grant up to £5,000 from a special business support grant. The Small Business Grants Discretionary Fund was established to support small businesses impacted by...

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Bristol Junior Chamber ‘virtually’ goes above and beyond to net £5,000 for hospitals charity

June 4, 2020
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Bristol Junior Chamber ‘virtually’ goes above and beyond to net £5,000 for hospitals charity

A ‘socially distanced’ charity challenge by young professionals’ networking organisation Bristol Junior Chamber (BJC) has raised £5,090 for Above & Beyond, the charity raising funds for Bristol city centre hospitals and supporting NHS staff. BJC members teamed up with their counterparts at Wirtschaftsjunioren Hannover in Bristol’s German twin city...

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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

June 4, 2020
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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

An eight-point checklist to help owner-managers deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their businesses has been launched by the South West arm of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3. The organisation’s members, who include insolvency practitioners, lawyers, and turnaround and restructuring experts, work with business owners...

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