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Coronavirus update: Firms harness city’s inbuilt innovation to keep Bristol in business

March 27, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Firms harness city’s inbuilt innovation to keep Bristol in business

Bristol firms have been coming to terms with a new and unprecedented way of doing business against a backdrop of a complete lockdown of the city and the cancellation of all events. But as a city built on innovation, many are looking at new ways of doing business –...

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Bristol Business Blog: Gil Lemon, partner, Smith & Williamson. Safeguarding your company’s cashflow in tough times

March 27, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Gil Lemon, partner, Smith & Williamson. Safeguarding your company’s cashflow in tough times

We are now living in unprecedented times. However, we should not overlook the tried and tested ways of coming through unexpected circumstances, writes Gil Lemon, a partner in restructuring and recovery services with accountancy group Smith & Williamson in Bristol. Operationally, people will be looking to safeguard their people...

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Bristol Business Blog: Isabel Thompson, Warner McCall Resilience. Cyber security guidance for remote working during Covid-19

March 27, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Isabel Thompson, Warner McCall Resilience. Cyber security guidance for remote working during Covid-19

In these challenging times, it’s sad to learn that cyber criminals are only increasing their activity as they look to capitalise on the Covid-19 crisis, writes Isabel Thompson, commercial director at Bristol-based cyber security and resilience firm Warner McCall Resilience. With the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) issuing warnings...

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Coronavirus update: Government ‘lifeline’ for self-employed welcomed by business groups

March 27, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Government ‘lifeline’ for self-employed welcomed by business groups

Business organisations have backed government help outlined last night to support the self-employed and sole traders affected by coronavirus, describing them as a lifeline for around 5m people. The measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured below, provide a grant worth 80% of profits up to a cap of £2,500...

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Coronavirus update: Manufacturing Barometer to take pulse of impact on industry

March 27, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Manufacturing Barometer to take pulse of impact on industry

Bristol’s small and medium-sized manufacturers are being urged to take part in a major survey to gauge the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on industry. The resected quarterly Manufacturing Barometer – the largest survey of its type in England – has just gone live and is inviting companies to...

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Coveted award shortlisting for Burges Salmon’s ‘cutting-edge’ pension team

March 26, 2020
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Coveted award shortlisting for Burges Salmon’s ‘cutting-edge’ pension team

The pensions team at Bristol-headquartered law firm Burges Salmon has been shortlisted for a major award in recognition of its innovation and performance. The team is up against 10 other UK legal practices in the ‘Pensions Lawyers of the Year’ category at the 2020 UK Pensions Awards. The prestigious...

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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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