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SETsquared’s Shard showcase serves as launchpad for two new innovation projects

November 28, 2014
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SETsquared’s Shard showcase serves as launchpad for two new innovation projects

Innovation incubator SETsquared, which is backed by the University of Bristol, has unveiled two new projects – a £3.2m programme to speed up the commercialisation of university research and a partnership with academic health science networks to help NHS patients. The double boost was announced as it staged a...

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Smith & Williamson welcomes 450 guests to its annual client event at the RWA

November 28, 2014
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Smith & Williamson welcomes 450 guests to its annual client event at the RWA

Business owners and directors, professional advisers and private clients were among the 450-plus guests who attended accountancy firm Smith & Williamson’s annual client event at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) in Clifton. The accountancy and investment management group hosted the drinks reception to enable its guests to...

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Private equity stake puts flight simulator firm Stirling Dynamics on course for growth

November 28, 2014
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Private equity stake puts flight simulator firm Stirling Dynamics on course for growth

Stirling Dynamics, the Bristol-based specialised advanced engineering firm, is to step up product development after selling a majority stake to private equity house Endless. The firm, which employs 102 people, provides advanced engineering design services to the aerospace, marine and energy sectors focusing on active control technologies, aerospace engineering...

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South African finance giant to create 100 jobs at new Bristol tech base

November 21, 2014
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South African finance giant to create 100 jobs at new Bristol tech base

More than 100 ‘fintech’ jobs are to be created in Bristol by one of South Africa’s largest financial services groups in a move that was today welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron. MMI Holdings, which acquired Bristol-based financial technology firm Blue Speck Financial earlier this year, plans to open...

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Bristol tech pioneers take pitching for investment to new level in Europe’s tallest building

November 21, 2014
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Bristol tech pioneers take pitching for investment to new level in Europe’s tallest building

Two of Bristol’s most-exciting tech innovators are to bid for funding worth £30m in front of an audience made up of some of the UK’s top investors. The firms, based in the city’s SETsquared innovation incubator, will take part in the real-life Dragon’s Den-style showcase at The Shard in...

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Two HR appointments at accountants Bishop Fleming to meet growth in staffing levels

November 19, 2014
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Two HR appointments at accountants Bishop Fleming to meet growth in staffing levels

West Country accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has an office in Bristol, has made two senior HR appointments to support its continued growth. Alison Dale joins as learning and development manager to oversee the firm’s training and career growth systems for the 300 staff spread across its seven offices...

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Tax partner joins BDO’s Bristol office as part of its expansion programme

November 19, 2014
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Tax partner joins BDO’s Bristol office as part of its expansion programme

BDO, the national accountancy and business advisory firm, has strengthened its Bristol office with the appointment of Paul Falvey as tax partner. Paul, pictured, has been based in Bristol for 17 years, most recently at Baker Tilly where he spent five years as a partner specialising in corporate tax...

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Bristol ‘touchless technology’ pioneer gains funding to speed up product development

November 14, 2014
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Bristol ‘touchless technology’ pioneer gains funding to speed up product development

Ultrahaptics, the innovative University of Bristol spin-out company developing technology that uses ultrasound to create the feeling of touch in mid-air, has secured a £600,000 investment to accelerate product development. The funding has been led by London Stock Exchange-listed IP Group and one of its managed funds. It will...

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Event aims to demystify private equity for entrepreneurs

November 13, 2014
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Event aims to demystify private equity for entrepreneurs

Bristol entrepreneurs and small business owners are being offered a rare chance to meet some of the region’s most-active dealmakers at an event in the city aimed at demystifying private equity and highlighting finance options for growth, succession and exit. The ‘Inside Private Equity’ event is being staged by...

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Investment doubles to £60m for SETsquared’s innovative firms

November 11, 2014
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Investment doubles to £60m for SETsquared’s innovative firms

Investment raised by innovative firms based at SETsquared, the highly-successful business incubator backed by the University of Bristol, has doubled over the past year to £60m – and is expected to rise again in the coming 12 months. Funding has come through a mixture of angel investors, venture capitalists...

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R&D tax credit take-up spirals as firms finally realise the benefit

November 11, 2014
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R&D tax credit take-up spirals as firms finally realise the benefit

West of England accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has a large office in Bristol, has secured more than £53m in research and development tax credits for clients over the past year. The tax credits were introduced 14 years ago but take-up had been slow until recently – a fact...

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Smith & Williamson seminar will explain latest tax changes for land owners and agents

November 10, 2014
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Smith & Williamson seminar will explain latest tax changes for land owners and agents

Land owners and land agents will have the opportunity to get to grips with the latest regulatory and tax changes at a seminar taking place in Bristol this month. The annual tax update seminar run by accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson will include presentations on VAT,...

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Bring back tax breaks to fund UK’s next-generation innovators, says Smith & Williamson report

November 6, 2014
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Bring back tax breaks to fund UK’s next-generation innovators, says Smith & Williamson report

The Bristol office of accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson is calling for the reintroduction of tax breaks for companies which fund innovative, early-stage businesses. The plea to the Government comes in the firm’s Unleashing British Business report, which highlights key measures needed to encourage entrepreneurship and...

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