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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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Pair of Meade King paralegals qualify as solicitors

March 23, 2020
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Two paralegals at the Bristol law firm Meade King are celebrating becoming qualified solicitors. Portia Garrett-Swift is now a solicitor in the firm’s company and commercial team while colleague Katie Lane has begun work as a solicitor in its commercial property department. Portia, pictured right, who has a law...

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Coronavirus update: Business Link and South West TUC call for stronger regional response to crisis

March 23, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Business Link and South West TUC call for stronger regional response to crisis

The South West TUC and Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, have jointly welcomed the latest government measures to tackle the economic and jobs crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. But in a joint statement they slammed the regional response as “too slow . . . fragmented and...

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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 corporate teams work with specialist UK software firm on its takeover by US group

March 20, 2020
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Bristol corporate teams work with specialist UK software firm on its takeover by US group

The corporate team at Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon and Bristol-based ICON Corporate Finance have advised the shareholders of UK transportation management software firm Paragon Software Systems on its acquisition by US tech giant Aptean. Surrey-based Paragon has provided market-leading software to the food and beverage, distribution and...

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Two senior associate promotions at Barcan+Kirby increases partnership to 18

March 19, 2020
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Two senior associate promotions at Barcan+Kirby increases partnership to 18

Bristol law firm Barcan+Kirby has promoted two of its senior associates – Anna Molter and Rob Davenport – to partner. The move brings the total number of partners in the firm to 18. It also maintains the gender balance of the partnership. Anna joined Barcan+Kirby’s private client team in...

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Coronavirus update: Chancellor announces emergency measures to support businesses

March 17, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Chancellor announces emergency measures to support businesses

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an emergency £330bn package to support businesses during the coronavirus crisis. Mr Sunak, pictured, said the move was equivalent to 15% of the UK’s GDP and added that if demand was greater than the initial £330bn he would go further and provide as much...

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KPMG shuts Bristol office for day in face of rising fears over coronavirus’s threat to business

March 13, 2020
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KPMG shuts Bristol office for day in face of rising fears over coronavirus’s threat to business

More than 500 people working at global accountancy group KPMG’s Bristol office were told to work from home today as the city begins to come to terms with the rapid spread of coronavirus. KPMG’s decision to close the Queen Square office – along with its London headquarters – is...

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Bristol Business Blog: Paul Hardman, Gregg Latchams. Coronavirus and business – what you need to know

March 13, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Paul Hardman, Gregg Latchams. Coronavirus and business – what you need to know

Paul Hardman, director and head of corporate and commercial at Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams – a member of China Britain Business Council – examines the impact and legal implications of the Covid-19 outbreak on UK businesses. Businesses are well versed in the ups and downs of the economy,...

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It’s time to turn the tables on your rivals as Ping Pong Fight Club prepares to return to Bristol

March 13, 2020
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The battle of the bats returns to Bristol in May when the city’s third Ping Pong Fight Club takes place – and businesses are being urged to sign up to enter teams for the unique, all-action event.  This year the popular table-top challenge moves to the larger venue of...

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Spring Budget 2020: Mixed reaction to reform of Entrepreneurs’ Relief

March 12, 2020
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Spring Budget 2020: Mixed reaction to reform of Entrepreneurs’ Relief

The Chancellor’s decision to cut, rather than scrap, Entrepreneurs’ Relief received a mixed response from Bristol advisors but his increase in investment in research and development was widely welcomed. Campbell McKellar, a solicitor in Bristol law firm Meade King’s company and commercial team, said many of its clients in the midst...

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