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Go Outdoors pre-pack rescue deal handled by cross-firm TLT team

June 26, 2020
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Go Outdoors pre-pack rescue deal handled by cross-firm TLT team

Lawyers from TLT have advised administrators on the £56.5m sale of UK camping equipment retailer Go Outdoors to a newly-incorporated subsidiary of owner JD Sports Fashion, which has allowed its 67 stores to stay open. Bristol-headquartered TLT’s multi-disciplinary and cross-jurisdictional team gave strategic advice and support to administrators Deloitte...

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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

June 25, 2020
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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

An online service promising impartial financial advice for Bristol firms on funding options has been launched by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. According to Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, its Finance Hub will be free from confusing jargon or any hard sell, enabling businesses...

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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

June 23, 2020
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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

Business groups have cautiously backed the reduction of many coronavirus lockdown restrictions announced earlier this week by the Prime Minister. But they also warned that other measures to boost the economy were still needed to avoid widespread business failures and job losses.  In a major boost to the West...

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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

June 23, 2020
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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

A surprise fall in the number of corporate insolvencies could herald the ‘calm before the storm’, the South West branch of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 has warned. Figures published by the Insolvency Service show a 30% drop in companies going bust at the height of the coronavirus...

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Job losses, cash-strapped firms and furloughed staff. Grim picture of pandemic’s toll on West of England

June 19, 2020
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Job losses, cash-strapped firms and furloughed staff. Grim picture of pandemic’s toll on West of England

Unemployment has soared by 145% in the West of England since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to figures published today, with just nearly 40,000 people claiming jobless benefits. At the same time, around 22% of the region’s workforce – 132,600 people – have been furloughed while job...

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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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TLT retains position among top 10 advisers in global clean energy market

June 17, 2020
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TLT retains position among top 10 advisers in global clean energy market

A year of significant merger and acquisition activity and finance deals has resulted in Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT maintaining its ranking among the world’s top advisers in clean energy. The firm repeated last year’s success in the Global league tables produced by leading industry platform Clean Energy Pipeline,...

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DAC Beachcroft elects new head of its Bristol office

June 16, 2020
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DAC Beachcroft elects new head of its Bristol office

The Bristol office of international law firm DAC Beachcroft has a new location head. Charlie Bending, pictured, who joined the firm as a trainee in 1994 and became a partner in 2010, was elected unopposed. He will begin his term on July 1 when he will replace Nick Knapman,...

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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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Burges Salmon Bristol and Edinburgh lawyers team up on Scottish wind farm deal

June 11, 2020
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Burges Salmon Bristol and Edinburgh lawyers team up on Scottish wind farm deal

A multi-disciplinary team from across Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has advised long-standing client BayWa r.e. UK, the leading global renewable energy developer, on another acquisition in Scotland. Burges Salmon’s Bristol-based energy, power and utilities practice teamed up with colleagues from its Edinburgh office on the acquisition of...

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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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