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Guildhall Chambers’ High Sims appointed Queen’s Counsel

April 17, 2014
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Guildhall Chambers’ High Sims appointed Queen’s Counsel

Specialist commercial and chancery barrister Hugh Sims, from Bristol’s Guildhall Chambers, has been named as Queen’s Counsel in this year’s appointments.   His appointment brings the number of silks at Guildhall Chambers to seven. He was sworn in at Westminster Hall earlier this week. Hugh, pictured, is a ranked...

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Three new graduates join Grant Thornton’s Bristol office

April 14, 2014
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Three new graduates join Grant Thornton’s Bristol office

Accountancy and financial advice firm Grant Thornton has recruited a trio of graduates to its Bristol office. The three have joined the firm’s public sector assurance (PSA) practice, which provides external audit services to NHS bodies and local authorities. They are Sarah McDonald, who has a BSc in psychology...

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Dyson’s international marketing head to join Wildscreen as new CEO

April 11, 2014
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Dyson’s international marketing head to join Wildscreen as new CEO

Wildscreen, the Bristol-based wildlife conservation charity, has appointed Caroline Copsey, head of marketing for international business development at Dyson, as its new chief executive. Caroline, pictured, who joined the innovative domestic appliance firm in 2011 as group marketing controller, also has experience of introducing and marketing several national food...

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Associate joins Savills’ new homes team following strong housing market recovery

April 11, 2014
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Associate joins Savills’ new homes team following strong housing market recovery

Property agency Savills has appointed Dan Harris as an associate in its Bristol office’s new homes team following its busiest period since before the recession. Dan, pictured, was previously a cost and purchase management consultant and ran a business supplying Energy Performance Certificates. He has also worked as a marketing...

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Two new arrivals at Alder King’s planning team as growth continues

April 10, 2014
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Two new arrivals at Alder King’s planning team as growth continues

Property consultancy Alder King has strengthened its Bristol-based planning team with two senior appointments. Simon Fitton joins as a partner from international planning and development group RPS, which has offices at Aztec West and Clevedon. He has particular expertise promoting strategic land through the development plan system which will...

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New director of skills takes up post at West of England LEP with vision to develop a stronger workforce

April 10, 2014
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New director of skills takes up post at West of England LEP with vision to develop a stronger workforce

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed Adam Powell as its new director of skills. In his new role Adam, pictured, will deliver the LEP’s vision of developing a well-educated and well-motivated workforce to meet the needs of business across the area which includes Bristol, North...

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‘Dare to dream’ urges first black president of Bristol Junior Chamber of Commerce

April 4, 2014
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‘Dare to dream’ urges first black president of Bristol Junior Chamber of Commerce

From Bristol 24-7 www.bristol247.com Karl Brown this week took on the role of president of the Bristol Junior Chamber of Commerce. Born and bred in Downend after his parents left the Caribbean to live in Bristol in the 1960s, one of his aims during his year in office is...

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New addition to Knight Frank’s Bristol-based property asset management as demand increases

March 28, 2014
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New addition to Knight Frank’s Bristol-based property asset management as demand increases

Commercial property consultant Knight Frank has expanded its property asset management department in Bristol to meet growing demand across the South West. Jo Crofts, formerly an associate in the office agency, has joined the team, which manages key industrial, office and retail buildings in an area stretching from Swindon...

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New innovation director to head the successful SETsquared incubator network

March 27, 2014
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New innovation director to head the successful SETsquared incubator network

The SETsquared network, the UK’s top university business incubator with a base in Bristol, has appointed Simon Bond as its new head. As innovation director, Simon, pictured, the former director of the SETsquared innovation centre at the University of Bath, will oversee the way the partnership incubates hi- tech...

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Lawyer Michael Bothamley sworn in as High Sheriff of Bristol

March 25, 2014
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Lawyer Michael Bothamley sworn in as High Sheriff of Bristol

Michael Bothamley, one of Bristol’s highest-profile business figures, was today named as the city’s new High Sheriff with a pledge to bring the business community and young people closer together. Mr Bothamley, pictured, was sworn in by Mr Justice Blake, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, at a...

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Rowan Dartington co-founders re-unite at Bristol investment specialists Alpha Portfolio

February 28, 2014
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Rowan Dartington co-founders re-unite at Bristol investment specialists Alpha Portfolio

Bristol-based investment specialists Alpha Portfolio Management has recruited Mark Sevier in a move that re-unites him with ex-colleague and fellow Rowan Dartington co-founder Andrew Morris. Alpha was launched last year by Bristol investment management firm RC Brown as a third party discretionary service led by Andrew Morris, who has...

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Smith & Williamson grows Bristol HR team as demand continues to rise

February 28, 2014
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Smith & Williamson grows Bristol HR team as demand continues to rise

Increasing demand for outsourced services has fuelled expansion at accountants Smith & Williamson’s Bristol-based HR consulting team. The firm’s specialist team of HR consultants provides the full spectrum of people management services, from ‘pay-as-you-go’ advice and support to small and medium-sized businesses to working with boards and senior management...

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New Brightside CEO looks to bright future as he promises more growth at insurer

February 24, 2014
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New Brightside CEO looks to bright future as he promises more growth at insurer

Bristol specialist insurance broker Brightside’s new chief executive took up his post today with a pledge to maintain the group’s rapid growth. Paul Williams joins from Towergate, Europe’s largest independently-owned insurance intermediary, where he was a director on its retail executive committee responsible for all insurer and market relationships...

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