Technology

UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

January 19, 2021
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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

Bristol firms struggling with post-Brexit trade complications are being urged to get expert advice and support by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. With the UK now outside of the European Union as of December 31, businesses must adhere to new rules and regulations when trading with the EU. ...

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Business club launched by Children’s Hospice South West to bring in much-needed funds

January 19, 2021
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Business club launched by Children’s Hospice South West to bring in much-needed funds

Children’s Hospice South West is aiming to get 100 companies from across the region to sign up to its new a business club. The initiative has been launched by the charity to mark its  30th anniversary this year – which comes as it faces a huge funding challenge.  Each...

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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

January 15, 2021
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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has broken with its traditional method of recruiting for its board to take on three new non-executive directors. The £10m turnover group, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said the move was designed to access a wider talent pool that represented the...

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Bristol Private Equity Club helps put two more pioneering scale-ups on road to growth

January 14, 2021
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BPEC

Two innovative Bristol scale-up businesses have received financial support from a group of successful entrepreneurs based in the city as they gear up for further growth. GenomeKey, which is carrying out a pioneering research project to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, and The Bunch, which manages...

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New CEO vows to expand financial services software consultancy Scott Logic into new sectors

January 14, 2021
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New CEO vows to expand financial services software consultancy Scott Logic into new sectors

Software consultancy Scott Logic, which has a major base in Bristol, is looking to expand beyond its traditional financial services market after appointing a new CEO. Stephen Foreshew-Cain, pictured, joined the firm, which employs more than 300 people across its five UK and European locations, from US-headquartered global software consultancy...

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Join us in backing city’s vital primary school ‘reading buddies’ scheme, says National Friendly

January 12, 2021
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Join us in backing city’s vital primary school ‘reading buddies’ scheme, says National Friendly

Bristol-based mutual insurer National Friendly has seen a lot of change in its 150 year history. Originally it provided sickness benefits to working men, but also, uniquely among friendly societies at the time, it welcomed working women and children too. This pioneering stance – when poverty, poor education, poor...

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Former general counsel for global payments group joins Burges Salmon as head of fintech

January 11, 2021
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Former general counsel for global payments group joins Burges Salmon as head of fintech

Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has recruited Martin Cook as its new head of fintech, describing him as a sector heavyweight. Joining as a director, Martin, pictured, will sit in the firm’s funds and financial regulation team, working closely with colleagues in its financial services sector and technology...

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Entrepreneur who secured £140k from Dragons’ Den invests in high-growth Bristol SEO firms

January 8, 2021
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Entrepreneur who secured £140k from Dragons’ Den invests in high-growth Bristol SEO firms

Expanding Bristol search engine optimisation (SEO) firms upUgo and GoRank are poised for further expansion after securing investment from Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Imran Hakim. Both firms have benefited from the lockdowns of the past year as more business goes online and already boast a already   the likes of WH...

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Tech star Brightpearl looking to shine in global retail market after Sage leads £25m funding round

January 8, 2021
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Tech star Brightpearl looking to shine in global retail market after Sage leads £25m funding round

Business management systems giant Sage has taken a minority investment in fast-growing Bristol-based retail management software firm Brightpearl as part of a £25m fundraising round aimed at triggering further international expansion. Sage, which will have a seat on Brightpearl’s board under the deal, said the move would help make...

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Export Academy set up to give Bristol firms help selling to overseas markets

January 8, 2021
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Export Academy set up to give Bristol firms help selling to overseas markets

Bristol’s small businesses can access help and advice to grow internationally through a new, free, post-Brexit programme. The Export Academy involves overseas trade experts from the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosting a series of online workshops and events offering advice and support directly to business owners.  The programme...

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Former World Bank lead economist to become next chair of alternative regional lender SWIG Finance

January 6, 2021
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SWIG

Malachy McReynolds, the chair of regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance, is to step down in March after five years in the role. He will be replaced by Christine Allison, a former lead economist for the World Bank, who has been a non-executive director of SWIG Finance for the...

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Webinar will put spotlight on opportunities in China’s booming Greater Bay Area

January 5, 2021
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GBA

The Greater Bay Area of China will come under the spotlight at a webinar to be hosted by the Bristol and West of England China Bureau next week. The free Zoom event takes place between 9am and 10.30am on Tuesday, January 12, and will give an overview of the...

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New ‘body blow’ for Bristol businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

January 5, 2021
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New ‘body blow’ for Bristol businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

The latest lockdown will be another “body blow” to Bristol firms, coming after the uncertainty caused by Brexit and lost trade in the run-up to Christmas, the region’s biggest business group has warned. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said firms that had survived so far with...

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