Technology

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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French digital tech group snaps up Bristol customer experience agency

March 13, 2020
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French digital tech group snaps up Bristol customer experience agency

Bristol-based cxpartners, a consultancy specialising in customer experience and user-centred design for clients such as Spotify, eBay and the BBC, has been acquired by a French digital transformation firm. Following the deal, Cxpartners – which also has a base in London and employs more than 50 people – has...

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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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Spring Budget 2020: Regional business reaction

March 11, 2020
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Spring Budget 2020: Regional business reaction

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s response to the coronavirus crisis in his Budget – but warned that its commitment to funding big-scale ‘levelling-up’ infrastructure projects through borrowing could unravel if the economy goes into recession. Managing director Phil Smith, pictured, said a...

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Spring Budget 2020: National business reaction

March 11, 2020
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Spring Budget 2020: National business reaction

The CBI described Rishi Sunak’s first Budget as “bold” in combining the much-needed immediate response to the coronavirus crisis with longer-term measures to boost the economy. Director-general Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured, said the Chancellor had worked against the clock in deeply challenging times to deliver two Budgets in one...

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Spring Budget 2020: Key economic points so far . . .

March 11, 2020
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Spring Budget 2020: Key economic points so far . . .

Key points from the 2020 Budget so far . . . Growth forecasts updated to 1.4% for 2020 and 1.6% for 2021  Planned rise in alcohol duties cancelled Fuel duty frozen Government to abolish business rates for small shops this year levy on electricity frozen and increased on gas...

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Spring Budget 2020: Chancellor pledges total package worth £30bn to tackle coronavirus

March 11, 2020
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Spring Budget 2020: Chancellor pledges total package worth £30bn to tackle coronavirus

Key points from Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first Budget . . . Chancellor started speaking at 12:35pm He says public services are well prepared to tackle coronavirus There is likely to be a “significant” impact on the UK economy but it will return to normal There will be a funding...

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Two new appointments at cyber security firm as demand for its services continues to grow

March 6, 2020
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Two new appointments at cyber security firm as demand for its services continues to grow

Bristol-based cyber security and resilience firm Warner McCall Resilience (WMR) has expanded its team in response to the growing demand for its cyber security and resilience services. Isabel Thompson has been appointed as commercial director after more than 14 years working in leading technology consulting and business development teams...

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LEP highlights region’s industrial collaboration and innovation at its AGM

March 6, 2020
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LEP highlights region’s industrial collaboration and innovation at its AGM

Efforts to boost business productivity and increase innovation among West of England manufacturers have been highlighted by the area’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) at its AGM. The meeting, which went under the banner of ‘Our West, Our Future’, heard how the LEP is now delivering its Local Industrial Strategy to spur...

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Time running out to challenge for awards that champion excellence in the region’s boardrooms

March 6, 2020
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Time running out to challenge for awards that champion excellence in the region’s boardrooms

With less than a month to go until nominations close, Bristol directors are being urged to enter one of the South West’s top award schemes recognising excellence and enterprise. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion the region’s outstanding leaders...

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Strong job creation puts South West at top of UK table for women’s economic empowerment

March 5, 2020
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Strong job creation puts South West at top of UK table for women’s economic empowerment

The South West has emerged as the UK’s best region for women’s economic empowerment – outperforming other parts of the country for female participation at work and narrower pay disparities between the sexes. According to the latest Women in Work Index, produced by accountancy giant PwC, the region also...

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More funding for Bristol microchip innovator powering global artificial intelligence revolution

February 28, 2020
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More funding for Bristol microchip innovator powering global artificial intelligence revolution

Bristol semiconductor firm Graphcore, whose products are driving the machine-learning and artificial intelligence (AI) revolution, is predicting more global growth after banking another multi-million dollar investment. The latest $150m – from a group of major finance firms – takes the total invested in Graphcore since its launch in 2016...

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