Bristol Arena moves closer after Mayor’s funding deal is approved by cabinet

January 17, 2014
Bristol Arena moves closer after Mayor’s funding deal is approved by cabinet

From Bristol 24-7 www.bristol247.com Bristol’s long hoped for arena is a step closer to reality after a financial plan for the construction costs was given the green light last night by Mayor George Ferguson’s cabinet. Mayor Ferguson also launched the process of selecting an operator for the 12,000-capacity venue...

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Promotion for Smith & Williamson corporate tax specialist

January 17, 2014
Promotion for Smith & Williamson corporate tax specialist

Accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson’s Bristol-based corporate tax specialist Paul Bray has been promoted to partner. Paul, pictured, who has worked for the firm since 1996 and heads its small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) team in Bristol, works closely with owner-managers and family-run businesses locally and...

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AA hotel rating upgrade for Bristol’s DoubleTree by Hilton

January 17, 2014
AA hotel rating upgrade for Bristol’s DoubleTree by Hilton

Bristol’s DoubleTree by Hilton hotel has had its merit score upgraded by the AA – leapfrogging a number of other highly regarded hotels in the city. The Redcliffe Way hotel now has an AA score of 75% within the four-star market, putting it at the top-end category of the...

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Auto-enrolment pension scheme launched by Paradigm Norton for early adopters

January 15, 2014
Auto-enrolment pension scheme launched by Paradigm Norton for early adopters

Bristol financial planning firm Paradigm Norton has launched a service targeting companies that want to support their staff by adopting the Government’s auto-enrolment pension scheme. Called Plan4, it follows a law forcing UK companies to move towards automatic pensions enrolment for most workers over the age of 22. Plan4,...

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Potential of selling into German market to be explored at UKTI event

January 14, 2014
Potential of selling into German market to be explored at UKTI event

West firms are being invited to explore doing business in Germany as a way of breaking into a lucrative export market without the risks often attached to selling into high-growth and emerging economies. The Government’s UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) organisation is staging a special event near Bristol next...

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Bristol Airport ended 2013 on a high as passenger numbers soared above 6m

January 13, 2014
Bristol Airport ended 2013 on a high as passenger numbers soared above 6m

Passenger numbers at Bristol Airport rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2013, new figures have revealed. The number of people passing through the terminal last year reached 6.1m – 3.4% higher than in 2012. It is only the second time in the airport’s history that the annual total...

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Jobs growth on the way as West firms start to benefit from recovery

January 13, 2014
Jobs growth on the way as West firms start to benefit from recovery

Further proof that businesses are benefiting from the strengthening economy has emerged with figures showing jobs growth on the way and high levels of confidence. The number of firms expecting to take on more staff is now at a 30-month high, according to the latest employment index staged by...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 12, 2014
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Monday 13 January Interim: Best of the Best EGMs: Leyshon Resources, Vedanta Resources Tuesday 14 January Interims: Ideagen, IG Group Trading statements: Ashmore Group, Asos, Balfour Beatty, Barratt Developments, Carr’s Milling Industries, Countrywide, Dragon Oil, Mecom Group, Michael Page International, Spirit Pub Company AGMs: Carr’s Milling Industries, Spirit Pub...

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Marked recovery for Bristol city centre office market

January 10, 2014
Marked recovery for Bristol city centre office market

Take up of office space in Bristol city centre increased by nearly a quarter last year compared to 2012, figures released this afternoon reveal. The data from the Bristol Office Agents Society reflects a major upturn in confidence in the city’s prime office market – with many local property...

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