The LAST WORD: Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation

July 22, 2016
The LAST WORD: Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent business figure the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Emma Jones MBE, founder of small business support group Enterprise Nation and Government Crown Representative for small business, answers our 10 questions.  What was the LAST: Film you watched? The Big Short Book you read? Delivering...

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Top award – and potential retail deal – for student’s invention that reuses waste plastic

July 22, 2016
Top award – and potential retail deal – for student’s invention that reuses waste plastic

An enterprising UWE Bristol student has invented a product which utilises the mountains of plastic bottles discarded every day by turning them into functional household items. Josh James, pictured, has received a prestigious industry award for his innovative product Melt, a toolkit which can be used to transform plastic...

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Sports performance coffee firm’s runaway success leads group of award-winning entrepreneurs

July 22, 2016
Sports performance coffee firm’s runaway success leads group of award-winning entrepreneurs

A group of Bristol start-ups have been awarded a total of £30,000 to propel their business growth and take them to the next level. The Entrepreneuring Awards were presented to ‘chiclets’ (entrepreneurs) in Bristol’s Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator – or ‘hatchery’. They received between £1,000 and £10,000 in the...

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Fintech event will put Bristol at heart of fast-growing industry

July 22, 2016
Fintech event will put Bristol at heart of fast-growing industry

Bristol’s growing reputation as a centre for financial technology (fintech) has attracted a major industry event to the city. Bristol FinTech 2016 will take place in November and will be hosted by national law firm Clarke Willmott’s office in the city. The firm announced the event today with partner Cheshire...

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Michelin-starred chef teams up with Ashton Gate to create posh nosh for VIP sports fans

July 22, 2016
Michelin-starred chef teams up with Ashton Gate to create posh nosh for VIP sports fans

Most football and rugby fans are used to little more than a pasty or hamburger as their pre-match meal but anyone splashing out on platinum VIP packages at Ashton Gate next season will be in for a Michelin-starred treat ahead of kick-off. Bristol-based award-winning chef Josh Eggleton has teamed...

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Bristol’s financial services sector showcased as alternative location to City of London

July 22, 2016
Bristol’s financial services sector showcased as alternative location to City of London

Bristol and the West of England are being promoted as a financial services hotspot capable of attracting major international investment while also playing a lead role in the UK’s emerging financial technology (fintech) industry. The area is being showcased as one of nine UK ‘financial centres of excellence’ by...

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Our state of independence is paying off, Burges Salmon says as it posts sixth year of growth

July 22, 2016
Our state of independence is paying off, Burges Salmon says as it posts sixth year of growth

Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon today hailed its sixth consecutive year of sustained growth as proof that remaining independent in a fiercely competitive market pays off. Turnover for the year to April 30 increased by 8.2% to £87.4m with profit per equity partner (PEP) up by 7% to £523,000.  Burges...

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Stronger economy in first half of year fuels increase in South West deal activity

July 22, 2016
Stronger economy in first half of year fuels increase in South West deal activity

Merger and acquisition activity in the South West climbed by 4.3% in the first half of this year as the economy continued to recover and cash-rich businesses hit the takeover trail. However, the total value of 267 deals was down 15% at £3.08bn against the same period in 2015....

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Bristol trio in running for national Institute of Directors awards

July 21, 2016
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Three bosses of Bristol area firms have been selected to compete at national level in the coveted Institute of Directors (IoD) 2016 Director of the Year Awards. The three – Mark Crutchley of Circadian Trust, James Piper from Ecosurety and Almeda Facilities’ Brady George – were winners in last month’s regional...

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