Mulberrry hit by weak post-Christmas sales

March 22, 2013
Mulberrry hit by weak post-Christmas sales

Shares in West luxury leather goods brand Mulberry fell sharply today after it announced weaker-than-expected trading in the post-Christmas period. The Chilcompton-based group, whose bags are regularly photographed on the arms of A-list celebrities, said the fall-off in sales meant revenues and pre-profit for the year ending March 31...

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Major speculative office scheme boosts Bristol’s Enterprise Zone

March 22, 2013
Major speculative office scheme boosts Bristol’s Enterprise Zone

Work is about to start on Bristol’s first speculative office development for four years – a £35m, 100,000 sq ft scheme in the city’s Enterprise Zone. Two Glass Wharf at Temple Quay is being developed by Salmon Harvester Properties, a joint venture between Salmon Developments and NFU Mutual. As...

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Experienced corporate lawyer joins fast-growing Thrings

March 21, 2013
Experienced corporate lawyer joins fast-growing Thrings

Thrings, the M4 corridor law firm, has recruited Jane Oakland as a partner in its corporate team. Jane joins from the Bristol office of rival Clarke Willmott, where she was a corporate partner. She brings more than 20 years’ corporate experience in acquisition and disposal, strategic planning, reorganisation, and...

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New area director for Bristol appointed by Barclays

March 21, 2013
New area director for Bristol appointed by Barclays

Barclays has appointed Mark Hatcliffe as area director for Bristol. Mark joined the bank five years ago and was until recently head of Barclays telephony for business banking, based in the North of England. Mark, pictured, has extensive experience of working in the financial services industry and his appointment...

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Top award nomination for digital agency founder Jaya Chakrabarti

March 21, 2013
Top award nomination for digital agency founder Jaya Chakrabarti

Bristol business woman Jaya Chakrabarti has been nominated in the Asian Women Achievement of 2013 awards. Jaya, founder and managing director of digital communication agency Nameless,pictured, has been shortlisted in the best entrepreneur category. Already known in business circles as a key figure in Bristol’s creative sector, she gained a...

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Green bank Triodos hits £0.5bn lending mark to UK businesses

March 21, 2013
Green bank Triodos hits £0.5bn lending mark to UK businesses

Bristol-based ethical bank Triodos is celebrating taking its lending to UK businesses to £500m for the first time. The milestone has been reached less than three months after it notched up total UK corporate lending of £486m at the end of last year – itself a 15% year-on-year increase....

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IT group SciSys upbeat despite fall in annual revenue

March 21, 2013
IT group SciSys upbeat despite fall in annual revenue

SciSys, the West-based specialist IT group, today blamed foreign exchange movements and a reduction in low-margin resale activity for a fall in annual revenue. However, operating profits at the group, which supplies a range of sectors from space and defence to media with high-end systems, climbed 13% to £2.7m...

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Budget 2013: West drinks industry reaction

March 21, 2013
Budget 2013: West drinks industry reaction

While the 1p cut in beer duty and the scrapping of the duty escalator brought some cheer to the hard-pressed drinks industry, producers of the West’s traditional tipple cider were bitter they had been left out. Martin Thatcher, managing director of Thatchers Cider in Sandford, said: “We welcome the...

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Budget 2013: West property industry welcomes boost

March 20, 2013
Budget 2013: West property industry welcomes boost

The Chancellor’s surprise announcement to bring in the Help-to-Buy scheme was welcomed by the property and construction industries – with housebuilders in particular enjoying some rare good news. The property sector in the West picked up on some of the positives – but like most other industries, considered that...

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