Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

March 21, 2014
Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

Bristol firms with expansion potential can apply for growth funding to a £25m pot of Government cash launched this week. The West of England Growth Fund aims to bring about job creation and private sector investment that would otherwise not have happened, or that can be accelerated through public...

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Reshoring trend gathers pace as Bristol shoe hanger firm opens new factory

March 21, 2014
Reshoring trend gathers pace as Bristol shoe hanger firm opens new factory

Bristol specialist plastics manufacturer Phineas Group International has officially opened its new factory – the latest firm to ‘reshore’ production from China. The state-of-the-art plastic injection moulding factory in Hengrove has been made possible with a £100,000 grant from the West of England Growth Fund. Phineas supplies more than...

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Export Week: Making money from MINTS

March 21, 2014
Export Week: Making money from MINTS

Ahead of Export Week (April 7 to 11), UKTI and Bristol Business News have teamed up to offer expert advice in a series of features, kicking off today with UKTI International Trade adviser Patrick Bos looking at the opportunities in the MINT countries For those of you who have...

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Sudden departure for Mulberry chief after stormy period at fashion brand

March 21, 2014
Sudden departure for Mulberry chief after stormy period at fashion brand

Upmarket fashion brand Mulberry’s chief executive Bruno Guillon resigned with immediate effect yesterday – with industry insiders pointing to the West-based group’s troubles during his two years at the helm. His sudden departure comes less than two months after the iconic brand’s third profits warning in 18 months –...

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Bristol Rovers’ new stadium dream becomes reality after judge rejects pressure group’s case

March 20, 2014
Bristol Rovers’ new stadium dream becomes reality after judge rejects pressure group’s case

From Bristol 24-7 www.bristol247.com Bristol Rovers Football Club have this afternoon been given the green light to build a new stadium on the outskirts of the city and redevelop the Memorial Stadium as a supermarket. A judicial review, lodged by the TRASHorfield group, was dismissed by Mr Justice Hickinbottom...

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BUDGET 2014: Bristol business reaction

March 19, 2014
BUDGET 2014: Bristol business reaction

Measures that will help Bristol’s recovery from recession in this week's Budget were welcomed by business leaders and professiona advisers in the city. Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, said the Chancellor had delivered on many items on its wish-list. Executive directorJames...

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BUDGET 2014: Infographics

March 19, 2014
BUDGET 2014: Infographics

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BUDGET 2014: Key points

March 19, 2014
BUDGET 2014: Key points

Business Lending for exporters doubled to £3bn and interest rates on that lending cut by a third Business rate discounts and enhanced capital allowances in Enterprise Zones extended for three years Economy GDP forecast to grow by 2.7% this year and 2.3% next year, then by 2.6% in 2016...

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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

March 19, 2014
BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

National business groups welcomed today’s Budget, particularly the measures aimed at boosting manufacturing and lower energy costs. The CBI, which had called it a “make-or-break” Budget, said it “will put wind in the sails of business investment, especially for manufacturers”. Director-general John Cridland, pictured, said it had come at...

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