Business West director Clive Wray presented with his OBE by the Queen

April 17, 2014
Business West director Clive Wray presented with his OBE by the Queen

Clive Wray, the director of public sector contracts at Bristol-based lobbying and advice group Business West, this week received his OBE for services to small businesses and international trade from the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Clive, pictured, has supported small and medium-sized business development in the...

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Mulberry warns of more pressure on profits as it looks to boost sales with cheaper bags

April 17, 2014
Mulberry warns of more pressure on profits as it looks to boost sales with cheaper bags

Mulberry, the West fashion brand best known for its upmarket bags, today warned its profits will be hit hard as it introduces new lower-price products. The firm, whose iconic bags often sell for upwards of £1,000, also said it was scaling back its new store opening programme as it...

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West cider apple growers urged to enter awards as industry presses ahead with growth

April 16, 2014
West cider apple growers urged to enter awards as industry presses ahead with growth

The search is on for the best cider orchard in the West with apple growers being encouraged to compete for the silver medal awarded annually by the Royal Bath and West Show. This year’s contest is expected to be tougher than ever as the number and extent of orchards...

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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ Rob Law to make case for innovation at business show

April 15, 2014
Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ Rob Law to make case for innovation at business show

Rob Law, the Bristol-based inventor of child’s ride-on suitcase Trunki, heads up the M4 next month to be keynote speaker at this year’s Business Show Swindon The entrepreneur, innovator and ‘dragon-slayer’ – he was famously turned down by Dragons’ Den – will speak about the setbacks and learnings of...

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Inflation fall is good news but Govt must still act over funding for firms, says Business West

April 15, 2014
Inflation fall is good news but Govt must still act over funding for firms, says Business West

Business West, the lobbying and advice group that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, welcomed today’s fall in inflation but warned that the Government still needed to do more to support business as it emerges from recession. Managing director Phil Smith said the drop in annual...

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Imperial blames falling sales and stricter anti-smoking laws for closure of Nottingham factory

April 15, 2014
Imperial blames falling sales and stricter anti-smoking laws for closure of Nottingham factory

Bristol-based Imperial Tobacco Group is to close its cigarette factory in Nottingham with the loss of all 540 jobs, it announced this week. The group, whose brands include JPS, Lambert & Butler and Gauloises, blamed falling sales of cigarettes and tougher anti-smoking regulations in Europe. A plant in Nantes,...

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Three new graduates join Grant Thornton’s Bristol office

April 14, 2014
Three new graduates join Grant Thornton’s Bristol office

Accountancy and financial advice firm Grant Thornton has recruited a trio of graduates to its Bristol office. The three have joined the firm’s public sector assurance (PSA) practice, which provides external audit services to NHS bodies and local authorities. They are Sarah McDonald, who has a BSc in psychology...

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European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

April 14, 2014
European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

Shares in SciSys, the specialist software and IT group SciSys with a base in Bristol, climbed by nearly 3% this morning after it announced it had secured a €1.8m (£1.48m), six-year contract to work on Europe’s most advanced geostationary weather satellite. The firm, whose roots are in the European...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 14, 2014
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Monday 14 April Interims: Carr’s Milling Industries Finals: DDD Group, M. P. Evans Group, Networkers International EGMS: JSC KazMunaiGaz Exploration Production GDR (Reg S) AGMS: Bank Audi S.A.L. GDR (Repr 1’Com’Shr Lbp1299) (Reg S), Baronsmead VCT 3, Baronsmead VCT 4, Baronsmead VCT 5, Guaranty Trust Bank GDR (Reg S)...

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