New accountancy body president calls for end to brain drain to London

July 31, 2015
New accountancy body president calls for end to brain drain to London

Stopping the brain drain of young talent from the West of England to London is among the priorities of the newly appointed regional president of ICAEW, the professional organisation for chartered accountants. Rick Sturge, pictured, has said he will work closely with regional members of ICAEW during his 12 months...

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Thrings advises national booksellers’ group in legal fight against Amazon

July 31, 2015
Thrings advises national booksellers’ group in legal fight against Amazon

Commercial law firm Thrings, which has an office in Bristol, is advising the trade association for bookshops in its legal battle against what it sees as market abuse by online retail giant Amazon. The EU’s Competition Directorate (DGC) has launched a competition law investigation into Amazon’s e-book distribution arrangements....

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Advisory work on sale of solar farms gives Burges Salmon powerful boost in clean energy rankings

July 30, 2015
Advisory work on sale of solar farms gives Burges Salmon powerful boost in clean energy rankings

Bristol law firm Burges Salmon has strengthened its position as one of Europe’s top legal advisors in the fast-growing clean energy sector by working with German global solar energy group Belectric on the sale of three UK solar projects. The schemes – two in Warwickshire and one in Kent...

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Osborne Clarke and Burges Salmon help get £360m Great Western train deal on track

July 30, 2015
Osborne Clarke and Burges Salmon help get £360m Great Western train deal on track

Bristol-headquartered law firms Burges Salmon and Osborne Clarke have advised on a £360m deal to buy new, faster trains for the Great Western mainline between London and Devon and Cornwall. The 29 Hitachi AT300 trains will cut journey times from London to Exeter by up to five minutes and...

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Insurer SunLife to offer home and pet cover as it continues to move into new markets

July 30, 2015
Insurer SunLife to offer home and pet cover as it continues to move into new markets

Bristol-based insurance group SunLife is to launch a new division offering pet insurance and home cover as it continues to refocus following a rebrand last year. The firm, one of the UK’s biggest direct financial services companies, has appointed senior industry figure Simon Stanney as general insurance director to...

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Senior sales and marketing appointment helps Clip launch innovative exhibition stand system

July 29, 2015
Senior sales and marketing appointment helps Clip launch innovative exhibition stand system

Clip, the exhibition stand design and build firm, has appointed experienced industry figure Doug Gosling as head of sales & marketing for its new Refresh by Clip system. Refresh is an industry and UK first aimed at bridging the gap in the exhibition stand market between simple shell schemes...

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Major wealth management group snaps up Bristol stockbrokers Rowan Dartington for £34m

July 29, 2015
Major wealth management group snaps up Bristol stockbrokers Rowan Dartington for £34m

Staff at long-standing Bristol stockbroking firm Rowan Dartington are to share some of the proceeds of its multi-million pound sale to FTSE 100 wealth manager St James’s Place (SJP). SJP is to pay £19m once the acquisition gains regulatory approval with a further maximum potential future payment of £15.2m...

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GKN Aerospace ready for more growth after £500m deal to buy Fokker

July 28, 2015
GKN Aerospace ready for more growth after £500m deal to buy Fokker

British engineering giant GKN – a major player in Bristol’s aerospace industry – is to buy historic Dutch aviation firm Fokker for €706m (£500m). GKN, which employs around 2,000 people at its two Bristol sites, said the acquisition would reinforce its position in key civilian and military aircraft programmes,...

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Bristol office for fast-growing environmental consultancy ESI

July 27, 2015
Bristol office for fast-growing environmental consultancy ESI

ESI, the UK’s leading independent scientific environmental consultancy, has opened an office in Bristol as demand for its services continues to grow. The Shrewsbury-headquartered firm, which also has bases in Reading and Cardiff, provides a range of geo-environmental services to the private and public sectors. The opening of the...

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