Expanding takeaway chain Hotcha gets into double figures with Stroud outlet

February 17, 2014
Expanding takeaway chain Hotcha gets into double figures with Stroud outlet

Hotcha, the fast-growing Bristol-based Chinese takeaway chain, is to open its 10th outlet as it races towards its ambitious target of 150 across the UK within the next five years. The firm was launched just over two years ago by young entrepreneur James Liang. Its first five branches were...

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Jones Lang LaSalle Bristol head takes up presidential role at city’s Property Agents Association

February 17, 2014
Jones Lang LaSalle Bristol head takes up presidential role at city’s Property Agents Association

The Bristol Property Agents Association (BPAA) has appointed Jeremy Richards, head of international chartered surveyors Jones Lang LaSalle’s office in the city, as its new president. Jeremy, who replaces outgoing president Andrew Main, head of office at Savills in Bristol, officially took up the post at an inauguration ceremony...

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Job losses loom as Bristol property firm goes into administration

February 17, 2014
Job losses loom as Bristol property firm goes into administration

Bristol-based property refurbishment and maintenance firm Matrix Solutions UK has gone into administration after a significant drop in business. Accountancy firm Grant Thornton, which has been appointed administrator, today warned of ‘numerous’ redundancies among Matrix’s 30-strong workforce. Grant Thornton said it waspotentially looking to sell the firm, which dealt...

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Return to the West for HSBC’s new area commercial director

February 17, 2014
Return to the West for HSBC’s new area commercial director

HSBC has appointed James Jordan as area commercial director for Bristol and Bath with responsibility for supporting businesses turning over between £500,000 and £30m. The appointment marks a return to the region for James, who has spent the past two years as area commercial director for HSBC in Central London. James, pictured, has spent his...

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Head of commercial appointed at Jordans Corporate Law as its growth continues

February 17, 2014
Head of commercial appointed at Jordans Corporate Law as its growth continues

Jordans Corporate Law, the recently-launched Bristol legal practice, has appointed Simon Bates as head of commercial. The firm, established last September, provides other legal firms, accountants and corporates with a wide range of legal, governance and compliance services, including expert legal advice and assistance with non-contentious company and commercial...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

February 16, 2014
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Monday 17 February Interim: Gleeson (MJ) Finals: Electric Word, Fidessa, Hammerson Trading statement: DCC AGM: Brewin Dolphin Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 18 February Interim: BHP Billiton Finals: AZ Electronic Materials, Brammer, Dragon Oil, Drax, Hutchison China Meditech, InterContintental Hotels, Morgan Sindall, Pendragon, John Wood Trading statement: Essar Energy...

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China trade mission will showcase Bristol’s green, tech and creative innovation

February 14, 2014
China trade mission will showcase Bristol’s green, tech and creative innovation

Bristol’s innovation in the green, hi-tech and creative industries is to be championed in China through a unique trade mission which aims to open up valuable new markets for businesses in these key sectors. Taking the ‘Smart Cities’ concept as its theme, the November visit will give 10 Bristol...

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Plea to firms to help bridge Bristol’s skills gap by working with college

February 14, 2014
Plea to firms to help bridge Bristol’s skills gap by working with college

Firms have been urged to get involved in City of Bristol College’s new Partners in Business network to strengthen the city’s skills base and boost its economy. Launched on Tuesday to an audience of business leaders and company representatives, the network aims to help organisations improve performance, develop programmes,...

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Royal seal of approval for Bristol’s tech innovation as Duke of York visits

February 14, 2014
Royal seal of approval for Bristol’s tech innovation as Duke of York visits

Bristol’s emerging role as a national crucible for tech innovation received royal approval this week when the Duke of York visited the city. The Duke, who has a keen interest in technology and knowledge transfer, met fledging and established tech companies on Monday when he toured Bristol’s recently-opened Engine...

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