Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 17, 2017
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Monday 17 July Trading statement: Rio Tinto AGM: DP Aircraft EGM: Inspired Energy Economics:  Rightmove house prices Tuesday 18 July Finals:  Ideagen, IG Group, NCC Group Trading statement:  BHP Billiton, dotDigital, Experian, Wizz Air Holdings AGMs:  Ambrian, Assura, Bloomsbury Publishing, British Land, Dairy Crest, Firstgroup, N Brown, Scapa Group,...

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Bristol entrepreneurs get chance to make their pitch – by royal appointment

July 14, 2017
Bristol entrepreneurs get chance to make their pitch – by royal appointment

Entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to a royal audience when UWE Bristol hosts the Pitch@Palace On Tour. The Duke of York will hear pitches on the theme The Future of Mobility and Materials when he attends the prestigious event at Future Space on the university’s Frenchay Campus. Up...

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Welcome for Government changes over controversial digital tax policy

July 14, 2017
Welcome for Government changes over controversial digital tax policy

Regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has its largest office in Bristol, has welcomed the brakes being put on Making Tax Digital for business, after the government admitted it needed more time. Sole traders, partnerships and landlords with income above £85,000 were to be forced into keeping their accounts...

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New chapter for Smith & Williamson in Bristol with change in leadership roles

July 14, 2017
New chapter for Smith & Williamson in Bristol with change in leadership roles

Carl Deane, head of accountancy group Smith & Williamson’s audit and assurance team in Bristol, has become managing partner of the Bristol office, replacing Mike Lea, who has been in the role for the past 10 years. Mike takes on the newly created ambassadorial role of office senior partner...

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Blackberry Hill Hospital redevelopment plans given clean bill of health

July 14, 2017
Blackberry Hill Hospital redevelopment plans given clean bill of health

Work to transform Bristol’s former Blackberry Hill Hospital has come a step closer this week after plans were approved for a high-quality development with new and affordable homes on the site. Developer Galliford Try Partnerships and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) propose to regenerate the vacant buildings at...

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Trust, culture and diversity – the three key areas for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

July 14, 2017
Trust, culture and diversity – the three key areas for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The watchwords for businesses involved with the onset of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ must be trust, culture and diversity, according to a leading Bristol employment lawyer. Greg Chambers, pictured, associate director in the employment team at Osborne Clarke, said the world stood on the brink of another industrial revolution,...

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Bristol launch for app that lets users ‘huggg’ friends by texting them a free coffee

July 14, 2017
Bristol launch for app that lets users ‘huggg’ friends by texting them a free coffee

Huggg, an app that enables people to treat friends or family to a coffee, cake or drink with a personal message via their phone, is using Bristol as its UK launchpad. Available for free in the app store, Huggg has partnered with a number of respected food and drink...

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Thrings advises on £75m investment in West firm’s ultrafast fibre network roll-out

July 14, 2017
Thrings advises on £75m investment in West firm’s ultrafast fibre network roll-out

A team from the Bristol office of regional law firm Thrings have advised fibre-optic infrastructure firm TrueSpeed Communications on its £75m investment from insurance giant Aviva’s global asset management arm, which will speed up the roll-out of its network to a further 75,000 homes and businesses in the region. Thrings...

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Green light for global automotive research centre will create new industry cluster for Bristol

July 14, 2017
Green light for global automotive research centre will create new industry cluster for Bristol

An innovative automotive industry cluster focussed on ultra-low emission cars is to be developed in the Bristol area following the go-ahead for a new world-beating research centre. The £60m IAAPS – Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems – pictured, will provide access to its state-of-the art facilities for start-ups and...

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