Multi-million pound sale of building supplies firm to regional group handled by GL Law

January 13, 2021
Multi-million pound sale of building supplies firm to regional group handled by GL Law

Bristol law firm GL Law has advised an independent building supplies firm on the sale of its assets and shares to South of England timber and builders’ merchant group Sydenhams. Single-outlet Staverton Building Supplies, based near Cheltenham, has built a strong reputation over several decades for personal service and...

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Join us in backing city’s vital primary school ‘reading buddies’ scheme, says National Friendly

January 12, 2021
Join us in backing city’s vital primary school ‘reading buddies’ scheme, says National Friendly

Bristol-based mutual insurer National Friendly has seen a lot of change in its 150 year history. Originally it provided sickness benefits to working men, but also, uniquely among friendly societies at the time, it welcomed working women and children too. This pioneering stance – when poverty, poor education, poor...

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Former general counsel for global payments group joins Burges Salmon as head of fintech

January 11, 2021
Former general counsel for global payments group joins Burges Salmon as head of fintech

Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has recruited Martin Cook as its new head of fintech, describing him as a sector heavyweight. Joining as a director, Martin, pictured, will sit in the firm’s funds and financial regulation team, working closely with colleagues in its financial services sector and technology...

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Head of corporate at Michelmores takes up additional role as senior partner

January 11, 2021
Head of corporate at Michelmores takes up additional role as senior partner

Regional law firm Michelmores has appointed head of corporate Richard Cobb as its new senior partner. Richard, pictured, succeeds Andrew Oldland QC, who has served as the firm’s senior partner for four years. At the time of his appointment Andrew was the first barrister to hold the role of senior...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 10, 2021
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Monday January 11 Trading announcements: Abcam, Signature Aviation Group AGM: Honye Financial Services Tuesday January 12 Interims: Accrol Group Holdings, Games Workshop Group, Gateley (Holdings) Trading announcements: Ferrexpo, JD Sports Fashion, Nichols, Rathbone Bros, THG Plc, Vistry Group, XP Power AGMs: Carr’s Group, Myanmar Inv International Wednesday January 13 Final: Shoe Zone...

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Entrepreneur who secured £140k from Dragons’ Den invests in high-growth Bristol SEO firms

January 8, 2021
Entrepreneur who secured £140k from Dragons’ Den invests in high-growth Bristol SEO firms

Expanding Bristol search engine optimisation (SEO) firms upUgo and GoRank are poised for further expansion after securing investment from Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Imran Hakim. Both firms have benefited from the lockdowns of the past year as more business goes online and already boast a already   the likes of WH...

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Tech star Brightpearl looking to shine in global retail market after Sage leads £25m funding round

January 8, 2021
Tech star Brightpearl looking to shine in global retail market after Sage leads £25m funding round

Business management systems giant Sage has taken a minority investment in fast-growing Bristol-based retail management software firm Brightpearl as part of a £25m fundraising round aimed at triggering further international expansion. Sage, which will have a seat on Brightpearl’s board under the deal, said the move would help make...

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Takeover sparks further expansion in UK and Asia for recruiter Sanderson

January 8, 2021
Takeover sparks further expansion in UK and Asia for recruiter Sanderson

Sanderson, the long-established Bristol-headquartered recruitment group, has strengthened its operations in the UK and South East Asia further following its latest acquisition. The takeover adds UK recruitment company Highams, along with three trading divisions acquired from the global Nakama Group – Nakama UK, Nakama Hong Kong and Nakama Singapore...

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Air ambulance operator lands in Bristol in latest deal by Lansdown family’s investment group

January 8, 2021
Air ambulance operator lands in Bristol in latest deal by Lansdown family’s investment group

Billionaire businessman Stephen Lansdown’s Guernsey-based investment group has entered the air ambulance market with an acquisition made through its Bristol Airport-based aviation services firm Centreline. The deal for the trading name and key assets of Capital Air Ambulance, the UK’s largest air ambulance provider, has added two specially equipped...

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