Coronavirus update: Business Link and South West TUC call for stronger regional response to crisis

March 23, 2020
Coronavirus update: Business Link and South West TUC call for stronger regional response to crisis

The South West TUC and Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, have jointly welcomed the latest government measures to tackle the economic and jobs crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. But in a joint statement they slammed the regional response as “too slow . . . fragmented and...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

March 23, 2020
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Monday March 23 Finals: Dunedin Entertainment, MD Medical, Medica Group, Pennant International, Acron Regs, Seplat Petroleum Development Interims: Gfinity, Orchard Funding Tuesday March 24 Finals: 888 Holdings, Alliance Pharma, Barr (AG), Cambridge Cognition, Eve Sleep, Fevertree Drinks, Kingfisher, Learning Technologies Group, Mears, Pelatro, Personal Group, S & U, STM...

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Coronavirus update: easyJet to cancel most flights as airports move towards shutdown

March 20, 2020
Coronavirus update: easyJet to cancel most flights as airports move towards shutdown

EasyJet, the largest operator at Bristol Airport, today said it will ground the majority of its aircraft fleet from Tuesday. It will conclude rescue flights to repatriate customers by Monday and will, at most, continue to run “a minimal schedule” of essential, mainly domestic routes.  The airline urged customers...

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: All pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as Chancellor announces ‘unprecedented’ support for firms

March 20, 2020
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: All pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as Chancellor announces ‘unprecedented’ support for firms

Pubs, cafes and restaurants must close down this evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a massive package of measures to support businesses and their workers. The government is to pay 80% of wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month, Mr...

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Bristol named among Europe’s top cities for tech growth as it embraces Artificial Intelligence

March 20, 2020

Growth in its use of Artificial Intelligence has resulted in Bristol being named as one of Europe’s ‘top-scaling’ tech cities. The latest accolade for the city – which has regularly appeared at or near the top of similar league tables – comes in the latest annual Tech Nation Report....

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Welcome for delay to controversial IR35 changes

March 20, 2020
Welcome for delay to controversial IR35 changes

The government’s decision to delay the roll-out of IR35 to the private sector for another 12 months has been welcomed by Bristol-based human resources outsourcing specialist The HR Dept. The off-payroll working rules were due to be controversially introduced to the private sector next month but have been postponed...

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Transport links give Cribbs Causeway warehouse edge over Avonmouth, says property firm

March 20, 2020
Transport links give Cribbs Causeway warehouse edge over Avonmouth, says property firm

Agents have been appointed to market an empty warehouse at Cribbs Causeway which its owner claims is better located than similar units at Avonmouth. The 423,000 sq ft unit is let to Morrisons but its lease is due to expire at the end of August.  The supermarket group inherited...

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Coronavirus update: PM urges Bristol aerospace factories to build much-needed ventilators for NHS

March 20, 2020
Coronavirus update: PM urges Bristol aerospace factories to build much-needed ventilators for NHS

Bristol manufacturers are being advised on measures they can take to switch production to essential medical equipment that will help tackle the coronavirus crisis. Earlier this week the Prime Minister called on around 60 leading UK manufacturers to make specialist medical equipment including ventilators.  Among the businesses were aerospace...

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Outsourced fulfilment firm to deliver more growth after investment from logistics giant

March 20, 2020
Outsourced fulfilment firm to deliver more growth after investment from logistics giant

A Bristol firm that helps small e-commerce firms distribute their products has received a major investment from an international logistics group. The undisclosed funding from Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of the global shipping container giant, will allow Emersons Green-based Huboo to continue its rapid growth.  uboo’s innovative...

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