Council’s Covid marshals’ role in helping businesses welcomed by Chamber of Commerce

November 6, 2020
Council’s Covid marshals’ role in helping businesses welcomed by Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce has said it welcomes the introduction of Covid marshals in the city to advise businesses on their responsibilities during the second national lockdown. Bristol City Council has said it plans to have at least 16 marshals operating around the city in an initiative announced before the...

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Global HR group snaps up Bristol specialist communications firm to spur its UK expansion

November 6, 2020
Global HR group snaps up Bristol specialist communications firm to spur its UK expansion

Bristol-based pensions and employee benefits communications firm Concert Consulting, which works with blue-chip clients such as the AA and Nationwide, has been sold to a US-based global HR benefits and consulting group. Concert, which was founded by managing director Peter Walsh in 2004, specialises in communicating to more than...

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Multi-million council programme to help Bristol become carbon neutral by 2030

November 6, 2020
Multi-million council programme to help Bristol become carbon neutral by 2030

Businesses will be advised on how they can help Bristol achieve its ambitious target of being a carbon neutral city by 2030 as part of a £4m, three-year programme approved by the city council’s cabinet this week. The financial package will fund a combined Climate and Ecological Emergency Programme....

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Trade missions to Latin America go virtual as firms log on to secure export deals

November 6, 2020
Trade missions to Latin America go virtual as firms log on to secure export deals

A group of Bristol firms are hoping to secure lucrative business deals by taking part in the city’s first virtual trade missions to Mexico and Chile. Organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and led by Sarah Hildersley, DIT’s market specialist for Latin America in the region, the...

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Chance for firms to influence the type of homes, jobs and transport that will shape the region’s future

November 6, 2020
Chance for firms to influence the type of homes, jobs and transport that will shape the region’s future

Bristol businesses are being invited to have their say on the type of homes, employment sites and vital transport links that will be needed by the West of England over the next 20 years. The West of England Combined Authority is seeking comments to help it shape its Spatial...

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New IoD South West director appointed as members face challenges of Covid and Brexit

November 5, 2020
New IoD South West director appointed as members face challenges of Covid and Brexit

The Institute of Directors South West has named Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE as its new regional director, replacing Simon Face, who had been in the post since 2003. Robert, pictured, will perform the South West job alongside his existing role as the IoD’s national director for Wales, a position...

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Government U-turn over end of furlough scheme welcomed by business groups

November 5, 2020
Government U-turn over end of furlough scheme welcomed by business groups

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has welcomed the latest extension to the governments’ furlough scheme, but urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak to come up longer-term measures to protect firms. Mr Sunak, pictured, this afternoon announced the furlough scheme would now run until the end of March, with the...

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Special masks and Covid scrubs put Alexandra Workwear in running for six industry awards

November 5, 2020
Special masks and Covid scrubs put Alexandra Workwear in running for six industry awards

Workwear firm Alexandra’s response to the coronavirus crisis has earned it the chance to win a major national award while it has also been shortlisted in five categories of a regional awards scheme. The Thornbury-based firm, which has been designing and manufacturing garments since 1854, has produced clear face coverings...

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VWV helps data intelligence firm secure US-backed funding after Covid pandemic spurs growth

November 5, 2020
Ripjar

Bristol law firm VWV’s technology team has acted for fast-growing data intelligence business Ripjar in securing $36.8m (£29.3m) from the US to fund further expansion. Cheltenham-based Ripjar works with governments and organisations to detect and investigate threats from criminal activity.  Launched by a team of experienced technologists previously employed...

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