Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 12, 2020
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Monday January 13 Trading announcement: XP Power Economic announcements: Industrial production, Balance of trade, Index of services, Manufacturing production Tuesday January 14 Interim: Gateley Holdings Q4 result: PageGroup Trading announcements: Boohoo, PageGroup, Taylor Wimpey Economic announcement: Consumer price index Wednesday January 15 Interim: Knights Group Trading announcements: Persimmon, Quiz,...

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CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

January 10, 2020
CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

The South West needs its own government minister to champion the case for more funding and spur its economic growth, the CBI’s director general said on a visit to Bristol today. Such a move – along with more autonomy for the West of England’s Metro Mayor over government funding...

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Take-off for Rolls-Royce Bristol plant’s pioneering low-emission jet engine hub

January 10, 2020
Take-off for Rolls-Royce Bristol plant’s pioneering low-emission jet engine hub

Aerospace giant Rolls-Royce’s Bristol plant has started work on harnessing world-beating composite technology to develop a new generation of jet engines that could transform air travel by slashing emissions. The historic plant at Filton has long been associated with leading-edge engine development and over the decades has been responsible...

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Return to profit for pioneering Pieminister as new ‘snacking patty’ range and ethical stance drive sales

January 10, 2020
Return to profit for pioneering Pieminister as new ‘snacking patty’ range and ethical stance drive sales

Iconic Bristol specialist food and restaurant firm Pieminister has achieved double-digit sales growth for the fourth year running. It also returned to profit after falling into the red in 2018 – a turnaround it said it had achieved without easing back on its journey to further establish itself as...

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Bristol’s film industry boosted as city-made productions compete for hat-trick of BAFTAs

January 10, 2020
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Bristol’s burgeoning film industry is celebrating three nominations for this year’s British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) – with Aardman Animations’ latest cinema release joined by the debut feature from one of the city’s small independent production companies. Mark Jenkin’s Bait is the first full-length theatre release feature from Totterdown-based...

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Tobacco giant’s New Year pledge to work with Bristol firms to help city become smoke-free

January 10, 2020
Tobacco giant’s New Year pledge to work with Bristol firms to help city become smoke-free

Bristol businesses are being invited to take part in a major initiative that aims to make the city the UK’s first to go smoke-free. Cigarette smokers are being helped to quit or switch to alternative products marketed as having a lower risk in the project being staged by international...

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Bristol office relocation for Bishop Fleming gives it prime space to grow further

January 10, 2020
Bristol office relocation for Bishop Fleming gives it prime space to grow further

Regional accountancy group Bishop Fleming has become the latest professional services firm to announce it is relocating its Bristol base to one of the city’s flagship office schemes. The firm is to move from Queen Square to take 13,000 sq ft in 10 Templeback, pictured, including the whole top...

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Range of blue-chip partners line up to support MEET South West 2020

January 10, 2020
Range of blue-chip partners line up to support MEET South West 2020

MEET South West 2020, the region’s only trade show dedicated to the events industry, has announced its full list of its sponsors and partners. Ranging from media outlets to specialist technology firms and from destination marketing organisations to signage manufacturers, the roster reads like a who’s who of the...

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Womble Bond Dickinson Bristol team work with US tech giant on Bath software acquisition

January 10, 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson Bristol team work with US tech giant on Bath software acquisition

Global enterprise technology company NCR Corporation has been advised by the Bristol office of transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson on its £100m acquisition of Zynstra, the Bath software pioneer. Zynstra has developed innovative ‘edge virtualisation’ software that helps retailers strengthen customer and employee experiences and reduce costs.  ...

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