New study will look at getting electrification of Bristol’s railways back on track by slashing costs

February 2, 2024
New study will look at getting electrification of Bristol’s railways back on track by slashing costs

Plans to electrify Bristol’s mainline rail services have been revived following a move to lower the price of the scheme, which was scrapped on cost grounds eight years ago. The project, which would have cut journey times to London by up to 20 minutes, hit the buffers in 2016...

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Bristol property dispute specialist joins Excello Law as it looks to build presence in Bristol market

February 2, 2024
Bristol property dispute specialist joins Excello Law as it looks to build presence in Bristol market

National law firm Excello has made its first move into the Bristol legal market with the appointment of an experienced property dispute resolution specialist based in the city. Sarah Taylor, pictured, has joined the firm from the Bristol head office of Burges Salmon, where she was a senior associate...

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Seventh acquisition for Clifton Asset Management as its ‘slick operational infrastructure’ kicks in

February 2, 2024
Seventh acquisition for Clifton Asset Management as its ‘slick operational infrastructure’ kicks in

Acquisition-hungry Bristol financial services provider Clifton Asset Management has notched up another takeover as it aims to further disrupt the market. The firm, which has £1.5bn in assets under influence, has snapped up Portishead-based Pure Advanced Financial Planning – its seventh acquisition in recent years.  Clifton bosses have said...

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Bristol Airport targeting London-bound fliers as its annual passenger numbers hit record high

February 1, 2024
Bristol Airport targeting London-bound fliers as its annual passenger numbers hit record high

Passenger numbers at Bristol Airport soared to their highest ever last year as it confirmed its status as the UK airport with the fastest recovery from the pandemic. Some 9.8m people passed through the terminal in 2023 – a 10% increase compared to pre-Covid-19 pandemic levels in 2019. The...

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Rapid-growth Loungers opens its 250th venue and declares: ‘We’re only just getting started’

February 1, 2024

Bristol-based all-day café/bar group Loungers has repeated its ambition to open a record 34 new venues in its current financial year in the week it achieved the landmark of launching its 250th outlet. The group, which opened its first Lounge on North Street in Bedminster nearly 22 years ago,...

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Thrings seminar brings together experts to chart the landscape of development around Bristol

February 1, 2024
Thrings seminar brings together experts to chart the landscape of development around Bristol

Businesses working in the development sector in and around Bristol must learn how to overcome a range of obstacles if they want their schemes to go ahead, an event staged by law firm Thrings’ city office has heard. These include understanding the influence of local and national policies as...

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Serial innovator and investor joins SETsquared Bristol to advise its next generation of entrepreneurs

February 1, 2024
Serial innovator and investor joins SETsquared Bristol to advise its next generation of entrepreneurs

Highly experienced venture capital and innovation specialist Kevin Simmons has been appointed to the entrepreneur in residence team at acclaimed tech incubator SETsquared Bristol. A general partner of a $50m (£39.4m) early-stage pan-African venture capital technology fund, Kevin, pictured, has helped launch several successful angel networks and has invested...

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Bristol Business Blog: Andrew Jordan, audit partner, Haines Watts Bristol. Celebrating apprenticeships

February 1, 2024
Bristol Business Blog: Andrew Jordan, audit partner, Haines Watts Bristol. Celebrating apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Week, which takes place early each February, is a great opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships as a means of getting young people into the workforce. For Haines Watts, apprenticeships have become a key strategy for recruitment and business development. In our Bristol office alone we have taken on...

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Two new directors join VWV as it looks to strengthen its senior team

January 31, 2024
Two new directors join VWV as it looks to strengthen its senior team

VWV, the Bristol-headquartered national law firm, has continued its growth with the appointment of two new directors. Emma Herbert has joined as director of business development and marketing while Dave Bloor is the firm’s new director of digital, data and technology. VWV, which has 90 partners and employs 500-plus...

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