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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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 28, 2024
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Monday January 29 Interim: Games Workshop Group Tuesday January 30 Final: SThree Interims: Diageo, Oxford Cannabinoid Tech Holdings, Kromek Group, Scancell Holdings, Accrol Group Holdings Q4 result: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Trading announcements: Luceco, Pets At Home Group, Diaceutics Economic announcements: Nationwide house price index, Mortgage approvals, M4 money...

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Ongoing tough economic conditions raise red flags over close to 4,000 struggling Bristol businesses

January 26, 2024
Ongoing tough economic conditions raise red flags over close to 4,000 struggling Bristol businesses

Nearly 4,000 companies in the Bristol area are in ‘significant’ financial distress as the economy continues to teeter on the brink of recession, according to a new report. The 12% increase on the previous quarter shows stubbornly high interest rates and inflation alongside weak consumer confidence and rising and...

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BGF’s Bristol office taps into South West’s wealth of innovative firms to invest total of £70m last year

January 26, 2024
BGF’s Bristol office taps into South West’s wealth of innovative firms to invest total of £70m last year

The Bristol office of growth finance group invested nearly £70m in small and mid-sized businesses in 2023, taking its total for the past three years to £190m. The long-term investor, which makes initial investments of between £1m to £20m for a minority equity stake, said it backed businesses across...

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Drain clearing firm looking to accelerate its growth with investment in specialist new vans

January 26, 2024
Drain clearing firm looking to accelerate its growth with investment in specialist new vans

A Bristol drain clearance company is targeting a turnover of £5m this year as it continues to invest in its fleet and personnel. Trent’s Drains, which was set up by father and son Mark and Louis Trent in 2013, has grown dramatically over the past four years on the...

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