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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

October 17, 2021
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Monday October 18 Final: Tristel Q3 results:  Etalon group, PJSC Severstal Tuesday October 19 Finals: Bellway, Essensys, YouGov Interim: BP Marsh Trading announcements: 888 Holdings, BHP Group Wednesday October 20 Trading announcements: Advanced Medical Solutions Group, Antofagasta, Segro Economic announcements: Retail price index, Consumer price index, Producer price index Thursday October 21 Finals: Renalytix, Renishaw Q3 result:  Barclays...

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Shortlisting for Bristol bid to turn former nuclear power station into world’s first ‘fusion’ plant

October 15, 2021
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Shortlisting for Bristol bid to turn former nuclear power station into world’s first ‘fusion’ plant

A decommissioned nuclear power station on Bristol’s doorstep has taken another step closer to becoming the site of the world’s first full-scale ‘fusion’ plant. Under the scheme the site at Oldbury-on-Severn, north of Bristol on the banks of the River Severn, would harness the game-changing new form of clean power...

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More venues on the menu for Loungers as it shrugs off impact of Covid on hospitality sector

October 15, 2021
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More venues on the menu for Loungers as it shrugs off impact of Covid on hospitality sector

Bristol-based café-bar chain Loungers expects to open a further 10 sites over the next six months as it continues to bounce back strongly from the impact of the pandemic. The group has already opened 13 new venues this year, defying the gloom in some parts of the leisure sector and...

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Osborne Clarke in link-up with Bristol academy to bridge gap between school and legal profession

October 15, 2021
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Osborne Clarke in link-up with Bristol academy to bridge gap between school and legal profession

A flagship programme to provide long-term skills and employability support to schools with high levels of disadvantage in Bristol has been launched by international law firm Osborne Clarke. The Bridge project is being run by Osborne Clarke in partnership with Visionpath, an organisation that aims to radically improve the...

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Former senior civil servant appointed new chair of Bristol’s Commission on Race Equality

October 15, 2021
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Former senior civil servant appointed new chair of Bristol’s Commission on Race Equality

Bristol’s Commission on Race Equality (CoRE) has appointed Museji Takolia CBE as its new independent chair to take forward the city’s aspirations in furthering race equality and inclusion. Museji, pictured, was appointed by a recruitment panel which included Bristol deputy mayor and cabinet member for children services, education and...

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Merger talks with London practice held by Royds Withy King to create £50m-plus revenue firm

October 15, 2021
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Merger talks with London practice held by Royds Withy King to create £50m-plus revenue firm

Royds Withy King, the regional law firm with an office in Bristol, is in advanced merger talks with a smaller London practice in a move that would lift its annual revenue to more than £50m. Bath-headquartered Royds Withy King, which also has offices in Swindon, Oxford and London, confirmed the...

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Smith & Williamson helps security firm unlock bright future after sale to investment firm

October 14, 2021
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Smith & Williamson helps security firm unlock bright future after sale to investment firm

Accountancy group Smith & Williamson’s Bristol-based corporate finance has advised on the sale of a Bath security, fire and safety systems firm which will enable it to expand. Established in 1988, BWS supplies, installs, maintains and monitors fire alarms, intruder alarms, CCTV and access control systems for commercial and residential customers, principally across...

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Four trainee solicitors take up posts at Barcan+Kirby after it attracts record number of applications

October 14, 2021
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Four trainee solicitors take up posts at Barcan+Kirby after it attracts record number of applications

Bristol law firm Barcan+Kirby has strengthened its team with the appointment of four trainee solicitors. Amy Reeves, Alicia Perry-Watts, Hevy Khalil and Stephen Biggs have now started their training contracts with the firm. Alicia and Hevy, who started their careers as paralegals with Barcan+Kirby, have taken their first seats...

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Refurbishment work on major office building nears completion as market mounts strong recovery

October 14, 2021
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Refurbishment work on major office building nears completion as market mounts strong recovery

The delayed multi-million pound refurbishment and expansion of a major Bristol office building is on course to complete later this year to meet growing demand for prime space in the city centre. Formerly called South Plaza and now rebranded as 360 Bristol, the 107,000 sq ft building, pictured, overlooking...

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Professional liability lawyer appointed partner for Kennedys’ Bristol office as it fully reopens

October 14, 2021
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Professional liability lawyer appointed partner for Kennedys’ Bristol office as it fully reopens

International law firm Kennedys has strengthened its presence in Bristol with the appointment of a new partner to the office it opened in the city in 2019. Laura Hurst, pictured, a senior associate in the firm’s London professional liability division, has been promoted to partner as part of a...

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Online cider shop gets taste for growth with help from recovery loan scheme

October 14, 2021
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Online cider shop gets taste for growth with help from recovery loan scheme

Independent drinks retailer Bristol Cider Shop is the latest firm in the city to benefit from a government-backed loan scheme to help businesses recover from the impact of the pandemic. The £31,600 will help the firm relocate to a larger warehouse and take advantage of growing online market opportunities. ...

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US TV networks snap up hit animation series based on director’s schooldays in Portishead

October 13, 2021
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US TV networks snap up hit animation series based on director’s schooldays in Portishead

A comedy animation show based on an 11 year old’s time at a secondary school near Bristol is to be screened in the US under a deal struck by city-based independent production company Wildseed Studios. The 20-episode series, originally commissioned by Sky Kids and produced by BAFTA-winning Wildseed Studios, is...

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University of Bristol starts deep tech pre-incubator in quest to create more quantum start-ups

October 13, 2021
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University of Bristol starts deep tech pre-incubator in quest to create more quantum start-ups

A pre-incubator programme to support new quantum, engineering and scientific technology companies has been launched by the University of Bristol. The university already has a strong track record in contributing to the development of the UK quantum industry, having helped originate a third of all UK quantum start-ups.  Its...

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