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Webinar series for professional practice partners to be hosted by Smith & Williamson

September 14, 2021
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Webinar series for professional practice partners to be hosted by Smith & Williamson

Smith & Williamson, the national accountancy group with an office in Bristol, is launching a series of webinars for partners in professional practices.   Its autumn series begins next week with a session entitled Introduction to the Partnership. Taking place from 9-10am next Tuesday, September 21,  it will guide newly appointed equity...

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TLT signs Greener Litigation Pledge as part of its commitment to be net zero by 2025

September 14, 2021
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TLT signs Greener Litigation Pledge as part of its commitment to be net zero by 2025

Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT has become the second from the city to commit to reducing the environmental impact of litigation. It has signed the Greener Litigation Pledge as part of its aim to be net zero by 2025 while also supporting clients with their own sustainability goals.  The pledge...

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New CBI South West leadership team vows to help region’s firms build back from pandemic

September 14, 2021
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New CBI South West leadership team vows to help region’s firms build back from pandemic

The CBI has appointed a new South West team, including a new regional director and deputy regional director, to lead its activities in the region and support member businesses as they look to rebuild from the impact of Covid-19. Ben Rhodes steps up from the deputy director role he...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

September 12, 2021
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Monday September 13 Finals: Abcam, Dianomi, ITM Power Interims: Blackbird, Gaming Realms, Greencoat Rene, Henry Boot, Iqgeo Group, M.P. Evans Group, Spectral MD Holdings, Surface Transforms, Verici DX, Xpediator Trading announcement: AB Foods Tuesday September 14 Finals: Diurnal Group, MJ Gleeson, NCC Group, Petra Diamonds, Thinksmart Interims: Accesso Technology Group, Bluejay Mining, Cloudcall Group,...

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Bristol plays host to Channel 4 News as part of TV station’s pioneering Black to Front project

September 10, 2021
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Bristol plays host to Channel 4 News as part of TV station’s pioneering Black to Front project

Channel 4’s commitment to Bristol will be underpinned this evening when its flagship news programme is broadcast from the city as part of its ground-breaking Black to Front initiative. Black to Front aims to showcase Black talent and improve representation within the TV industry, said Channel 4, which opened...

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Government urged to ditch post-Brexit EU visa rules as Bristol hotels struggle to fill 500 vacancies

September 10, 2021
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Government urged to ditch post-Brexit EU visa rules as Bristol hotels struggle to fill 500 vacancies

Bristol hotel bosses are calling on the government to reverse the post-Brexit ban on visas for EU hospitality workers as they battle against skill shortages that have left them with around 500 vacancies. Members of the Bristol Hoteliers Association (BHA) fear that, while business has been booming in recent...

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Funding for drone tech firm on a mission to slash wind turbine maintenance costs

September 10, 2021
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Funding for drone tech firm on a mission to slash wind turbine maintenance costs

A Bristol robotics business aiming to cut the cost of maintaining wind turbines is flying high after landing £1.6m in its latest funding round. Perceptual Robotics uses autonomous drones to map turbines before passing the images onto a cloud-based AI (artificial intelligence) system which processes them to detect damage. ...

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Butcombe toasts a strong rise in sales as end of lockdowns and staycations fuel thirst for craft beer

September 10, 2021
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Butcombe toasts a strong rise in sales as end of lockdowns and staycations fuel thirst for craft beer

The staycation trend combined with a renewed taste for craft beer and quality pub food helped Bristol-based Butcombe achieve strong sales over the summer. The craft brewery and pub group enjoyed a 52% increase in food sales and an 83% rise in income from its rooms over the past...

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Foot Anstey report shows sharp rise in attacks on shopworkers over Covid-related rules

September 10, 2021
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Foot Anstey report shows sharp rise in attacks on shopworkers over Covid-related rules

Retail workers have faced a big increase in workplace verbal, physical or sexual harassment sparked by some shoppers’ reactions to Covid-linked restrictions such as wearing masks, according to a new study by law firm Foot Anstey. Nearly two-thirds have experienced offensive behaviour at work from angry customers since the...

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‘Tenacity and laser focus’ earns Bristol tech pioneer place in national entrepreneur awards final

September 10, 2021
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‘Tenacity and laser focus’ earns Bristol tech pioneer place in national entrepreneur awards final

James Hadley, the CEO of Bristol-based cybersecurity pioneers Immersive Labs, has claimed a place in the national finals of a prestigious entrepreneur contest after being named as one of the winners of a regional heat. James, pictured below, was named as a Rising Star in the Midlands and South...

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Burges Salmon helps John Lewis Partnership sub-let ‘one-of-a-kind’ 1m sq ft distribution centre

September 10, 2021
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Burges Salmon helps John Lewis Partnership sub-let ‘one-of-a-kind’ 1m sq ft distribution centre

Retail group the John Lewis Partnership has been advised by Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon on a major property deal to support the rapid growth of its online sales offering Johnlewis.com. The partnership, which also owns the John Lewis stores and upmarket Waitrose supermarket chain, is sub-letting a...

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Bristol Business Blog: Matthew Oldfield, tax manager, Haines Watts Bristol. The business impacts of reforms to health and social care

September 9, 2021
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Bristol Business Blog: Matthew Oldfield, tax manager, Haines Watts Bristol. The business impacts of reforms to health and social care

This week the government announced the headline-grabbing breakage of a manifesto promise in announcing tax rises to fund reforms of our nation’s health and social care. April 2022 will see an effective 1.25% increase in National Insurance Contributions (NICs), replaced a year later with a new levy, ring-fenced purely...

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TLT consortium secures £7m government contract for crucial post-Brexit trade negotiations

September 9, 2021
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TLT consortium secures £7m government contract for crucial post-Brexit trade negotiations

The Department for International Trade has awarded a £7m contract to a three-partner consortium that includes Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT to advise on three critical trade negotiations as it seeks to shape the country’s post-Brexit trading landscape. The contract follows the consortium’s appointment to the government’s trade law...

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