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High-flying easyJet to launch Naples route from Bristol

September 22, 2011
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EasyJet is to introduce flights from Bristol to Naples, bringing to 43 its number of destinations from the airport. The budget airline, which today raised its full-year profit guidance, said fares on the route would start at £31.99 (one-way, including taxes). The three-times-weekly service will operate from  May 12...

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M&G shows bid interest in Bristol Water

September 21, 2011
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The auction of Bristol Water is warming up with Infracapital, the infrastructure arm of M&G Investment Management, reported to be considering a bid. Fund manager M&G – which already has a stake in Kelda, the parent company of Yorkshire Water – is likely to be the only British bidder. Two Japanese...

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Imperial Tobacco back on track as Spanish price war ends

September 21, 2011
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Bristol-based Imperial Tobacco, the world's fourth largest cigarette company, says its overall anticipated financial performance for the year to September 30, are in line with the board's expectations. This is a significant improvement in outlook following a price battle in Spain with rival Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro...

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Profits take off as Ultimate Finance enjoys strong growth

September 21, 2011
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Annual operating profits have shot up by 103% at Bristol-based factoring and invoice discounting firm Ultimate Finance as it continued its expansion. The £904,000 was earned on turnover up 51% to £9.7m as Ashley Commercial Finance, which Ultimate acquired last October for £4.75m, was fully integrated and cross-selling and...

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‘Red carpet’ treatment helps attract green energy firm to Bristol

September 21, 2011
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Offshore and marine engineering firm LICenergy UK is to open an office in Bristol in a move described as “fantastic news” for the city’s reputation as a centre for green technology. The firm, a subsidiary of Danish group LIC Engineering, plans to recruit up to 20 engineers, draughtsman and administrative staff...

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Economic woes hit consumer confidence, survey shows

September 21, 2011
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Consumer confidence fell to a four-month low in August as the economy continued to struggle, a Nationwide survey showed today. The building society said it was a relief the drop was not bigger during a month when many UK major cities hit by the worst rioting in decades and...

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Probe launched into hidden holiday money charges

September 21, 2011
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Holidaymakers are being charged too much for their foreign currency because of complex charges and misleading information, according to watchdog group Consumer Focus. UK travellers exchange around £27bn each year and Consumer Focus questions whether much of the estimated £1bn charged in fees is warranted. It has submitted a...

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Global cuisine chefs sought for new restaurant concept

September 20, 2011
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Za Za Bazaar, the innovative banquet restaurant set to open on Bristol’s Harbourside this autumn, is searching for 15 chefs who are experts in cuisines spanning American and Mexican to Italian, Turkish and Lebanese as part of its recruitment drive. Some 20 chefs have already been recruited but 15...

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Essential advice on employment law changes at free seminar

September 20, 2011
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Recent changes in employment legislation will be explained at a free seminar taking place next Tuesday. The event is hosted by Mangotsfield-based chartered accountancy firm Copson Grandfield and among the speakers will be Gregg Latcham partner John Dalby, who heads the firm’s corporate and commercial and employment departments. Solicitor Colin...

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Bristol’s newest hotel gets ready for business

September 19, 2011
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Bristol's latest hotel – a 151-bedroom Travelodge in Mitchells Lane, Redcliffe – is about to open for business. The six-storey hotel has a bar, 90-cover café and a 29-space car park in the basement. It also has a ground-floor commercial unit with planning consent for commercial, retail and leisure...

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Driving growth seminar looks at innovation and international trade

September 19, 2011
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Company owners, managers and directors keen to grow their businesses over the next year, particularly through exports, are being invited to a half-day seminar tomorrow. Called Driving your Business Forward through Growth, Innovation and Internationalisation, the event is staged by Business Link, Enterprise Europe Network and UK Trade and...

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Hats off to homeless charity fund-raising day

September 19, 2011
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Sherlock actor Martin Freeman is calling on Bristol businesses to hunt out hilarious hats and wear them on November 4 to raise funds for St Mungo’s, the national charity which operates a centre in Jamaica St  providing healthcare advice and support for homeless people. Martin is joined by TV...

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Bristol team behind buy out of Oracle support specialists

September 16, 2011
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The Bristol branch of the Co-op bank has provided a six-figure loan to the management buy out team at e-DBA, the UK’s leading Oracle Support specialist providing cloud services and other products. Chris Mapp, business development manager at the Co-op’s Bristol Corporate Banking Centre said e-DBA, which has offices...

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