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New challenge to Bristol’s bid for Green Bank HQ

July 26, 2011
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Bristol faces a tough challenge in its attempt to become the base for the Government's planned £3bn Green Investment Bank, with Manchester becoming the latest city to enter the bidding process. Greater Manchester's public sector leaders are expected to formally submit a bid later this week – pitching the...

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Forum building sparks science park into life

July 25, 2011
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Bristol’s long-awaited science park, which has been more than 20 years in the making, has reached another milestone in its development with its focal point, The Forum, now ready for occupation. The 11,000 sq ft building will act as the social and collaborative hub of the £300m park at...

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Bristol poised to benefit as legal beagles seal major merger

July 25, 2011
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Law firms Beachcroft, which has a major office in Bristol, and smaller rival, London-based Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC), are to merge in a move that could lead to new opportunities for Beachcroft's Bristol operation. The merged firm – to be called DAC Beachcrof LLP – will have an annual...

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Ones to Watch awards launched for finance directors

July 25, 2011
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From Bristol 24-7 – www.bristol247.com Ambitious financial directors in the South West are being invited to put themselves forward for a prestigious new national accolade. Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA), the cost, purchase and supplier management experts with a number of operations in the region, have launched the initiative to...

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Council backs rapid transit scheme: Video

July 22, 2011
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Bristol City Council has given its backing to a £114m Government funding bid to overhaul Bristol’s transport infrastructure. The three schemes include a new road in South Bristol linking Hartcliffe Roundabout with the A370 and two “rapid transit” bus routes from Ashton Vale to Temple Meads and from Hengrove to...

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Charles scoops £50,000 prize for his ice cream business

July 22, 2011
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Charles scoops £50,000 prize for his ice cream business

Charles Francis has won £50,000 to develop his Bristol-based new generation ice cream parlour offering hand churned ice cream creations from a seemingly limitless combination of flavours and ingredients.   He has been awarded the money along with free support and advice by Barclays as one of nine regional winners...

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Planners approve giant Weston Leisuredome scheme

July 22, 2011
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Planners approve giant Weston Leisuredome scheme

A £50m all-weather leisure attraction planned for Weston-super- Mare, expected to attract 550,000 visitors in its first year and create more than 800 jobs, has gained planning approval. Based on a 12.7-acre site at Locking Parklands, a former RAF base on the town’s outskirts, the Leisuredome will be one...

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Fraud – the South West’s new growth industry

July 22, 2011
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A six-fold increase in South West company fraud has been reported by Fraudtrack, a survey carried out by accountants and business advisers BDO LLP. The new data, covering the six months from December 2010 to the end of May this year, show that the value of reported fraud has...

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Airbus cracks open Boeing’s American monopoly

July 21, 2011
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Airbus has broken Boeing's monopoly at American Airlines by clinching a multi-billion dollar orders for 260 of its A320 and A320neo fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft. American, the world's fourth-largest airline by number of passengers, will also buy 150 of Boeing's rival 737s – and has taken options with both planemakers...

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Atlas Genetics poised for major growth after gaining £16.9m backing

July 21, 2011
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Bristol-based Atlas Genetics has raised £16.9m from a syndicate of new and existing investors led by Novartis Venture Funds and Consort Medical to accelerate the global launch of its Velox point-of-care test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.  Market potential for the Velox system is huge because, for the first time,...

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Hotels check in better figures in May

July 20, 2011
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Bristol hotels improved room rates and yield in May although occupancy was down marginally. Year-on-year occupancy fell 0.7% to 74.1% in 2011 but room rates were up 4.1% from £64.84 to £67.49 in 2011 boosting yield by 3.4% to £50.01. "This is good news for the sector but significant challenges remain, particularly for...

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Tax plan that’s a work of art

July 19, 2011
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Tax benefits related to donations of art and other objects of value are to rise significantly under a plan outlined in the last Budget, say chartered accountants Saffrey Champness.  Richard Cartwright, a partner in Saffery Champness’ Bristol office, explained: “Under the current Acceptance in Lieu scheme, donors are encouraged to...

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Oil company appoints new production supremo

July 19, 2011
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Bristol-based Nighthawk, the US focused oil development and production company which moved its registered office to London earlier this month, has announced the appointment of Charles (Chuck) H. Wilson as chief operating officer.  Chuck, who takes up his new role on August 1,  is US oil industry veteran with...

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