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Foot Anstey earns highest legal sector score in its reaccreditation for National Equality Standard

June 16, 2021
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Foot Anstey earns highest legal sector score in its reaccreditation for National Equality Standard

South West law firm Foot Anstey, which has an office in Bristol, has secured reaccreditation from the National Equality Standard (NES), achieving the highest score of any legal sector organisation. Foot Anstey became the first law firm in the region to gain an NES three years ago for its efforts...

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PwC joins Bristol climate group as it makes eco pledges to aim for Net Zero by 2030

June 16, 2021
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PwC joins Bristol climate group as it makes eco pledges to aim for Net Zero by 2030

Accountancy group PwC has become the latest firm to join the Bristol Climate Leaders Group, which was launched last November to help make the city carbon neutral within 10 years by sharing experiences and best practice. PwC, which employs 580 people in its West of England office at Temple...

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New associate director for Savills’ Bristol residential development sales team

June 15, 2021
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New associate director for Savills’ Bristol residential development sales team

Property agency Savills has appointed Melanie Fernandes as an associate director to its specialist residential development sales team in Bristol. An experienced property professional, Melanie, pictured, has worked in the Bristol market for nearly 10 years, starting in lettings before moving into property management and then residential sales.  She...

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Search starts for new chair of the Institute of Directors’ South West region

June 15, 2021
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Search starts for new chair of the Institute of Directors’ South West region

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is recruiting a new chair to lead its South West region as the role’s current holder Muir Macdonald comes to the end of his three-year term this autumn. The successful candidate will act as the voice for regional directors, working alongside a dedicated team at...

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Bristol Business Blog: Zoe Thomas, partner and head of real estate tax, Smith & Williamson. Losing the offshore advantage

June 15, 2021
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Bristol Business Blog: Zoe Thomas, partner and head of real estate tax, Smith & Williamson. Losing the offshore advantage

In recent years, the tax landscape for property investors has changed dramatically, perhaps no more so than when it comes to non-resident capital gains tax (NRCGT). Indeed, most tax benefits that derived from having non-resident status have now been eliminated and with the new surcharge for SDLT of 2%...

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New era for Wards Solicitors as it appoints first female managing partner

June 15, 2021
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New era for Wards Solicitors as it appoints first female managing partner

Regional law firm Wards Solicitors has appointed Jenny Pierce as its new managing partner, making her the first female head of the firm in its 100 year history. Jenny, pictured, is head of the Wills, Probate and mental capacity practice at the firm and a member of its long-established...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

June 14, 2021
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Monday June 14 Finals: Active Energy Group, Augmentum Fintech, Draper Esprit, Nostra Terra Oil & Gas Company, Scirocco Energy, Tanfield Group Interim: Crest Nicholson Trading announcements: Alphawave IP Group, Esken, NMCN, Saga, Sthree, Synectics, ZCCM Investments Holdings Tuesday June  15 Finals: Anemoi International, CML Microsystems, Iomart Group, Tatton Asset Management, Thalassa Holdings,...

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$2bn order puts pioneering Bristol aerospace firm’s ‘flying taxi’ on runway to reality

June 11, 2021
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$2bn order puts pioneering Bristol aerospace firm’s ‘flying taxi’ on runway to reality

Bristol-based Vertical Aerospace, which is developing a world-beating electric-powered ‘flying taxi’ that could revolutionise air travel, has landed a $2bn order for up to 500 of the aircraft. The order, from international aircraft leasing company Avolon, will speed up development of the world’s most advanced electric vertical take-off and...

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Festival will throw spotlight on Bristol’s tech strength again after challenging year

June 11, 2021
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Festival will throw spotlight on Bristol’s tech strength again after challenging year

Bristol Technology Festival returns for its third edition later this year with the city hosting more than 50 events with themes spanning the breadth and depth of its growing tech and digital sector. The current plans are to hold the events in a hybrid model with a selection of...

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Glastonbury to stage mini comeback festival in September – with help from TLT’s licensing team

June 11, 2021
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Glastonbury to stage mini comeback festival in September – with help from TLT’s licensing team

Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT has secured a licence for Glastonbury Festivals’ organisers which allows them to stage a 50,000-capacity show in September after the main festival was cancelled for a second year. The final Equinox licence contains all of the organisers’ requests, including noise provisions that will allow visitors...

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Hospitality industry app amended to take account of rise of ‘surge-pricing’ sparked by staffing crisis

June 11, 2021
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Hospitality industry app amended to take account of rise of ‘surge-pricing’ sparked by staffing crisis

The innovative Bristol tech firm behind the Limber app that links hospitality venues with staff seeking flexible shifts has amended it to allow workers to increase their hourly rate as demand soars. The feature has been introduced as bars and restaurants struggle to fill vacancies as they reopen from...

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Osborne Clarke helps power-up Microsoft’s £1bn-plus supercomputer deal with Met Office

June 11, 2021
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Osborne Clarke helps power-up Microsoft’s £1bn-plus supercomputer deal with Met Office

Lawyers in the Bristol office of international law firm Osborne Clarke have advised Microsoft in its partnership with the Met Office to develop a £1bn-plus world-leading weather and forecasting and climate modelling supercomputer. The Met office said the supercomputer, which is due to be operational from next summer, will...

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Womble Bond Dickinson advises charity on building deal to provide much-needed almshouses

June 11, 2021
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Womble Bond Dickinson advises charity on building deal to provide much-needed almshouses

One of Bristol’s oldest charities has been advised by the city office of transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson on the acquisition of a specialist workspace and conference centre. The Vassall Centre, pictured, in Fishponds offers affordable, accessible facilities for charities and not-for-profit organisations.  Bristol Charities, which provides opportunities and...

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