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Pioneering Bristol firms could miss out under Govt’s new Innovation Strategy, warns Metro Mayor

July 29, 2021
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Pioneering Bristol firms could miss out under Govt’s new Innovation Strategy, warns Metro Mayor

The government’s new Innovation Strategy, which aims to turbo charge the UK’s most pioneering businesses, will fall flat unless its key decisions are devolved to the regions, according to West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris. In his latest broadside against what he sees as over control by Westminster,...

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Bristol Business Blog: Rob Brown, tax partner, Milsted Langdon. Post-Covid changes to taxation now seem increasingly likely

July 28, 2021
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Bristol Business Blog: Rob Brown, tax partner, Milsted Langdon. Post-Covid changes to taxation now seem increasingly likely

To date, the government has spent more than £372bn on the nation’s response to Covid-19 and while much of the financial support on offer is due to end in a few months’ time, the spiralling costs have had a heavy hit on the public finances. That is why we...

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We’re ready to support ambitious firms to grow, LDC South West team says as opportunities return

July 27, 2021
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We’re ready to support ambitious firms to grow, LDC South West team says as opportunities return

The South West team of LDC, the leading mid-market private equity firm, is predicting significant growth and investment opportunities for small and mid-sized businesses over the coming year as the regional economy recovers from the pandemic. The Bristol-based team completed three deals in the first half of this year...

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Kickstart scheme helps set innovative CD recycling firm on fast track to growth

July 22, 2021
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Kickstart scheme helps set innovative CD recycling firm on fast track to growth

A Bristol start-up that recycles CDs and DVDs into products such as bar stools, earrings and soap dishes is expanding after recruiting three young people under the Kickstart employment scheme. Revive Innovations is among 140 businesses in the region working with business group Business West on the government. Some...

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Charity calls on food firms to hand over any surplus to help feed hungry kids this summer

July 22, 2021
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Charity calls on food firms to hand over any surplus to help feed hungry kids this summer

Bristol’s food businesses are being urged not to bin their surplus produce but to redirect it to FareShare Southwest, the region’s largest food redistribution charity, as it gears up to prevent children going hungry during the school holidays. The food will help the charity, whose mission is to fight...

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Children’s Hospice SW targeting £30k from ‘physical and virtual’ sponsored Moonlight Memory Walk

July 21, 2021
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Children’s Hospice SW targeting £30k from ‘physical and virtual’ sponsored Moonlight Memory Walk

A series of virtual and community fundraising events is being organised by Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) to bring in much-needed cash after it suffered a major falloff in income over the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The charity, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, needs around...

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Stay cautious as city opens up again from Monday, businesses are warned amid soaring cases

July 16, 2021
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Stay cautious as city opens up again from Monday, businesses are warned amid soaring cases

Bristol firms are being urged to remain cautious about easing Covid-related measures too quickly as the country prepares for most legal restrictions to be lifted on Monday. With infection rates rising again across the area, the city council is encouraging residents to avoid crowded areas, if possible, and to...

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Richard Bonner takes up the reins as new chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

July 15, 2021
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Richard Bonner takes up the reins as new chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed civil engineer Richard Bonner as its new chair, replacing Prof Steve West, who has been in the role since 2017. Richard, pictured, joined the LEP board two years ago and also served on the West of England Economic Recovery...

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Change at the top at ForrestBrown as it aims for more growth in R&D tax market shake-up

July 9, 2021
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Change at the top at ForrestBrown as it aims for more growth in R&D tax market shake-up

Bristol research and development tax relief consultancy ForrestBrown has shuffled its senior management team – with founder Simon Brown becoming chairman – as it prepares for extensive changes in the sector.  The  firm has grown rapidly since Simon, pictured, launched it as a disruptor in 2013 after identifying an...

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R&D tax changes to go under the spotlight at Smith & Williamson webinar

July 8, 2021
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R&D tax changes to go under the spotlight at Smith & Williamson webinar

Bristol firms will be guided through the latest changes to the UK’s innovation incentive landscape in an online event staged by accountancy firm Smith & Williamson next week. The Zoom webinar will highlight new rules around the Patent Box regime, which came into force on June30, as well as the recent government consultation on Research And Development (R&D) Tax relief. ...

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Defence electronics industry executive takes up new role as IoD South West vice-chair

July 2, 2021
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Defence electronics industry executive takes up new role as IoD South West vice-chair

A business mentor, coach and advisor who spent much of his career in the West of England’s defence electronics industry has become vice-chair of the Institute of Directors’ South West region. In his new role, Steve Hill, pictured, will support the transition to a new chair later this year...

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Royal Academy of Engineering recognition for Bristol haptics technology innovator

July 2, 2021
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Royal Academy of Engineering recognition for Bristol haptics technology innovator

The founder of pioneering Bristol hand-tracking software firm Ultraleap, Dr Tom Carter, has been awarded one of global engineering’s most prestigious awards. The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal recognises an outstanding personal contribution to the sector that has resulted in the successful commercial use of their innovation. Tom, pictured, invented Ultraleap’s haptic...

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Bristol Business Blog: Milsted Langdon restructuring partner Tim Close. Covid insolvency rules extension offers relief – but distressed firms must seek help

June 29, 2021
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Bristol Business Blog: Milsted Langdon restructuring partner Tim Close. Covid insolvency rules extension offers relief – but distressed firms must seek help

As many Coronavirus restrictions will now remain in place until July 19, the government has decided to extend some of the temporary Covid insolvency rules to support struggling businesses. While an extension to the measures is welcome but businesses in distress still face tough months ahead.  Originally introduced in...

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