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Deloitte’s M&A team in Bristol hails ‘fantastic’ year for dealmaking with total of 17 completed

January 26, 2022
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Deloitte’s M&A team in Bristol hails ‘fantastic’ year for dealmaking with total of 17 completed

Dealmakers from accountancy firm Deloitte’s Bristol-based mergers & acquisitions team completed a record number 17 deals last year – four of them in just three weeks during December. The total number, with a collective value of just under £2bn, was almost double that of 2020, when the team completed...

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CBI boss told of Bristol’s global potential in emerging tech sectors on visit to city

January 21, 2022
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CBI boss told of Bristol’s global potential in emerging tech sectors on visit to city

National business organisation such as the CBI can play a crucial role in helping Bristol develop world-class clusters in high-potential sectors such as deeptech and creative tech, its director-general was told on a visit to the city. Tony Danker met a number of businesses in Bristol to hear about...

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Children’s hospice business club shows the power of bringing companies together

January 21, 2022
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Children’s hospice business club shows the power of bringing companies together

Bristol firms are being invited to join Children’s Hospice South West’s Business Club as it aims to raise £90,000 from the initiative to support it in helping make a difference to young people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. The charity needs around £11m a year to run its...

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BGF Bristol office invests record £115m in high-growth business in 2021

January 20, 2022
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BGF Bristol office invests record £115m in high-growth business in 2021

Investments by the Bristol team of growth finance group BGF passed the £100m mark for the first time last year as it continued its strong run of funding ambitious businesses. The team injected £115m of equity into firms in 2021 – a 72% increase on 2020’s total and more...

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New finance director for Avon Group as it aims for further expansion

January 18, 2022
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New finance director for Avon Group as it aims for further expansion

Bristol-based specialist manufacturing and engineering firm Avon Group has appointed Charles Toosey as finance director to support its ambitious growth plans. Charles, pictured, has high-level experience in financial management and business consulting having joined Avon Group from London-based aluminium manufacturer Alvance, where he has spent the past two years...

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Supply chain disruption hitting firms, survey shows, but confidence for 2022 is high

January 7, 2022
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Supply chain disruption hitting firms, survey shows, but confidence for 2022 is high

More than three-quarters of manufacturing firms in Bristol and across the West of England have been affected by delays or other disruption when importing supplies or goods, according to the latest economic survey by the regions largest business group. Two-thirds of all importers have also been affected, triggering a...

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Business West managing director Phil Smith: 2022 will be a year of challenges but also opportunities

January 5, 2022
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Business West managing director Phil Smith: 2022 will be a year of challenges but also opportunities

With the ongoing impact of the pandemic, climate change and Brexit, 2022 will be another tough year for many Bristol businesses. Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative – looks at the needs and challenges for this...

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New director for SETsquared Bristol as it looks to build on its world-leading reputation

December 10, 2021
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New director for SETsquared Bristol as it looks to build on its world-leading reputation

SETsquared Bristol has appointed Marty Reid as its new director, taking over from Monika Radclyffe, who has led the world-leading tech incubator since 2016. Marty, pictured, takes up the role in January. He has been the head of Engine Shed, the Bristol innovation hub and home to SETsquared Bristol,...

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SETsquared online investment showcase shines spotlight on trio of Bristol tech innovators

December 2, 2021
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SETsquared online investment showcase shines spotlight on trio of Bristol tech innovators

Three pioneering Bristol tech firms are hoping to secure vital funding after taking part in a high-profile online investment showcase staged by globally acclaimed business incubator SETsquared. Airway Medical, Emm Technology and Neuronostics were among 16 SETsquared-backed ventures that took the mic and pitched for the investment at the...

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Second ‘deep tech’ incubator puts Bristol on path to creating world-class science ecosystem

November 26, 2021
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Second ‘deep tech’ incubator puts Bristol on path to creating world-class science ecosystem

Bristol has developed Europe’s most exciting ‘deep tech’ ecosystem where innovators can accelerate ground-breaking ideas in areas as diverse as AI, synthetic biology, nano technologies and quantum computing, guests at the opening of the city’s new Science Creates centre were told. The incubator in Old Market is already becoming...

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LEP on the look-out for board members to champion and shape the West of England’s future

November 22, 2021
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LEP on the look-out for board members to champion and shape the West of England’s future

Business people with strong networking experience and the credibility to champion the region are being sought by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to join its business board. The LEP is looking to appoint new board members to help shape a brighter, greener future for the West...

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Funding for Bristol firm aiming to clean up microplastic pollution caused by washing machines

November 19, 2021
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Funding for Bristol firm aiming to clean up microplastic pollution caused by washing machines

A Bristol-based tech firm has secured a £150,000 investment to help it scale up its innovative method of capturing, harvesting and recycling microplastics before they can pollute the world’s oceans. Called Matter, the firm was founded in 2017 by former Dyson engineer and keen scuba diver Adam Root, pictured. ...

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New campaign to stop firms becoming victims of fraud to be launched in South West

November 19, 2021
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New campaign to stop firms becoming victims of fraud to be launched in South West

Bristol businesses are partnering with the police, banking sector and specialists to spearhead a new crackdown on fraud in the South West. They have come together to re-launch the South West Fraud Forum (SWFF), which is dedicated to helping prevent businesses and individuals becoming victims of the crime.  The...

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