Advanced manufacturing

Seal production ‘goes into overdrive’ at Avon Group as it helps global battle against coronavirus

May 5, 2021
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Seal production ‘goes into overdrive’ at Avon Group as it helps global battle against coronavirus

Production of specialist components used in the fight against Covid-19 has soared into the billions at Bristol-based manufacturer Avon Group over the past year. The firm has made and shipped worldwide upwards of 7bn aerosol stems, gasket seals, pictured, and similar items used in sanitisers, soap dispensers and cleaning...

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Former IoD Bristol chair Lhosa Daly among three new Western Gateway board members

May 5, 2021
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Former IoD Bristol chair Lhosa Daly among three new Western Gateway board members

The Western Gateway, the cross-border economic partnership of eight cities either side of the River Severn including Bristol, has appointed former Institute of Directors Bristol chair Lhosa Daly to its board. Lhosa, pictured, who has also been chair of Bristol art gallery Arnolfini, is one of three new board...

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Exporters urgently need support to deal with Brexit red tape, says Business West as TCA is ratified

April 30, 2021
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Exporters urgently need support to deal with Brexit red tape, says Business West as TCA is ratified

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has used the ratification of UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) to renew its plea for help for firms hit by Brexit-related red tape. The TCA, the blueprint for free trade between following the UK’s departure from the EU, had been signed...

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Marked turnaround in optimism among the region’s small business as lockdown eases

April 28, 2021
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Marked turnaround in optimism among the region’s small business as lockdown eases

Small business confidence has staged a dramatic recovery in the South West, according to the results of a new survey, as firms look head to life after lockdown. The latest quarterly survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), conducted among its members last month, reveals levels of optimism...

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Bristol Business Blog: Helen Bassett and Mo Salim, Smith & Williamson. Will RPA change the future of outsourcing?

April 26, 2021
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Being tied down with day-to-day administration can be frustrating, particularly when you would rather be developing your business. Whether you are a busy finance director or an entrepreneur growing a business, keeping your accounting and compliance requirements on track is essential to your success. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) can...

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Bristol Business Manifesto calls on next mayor to tackle city’s ‘deep inequalities’

April 23, 2021
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Bristol Business Manifesto calls on next mayor to tackle city’s ‘deep inequalities’

Candidates standing to be the next Mayor of Bristol have been issued with a ‘business challenge’ to ensure the voice of local firms remain central to the election campaign. Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative at Business West has produced the manifesto for the contenders in the race for...

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Survey will shed light on how Bristol’s small manufacturers have coped with Covid

April 23, 2021
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Survey will shed light on how Bristol’s small manufacturers have coped with Covid

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Bristol’s small and medium-sized manufacturers and their efforts to overcome it will be revealed when the results of the largest survey of its kind are published next month. The city’s manufacturers are being urged to take part in the research, which will...

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Register now for Bristol Business News’ free webinar: A Brave New World

April 23, 2021
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Register now for Bristol Business News’ free webinar: A Brave New World

Time is running out to register for Bristol Business News’ exclusive webinar aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain time. Staged with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox , Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. It takes place next...

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Business development executives join R&D tax firm Access2Funding to boost its Bristol team

April 22, 2021
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Research and development tax specialist Access2Funding has grown its Bristol team with the addition of two business development executives. The arrival of Gary Standen and Tracey Kovacs takes the team to five,  including two writers and a tax specialist. Merseyside-headquartered Access2Funding has become one of the UK’s fastest-growing R&D...

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Free digital support for family firms to future proof them for the next generation

April 21, 2021
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Free digital support for family firms to future proof them for the next generation

Family-owned firms based in Bristol can get free advice and support on using digital technology to improve and streamline their business processes. The three-month programme, called Evolve Digital, will enable family businesses to identify key areas such as moving into online sales, electronic invoicing or working remotely the where...

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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

April 16, 2021
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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

Exports by South West businesses have slumped to historic lows as they are hit by higher trade barriers due to Brexit, according to a major new survey. Manufacturers have been impacted most, the research by the British Chambers of Commerce South West shows.  Some 53% of exporters said they...

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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

April 15, 2021
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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

Bristol Business News has teamed up with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox to host an exclusive virtual event aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain times. A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. Expert presenters from Tinderbox...

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More growth for Avon Group as it hits acquisition trail for second time in six months

April 14, 2021
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More growth for Avon Group as it hits acquisition trail for second time in six months

Bristol-based specialist manufacturing and engineering business Avon Group has made its second key acquisition in six months – consolidating its position as a major player in the UK industrial component manufacturing sector. The takeover of Scandura – the UK’s longest-established gasket manufacturer – follows that of Edgewest Plastics (UK) last...

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