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Bristol eco-homes pioneer attracts former UBS and Student Loans Company boss as its new chair

April 9, 2024
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Bristol eco-homes pioneer attracts former UBS and Student Loans Company boss as its new chair

A former vice-chair of global finance giant UBS has become non-executive chair of Agile Homes, the Bristol-based specialist provider of low-carbon, affordable homes. Christian Brodie, pictured, has extensive non-executive chair experience in a wide range of sectors spanning education, regional development, sport and charities as well as working in...

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Bristol Junior Chamber’s new president looking to build on its community and charity support

April 5, 2024
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Bristol Junior Chamber’s new president looking to build on its community and charity support

Connecting communities across the city and supporting charities will be the key themes of the Bristol Junior Chamber over the next 12 months, its newly elected president has said. Emma Carter, pictured, outlined her priorities for the coming year after assumed the role at the organisation’s AGM, when a new council...

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Project to build a fairer future for Bristol’s young people launched with backing of key organisations

April 5, 2024
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Project to build a fairer future for Bristol’s young people launched with backing of key organisations

An innovative social mobility model to address inequality and deprivation is underway in Bristol, with nine major city institutions already signed up to it. The project, led by Bristol social enterprise and youth empowerment organisation Babbasa, has the long-term vision of advancing 2,030 underrepresented young people from low-income households...

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Business saver account launched for firms looking to invest in positive social value in the region

April 5, 2024
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Business saver account launched for firms looking to invest in positive social value in the region

Bristol firms are now able to put surplus funds into a specialist savings account while also supporting a city-run organisation that gives access to affordable loans to individuals at risk of financial exclusion. Great Western Credit Union’s (GWCU) Business Saver is aimed at businesses that are looking to earn...

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UK’s economic outlook worsening, say region’s firms, despite most expecting higher sales this year

April 4, 2024
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UK’s economic outlook worsening, say region’s firms, despite most expecting higher sales this year

Confidence in the UK’s economic prospects among West of England bosses has continued to fall despite most expecting their own business to prosper this year. The latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) from Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce, shows just 16% of firms in the region think...

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Greenbank investor day to tap into the challenges and opportunities of a water-scarce world

April 2, 2024
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The social, environmental and economic risks posed by water scarcity will go under the spotlight at Bristol-based green investment firm Greenbank’s latest annual investor day later this month. Titled ‘Water Under Pressure’, the online event on 24 April will focus on risks and opportunities in a water-scarce future and...

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Ashfords’ public sector team helps Somerset Council power ahead with £4bn car battery gigafactory plan

March 28, 2024
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Ashfords’ public sector team helps Somerset Council power ahead with £4bn car battery gigafactory plan

UK law firm Ashfords, which has an office in Bristol, has been appointed to advise on elements of the £4bn electric vehicle battery gigafactory to be built on former industrial land in Somerset. The firm is working with Somerset Council on the consenting, funding and development of the massive...

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Bright sparks of Bristol’s tech cluster invited to enter sector’s most-coveted awards

March 22, 2024
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Bright sparks of Bristol’s tech cluster invited to enter sector’s most-coveted awards

Nominations have opened for this year’s SPARKies, the pioneering awards that shine a light on the best individuals, products and firms that make up the West of England’s tech sector. Launched in 2012, the annual awards have grown to become the best-respected tech accolades in the region, attracting hundreds...

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Tech and net zero will help drive new sustainable growth blueprint for Western ‘super-region’

March 21, 2024
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Tech and net zero will help drive new sustainable growth blueprint for Western ‘super-region’

Harnessing the potential of the West of England in areas such as cyber, tech and net zero will underpin a new pan-regional plan for sustainable growth to be launched this summer. The economic blueprint will form the basis of a conference led by the Western Gateway, the partnership covering...

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Latest acquisition puts Bristol engineering group on road to more expansion in the automotive sector

March 20, 2024
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Latest acquisition puts Bristol engineering group on road to more expansion in the automotive sector

Bristol-based engineering and manufacturing business Avon Group has hit the acquisition trail again to accelerate its growth – this time snapping up a specialist automotive component manufacturer. The £80m-turnover group has bought Nottinghamshire-based Interflex, which manufactures seals and acoustic protection products for the automotive industry, out of administration.  Interflex...

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Webinar: Understanding the media with Bristol Business News and Distinctive Communications

March 18, 2024
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Webinar: Understanding the media with Bristol Business News and Distinctive Communications

Bristol Business News has teamed up with city-based specialist communications consultancy Distinctive Communications to discuss how to engage with journalists to promote your business at an event tomorrow. Hosted by Distinctive founder Ben Lowndes, the free webinar will hear from Bristol Business News editor Robert Buckland on why some stories get coverage and...

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More funding for Bristol firm plugging into the power of graphene to drive down EV battery costs

March 15, 2024
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More funding for Bristol firm plugging into the power of graphene to drive down EV battery costs

The Bristol company behind pioneering technology that aims to reduce electric vehicle (EV) battery charging times while also cutting manufacturing costs has received more funding to further develop the system. Anaphite’s latest £1.6m round, which has come from a range of backers and Innovate UK, follows an injection of...

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Bristol academics get millions in funding to lead research in areas such as AI, digital health and cyber

March 15, 2024
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Bristol academics get millions in funding to lead research in areas such as AI, digital health and cyber

Bristol’s status as a leading centre for cutting-edge academic research was boosted this week as it joined a new innovative digital health hub while also receiving £57m to train a new generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The University of Bristol and UWE Bristol have become part of the...

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