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Fast-growing fuel tanks business taps into £40m investment in deal secured by top Bristol advisors

February 12, 2021
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Fast-growing fuel tanks business taps into £40m investment in deal secured by top Bristol advisors

A team of Bristol professional advisors has secured a £40m investment for Yate-based Western Global, the leading provider of industrial liquid storage tanks. Founded as a family business, Western Global has expanded across Europe and North America in recent years. Its premium fuel and lubricants storage and handling products lead...

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New round of grants available for Bristol firms financially impacted by Covid restrictions

February 12, 2021
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New round of grants available for Bristol firms financially impacted by Covid restrictions

Bristol firms hit by Covid-19 restrictions can apply for financial assistance through a new round of discretionary business grants – but should be quick as funding is limited. The pay outs are specifically for businesses that have been severely financially impacted by restrictions during the city’s Tier 2, Tier...

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University of Bristol internship scheme relaunched to help Covid-hit small firms

February 10, 2021
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University of Bristol internship scheme relaunched to help Covid-hit small firms

Small firms impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can apply for one of 100 fully funded internships in a scheme run by the University of Bristol. The university hopes the £125,000 scheme, which it is funding partly from alumni donations, will help struggling businesses while also giving students vital work experience.  The...

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Bid for controversial Bristol ‘freeport’ goes to government with cross-party support

February 5, 2021
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Bid for controversial Bristol ‘freeport’ goes to government with cross-party support

Turning a huge site at Avonmouth and Severnside into one of a new generation of ‘freeports’ could give Bristol’s economy a massive post-pandemic boost and create up to 50,000 jobs, it was claimed today. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA), which includes Bristol City Council, today officially submitted...

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SETsquared Bristol firms secure investments worth £40m despite Covid slowing down funding

February 5, 2021
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SETsquared Bristol firms secure investments worth £40m despite Covid slowing down funding

Businesses based at SETsquared Bristol, the city’s acclaimed incubator, last year attracted investments worth a total of £40.2m – equivalent to more than 10% of the total raised by the South West region for the third year in a row. The achievement came despite the region’s investment market slowing...

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Financial injection for cutting-edge pharmacy software as pandemic uncovers sector’s outdated methods

February 4, 2021
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Financial injection for cutting-edge pharmacy software as pandemic uncovers sector’s outdated methods

Bristol-based specialist software firm Invatech Health has received another financial shot in the arm as it looks to revolutionise the pharmacy sector with its pioneering technology. The firm has been awarded £900,000 award from the government-backed Innovate UK agency under a competitive programme to support game-changing tech innovations in small...

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Top firms target Bristol graduates more than most other universities, report shows

February 4, 2021
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Top firms target Bristol graduates more than most other universities, report shows

Graduates from the University of Bristol are among the most sought after by top employers, a major new report has found – and in some cases can command starting salaries of more than £45,000. The ‘Graduate Market in 2021’ survey asked the Britain’s top 100 employers which graduates they...

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Covid Impact Review service for Bristol businesses launched by GL Law

February 4, 2021
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Covid Impact Review service for Bristol businesses launched by GL Law

Bristol legal firm GL Law has started an initiative to support businesses in the city in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The free Covid Impact Review will help owners and directors build back better by highlighting the parts of the business that need attention and set out steps...

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Key themes for business covered in Bristol-China Bureau’s schedule of 2021 online events

February 2, 2021
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Key themes for business covered in Bristol-China Bureau’s schedule of 2021 online events

China’s booming Shandong province will be the subject of the next webinar to be staged by the Bristol and West of England China Bureau. It has set out a year-long programme of online events co-ordinated and hosted by Hewlett Rand, a long-term bureau member.  Having focused on the vibrant tech...

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Jobs saved as Bristol engineering group takes over failed aerospace business

January 29, 2021
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Jobs saved as Bristol engineering group takes over failed aerospace business

A Bristol aircraft components manufacturer founded on the eve of World War 2 has acquired two aerospace engineering firms out of administration, safeguarding the jobs of all their workers. St George-based Broadway Engineering has taken over Avon Valley Precision Engineering and Redcliffe Precision.  The two were subsidiaries of AVPE...

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Gloomy South West firms see no short-term relief from Covid-19 but vaccine roll-out lifts spirits of some

January 29, 2021
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Gloomy South West firms see no short-term relief from Covid-19 but vaccine roll-out lifts spirits of some

Business confidence among South West firms has slumped to the lowest in England as the latest lockdown pushes sales down further and puts more pressure on staffing levels. Just 11% for businesses in the region expect trading levels to have returned to pre-pandemic levels by this time next year...

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Networking event will look at key issues for Bristol’s black-owned businesses

January 29, 2021
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Networking event will look at key issues for Bristol’s black-owned businesses

Black-owned Bristol businesses will be encouraged to create connections that will help them to start up, grow, adapt and thrive in a free online event hosted by Lloyds Banking Group. The event, which is being supported by Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire, pictured, will bring together Black business owners...

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Bristol businesses to get more help on road to post-Covid recovery in new WECA campaign

January 28, 2021
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Bristol businesses to get more help on road to post-Covid recovery in new WECA campaign

A campaign to help Bristol businesses recover from the impact coronavirus by connecting them with essential support and guidance has been launched by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). Called Together West of England, the campaign is part of a plan for a long-term, post-Covid recovery drawn up...

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