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Business leaders demand ‘strong political leadership’ from region’s next Metro Mayor

April 9, 2021
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Business leaders demand ‘strong political leadership’ from region’s next Metro Mayor

The West of England is being outshone by other devolved English regions such as London and Greater Manchester, a survey revealed this week as business leaders called on the next ‘Metro Mayor’ to strengthen its profile and help bring in much needed investment. With less than 30 days until...

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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

April 9, 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...

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Bristol Business Blog: West of England Combined Authority. Find new opportunities and protect growth with Intellectual Property

April 5, 2021
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Bristol Business Blog: West of England Combined Authority. Find new opportunities and protect growth with Intellectual Property

Did you know that your Intellectual Property (IP) assets can be integral to the growth and sustainability of your business? When properly managed, the value of your IP can far outweigh physical assets, accounting for over 70% of your business’s value. One of the biggest misconceptions we hear about is business owners thinking they...

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New South West CBI chair says it can “act as agent of positive change” as region emerges from pandemic

March 30, 2021
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New South West CBI chair says it can “act as agent of positive change” as region emerges from pandemic

National business group the CBI has appointed Adrian Bratt, the General Counsel of luxury motorboat manufacturer Princess Yachts, as the next chair of its South West region. Adrian, pictured, who is also a board director at the Plymouth-based firm, takes over from Pennon chief executive Susan Davy, who has...

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Bid drawn up to convert Bristol’s former nuclear power station into world’s first ‘fusion’ plant

March 26, 2021
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Bid drawn up to convert Bristol’s former nuclear power station into world’s first ‘fusion’ plant

The world’s first full-scale ‘fusion’ power plant could be built on Bristol’s doorstep under an ambitious plan backed by the city’s business leaders. The plant, which would harness the game-changing new form of clean power generation, could create thousands of jobs while also helping to tackle climate change, according...

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PwC report shows UK’s best place for women to work is still the South West, but says more must be done

March 25, 2021
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PwC report shows UK’s best place for women to work is still the South West, but says more must be done

The South West continues to be the best place in the UK for gender equality at work, according to research by accountancy group PwC. The firm’s latest annual Women in Work Index places the region in the top spot for the second year in a row. It has also extended...

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Entrepreneurs set up investment fund to help ambitious Bristol start-ups go for growth

March 23, 2021
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Entrepreneurs set up investment fund to help ambitious Bristol start-ups go for growth

A new fund to support start-ups across the South West has been launched by a group of successful Bristol-based entrepreneurs. BPEC Seed is seeking investment opportunities among early-stage, scalable and innovative firms with credible teams and clear marketing opportunity.  It has already made its first – so far unnamed...

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Sponsored editorial. New rules, new opportunities for businesses

March 19, 2021
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Sponsored editorial. New rules, new opportunities for businesses

Many businesses across the West of England are facing uncertainty and challenges that could not have been foreseen a year ago when the pandemic hit our economy and livelihoods. With our new relationship with Europe, we also know that doing business with Europe has changed. This has meant adapting...

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Bristol to get major biotech research centre after city firm receives £12m investment

March 12, 2021
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Bristol to get major biotech research centre after city firm receives £12m investment

A dedicated cell and gene therapy centre is to be set up in Bristol by city-based bio-pharmaceutical consultancy eXmoor in a move that will increase its staffing from 40 to around 200. In a major boost for Bristol’s emerging biotech sector, the 50,000 sq ft cell and gene therapy...

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Western powerhouse should plug into region’s high-growth sectors to spur economic growth, says report

March 12, 2021
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Western powerhouse should plug into region’s high-growth sectors to spur economic growth, says report

Cyber technology, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy and the green economy should be harnessed to drive recovery and growth in the Western Gateway, the regional powerhouse that includes Bristol, the West of England and South Wales. The recommendation comes in an independent report published this week which also suggests the region...

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Bristol digital engineering experts called in to help HS2 costs stay on track

March 12, 2021
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Bristol digital engineering experts called in to help HS2 costs stay on track

Digital engineering innovation developed by Bristol-based specialist CFMS is helping keep costs down on the UK’s HS2 high-speed rail link now under construction between London and Birmingham. The not-for-profit specialist is harnessing its world-class modelling capability to help improve the design and performance of the controversial project, Britain’s biggest...

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BUDGET 2021: West of England Combined Authority reaction

March 5, 2021
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BUDGET 2021: West of England Combined Authority reaction

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) welcomed an extra £4.1m investment announced in the Budget to support its efforts to reduce car usage and improve air quality by getting more people to walk, cycle and use public transport. This new money, for the year 2021-22, comes as WECA continues to develop its...

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Bristol being ignored in government’s ‘levelling-up’ agenda, says city’s Chamber of Commerce

March 3, 2021
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Bristol being ignored in government’s ‘levelling-up’ agenda, says city’s Chamber of Commerce

Significant private sector investment in the Bristol is being held back by the lack of government support for major infrastructure projects around the city, it was claimed this afternoon. After a Budget this week in which Bristol was absent from the list of UK’s first ‘freeports’ - despite a bid...

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