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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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Virtual summit will look at the power of hydrogen to transform the region’s industry

January 28, 2021
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Virtual summit will look at the power of hydrogen to transform the region’s industry

The potential of hydrogen to spark a revolution in the West of England’s industrial base is to be explored in a major digital event next month. The Virtual Hydrogen Summit is the first event of its kind to be staged by The West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), which...

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US group snaps up historic Bristol protective clothing firm for £44m

January 26, 2021
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US group snaps up historic Bristol protective clothing firm for £44m

Bristol Uniforms, the Staple Hill firm founded in 1801 and which supplied the RAF during World War II, has been acquired by a major US supplier of fire service personal protective equipment (PPE) products for $60m (£44m). As a result of the deal, Bristol Uniforms, which employs 200 people...

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Bristol Business Blog: Tim Close, insolvency partner, Milsted Langdon. Businesses must seek help now if they fear insolvency

January 24, 2021
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Bristol Business Blog: Tim Close, insolvency partner, Milsted Langdon. Businesses must seek help now if they fear insolvency

Recently released research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has indicated that as many as 250,000 small businesses could collapse in the next 12 months. Whilst many businesses affected by the latest national lockdown are receiving assistance via the various government financial support measures, such as the furlough...

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Bristol’s pioneering energy park powers ahead with handover of £252m plant

January 22, 2021
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Bristol’s pioneering energy park powers ahead with handover of £252m plant

A world-leading ‘circular economy’ energy park being built in Bristol  has reached a major milestone with the completion of its £252m energy recovery plant. Contractor CNIM has officially handed over the site at Avonmouth to waste management and recycling business Viridor and it is now gearing up to generate...

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Survey will show how Bristol’s manufacturers are coping with twin impact of Covid and Brexit

January 22, 2021
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Small and medium-sized manufacturers in Bristol are being encouraged to have their say on trading beyond Brexit as part of an influential industry survey.  The quarterly Manufacturing Barometer is the UK’s largest survey of its kind and is looking to find out how companies are coping with the early...

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Bristol Business Blog: Claire Burden and Tim Sloggett, Smith & Williamson turnaround and rescue experts. Get match fit for 2021

January 21, 2021
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It has been great to see many businesses adapt and thrive throughout the pandemic, while for those facing ongoing uncertainty and challenges, the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccines now provides some welcome light at the end of the tunnel. However, the future still remains uncertain for many. These businesses...

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Business West calls on government to act now and extend business rates relief for struggling firms

January 21, 2021
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Business West calls on government to act now and extend business rates relief for struggling firms

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to extend business rates relief beyond its March 31 cut-off point to avoid further pressure on firms struggling from lockdown restrictions. The call has come from Business West, the region’s largest business group and the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce.  Businesses in...

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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

January 19, 2021
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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

Bristol firms struggling with post-Brexit trade complications are being urged to get expert advice and support by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. With the UK now outside of the European Union as of December 31, businesses must adhere to new rules and regulations when trading with the EU. ...

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Business club launched by Children’s Hospice South West to bring in much-needed funds

January 19, 2021
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Business club launched by Children’s Hospice South West to bring in much-needed funds

Children’s Hospice South West is aiming to get 100 companies from across the region to sign up to its new a business club. The initiative has been launched by the charity to mark its  30th anniversary this year – which comes as it faces a huge funding challenge.  Each...

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Ingersoll Rand powers ahead with Hinkley Point C contract, thanks to Clarke Willmott team

January 19, 2021
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Ingersoll Rand powers ahead with Hinkley Point C contract, thanks to Clarke Willmott team

Energy generation specialists in the Bristol office of national law firm Clarke Willmott have helped client Ingersoll Rand, the global industrial group, win work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant project. The lawyers worked with a subsidiary of the US group – Ingersoll Rand Air Solutions Hibon S.A.R.L...

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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

January 15, 2021
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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has broken with its traditional method of recruiting for its board to take on three new non-executive directors. The £10m turnover group, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said the move was designed to access a wider talent pool that represented the...

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Bristol’s Centre for Modelling & Simulation recruits Nick Sturge as first non-executive director

January 15, 2021
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Bristol’s Centre for Modelling & Simulation recruits Nick Sturge as first non-executive director

Nick Sturge, the former director of the Bristol’s pioneering Engine Shed innovation hub, has been appointed as the first non-executive director of the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS). CFMS, based on the Bristol & Bath Science Park, is a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering.  It has pioneered new...

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