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BUDGET 2014: Bristol business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Bristol business reaction

Measures that will help Bristol’s recovery from recession in this week's Budget were welcomed by business leaders and professiona advisers in the city. Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, said the Chancellor had delivered on many items on its wish-list. Executive directorJames...

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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

National business groups welcomed today’s Budget, particularly the measures aimed at boosting manufacturing and lower energy costs. The CBI, which had called it a “make-or-break” Budget, said it “will put wind in the sails of business investment, especially for manufacturers”. Director-general John Cridland, pictured, said it had come at...

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BUDGET 2014: Boost for region’s cider industry

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Boost for region’s cider industry

The West’s cider industry cheered the Chancellor’s decision not to raise duty on the drink in this year’s Budget along with his decision to scrap the duty escalator which aims to automatically increase the tax on alcohol. National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) chair Paul Bartlett said: “We are...

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BUDGET 2014: Help for exporters

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Help for exporters

Chancellor George Osborne delivered a major boost to the region’s exporters in his Budget today by announcing the amount of lending available to the UK firms doing business overseas will be doubled to £3bn. Interest rates charged on that lending will also be cut by a third, he said....

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BUDGET 2014: Business wish-list

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Business wish-list

Business West has called on Chancellor George Osborne to use today’s Budget to focus on youth employment, training and enterprise – all crucial to securing future growth and avoiding a ‘lost generation’ as the UK economy continues to recover, it says. In its 2014 Budget submission, the business support...

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Bristol directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

March 18, 2014
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Bristol directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

Directors in Bristol firms have less than two weeks to enter the region’s top business awards that recognise boardroom excellence and enterprise. The South West Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards 2014 are open to anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation – they do...

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Tributes pour in for former Bristol MP Tony Benn – the man who brought us Concorde and hi-tech

March 14, 2014
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Tributes pour in for former Bristol MP Tony Benn – the man who brought us Concorde and hi-tech

A book of remembrance has been opened in Bristol’s City Hall for former Labour cabinet minister and Bristol MP Tony Benn, who has died aged 88. The book is in front of the bust in the building's lobby of Mr Benn who served the city as MP for Bristol...

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New prime office space at Filton takes off as global firms go for growth

March 14, 2014
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New prime office space at Filton takes off as global firms go for growth

Three global advanced engineering firms have expanded into larger offices in Filton, helping raise the profile of the area as a hub for innovation in aerospace, defence and related sectors. The firms – missile developer MBDA, Airbus parent group EADS and innovation and engineering consultancy Altran UK – have...

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Event aims to generate interest in low-carbon future among Bristol firms and school students

March 13, 2014
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Event aims to generate interest in low-carbon future among Bristol firms and school students

Bristol businesses are being urged to take part in a cutting-edge event for young people to highlight the skills and job opportunities available in an innovative low-carbon economy. Called Your Green Future, it will feature industry thinkers and experts who will advise and inspire more than 400 secondary school...

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Higher sales lead to strong rebound in confidence for the West’s small manufacturers

February 25, 2014
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Higher sales lead to strong rebound in confidence for the West’s small manufacturers

Further evidence of recovery among small and medium-sized West manufacturers emerged today with figures showing ‘significant’ growth over the past six months and plans for increased investment this year. The results, from the latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer survey, show 64% of firms increased sales in the second...

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Commercial aerospace wing work at GKN’s Bristol plants help overcome dip in defence orders

February 25, 2014
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Commercial aerospace wing work at GKN’s Bristol plants help overcome dip in defence orders

Continued growth in commercial aerospace, including at its Bristol bases, offset a decline in work on military aircraft projects last year at engineering giant GKN. The group, which produces wing sections at Filton and Avonmouth, today reported a 15% fall in annual pre-tax profits to £484m on sales up...

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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

February 24, 2014
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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

Bristol businesses will next week get a rare chance to meet trade experts from the British Embassies in the US and Canada to explore transatlantic export opportunities on a one-to-one basis. The event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Redcliffe Hill, on Wednesday, March 5, is the latest...

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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bristol’s micro-chip innovation

February 21, 2014
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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bristol’s micro-chip innovation

Bristol’s world-class expertise in micro-electronics is to play a crucial role in the recently-announced Smart Cities Trade Mission to China later this year. Bristol boasts the world’s second-largest cluster of micro-chip design expertise outside of California’s Silicon Valley. Many of its leading-edge firms have become global players in the...

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