Creative/Media

More venues on the menu for Loungers as it shrugs off impact of Covid on hospitality sector

October 15, 2021
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More venues on the menu for Loungers as it shrugs off impact of Covid on hospitality sector

Bristol-based café-bar chain Loungers expects to open a further 10 sites over the next six months as it continues to bounce back strongly from the impact of the pandemic. The group has already opened 13 new venues this year, defying the gloom in some parts of the leisure sector and...

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Former senior civil servant appointed new chair of Bristol’s Commission on Race Equality

October 15, 2021
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Former senior civil servant appointed new chair of Bristol’s Commission on Race Equality

Bristol’s Commission on Race Equality (CoRE) has appointed Museji Takolia CBE as its new independent chair to take forward the city’s aspirations in furthering race equality and inclusion. Museji, pictured, was appointed by a recruitment panel which included Bristol deputy mayor and cabinet member for children services, education and...

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Online cider shop gets taste for growth with help from recovery loan scheme

October 14, 2021
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Online cider shop gets taste for growth with help from recovery loan scheme

Independent drinks retailer Bristol Cider Shop is the latest firm in the city to benefit from a government-backed loan scheme to help businesses recover from the impact of the pandemic. The £31,600 will help the firm relocate to a larger warehouse and take advantage of growing online market opportunities. ...

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US TV networks snap up hit animation series based on director’s schooldays in Portishead

October 13, 2021
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US TV networks snap up hit animation series based on director’s schooldays in Portishead

A comedy animation show based on an 11 year old’s time at a secondary school near Bristol is to be screened in the US under a deal struck by city-based independent production company Wildseed Studios. The 20-episode series, originally commissioned by Sky Kids and produced by BAFTA-winning Wildseed Studios, is...

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Rising costs and labour shortages combine to end post-pandemic rise in business confidence

October 11, 2021
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Rising costs and labour shortages combine to end post-pandemic rise in business confidence

West of England businesses are warning that the economic recovery from the pandemic is at risk due to growing inflationary pressures and worker shortages. A third of the 250-plus firms taking part in the latest quarterly survey by regional business group Business West said they had to increase their prices...

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Council funding approved to kick start ‘once in a generation’ regeneration scheme

October 11, 2021
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Council funding approved to kick start ‘once in a generation’ regeneration scheme

A key development scheme described as a once in a generation opportunity for Bristol has taken a step forward following a funding approval by Bristol City Council’s cabinet. The regeneration of Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh could create 22,000 new jobs, up to 10,000 new homes and boost...

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Bristol Technology Festival gets underway with a mission to change the face of tech

October 11, 2021
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The annual Bristol Technology Festival starts today with the first of more than 50 highly anticipated events over the next five days. The festival, launched in 2019, aims to showcase the sheer scale of technology emerging from Bristol’s ecosystem while also sharing the stories of the entrepreneurs, engineers and...

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Students’ talent on display as creative college’s £4.5m phase two officially comes into play

October 10, 2021
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Students’ talent on display as creative college’s £4.5m phase two officially comes into play

Access Creative College has officially opened phase two of its Bristol city centre campus with a launch event that not only showed off the new space in all its glory but also paid homage to the site’s previous life as a legendary music venue and amusement arcade. The building...

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Pioneering Tech for Growth programme extended to help more firms ramp up their digital activity

October 8, 2021
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Pioneering Tech for Growth programme extended to help more firms ramp up their digital activity

Small businesses in Bristol and across the West of England are being offered help to improve their digital presence to enable them to grow. The Tech for Growth programme will match businesses with a consultant and support them with up to four days of hands-on assistance to develop and...

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Burges Salmon launches BScale platform to support innovative new tech firms

October 8, 2021
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Burges Salmon launches BScale platform to support innovative new tech firms

An innovative technology platform to provide legal services to fast-growth companies in the tech sector throughout their life-cycle has been started by Bristol-headquartered law firm Burges Salmon. Aimed at start-ups, scale-ups, founders and investors, BScale will offer a depth of knowledge to enable them to work through mission-critical funding rounds, the inevitable...

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Merged hospital charities’ ‘positivity’ reflected in new logo designed by Mr B & Friends

October 6, 2021
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Merged hospital charities’ ‘positivity’ reflected in new logo designed by Mr B & Friends

Bristol-based branding consultancy Mr B & Friends has created a distinctive identity for Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity, which was formed this week from the merger of Above & Beyond and Weston Area Charitable Trust. The agency, which works with a wide spread of local, national and international clients,...

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B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

October 6, 2021
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B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has been certified as a B Corporation, joining an elite, forward-looking global community that balances profit with people and the planet. The B Corp movement encourages organisations to take an ethical approach to business to make a positive difference in the world. ...

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Apprenticeship fund hits £1m mark as large organisations pledge to help small firms develop new talent

October 5, 2021
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Apprenticeship fund hits £1m mark as large organisations pledge to help small firms develop new talent

More than £1m has been pledged by businesses and organisations across the West of England from their unused apprenticeship levy funds to help people in the region develop new skills. The funds have gone to the Share to Support scheme, which was launched earlier this year to create vital...

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