Creative/Media

Partnership between Smith & Williamson and Innovate Finance aims to boost fintech sector

January 26, 2022
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Partnership between Smith & Williamson and Innovate Finance aims to boost fintech sector

National accountancy group Smith & Williamson, which has a Bristol office, is to partner with fintech group Innovate Finance to provide its members with professional and financial services insights to help them grow and develop their businesses. Under the year-long tie-up, the two will collaborate on a series of...

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Employer experience expert joins Purplefish to launch division aimed at helping clients tackle staff issues

January 26, 2022
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Employer experience expert joins Purplefish to launch division aimed at helping clients tackle staff issues

Purplefish, the Bristol-based communications agency, has appointed employer experience and brand expert Lucy McKerron as associate director to head a new division focusing on employee experience communications. Lucy, pictured, right, with Purplefish managing director Jo Randall, who has 15 years’ experience working in agencies, joins the 10-strong Purplefish team from internal...

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Climate change-focussed subsidiary launched by JBP to work with organisations on ‘positive action’

January 26, 2022
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Climate change-focussed subsidiary launched by JBP to work with organisations on ‘positive action’

Bristol-headquartered communications consultancy JBP has launched a sub-brand dedicated to helping organisations “mobilise, generate and promote positive action” to address climate change. Called Climate Communications and operating as a subsidiary of the agency, it will be headed by JBP managing director Chris Lawrance, pictured, and will provide strategic and tactical...

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The LAST WORD: Jonnie Galvin-Wright, chairman, Stuff Advertising

January 21, 2022
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The LAST WORD: Jonnie Galvin-Wright, chairman, Stuff Advertising

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Jonnie Galvin-Wright, chairman of Bristol agency Stuff Advertising, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: What was the last film you watched? The Power of...

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CBI boss told of Bristol’s global potential in emerging tech sectors on visit to city

January 21, 2022
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CBI boss told of Bristol’s global potential in emerging tech sectors on visit to city

National business organisation such as the CBI can play a crucial role in helping Bristol develop world-class clusters in high-potential sectors such as deeptech and creative tech, its director-general was told on a visit to the city. Tony Danker met a number of businesses in Bristol to hear about...

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Children’s hospice business club shows the power of bringing companies together

January 21, 2022
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Children’s hospice business club shows the power of bringing companies together

Bristol firms are being invited to join Children’s Hospice South West’s Business Club as it aims to raise £90,000 from the initiative to support it in helping make a difference to young people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. The charity needs around £11m a year to run its...

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Bristol Airport to invest £2.6m in upgrading its passenger departure lounge

January 20, 2022
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Bristol Airport to invest £2.6m in upgrading its passenger departure lounge

A major redevelopment of Bristol Airport’s airside departure lounge is due to start on Monday. The £2.6m, three-month project, which will create dozens of jobs, aims to improve the shopping and dining experience for passengers before they board their flights.  The lounge’s retail units will get a facelift while...

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BGF Bristol office invests record £115m in high-growth business in 2021

January 20, 2022
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BGF Bristol office invests record £115m in high-growth business in 2021

Investments by the Bristol team of growth finance group BGF passed the £100m mark for the first time last year as it continued its strong run of funding ambitious businesses. The team injected £115m of equity into firms in 2021 – a 72% increase on 2020’s total and more...

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PR agency’s ambitious target for £1m turnover after boosting its team with five new appointments

January 20, 2022
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PR agency’s ambitious target for £1m turnover after boosting its team with five new appointments

Bristol corporate communications agency AMBITIOUS PR has made five strategic hires as it aims for a turnover of £1m turnover this year. The agency, which launched 10 years, grew revenue by 50% in 2021, describing it as as “an incredible year”.  Now it is looking to accelerate further with...

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Hybrid working here to stay, research shows, but most firms are struggling to make it a success

January 20, 2022
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Hybrid working here to stay, research shows, but most firms are struggling to make it a success

More than nine in 10 of mid-market businesses in the South West have adopted hybrid or remote working as a way of overcoming the impact of the pandemic – but many are struggling to make it a success, according to a new survey. Research by accountancy firm Grant Thornton,...

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Cannabis oil and vape stockist on a high after digital agency helps double its revenue in two years

January 14, 2022
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Cannabis oil and vape stockist on a high after digital agency helps double its revenue in two years

Bristol-based digital marketing agency Superb Digital has been praised by one of its clients, a Midlands-based vape kit and cannabis oil wholesaler, for helping it achieve triple-digit growth over two years. Superb Digital began working with JM Wholesale in mid-2019, after JMW’s CEO Logie Rajan approached the agency’s managing...

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Sensory room opened at Bristol Airport to help passengers with autism

January 14, 2022
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Sensory room opened at Bristol Airport to help passengers with autism

Bristol Airport has become only the second in the UK to open a purpose-built sensory room for passengers with autism, dementia or cognitive impairment. The room, pictured, provides a safe, private and interactive space where users with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) can feel relaxed when in unfamiliar surroundings.  Made...

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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

January 13, 2022
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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

Nearly three-quarters of tech firm executives in the South West put purpose before profits while just under 80% prioritise relationships over success, according to a new survey. The region also boasts a far higher number of female tech entrepreneurs than the national average – 36% against 22% for the...

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