Creative/Media

Developer seeking public comments before pressing ahead with redevelopment of The Galleries

February 16, 2024
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Developer seeking public comments before pressing ahead with redevelopment of The Galleries

The Bristol-based developer aiming to transform the city’s Galleries shopping centre is keen to get the public’s response to what it is calling a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a world-class, sustainable, vibrant destination”. Deeley Freed is shortly to submit outline plans to Bristol City Council for the scheme, which...

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Pioneering Bristol project that is transforming the potential of music therapy picks up kids’ tech award

February 16, 2024
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Pioneering Bristol project that is transforming the potential of music therapy picks up kids’ tech award

A scheme from Bristol using technology to enable people of all abilities to create music has won a prestigious EdTech award. The Soundbeam Project was shortlisted in the SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) Resources, Products, and Services category of the Bett Awards for Soundbeam, its touch-free device, pictured,...

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Developing nations get free access to vital flood risk intelligence developed by Bristol Uni spin-out

February 16, 2024
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Developing nations get free access to vital flood risk intelligence developed by Bristol Uni spin-out

Data from advanced computer modelling tools developed by a Bristol firm is to be used to help predict devastating floods in some of the world’s poorest countries. Fathom, which is already a leader in global flood risk intelligence, is to offer its data free of charge for non-commercial use...

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‘Amazement park’ secures impact funding to support its mission to widen access to Bristol’s creativity

February 15, 2024
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‘Amazement park’ secures impact funding to support its mission to widen access to Bristol’s creativity

Bristol impact investor BBRC (Bristol & Bath Regional Capital) has backed the city’s unique Wake The Tiger immersive visitor attraction with funding worth £350,000 to support the next stage of its ambitious growth. The ‘amazement park’, pictured, opened its long-awaited 1,000 sq m OUTERverse second phase to the public...

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Remodelled 1960s flagship office block snapped up by global investment firm for £36.5m

February 15, 2024
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Remodelled 1960s flagship office block snapped up by global investment firm for £36.5m

A landmark Bristol office building that is home to some of the city’s fastest-growing tech, life science and education businesses, has been sold for £36.5m. Programme, pictured, the 174,387 sq ft office building on All Saints Street, has been extensively redesigned and refurbished since being developed in the 1960s....

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Another top award shortlisting for Osborne Clarke’s ‘game-changing’ Bristol office

February 15, 2024
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Another top award shortlisting for Osborne Clarke’s ‘game-changing’ Bristol office

International law firm Osborne Clarke’s state-of-the-art Bristol office, recognised as one of the UK’s most sustainable, is in the running for another prestigious award. Following its shortlisting last year in two categories of the SBID International Design Awards – regarded as among the most coveted accolades for design excellence...

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Employee ownership move by Purplefish PR puts its team in control of its future direction

February 14, 2024
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Employee ownership move by Purplefish PR puts its team in control of its future direction

Bristol-based communications and marketing firm Purplefish has become the city’s first PR agency to be owned by its employees. Director Joanna Randall, who formed the business in 2012, has sold 100% of its shares to a new employee ownership trust (EOT). As part of the transition, a new board...

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New MD for long-established Bristol PR firm as its founder steps into new executive chairman role

February 7, 2024
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New MD for long-established Bristol PR firm as its founder steps into new executive chairman role

Bristol-based Empica, one of the South West’s longest established public relations agencies, has appointed a new managing director. Natalie Birrell, pictured, who has been working with the agency as client services director since 2019 takes up the role from its founder Martin Powell, who moves to the newly-created role...

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Osborne Clarke helps with launch of global fund backing tech firms to take action over climate change

February 7, 2024
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Osborne Clarke helps with launch of global fund backing tech firms to take action over climate change

Lawyers from the Bristol office of international legal practice Osborne Clarke have advised on the introduction of a $250m (£189m) fund aimed at backing purpose-driven technology founders. Some $100m of the total will act as a seed fund to back 25 early-stage companies while $150m will be a climate-focused...

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Unique Bristol attraction taps into city’s creativity to re-awake with new ‘mind-bending’ extension

February 2, 2024
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Unique Bristol attraction taps into city’s creativity to re-awake with new ‘mind-bending’ extension

The world’s first ‘amazement park’, Bristol’s Wake The Tiger, today opened its long-awaited second phase to the public, promising a unique addition to the city’s creative and tourism offerings. The extension, described as mind-bending, adds an extra 1,000 sq m of walk-through fantasy to its existing experience, which has attracted...

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Pioneering Bristol businesses link up to tackle taboos surrounding women’s health in the workplace

February 2, 2024
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Two Bristol firms have joined forces to help break menstrual and menopause stereotypes in the workplace. The link-up between Independent Health and Wellbeing Group (IHWG), which provides businesses with women’s healthcare services, and sustainable period product company Grace & Green puts them on a mission to dismantle the taboo...

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Politicians urged to act as small firms’ survey paints ‘depressingly familiar’ picture of low confidence

February 2, 2024
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Politicians urged to act as small firms’ survey paints ‘depressingly familiar’ picture of low confidence

The South West’s small firms are the least confident in the UK about their prospects for this year as they continue to struggle against the state of the economy, high labour costs and the lack of available staff. Worryingly, one in five say they may have to cut their...

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Serial innovator and investor joins SETsquared Bristol to advise its next generation of entrepreneurs

February 1, 2024
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Serial innovator and investor joins SETsquared Bristol to advise its next generation of entrepreneurs

Highly experienced venture capital and innovation specialist Kevin Simmons has been appointed to the entrepreneur in residence team at acclaimed tech incubator SETsquared Bristol. A general partner of a $50m (£39.4m) early-stage pan-African venture capital technology fund, Kevin, pictured, has helped launch several successful angel networks and has invested...

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