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£1.3m expansion for transformative investment scheme on a mission to empower Bristol’s social enterprises

April 15, 2024
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£1.3m expansion for transformative investment scheme on a mission to empower Bristol’s social enterprises

An investment programme that has already injected £2.5m into more than 100 Bristol social enterprises is to launch a second transformative round of funding and support to help more businesses in the sector. The additional £1.3m will help the firms become stronger and more sustainable through bespoke investment packages...

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Businesses urged to come to the aid of Bristol refugee charity in race for more space as demand soars

April 15, 2024
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Businesses urged to come to the aid of Bristol refugee charity in race for more space as demand soars

A grassroots refugee charity in Bristol is calling on businesses in the city to help it find a new home for the work it does supporting more than 5,000 displaced and vulnerable people. Aid Box Community (ABC) was founded nine years ago in response to the global refugee crisis....

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The LAST WORD: Hayden Brown, co-founder and video producer, Dirty Jack

April 12, 2024
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The LAST WORD: Hayden Brown, co-founder and video producer, Dirty Jack

Each week Bristol Business News gives a member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Dirty Jack co-founder and video producer Hayden Brown answers our 10 questions. (Warning: Some of Hayden’s answers contain strong language and themes of an adult nature!) What was the LAST:  Film...

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Tickled pink! Regional accountancy firm adopts bold new branding as it looks ahead to a bright future

April 11, 2024
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Tickled pink! Regional accountancy firm adopts bold new branding as it looks ahead to a bright future

Albert Goodman, the fast-growing South West accountancy firm with an office in Bristol, has unveiled new branding which it says better reflects its confidence as a fiercely independent business. The 158-year-old, £15m-plus turnover firm described the new look, pictured, as bold and distinctive and in keeping with its strong...

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Barclays Eagle Lab has landed in Bristol – with a mission to help grow the city’s scale-up ecosystem

April 11, 2024
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Barclays Eagle Lab has landed in Bristol – with a mission to help grow the city’s scale-up ecosystem

Barclays has officially launched its new hub in Bristol offering business expertise, banking services and mentoring and coaching from scale-up specialists. The Eagle Lab, the 37th opened by the bank across the UK, provides start-ups and entrepreneurs in the city with access to a wide range of services.   It...

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Programme launched to give West of England firms the tools to thrive in the evolving digital landscape

April 10, 2024
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Programme launched to give West of England firms the tools to thrive in the evolving digital landscape

Expert support on how to enhance digital presence, adopt new technologies, improve competitiveness and increase productivity is now available to small and medium-sized businesses Bristol firms under a new scheme. Called Tech for Growth, the initiative offers tailored tech adoption consultancy to eligible organisations. It aims to equip businesses...

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Loungers strengthens its senior management team as it prepares for another major growth spurt

April 9, 2024
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Bristol-headquartered all-day café/bar chain Loungers has made three key appointments, including promoting the managing director of its Lounge brand to the newly created position of group MD. Loungers said introducing this new role was aimed at ensuring it the optimal senior management structure to deliver continued consistent financial out-performance...

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Bristol eco-homes pioneer attracts former UBS and Student Loans Company boss as its new chair

April 9, 2024
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Bristol eco-homes pioneer attracts former UBS and Student Loans Company boss as its new chair

A former vice-chair of global finance giant UBS has become non-executive chair of Agile Homes, the Bristol-based specialist provider of low-carbon, affordable homes. Christian Brodie, pictured, has extensive non-executive chair experience in a wide range of sectors spanning education, regional development, sport and charities as well as working in...

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Balloon Fiesta puts fine dining on the menu in link-up with high-flying Bristol restaurant group

April 5, 2024
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Balloon Fiesta puts fine dining on the menu in link-up with high-flying Bristol restaurant group

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has teamed up with the city’s Pasture restaurant group to take the iconic event’s hospitality offering to new heights. Pasture, which was launched by chef-owner Sam Elliott in Bristol in 2018 with a vision to create memorable dining experiences, will operate an on-site restaurant during...

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Bristol Junior Chamber’s new president looking to build on its community and charity support

April 5, 2024
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Bristol Junior Chamber’s new president looking to build on its community and charity support

Connecting communities across the city and supporting charities will be the key themes of the Bristol Junior Chamber over the next 12 months, its newly elected president has said. Emma Carter, pictured, outlined her priorities for the coming year after assumed the role at the organisation’s AGM, when a new council...

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Project to build a fairer future for Bristol’s young people launched with backing of key organisations

April 5, 2024
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Project to build a fairer future for Bristol’s young people launched with backing of key organisations

An innovative social mobility model to address inequality and deprivation is underway in Bristol, with nine major city institutions already signed up to it. The project, led by Bristol social enterprise and youth empowerment organisation Babbasa, has the long-term vision of advancing 2,030 underrepresented young people from low-income households...

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Business saver account launched for firms looking to invest in positive social value in the region

April 5, 2024
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Business saver account launched for firms looking to invest in positive social value in the region

Bristol firms are now able to put surplus funds into a specialist savings account while also supporting a city-run organisation that gives access to affordable loans to individuals at risk of financial exclusion. Great Western Credit Union’s (GWCU) Business Saver is aimed at businesses that are looking to earn...

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UK’s economic outlook worsening, say region’s firms, despite most expecting higher sales this year

April 4, 2024
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UK’s economic outlook worsening, say region’s firms, despite most expecting higher sales this year

Confidence in the UK’s economic prospects among West of England bosses has continued to fall despite most expecting their own business to prosper this year. The latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) from Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce, shows just 16% of firms in the region think...

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