Finance

Mazars called in as administrators after collapse of 110-year-old hotel and grocery chain business

April 12, 2021
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Mazars called in as administrators after collapse of 110-year-old hotel and grocery chain business

The Bristol office of tax, audit and advisory firm Mazars has been appointed to handle the administration of the long-established company behind a North Somerset hotel, health club and golf course. The 45-bedroom Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel, pictured, in Midsomer Norton has become the latest victim of the devastating impact...

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Loungers shrugs off impact of pandemic as it prepares to resume national expansion programme

April 9, 2021
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Loungers shrugs off impact of pandemic as it prepares to resume national expansion programme

Fast-growing Bristol-based café-bar chain Loungers plans to open 25 new outlets over the next year as it bounces back strongly from the impact of Covid on the hospitality sector. The group, which opened its first bar in Bristol in 2002, now operates 168 neighbourhood café/bar/restaurants across England and Wales under...

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Business leaders demand ‘strong political leadership’ from region’s next Metro Mayor

April 9, 2021
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Business leaders demand ‘strong political leadership’ from region’s next Metro Mayor

The West of England is being outshone by other devolved English regions such as London and Greater Manchester, a survey revealed this week as business leaders called on the next ‘Metro Mayor’ to strengthen its profile and help bring in much needed investment. With less than 30 days until...

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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

April 9, 2021
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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

Bristol Business News has teamed up with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox to host an exclusive virtual event aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain times. A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. Expert presenters from...

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Link-up with major financial services group means Andrews can build its mortgage offering

April 8, 2021
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Link-up with major financial services group means Andrews can build its mortgage offering

Property group Andrews has substantially boosted its mortgage business by joining the Openwork Partnership, an organisation with more than 4,200 financial advisers across the UK. Under the agreement Keynsham-headquartered Andrews will be able to widen its client offering to include holistic wealth advice.  It said the move would help it deepen...

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One-stop business hub launched by Haines Watts with local partners

April 7, 2021
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One-stop business hub launched by Haines Watts with local partners

National accountancy firm Haines Watts’ Bristol office has widened its offering to clients to include business coaching, HR and legal services by teaming up with specialist providers across the South West. Operating under the one banner of Haines Watts Employer Services, the partnership aims to support local smaller businesses...

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New business development manager brings unique market perspective to National Friendly

April 6, 2021
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New business development manager brings unique market perspective to National Friendly

Bristol-based National Friendly, the specialist provider of insurance and care funding to the over-50s, has appointed Gavin Brooks to the role of business development manager. The mutual society said the move was designed to continue to support its rapidly growing presence in the intermediary sector.  Gavin, pictured, has more...

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Bristol Business Blog: West of England Combined Authority. Find new opportunities and protect growth with Intellectual Property

April 5, 2021
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Bristol Business Blog: West of England Combined Authority. Find new opportunities and protect growth with Intellectual Property

Did you know that your Intellectual Property (IP) assets can be integral to the growth and sustainability of your business? When properly managed, the value of your IP can far outweigh physical assets, accounting for over 70% of your business’s value. One of the biggest misconceptions we hear about is business owners thinking they...

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New South West CBI chair says it can “act as agent of positive change” as region emerges from pandemic

March 30, 2021
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New South West CBI chair says it can “act as agent of positive change” as region emerges from pandemic

National business group the CBI has appointed Adrian Bratt, the General Counsel of luxury motorboat manufacturer Princess Yachts, as the next chair of its South West region. Adrian, pictured, who is also a board director at the Plymouth-based firm, takes over from Pennon chief executive Susan Davy, who has...

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Report shows Bristol punching above its weight for investment into its tech firms

March 26, 2021
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Report shows Bristol punching above its weight for investment into its tech firms

Bristol attracted the third largest amount of investment into tech businesses last year of any UK city, according to a new report, which also named one of its fastest-growing firms among the country’s top 10 ‘superstar scale-ups’ of 2020. Some £339m in venture capital funding went to Bristol tech...

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Experienced sales director joins expanding Bristol tech firm Amdaris to drive further growth

March 26, 2021
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Experienced sales director joins expanding Bristol tech firm Amdaris to drive further growth

Fast-growing Bristol digital transformation specialist Amdaris has appointed Dawood Khan to the role of sales director in a move it says will broaden its offering will support its continued expansion. Dawood, pictured, has joined Amdaris – which has grown 40% year on year for the past four years –...

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PwC report shows UK’s best place for women to work is still the South West, but says more must be done

March 25, 2021
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PwC report shows UK’s best place for women to work is still the South West, but says more must be done

The South West continues to be the best place in the UK for gender equality at work, according to research by accountancy group PwC. The firm’s latest annual Women in Work Index places the region in the top spot for the second year in a row. It has also extended...

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Double acquisition extends Bristol day nursery group’s regional footprint

March 25, 2021
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Double acquisition extends Bristol day nursery group’s regional footprint

A Bristol-headquartered pre-school education group with sites across the South West and Wales has expanded its presence in Wiltshire with the acquisition of two day nurseries. Westbury on Trym-based BBN bought the New Road Nursery in Chippenham and Little Robins in Melksham for an undisclosed sum from their longstanding...

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