Technology

BUDGET 2021: Bristol business reaction

March 3, 2021
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Bristol business leaders have given many of the measures in today’s Budget a warm welcome – especially the previously-trailed furlough extension – but there was also concern over the delayed Corporation Tax increase. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said businesses would welcome the extension of the...

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BUDGET 2021: National business reaction

March 3, 2021
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Rishi_Sunak

The CBI said Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to hike Corporation Tax to 25% in one leap – the first increase since 1974 – would “cause a sharp intake of breath” for many businesses. It also warned that the move – which is planned to come into effect in 2023...

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BUDGET 2021: Key points . . .

March 3, 2021
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BUDGET 2021: Key points  . . .

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his Budget this afternoon. The main points are:  No rise in VAT, income tax or national insurance  Corporation tax to rise from 19% to 25% from 2023 but only 10% largest companies will pay, Chancellor claims  Two-year ‘super deduction’ in tax for companies that invest...

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Ex-Microsoft director joins Optimum Finance as it harnesses fintech to expand its offering

March 2, 2021
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Ex-Microsoft director joins Optimum Finance as it harnesses fintech to expand its offering

Bristol-based invoice finance provider Optimum Finance has appointed  former Microsoft global director Gordon McIntosh as chief technical officer, furthering its specialism in the fast-growing fintech sector. Scottish/American national Gordon, pictured, has extensive experience having spent 10 years working at Microsoft headquarters in Seattle in a variety of senior roles. ...

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‘Rising Star’ accolade for Bristol tech start-up on a mission to help small firms tackle climate change

February 26, 2021
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‘Rising Star’ accolade for Bristol tech start-up on a mission to help small firms tackle climate change

Bristol start-up Spherics, whose innovative platform helps small firms measure, mitigate and manage their environmental impact, has been named as one of the rising stars of the UK tech sector. Spherics’ accessible tool for environmental reporting and management fills a gap in the market, empowering small businesses to monitor...

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Bristol & Bath’s emerging fintech cluster key to powering UK ahead in rapid-growth sector

February 26, 2021
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Bristol & Bath’s emerging fintech cluster key to powering UK ahead in rapid-growth sector

The Bristol and Bath region has been named as one of the UK’s emerging fintech clusters with the potential to help develop further the country’s status as a global powerhouse for the fast-growth sector. The region – already the UK’s leading tech cluster outside London – features among the top...

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Event: Chance to hear how women are succeeding in global eCommerce in the age of Covid

February 25, 2021
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Event: Chance to hear how women are succeeding in global eCommerce in the age of Covid

Bristol businesses will be able to learn how to boost their online overseas sales from successful women in eCommerce, including a city-based lingerie entrepreneur, at a virtual conference next week. The free ‘Women in Global eCommerce’ event on Tuesday is being hosted by the Department for International Trade (DIT)...

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Business groups call for more support for firms after Johnson unveils roadmap out of lockdown

February 22, 2021
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Business groups call for more support for firms after Johnson unveils roadmap out of lockdown

The South West’s largest business organisation has said many of its members will be “disappointed” with the government’s roadmap for taking England out of national lockdown. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement in the House of Commons on Monday the...

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Bristol pharmacy software pioneer unveils prescription to shake up veterinary sector

February 19, 2021
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Bristol pharmacy software pioneer unveils prescription to shake up veterinary sector

Invatech Health, the Bristol-based specialist software firm revolutionising the pharmacy sector with its pioneering technology, is aiming to do the same for the UK veterinary market. It is setting up a new distribution service to dispense animal prescriptions issued by vets in collaboration with a second firm, MWI Animal...

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Zap-Map en route for further growth after appointing experienced board members

February 17, 2021
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ZapMapphone

Zap-Map, the Bristol-based electric vehicle mapping service, has strengthened its senior leadership team by appointing an interim CEO and commercial director as it charts further rapid growth. Richard Bourne, pictured, joins the firm, majority owned by renewable energy group Good Energy, in the interim CEO role and work alongside...

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New round of grants available for Bristol firms financially impacted by Covid restrictions

February 12, 2021
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New round of grants available for Bristol firms financially impacted by Covid restrictions

Bristol firms hit by Covid-19 restrictions can apply for financial assistance through a new round of discretionary business grants – but should be quick as funding is limited. The pay outs are specifically for businesses that have been severely financially impacted by restrictions during the city’s Tier 2, Tier...

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Media innovators sought for unique programme exploring future of publishing

February 12, 2021
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Media innovators sought for unique programme exploring future of publishing

Bristol media firms looking at ways of engaging with emerging tech can apply for funding under a scheme designed to explore future content creation and distribution. The Amplified Publishing Pathfinder project offers funding ranging from £5,000 each for six industry partners to £12,000 each for six fellowships to give...

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One Big Circle on track for more growth after securing place on transport industry scheme

February 12, 2021
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One Big Circle on track for more growth after securing place on transport industry scheme

Bristol-based ‘intelligent video’ innovator One Big Circle has been selected to take part in a national programme linking tech scale-ups with the UK’s largest transport firms. The firm, which already supplies its cutting-edge technology to Network Rail, Transport for Wales and Siemens, is one of just nine taking part in...

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