Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 25, 2021
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Monday April 26 Interim: Lok’N Store Group Tuesday April 27 Finals: Anexo Group, Gaming Realms, Inspiration Healthcare Group Interim: Focusrite Q1 result: BP Wednesday April 28 Finals: French Connection, Heiq, LSL Property Services, Property Franchise Group, Sainsbury (J) Interim: AB Dynamics Q1 result: Glaxosmithkline Trading announcements: 1Spatial, Persimmon Thursday April 29 Finals: RTW Venture Fund, Woodbois, Xeros...

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Dramatic increase in TV production boosts Bristol’s role as filmmakers’ location of choice

April 23, 2021
Dramatic increase in TV production boosts Bristol’s role as filmmakers’ location of choice

Four major new TV dramas have started filming in Bristol this month as the city continues to act as a magnet for production companies eager to bounce back from last year’s Covid-linked restrictions. Showtrial, The Girl Before and Chloe, which are being made for the BBC, and The Long Call for ITV...

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Housing allocation on historic site increased by half again as developer bows to council pressure

April 23, 2021
Housing allocation on historic site increased by half again as developer bows to council pressure

The developer aiming to transform Bristol’s landmark former Gardiner Haskins department store has scrapped plans for an aparthotel on  the site in favour of increasing the number of homes by nearly 50%. The decision by First Base follows rejection of the scheme by the city council’s Development Control Committee...

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New flagship branch planned by Travis Perkins after it snaps up St Philips commercial vehicle site

April 23, 2021
New flagship branch planned by Travis Perkins after it snaps up St Philips commercial vehicle site

Travis Perkins, the UK’s largest builders’ merchant, is to extend its branch network in Bristol following the acquisition of a site in St Philips. The former Motus Group UK base on Days Road, pictured, is to be redeveloped as a new state-of-the-art flagship branch.  Travis Perkins, which was advised...

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Bristol Business Manifesto calls on next mayor to tackle city’s ‘deep inequalities’

April 23, 2021
Bristol Business Manifesto calls on next mayor to tackle city’s ‘deep inequalities’

Candidates standing to be the next Mayor of Bristol have been issued with a ‘business challenge’ to ensure the voice of local firms remain central to the election campaign. Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative at Business West has produced the manifesto for the contenders in the race for...

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Survey will shed light on how Bristol’s small manufacturers have coped with Covid

April 23, 2021
Survey will shed light on how Bristol’s small manufacturers have coped with Covid

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Bristol’s small and medium-sized manufacturers and their efforts to overcome it will be revealed when the results of the largest survey of its kind are published next month. The city’s manufacturers are being urged to take part in the research, which will...

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BT Sport’s live rugby coverage goes for Gold in tie-up with cider firm Thatchers

April 23, 2021
BT Sport’s live rugby coverage goes for Gold in tie-up with cider firm Thatchers

Cidermaker Thatchers has become the broadcast sponsor of live Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches on TV for the remainder of the current season in a deal with BT Sport. The campaign made its debut a week ago during the Northampton Saints vs London Irish match.  Thatchers Gold, the firm’s top...

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£1.2m investment for Bristol firm looking to plug into the power of graphene to boost battery life

April 23, 2021
£1.2m investment for Bristol firm looking to plug into the power of graphene to boost battery life

Anaphite, the Bristol-based firm launched by two university graduates to look at ways of exploiting the potential of graphene in batteries, has raised £1.2m to step up its innovative work. The firm, founded by scientists Sam Burrow and Alexander Hewitt after they left university, has already developed techniques to...

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Pair of pioneering Bristol businesses land places among top UK tech firms of the future

April 23, 2021
Pair of pioneering Bristol businesses land places among top UK tech firms of the future

Two innovative Bristol businesses have been named among the UK’s top fast-growth tech firms. Hand-tracking software pioneer Ultraleap and cybersecurity scale-up Immersive Labs are included in the 22 companies joining the Future Fifty programme, Europe’s leading growth programme for late-stage UK tech scale-ups.  Ultraleap, which launched in 2013 and today...

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