Drain clearing firm looking to accelerate its growth with investment in specialist new vans

January 26, 2024
Drain clearing firm looking to accelerate its growth with investment in specialist new vans

A Bristol drain clearance company is targeting a turnover of £5m this year as it continues to invest in its fleet and personnel. Trent’s Drains, which was set up by father and son Mark and Louis Trent in 2013, has grown dramatically over the past four years on the...

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TLT corporate team acts for West of England financial advice firm in major cross-border investment deal

January 26, 2024
TLT corporate team acts for West of England financial advice firm in major cross-border investment deal

Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT’s corporate team has advised on a complex investment deal involving a West of England financial advice business which has significantly increased the UK footprint of a major Swedish group. TLT acted for Bath-based Fidelius on its investment by Söderberg & Partners, one of the...

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‘Best place to work’ accolades for trio of Bristol TV production companies

January 26, 2024
‘Best place to work’ accolades for trio of Bristol TV production companies

Three Bristol production companies have been named among the UK’s Best Places to Work in TV by industry bible Broadcast magazine. Animation production firm A Productions appears in the list for the second time along with natural history TV production company Silverback and documentary maker Drummer TV. The prestigious...

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New joiners strengthen Optimum Finance to maintain period of strong growth

January 26, 2024
New joiners strengthen Optimum Finance to maintain period of strong growth

Bristol-based invoice finance provider Optimum Finance has made a number of appointments as it looks to continue last year’s steady expansion into 2024. Steve Chapman has joined as risk & recoveries manager to lead the firm’s activity in that area.    Steve, pictured, has more than 40 years’ experience within...

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Maven boosts its Bristol team and moves to larger office to support new regional investment fund

January 25, 2024
Maven boosts its Bristol team and moves to larger office to support new regional investment fund

Private equity and investment firm Maven Capital Partners has strengthened its presence in Bristol to support its delivery of the £200m South West Investment Fund (SWIF). Launched last July by the British Business Bank, WIF aims to boost the supply of finance to small and medium-sized businesses across the...

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Liquid sunshine! Brewery to make beer using only its own energy after installing more solar panels

January 25, 2024
Liquid sunshine! Brewery to make beer using only its own energy after installing more solar panels

A brewery on Bristol’s outskirts has installed hundreds more solar panels on its roof to harness as much renewable energy as possible for beer production. Hare Brewery at Warmley, which is owned by Cornish brewing and pub group St Austell, will now be able to generate an additional 230,511kWh...

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Talent collaboration programme for BAME students launched by UWE Bristol and major law firms

January 24, 2024
Talent collaboration programme for BAME students launched by UWE Bristol and major law firms

UWE Bristol has collaborated with four of Bristol’s largest law firms to launch a legal services work experience and mentoring programme for the university’s final year undergraduate Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students from low income backgrounds. Called UWE Futures, the scheme brings together Osborne Clarke, Burges Salmon...

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Milestone for regional finance scheme that has backed small firms to tune of £15m

January 24, 2024
Milestone for regional finance scheme that has backed small firms to tune of £15m

Alternative regional funder SWIG Finance has reached the landmark of lending £15m to 250 small businesses across the South West in a scheme backed by Triodos, the ethical bank with its UK headquarters in Bristol. The milestone came within five years of the first loan being made under the...

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Funding secured to investigate ways of ‘greening up’ Bristol’s traditional industrial heartland

January 24, 2024
Funding secured to investigate ways of ‘greening up’ Bristol’s traditional industrial heartland

Green technologies such as carbon capture and heat networks could be introduced into Bristol’s largest industrial area as efforts are stepped up to decarbonise its traditional business activities. Some £750,000 has been secured by an 11-strong consortium led by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) to draw up...

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