CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

January 13, 2020
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CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

The South West needs its own government minister to champion the case for more funding and spur its economic growth, the CBI’s director general said on a visit to the region. Such a move would ‘power up’ the region, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured, told a gathering of the region’s business leaders.  The result would...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 12, 2020
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Monday January 13 Trading announcement: XP Power Economic announcements: Industrial production, Balance of trade, Index of services, Manufacturing production Tuesday January 14 Interim: Gateley Holdings Q4 result: PageGroup Trading announcements: Boohoo, PageGroup, Taylor Wimpey Economic announcement: Consumer price index Wednesday January 15 Interim: Knights Group Trading announcements: Persimmon, Quiz, Rev Bars, Ten Ent Group...

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Range of blue-chip partners line up to support MEET South West 2020

January 10, 2020
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Range of blue-chip partners line up to support MEET South West 2020

MEET South West 2020, the region’s only trade show dedicated to the events industry, has announced its full list of its sponsors and partners. Ranging from media outlets to specialist technology firms and from destination marketing organisations to signage manufacturers, the roster reads like a who’s who of the sector’s key businesses.  Organisers of...

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Business and cultural ties to be celebrated at West of England’s Chinese New Year banquet

January 10, 2020
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Leading figures from the West of England’s business community will gather next month for the region’s annual banquet to mark the Chinese New Year. Organised by the Bristol and West of England China Bureau, the high-profile event not only celebrates the most important date in the Chinese calendar but acts as a showcase for...

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Road trips to and from Bristol Airport now being offset in drive to be carbon neutral by 2025

January 8, 2020
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Road trips to and from Bristol Airport now being offset in drive to be carbon neutral by 2025

Bristol Airport has become the first in Europe to offset all road journeys made by its passengers. The carbon offsetting scheme, which came into effect on New Year’s Day and covers trips and from the airport, forms part of its ‘carbon roadmap’ published last year. Offsets will be bought retrospectively based on an annual...

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Good Energy FD takes up chief financial officer role as green power pioneer prepares for new decade

January 8, 2020
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Good Energy FD takes up chief financial officer role as green power pioneer prepares for new decade

Renewable power firm Good Energy has promoted its finance director Rupert Sanderson to the executive director role of chief financial officer. Rupert, pictured, joined Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy in February 2017 in an interim role and was appointed finance director 11 months later.  Now a member of the London Stock Exchange-listed firm’s board, he is...

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Investment director appointment boost for LDC’s regional office

January 7, 2020
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Investment director appointment boost for LDC’s regional office

Mid-market private equity investor LDC has further strengthened its South West & Wales team with the appointment of Oliver Schofield as an investment director. Oliver joins the office in Bristol from Goldman Sachs in London, where he was part of its leveraged finance team, supporting clients across the TMT (technology, media and telecoms) and...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 4, 2020
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Monday January 6 Economic announcement: PMI services Tuesday January 7 Finals: C4X Discovery Holdings, Safestore Trading announcement: Morrison (WM) Wednesday January 8 Trading announcements: Greggs, Sainsbury (J) Economic announcement: Halifax house price index Thursday January 9 Trading announcements: Card Factory, Dunelm, Nichols Economic announcement: RICS housing market survey Friday January 10 Trading announcements: JD...

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Firms vow to go green this year as pressure grows to embrace sustainable business

January 3, 2020
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Firms vow to go green this year as pressure grows to embrace sustainable business

Two thirds of small and medium-sized firms in the South West took steps to make their businesses greener last year with roughly the same percentage saying they want to improve their environmental sustainability in 2020. Some 43% believe becoming more environmentally sustainable is important to them while just over a fifth (22%) claim doing...

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New high-capacity fibre network helps office building become magnet for tech

January 3, 2020
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New high-capacity fibre network helps office building become magnet for tech

The owner of a former council office block-turned-tech hub has invested in the latest fibre infrastructure as the building nears full occupancy. Bewley House in Chippenham, pictured, has become a key part of North Wiltshire’s burgeoning tech sector, attracting tenants such as Canadian software company Descartes Systems Group, global technology giant Siemens and international...

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