West of England can lead UK’s hydrogen revolution, says regional business group

August 20, 2021
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West of England can lead UK’s hydrogen revolution, says regional business group

The government’s long-awaited strategy for the UK’s burgeoning hydrogen sector – which it says could create thousands of sustainable jobs and unlock billions of pounds of investment – has been welcomed by the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, believes the West of England can be a...

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Bristol Airport and easyJet launch partnership to trial pioneering ways of making flying greener

August 16, 2021
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Bristol Airport and easyJet launch partnership to trial pioneering ways of making flying greener

Low-cost airline easyJet has teamed up with Bristol Airport to use it as a test-bed to trial ways of decarbonising its operations and reduce waste. The airline, the airport’s largest operator accounting for about half of all its flights, said the partnership would involve a series of trials using the latest cutting-edge technology and...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 16, 2021
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Monday August 16 Final: Goodwin Tuesday August 17 Finals: BHP Group, Van Elle Interims: Genuit Group, Plus500, Electrica Regs Economic announcements: Claimant Count Rate, Unemployment rate Wednesday August 18 Interims: Balfour Beatty, Persimmon Economic announcements: Retail price index, Producer price index Thursday August 19 Finals: Byotrol, Rank Interims: Antofagasta, Capital, Helios Towers, Tremor Int Trading announcement: Castings Friday August 20 Interims: Afarak Group, Kingspan...

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Survey shows most firms are heeding climate change warnings – but one-in-five have done nothing

August 12, 2021
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Survey shows most firms are heeding climate change warnings – but one-in-five have done nothing

Nearly 70% of South West firms see climate change as a core business factor for them, according to a landmark survey of companies’ attitudes to the key issue – but, alarmingly, 21% have so far taken no action despite mounting concern over its impact. Just under half (46%) of the businesses that consider climate...

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New regional head of financial services for PwC as it looks to help sector recover from pandemic

August 12, 2021
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New regional head of financial services for PwC as it looks to help sector recover from pandemic

Global accountancy group PwC has promoted Paul Atkinson to head of financial services for the West & Wales as it continues to build its presence in an industry worth more than £10bn to the regional economy. Paul, pictured, replaces PwC global insurance operations leader Will Conner in the role.  He has a long track record...

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CBRE bolsters its South West planning and development team with new appointment

August 12, 2021
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CBRE bolsters its South West planning and development team with new appointment

The regional planning and development team at global real estate advisor CBRE has been strengthened with the appointment of Isabel Keppel as associate director. Isabel, pictured, has more than 11 years’ experience in planning. She began her career at engineering consultancy Arup in Bristol before moving to London to work for AECOM and then CBRE...

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RSM looks to grow its own talent by doubling its summer trainee intake

August 12, 2021
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RSM looks to grow its own talent by doubling its summer trainee intake

National accountancy firm RSM is to almost double its annual summer trainee intake this year as it looks to fulfil a key ambition to grow from within its own ranks. The firm, which supplies audit, tax and consulting services to mid-tier businesses, is recruiting 27 trainees this month for its offices in Swindon and Bristol...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 9, 2021
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Monday August 9 Final: Hargreaves Lansdown Interims: Clarkson, H&T Group, Pagegroup Tuesday August 10 Interims: Abrdn, Derwent London, Flutter Entertainment, Gamesys Group, Georgia Capital, Marshall Motor, Zotefoams Economic announcement: Retail sales Wednesday August 11 Interims: 4Imprint, Admiral, CLS Holdings, Hill & Smith, Hostelworld, Quilter, RPS Group, Spirax-Sarco Q2 result: Vaalco Energy Trading announcement: Gem Diamonds Thursday August 12 Interims: Arix Bioscience, Arrow...

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Fraud soared as criminals used pandemic to target vulnerable firms and individuals, research shows

August 9, 2021
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Fraud soared as criminals used pandemic to target vulnerable firms and individuals, research shows

Professional criminals took advantage of the unprecedented conditions caused by the pandemic to con businesses and individuals across the South West out of millions of pounds, new figures show. According to accountancy group KPMG latest Fraud Barometer, cases reaching the region’s courts in the first half of this year soared by more than three...

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Take-off of Frankfurt flights will help put region on route to post-Covid recovery, says Bristol Airport

August 6, 2021
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Take-off of Frankfurt flights will help put region on route to post-Covid recovery, says Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has taken another major step towards fully recovering from the impact of the pandemic with the launch this week of a regular service to Frankfurt. German airline Lufthansa had planned to introduce the direct flights last March but shelved them as Covid-19 took hold across the world – triggering a massive fall...

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