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Ian Mean, director of Business West in Gloucestershire, comments on business rates

Commenting on the business rates issue, Ian Mean, director of Business West in Gloucestershire, said: “There’s been much in the news this week about business rates. The problem is that property hasn’...
Mary Martin
Mary Martin
Posted on: 17.02.17
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A guide to devolution, metro mayors and the West of England Combined Authority

On 4th May, residents in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset will head to the polls to elect the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) very first Metro Mayor. WECA...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Posted on: 16.02.17
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Inspiring showcase for youngsters at Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering, Stroud

Specialist engineering-particularly in the aerospace sector- has always been the driver of the county’s manufacturing since the days of the first jet engine flying from Brockworth. Since then we have...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Posted on: 16.02.17
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South West unemployment continues to fall

The latest data released by the Office for National Statistics today (15th February) found that in the three months to December 2016: • South West unemployment fell by 0.3% to 101,000 • Unemployment...
Mary Martin
Mary Martin
Posted on: 15.02.17
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Bristol at the centre of efforts to tackle modern slavery

In 2015, the then Home Secretary Theresa May introduced the Modern Slavery Act to enhance police and CPS powers to tackle a vast swathe of offences related to human trafficking and exploitation. One...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Posted on: 10.02.17
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Gloucestershire needs housing revolution

Without a doubt, new homes and the lack of affordable housing is one of the key issues for council leaders to face in Gloucestershire. And I hope that the government housing white paper announced...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Posted on: 07.02.17
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Romanian Ambassador in Bristol for trade talks

His Excellency Dr Dan Mihalache , Romanian Ambassador to the UK, and Manuel Donescu, Minister Counsellor for the Romania economics and trade section in London, attended informal trade talks at...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Posted on: 02.02.17
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Bristol must seize the opportunity to be a 10 out of 10 city

Bristol is growing much faster than predicted. James Durie, Chief Executive of Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative at Business West, argues that if we are to make growth manageable, and for...
James Durie
James Durie
Posted on: 30.01.17
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