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Less than 100 days to go until Brexit and time is running out fast

For businesses, these next 100 days will fly by. With no assurances from government and still none the wiser as to the eventual shape of a Brexit deal, business is straining every sinew to ensure...
Phil Smith
Phil Smith
Business West
Posted on: 20.12.18
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9 key developments in the West of England this year

When Professor Steve West handed me the Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative President’s medal in September 2017, I didn’t quite anticipate what a busy year it would be. So busy, in fact,...
Richard Bonner
Richard Bonner
Posted on: 19.12.18
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Business and the economy in Gloucestershire 2019

Looking forward to the world in Gloucestershire next year, I picked up the Economist’s World in 2019 special magazine. I was searching for some inspiration but I am afraid I didn’t find much at all...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 19.12.18
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Lifting Severn Bridge tolls provides Forest of Dean an unequalled opportunity

Today’s lifting of the tolls on the Severn Bridge provides the Forest of Dean with an unequalled opportunity to expand its businesses. The Forest is now not only a key gateway between our regions but...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 17.12.18
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Raising the career aspirations of 16-24-year olds in Swindon

According to the Centre for Cities , Swindon has one of the highest employment rates in the UK, ranking 6th out of 63 towns and cities. This is a great success story, owing to a vibrant and dynamic...
Andrew Wells
Andrew Wells
Business West
Posted on: 13.12.18
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West of England Initiative celebrates 30th anniversary at Bristol Old Vic

When celebrating a milestone occasion, it’s difficult to avoid looking back and reminiscing about past achievements and progress. Yet, despite the occasion, there was a palpable and prescient sense...
James Durie
James Durie
Business West
Posted on: 10.12.18
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30 years of the Initiative in Bristol, Bath and West of England

2018 marks thirty years since a group of civic minded business leaders came together to form the Bristol Initiative – which I am now the Chief Executive of. The Initiative is unique in the UK. A...
James Durie
James Durie
Business West
Posted on: 07.12.18
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Let’s get the new Bath Rec design over the line

Twenty months have passed since I wrote about a workshop to talk about concepts for a new stadium on the Recreation Ground for Bath Rugby. At the time I said: “To be honest, it felt like Groundhog...
Ian Bell
Ian Bell
Business West
Posted on: 06.12.18
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Delegation from China visits Leigh Court to strengthen trade links with Bristol and the West of England

Business West Chambers of Commerce welcomed a delegation of business leaders from the Shandong Province Chamber of Commerce to Leigh Court this week to help strengthen trade links between this...
James Durie
James Durie
Business West
Posted on: 26.11.18
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