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Bristol announced as European Green Capital for 2015

Bristol has won an international award that will see it become European Green Capital in 2015.

The announcement was made on Friday June 14, 2013 at a ceremony in Nantes, France, which holds the current title. Bristol beat rivals Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana - the capital of Slovenia - in a tightly fought contest. Read more

Grabbing the limelight at MIPIM ‐Painting the big picture for Bristol and Bath

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A show stealing, 50 sq m mural was created at the Invest in Bristol and Bath stand at MIPIM to grab attention for the range of opportunities presented by this region.

Beginning with a blank canvas at the start of the exhibition, the stand was decorated throughout the show by visual artists, creating a stunning backdrop for the launch of the Invest in Bristol and Bath service. Read more

Landmark deal to create a shop front for Bristol

Bristol's "centre of gravity" is slowly shifting towards Temple Meads, according to the city's mayor George Ferguson. He was underlining the importance of the deal which was signed yesterday to invest £1.5 million in Brunel's Engine Shed and which will breathe new life into the run-down area around Temple Meads station. Read more

NCC secures permission for extension

The National Composites Centre (NCC), based at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, has been granted planning permission to extend.

The NCC Phase II extension involves the construction of a new facility which will make the centre one of the largest research and development centres of its type in the world. Read more

Purple Flag for city in honour of vibrant night life

Bristol city centre has won a prestigious national award hailing it as a vibrant night time destination.

For the third year running the city was awarded the Purple Flag in recognition of it being a well-managed place to visit and enjoy at night. Read more

Everything Everywhere launches 4G service in Bristol

Ultra-fast 4G mobile has gone live in Bristol – one of 11 UK cities to launch the service.

Mobile operator Everything Everywhere – the recently-launched brand name for the combination of Bristol-based Orange and T-Mobile – is launching 4G ahead of its rivals whose services will go live in the middle of next year. Read more

Bristol to become 'super-connected' with £11m boost

Bristol has been allocated more than £11m from the government's £114m Urban Broadband Fund, set up with a specific focus of boosting business.

It is hoped that by offering high-tech and digital companies the infrastructure they need, the city will be able to compete for business, investment and jobs with the world's top digital cities like Singapore and Tokyo. Read more

50,000 flock to See No Evil street art festivalSee no evil image

A record 50,000 people from across the UK and Europe flocked to Bristol over the weekend for the city's See No Evil street art festival.

Organisers estimate more than 20,000 poured into Nelson Street during Saturday daytime alone for the urban art festival, which saw 40 top street artists from across the globe showcase their work.. Read More

Bristol named runner up in European Green Capital 2014 Award

Bristol has been named runner up in the European Green Capital Award for 2014.

In an awards ceremony on Friday evening (29th June), Bristols strong bid was praised by judges. Copenhagen was named as the host city for 2014, beating runners-up Bristol and Frankfurt.

Council Leader Simon Cook said: To get so far in this competition has been a remarkable achievement for Bristol, particularly when we were up against such strong competitors. It is testament to the huge amount of progress made on the green agenda, the vision we have for the city in years to come and the great working relationship in Bristol between the public and private sector, community groups and academia. Read more ...

Business-friendly Bristol comes top in awards

Bristol has been named as the top European city of its size for international investment in the future by independent experts at FDI magazine.

The city’s strong concentration of high tech and knowledge-based sectors, its business friendliness and excellent quality of life were highlighted in the prestigious business awards.

Bristol was placed ahead of major competitors, including Manchester, Zurich and Liverpool. It was 16th overall out of all European cities and in the 'top 10' for a number of other categories. Read more ...

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'Innovative' City Deal to deliver £1bn of investment

Bristol's City Deal is a "watershed moment" for the city, with the potential to deliver 40,000 jobs and £1bn of investment over the next 30 years in the city region, according to cities minister Greg Clarke.

An investment programme worth £1bn is set to be delivered by the growth incentive and economic investment fund which will allow the West of England region keep 100 per cent of growth in business rates to invest in projects. Read more ...

International Tidal Energy Summit awards Bristol tidal energy developers

The new 'Bristol Gateway for ocean energy technology' brochure, produced by Invest in Bristol and Regen SW, includes contributions from companies such as Marine Current Turbines, Tidal Generation Ltd, GL Garrad Hassan and Vestas Spare Parts & Repair.

It was launched at the International Tidal Energy Summit & Awards in London on 22nd November at which Tidal Generation Ltd won the 'Tidal Energy Competitiveness 2011' Award with the 'Tidal Energy Lifetime Achievement Award' going to Martin Wright, Founder of Marine Current Turbines.

Duke of York visits Bristol’s SETsquared business incubation centre

Bristol’s burgeoning technology sector was given a royal seal of approval yesterday when the Duke of York met the brains behind some of the innovative companies at the University of Bristol’s SETsquared business acceleration centre, which has helped start-up businesses gain the support and funding they need to become a global player. Read more ...

Bristol & Bath Science Park officially open

After two decades of intensive collaboration, hundreds of people gathered at Emersons Green on Monday 26 September 2011 for the official opening of the Bristol & Bath Science Park, realising one of the longest-held ambitions for the region's economy. Read more ...

Danish offshore and marine engineering company locates in Bristol

Bristol’s international profile as a global hub for high tech engineering and environmental technology services has been further reinforced with the news that LICenergy UK Ltd, a subsidiary of LICengineering A/S, a leading Danish offshore and marine engineering company, is opening a new UK office in Bristol.

LICenergy UK Ltd. is moving into serviced offices within the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and plans to recruit up to 20 engineers, draughtsman and administrative staff over the next two years. Read more ...

Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is a great opportunity, says Prime Minister

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has described the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone as a "great opportunity for new businesses", in a recent visit to Bristol.

The Zone will act as a magnet for inward investment and boost the local economy by creating thousands of new jobs. Read more ...

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Watershed hosts partnership hub for SW creative industries

The University of the West of England (UWE) has been chosen to lead one of four prestigious Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Read more ...

Bristol's Smart City boost

Bristol has received funding from the EU for its pioneering work combining energy saving and ICT. The European Commission has given the city council more than £300,000 for two projects as part of its Smart City Programme and work will start in the New Year.

The first project will develop a model to monitor energy usage within public buildings such as schools and the second project will support the further implementation of electric vehicles in Bristol through the development of web-based tools to highlight important information for electric vehicle users such as charging locations and links to public transport options. Read more ...

National Composites Centre to be part of National High Value Manufacturing Technology and Innovation Centre

The National Composites Centre, which is based at SPark (the Bristol and Bath Science Park) has been selected by the Government as one of seven research and technology centres that will form the new National High Value Manufacturing Technology and Innovation Centre.

Executive Director of the National Composites Centre, Peter Chivers, said:

“This is fantastic news for Bristol. Today’s announcement recognises the world-class expertise in advanced manufacturing in the South West and the potential of this industry to secure jobs and prosperity for decades to come.

On a more practical level, it will enable Bristol to solidify its position at the forefront of composites, an industry that is growing at 8% per year. This is a huge opportunity for the National Composites Centre." Read more ...

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Bristol is the most competitive large English city

Bristol has been identified as the most competitive large English city outside of London by The UK Competitiveness Index 2010, published by the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC).

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