Bristol Business News…
Businesses have just under two weeks to ensure their best personal assistants get the recognition they deserve in the inaugural South West PA of the Year Awards. Most businesses have at least one PA who goes the extra mile to help it reach its potential, who makes a real difference to their managers and who plays a key role in delivering excellence in the workplace. Read more…
VWV partner Tabitha wins inaugural best training principal award: Bristol law firm VWV’s training partner Tabitha Cave has won the coveted LawCareers.net Best Training Principal award in recognition of her support to the firm’s legal training programme. The award was presented on the results of a survey of more than 2,300 trainee and newly-qualified solicitors. It is the first time LawCareers.net’s Training & Recruitment Awards – known as the TARAs – have included a category for best training principal. Read more…
News in brief
Rare chance to snap up premier city centre period offices: Colliers International has been appointed to market the historic 3 Queen Square, situated within the heart of Bristol’s commercial district. The elegant self-contained offices overlook the picturesque square and are just 10 minutes’ walk from Temple Meads railway station. The , 2,148 sq ft, Grade II* listed office building boasts a wealth of original period features, providing attractive office accommodation over ground to third floors with the added advantage of category five cabling and on-site car parking. Offices specialist Richard Wright said: “Queen Square is one of Bristol’s most sought after business addresses.”
Smith & Williamson wins again at Taxation Awards: Smith & Williamson accountancy and investment management group has been awarded the title ‘Best High Net Worth Team’ at the recent prestigious LexisNexis Taxation Awards. The Taxation Awards are now in their 13th year and acknowledge excellence in tax service and achievement. Smith & Williamson faced competition from KPMG, RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Wealth Management and Ernst & Young in the ‘Best High Net Worth Team’ category. The firm was also shortlisted for ‘Best National Tax Team’. It previously won the ‘Best High Net Worth Team’ award in 2005 and 2010 and was shortlisted in 2006.
College of Law to begin new LLB degree in Bristol: The College of Law is to run its new two-year LLB law degree at its centre in Bristol from September 2013. The unique undergraduate degree, which focuses on boosting students’ employment prospects and professional legal skills, launches this autumn at the College’s Birmingham, Chester, Guildford and London Bloomsbury centres. Its introduction in Bristol next year will further boost the Temple Circus centre’s existing portfolio of post-graduate training for aspiring and qualified lawyers.
Outset Bristol shortlisted for national award: Business start-up support organisation Outset Bristol has been shortlisted in New Start’s Better Places National Awards 2012. The awards celebrate projects and organisations that reach out to all sections of society; going that extra mile to inspire and demonstrate inclusive, innovative approaches to creating better places.
Success in RoSPA Awards for local firms: Nearly 40 organisations from Somerset, Gloucestershire and Bristol have been honoured in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2012. Among the highest-performing organisations from the areas were Babcock International Group Infrastructure, Bristol, which won the Facilities Management sector award. Nearly 2,000 entries were submitted, a record for the scheme, which is the largest and longest running programme of its type in the UK.
North Somerset church among UK’s oldest to save with solar energy: A North Somerset church built nearly 900 years ago has become one of the oldest churches in the country to save on its energy bills with solar panels. Installing the solar photovoltaic (PV) system has brought St Bridget’s Church at Chelvey from the 12th century into the 21st. The 15 solar panels have been carefully designed to blend in as much as possible with the ancient roof. It was a particularly significant project for installers Solarsense because the Grade 1 listed building is their local church, being less than half a mile from their base at Brockley Lane, Backwell.