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Bristol Post Business Awards 2015: The launch

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Bristol Post Business Awards 2015: The launch

If you need a touch of inspiration as a Bristol business, then look no further than Hargreaves Lansdown.

The so-called investment supermarket has gone from a back bedroom in Clifton to a FTSE 100 company with more than 800 employees in 34 years. And crucially, it’s done so in Bristol.

So the firm’s offices in Anchor Road on the city’s Harbourside provided the perfect spot to launch this year’s Bristol Post Business Awards, held in association with UWE Bristol, with a rallying call for local companies to take their chance for the spotlight by putting themselves forward.

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Bristol Post editor Mike Norton (pictured above) said: “The Bristol Post is very proud of the role it plays at the centre of the business community. For example, we launched a business rates campaign to try to get a better deal for local firms.

“These awards are a huge part of our commitment to the business community. We feature many of the companies who enter because that is what the event is really about – a showcase to celebrate the achievement of local business.”

Last year Williams Automobiles won four prizes including the coveted overall Business of the Year award after completely changing its business model from traditional dealership to British sports car specialist.

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Chairman Richard Williams (pictured) told the launch event what that had mean to the more than 100 year old family firm.

“To win last year after four generations of the business was quite incredible,” he said. “I must admit I had tears in my eyes as I want up to collect the award.”

Professor Jane Harrington, pictured, deputy vice chancellor at UWE Bristol, took the opportunity to highlight the institution’s goals to support business.

“We aim to produce what I call work-ready graduates,” she said. “They should be ready to enter the workplace and have the knowledge and skills to be valuable to their employer from day one.”

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Jane highlighted the university’s Team Entrepreneurship course, where students don’t attend lectures but instead “learn by doing” and set up their own businesses as well as the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, which is carrying out research that could change the future of sectors such as healthcare and transport.

She said that the university, which has 27,000 students, supported small businesses with 74 per cent of its supplies being SMEs.

And Jane added: “We are really proud to be the headline sponsor of the Bristol Post Business Awards.”

Check out Bristol Post Business Awards 2015 for all the details.

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