George Ferguson: a Mayor who means business

As Mayors go, George Ferguson isn’t entirely typical. No ceremonial chain of office; definitely no fete openings. George is a new breed of Mayor… elected to do a job. The people’s choice.

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Preparing your family business for the future

Dividing assets between the family can weaken a business’ future viability. And not every family will have a natural successor to manage it.

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ForgeRock looks to UK to build its global share of Open Source

ForgeRock may not be the biggest global player in Identity and Access Management Enterprise software. But – backed by funding from Accel Partners – it is, currently, one of the fastest growing. Its latest move has been to set up its first European Engineering centre in Bristol. As well as providing support services to clients around the world, the new base will also act as its UK HQ and the company is actively looking for 20 exceptional individuals to fill a range of engineering and support roles. Rather than go down the conventional recruitment route for people that the company feel...

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Waking up to an ageing nation

A recent report by Age UK and the International Longevity Centre, called ‘The Golden Economy’, told us some things we already know – not least that we as a nation are getting ‘older’ and that much of the wealth of the country is owned by the over 50s. What the report then went on to spell out is that, to date, very few companies have seriously addressed the needs of older people unless their focus is purely on later life customers: indeed there are many barriers to potential customers accessing products and services from some companies – indicative, says the report, of ‘market failure’....

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Calling all West Wales entrepreneurs

Up to 30 West Wales companies are set to reap the benefits of a ground-breaking management training programme that has already helped other Welsh companies increase their turnovers by almost a third. Starting this September, business owners in the Newcastle Emlyn area will be able to take part in an initiative that has already given a big boost to several hundred SMEs (Small to Medium Sized Enterprises) across other parts of Wales. The course – valued at over £11,300 – will be delivered without charge to owner managers at the offices of Antur Teifi, the area’s business support organisation....

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The new ‘architectural gunge’?

Years ago, when architects wanted to soften down the hard lines of an outline rendering, they would often resort to sketching in some trailing plants or free standing foliage. A date palm here… some wisteria there. Planning committees loved them. It looked warm and pleasant, adding a splash of colour as well as a teasing touch of the bucolic to an otherwise urban landscape. The practice was sometimes (and somewhat unreverentially) referred to as ‘architectural gunge’. Wind forwards a decade or two and, today, it’s hard to find an artist’s impression of a new development that hasn’t got a...

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