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  • UK trade gap widens

    The UK's trade gap unexpectedly widened in June to fuel concerns about the impact the strong pound is having on the price of British goods abroad.Figures from...

  • Last post collection as early as 9am

    Collection times at thousands of post boxes are to be brought forward under plans that will see mail picked up by delivery staff during their rounds.Royal Mail...

  • Big growth in shoppers going online

    Three quarters of Britons now turn to the internet to do their shopping, according to figures which show how the digital economy is transforming the way we go...

  • Main focus is insurance stocks for city

    Insurance stocks were in focus yesterday as the latest stage of Aviva's recovery cheered investors while rival RSA lost ground after admitting that its own...

  • Political pressure on arms deals

    West Country defence firms appear unworried that lucrative licences to export military and security equipment to Israel will be stopped.The subject has moved up...

  • Tensions in Ukraine send market red

    A fresh build-up of global tension over Ukraine combined with the latest economic woes in the eurozone to send markets into the red yesterday.The latest flight...

  • City businesses refused loans

    Businesses in the Bristol area have been turned down for £5.5 million of loans, new figures show.The number comes from analysis by Cambridge and Counties...

  • Technology aims to make life easier

    A pair of tech-minded brothers are tackling the space frontier with their enterprise designed to help people manage buildings better.Jak and Robert Ollett set...

  • Construction builds itself up

    The construction industry could create nearly 7,000 new jobs across the South West as it grows over the next five years.Figures from the Construction Skills...

  • Insurance firm expands in city

    Gloucester commercial property specialist Julian Capewell has chalked up one of the biggest office deals in the city, letting almost 15,000 sq ft at Southgate...

  • Car sales best in a decade

    New car sales are on course for their best year since 2004.New registrations in July 2014 totalled 172,907 – a 6.6 per cent rise on the July 2013 figure,...

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    Smart phone advert filmed across city

    Bristol likes to be seen as being at the forefront of the technology scene.So it was the perfect setting for an advert for the new Samsung Galaxy S5.The film,...

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    Workers rally for war effort

    Business changed forever in Gloucestershire from August 4, 1914, as it did everywhere.Men from companies across the county rallied to the call by the British...

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    More help to ease energy switch needed

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hailed the landmark news that two million people have turned their backs on the so-called 'Big Six' energy companies on a...