Business Leader Sept - Dec South West 2018 - Page 6

LATEST NEWS Metro Bank officially opens Bristol store Axminster carpets secures £3.4m funding to support growth Axminster Carpets Ltd has secured £3.4m of funding from Independent Growth Finance (IGF) as it continues to develop a strategy which meets the needs of discerning customers, both in the UK and internationally. Metro Bank has officially opened its brand new Bristol store. The Deputy Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Craig Cheney, officially cut the Metro Bank ribbon which opened the store at 10:30 am, along with Vernon Hill, Founder and Chairman at Metro Bank, the stores Local Director, Marc Watters and Store Manager, Shannon Finlayson. The new store is located at 40-46 Broadmead, BS1 3HB, and will be open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm on Saturdays and 11am to 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays, 362 days a year. Axminster Carpets is the inventor of world-renowned ‘Axminster weave’ and has been known for its craftsmanship for over 250 years. The company continues to weave luxury carpets in Devon and combines thoughtful design with experience and innovation to deliver high performance natural floor coverings for the Royal Household, stately homes and luxury hotels. The deal will shape the service offering and improve the customer experience. This includes merchandising, new products and a focus on profitable export markets. The Juice Collective opens its door in Bristol John Hirst, CEO at Bristol Broadmead BID said: “We’re delighted to welcome Metro Bank to Bristol, taking pride of place in the heart of our shopping district. The banking revolution will bring more choice to local residents and businesses for their banking needs.” The Juice Collective, a cold-pressed juice manufacturer, is now open to the public at its new home at Wapping Wharf, Bristol. Founded in Bath by Emma Frampton, after discovering her passion for healthy living and a balanced lifestyle, The Juice Collective will be offering cold-pressed juices and superfood smoothies ‘to go’ from unit 3 at CARGO 1, part of the Wapping Wharf community. Breakfast bowls, toasts, cold- pressed health shots, coffees and speciality lattes will also be part of the offering. Cutting edge cyber security firm raises £3.5m funding Bristol-based advisers at accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson and law firm Thrings have advised cyber security software firm CybSafe on a £3.5m fundraising. CybSafe, based in London’s Canary Wharf, is a cloud-based platform which raises awareness of cyber security within organisations through the provision of Award-Winning Legal Advisers to Regional Businesses 4 learning material, risk assessment and analytics. Iain Lownes, partner and corporate finance director at Smith & Williamson, was lead adviser on the transaction. Tax advice was provided by Smith & Williamson partner Peter Ball, who heads up the firm’s entrepreneurs and scale- ups team in Bristol. 0117 925 2020 vwv.co.uk Issue 24: October - December 2018