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At the beginning of September, a decision was made on the future of the Temple Island site, with Cabinet deciding to explore plans for a mixed use development instead of an arena. Read on to find out more about this, as well as information about events, improvements at Temple Meads and a new business profile. As always, scroll to the bottom of this email for some quick updates from around the area.
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Alternative scheme on Temple Island to be explored
Bristol City Council’s Cabinet has decided to explore plans for a mixed development on Temple Island instead of an arena. The decision followed a recommendation by officers to investigate an alternative scheme which could include a bespoke conference centre and a four or five star hotel, commercial spaces with supporting retail and residential homes for city centre living, and affordable homes on the site next to Bristol Temple Meads. Find out more on our website.
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New entrances coming soon to Bristol Temple Meads
Network Rail are creating two new entrances at Bristol Temple Meads. The change will more than double capacity, providing faster and easier access on and off the station. There will be eight new ticket gates at the new Bonapartes entrance (next to Bonapartes Bar) and six at Queen Anne Gate (near the old location of the bike racks). Each entrance will include two wide aisle ticket gates for improved accessibility. Work is underway to prepare for the installation of the new ticket gates prior to extensive testing in October. They will open for passenger use this winter. A number of bicycle racks next to Queen Anne Gate have been relocated temporarily to allow the work on this entrance to get started. These will be replaced with a new bike rack, located at the front of the station, which will be covered by CCTV.
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Business profile: Design Militia
Design Militia is a small but perfectly formed business based in Boxworks, just behind Engine Shed. It has been creating brands and digital assets for clients nationally and internationally for over 10 years, and this month we spoke to its co-founder, Tim Smalley, to find out more about what it does. Read the full interview on our blog.
Business West workshops: recruit, train and retain
Business West are running a series of workshops throughout autumn which covers topics from recruitment and flexible working to apprenticeships for SMEs and developing your workforce. These workshops will be taking place across the West of England and are open to businesses from any sector or industry. Find out more on the Business West website.

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