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Stupid suits – business losers looking to profit from Bristol 2018

December 9, 2010

Business Bristol 2018 fails (to pay up)

Only fair given the publicity they were dishing out on the run up to the vote that their mugs should be given a final farewell.

Nothing against them personally, apart from the fact that its Bristol ratepayers picking up the bill for the 2018 bid, unless some new evidence surfaces that these much trumpeted business leaders 100% behaind the bid actually put any money in. Or were they just there for the profits and rich pickings at the ratepayers risk and ultimate expense?

GWE business west need to clarify their contribution, or at least offer some condolences to the mugs that’s us taxpayers and the council.

  1. December 9, 2010 10:24 am

    Anyone notice the Greek columns of the portico at Leigh Court? Mansion was restored by John Pontin and now owned by business west.
    Pontin’s group has a big interest in the land and development of the proposed new stadium at Ashton Vale.

  2. Chris E permalink
    December 9, 2010 12:17 pm

    Must commend the quality of the image! Either that or I’ve just installed the ‘cataracts’ extension for my browser.

  3. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    December 9, 2010 3:28 pm

    GWE Business are certainly in the news today. Chief Exec. John Savage has predicted Bristol and Bath will be one within the next 40 years. He admits it won’t be popular, but it will create a business powerhouse. I know little of GWE Business but they sound a bit like a quango. Please don’t tell me my taxes are paying his wages.

  4. December 9, 2010 6:06 pm

    you really want to see these mugs in HD?
    Picture censored by ugly suit department.

  5. December 9, 2010 6:23 pm

    Must have bought a few plots of greenbelt in keynsham.
    Probably means well, but should be locked up.

    Not for dividend private company.
    2009 directors of GWE include Wray, Janke and Pontin.
    2008 government grants to it about £ 2 1/2 m.
    Highest paid director 2008 about £142,000/yr, prob. Savage.
    Well worth it.

  6. Deano permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:24 pm


    Auditors: PwC, those nice people who produced those economic impact reports telling us how good the stadium and the World Cup would be for the local economy….

    Related parties; Destination Bristol (directors Savage and a certain Helen Holland), those people who told us that Bristol was missing out on £6-8m each year because of a lack of conference facilities….

    Six of the directors are also Merchant Venturers – who funnily enough do own lots of that Green Belt land between Brislington and Keynsham which would obviously be built on if Bristol and Bath merged……..

  7. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:10 pm

    But I thought the Merchant Venturers were a charity organisation. They have built a nice school here in South Bristol, Merchants Academy, and a cricket ground at Westbury I believe.

  8. Richard Lane permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:45 pm

    They’re as mixed up together as the greens, Friends of the earth, save our green spaces, stop Sainsbury’s, Stop Tesco’s stokes croft, HOLA, DRAG, AVHG, Ron Mortons lot, the Southville set, Sacredspring and Tony Dyer, RSPB, Hawkwind, FROGS, GBCP, WI, the civic society, Red Trousers and Simon Rayner.
    I’m independent, apart from being a season ticket holder at Ashton Gate.

  9. Richard Lane permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:49 pm

    I don’t want to join up with Bath, they don’t even acknowledge Bristols existence.
    Now a little expansion to the south and west of Bristol, I’m all for that.

  10. Paul Bemmy Down permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:04 am

    Rich. Perhaps we could start our own Independant Party. At least we would have our own newspaper.

  11. Chris E permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:25 am

    Correction: picture pilfered.

  12. December 10, 2010 12:35 pm

    Conspiracy of ‘business leaders’ to fleece Joe Public is outed. Sainsbury’s Monster Rip-off, Lansdown, Sexton, Merchant Pirates, Tesco, Jankers, Simon Crook, Wray, Pontin, GWE Business Worst, Blatter, Snortin Norton, not very Savage, etc etc all in on land-grabbing greed fest.

    100% behind bid (as long as ratepayers fork out the half million).

    Tight-fisted landed gentry and filthy rich think they can do what they like.

    Good job brave citizens fight back.

  13. Richard Lane permalink
    December 11, 2010 1:32 pm

    We could of course start our own party including the paper.
    In that paper would be an article on how to twist things, tell lies, admit nothing, accuse others of lying whilst telling giant porkies yourself. It would be taken from the Tony Dyer chronicles, on how to be a working businessman with little time for commenting due to making complaints to Europe, not contributing to Bristol while knocking it’s business leaders and fighting against Bristol at every opportunity.
    This is on topic as it is the likes of Tony Dyer that are in fact the “Stupid suits – business losers looking to profit from Bristol 2018” referring of course to it’s failure.

  14. Richard Lane permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:19 pm

    Is this the tight fisted Mr Lansdown that’s putting about £50m of his own money into the stadium?
    The stadium which is going to benefit many residents of south Bristol, the surrounding areas and the region as a whole. Those others mentioned are just as likely to promote or invest in Bristol, at a time when the council will have little to invest for the future good of the city.
    I have a good idea say’s Sacredspring, let’s kick the shit out of anyone planning to invest in Bristol. That way we can achieve our aims of a green city. The only problem is, it’s green because anyone planning to invest has gone elsewhere, the place has fallen down and grass now grows where a once great city existed.

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