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Corporate Members 2022

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BLS features in Bristol Post oldest thriving companies in Bristol

Excerpt from the article: How Bristol’s oldest companies are still thriving after more than 100 years in business They include the city’s last-surviving chocolate maker a wine merchant and a tannery. Why do some companies struggle to survive beyond a year while others flourish for hundreds? Although more than 90 per cent of small companies in Britain will survive one … more

BLS Annual Awards Dinner 3rd November 2022

Check out our digital Awards Brochure with a welcome from our C0-Presidents, full details of the award categories and links to our wonderful supporters who make this event possible. We look forward to celebrating the best of the local profession with you on 3rd November! BLS Awards 2022 Digital Brochure Nomination Brochure 2022 Nomination Online Submissions Booking Form 2022


Richard Barcan, aged 60 and founding partner of Barcan Woodward Solicitors, has successfully completed the Deloitte Ride Across Britain cycle challenge, raising in excess of £5,500 for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity through The Sam Keen Foundation.


Richard completed the 960 mile ride between Lands End and John O’Groats in just 9 days, cycling over 100 gruelling miles per day. The longest stage of the challenge was a mammoth 135 miles in one day.


Richard says “I’m a pretty experienced cyclist but with 9 consecutive days of over 100 miles per day in some brutal conditions, this was the toughest thing I have ever done. The 135 mile stage in the Scottish Highlands in driving rain and gale force winds was especially hard! I’m so pleased to have finished and to have already raised over £5,500 for the foundation created in the name of my nephew, Sam.”


The Sam Keen Foundation was set up in honour of Richard’s nephew, Sam Keen, who died last November from a Malignant Melanoma aged 27. The foundation is receiving tremendous support from its fundraisers and has already raised over £135,000 for the Royal Marsden Hospital, the UK’s centre of excellence for cancer care to further research into Malignant Melanoma.


To read Richard’s account of his cycle challenge, and for information about how to support his fundraising effort, please visit


For further information about Sam Keen and the foundation set up in his name, visit


BLS salutes the achievement of Richard and urges all members to support the foundation.