Business & Economy


Piazza Grande – 1 MILLION hit wonder!

Monday, February 6th, 2017
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Piazza Grande is a monthly newspaper distributed in the streets of Bologna and Reggio Emilia by the homeless and those in need. It’s quite familiar with its more famous English cousin ‘The Big Issue’ in London. By distributing Piazza Grande offers those in great difficulty a small income opportunity. There are about 60 authorized distributors, […]

€10 million investment for 100,000 prosciutto stock

Sunday, February 5th, 2017
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Gennari accepts immediate payment from Crédit Agricole Cariparma The president of the Granarolo based company, Gianpiero Calzolari, boasted: “We just signed with Crédit Agricole Cariparma, a high financial arrangement that will provide for the mobilization of more than 100,000 Parma prosciutti, worth €10 million. As far as we know, this is completely unique in our […]

Bolognese housing market reveal surprising trends

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
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Santa Viola: the new hotspot Mazzini & San Donato: not cool According to new housing stats, the Mazzini and San Donato areas have now fallen out of favour with the Bolognese house hunters. The Fiera district too, has experienced a downturn whereas, the western areas of the city including Santa Viola has seen more interest […]

Tourist hordes expected in 2017

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
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‘La Rossa’ ranks in top 10 for TripAdvisor Bologna made it into the Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise 2017. In a surprise announcement it is Italy’s sole winner, ranking seventh among other European destinations. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria dominates the list, while Mexico won the gold medal at world level with San Jose […]

Marconi Airport hits the 7million mark

Thursday, November 24th, 2016
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First passenger off plane gets prize It was only a matter of days before Marconi Airport hit the milestone due to the increased airport traffic compared to last year. “The rise in 12% represents an incredible feat by all those who put in the effort to make it possible,” reported a spokesperson. To celebrate the […]

Priolo drops bombshell on ‘People Mover’

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
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Newly baptized assessore Irene Priolo: “It’s problematic. City expansion is not enough (to validate it). ” It took years to get here. Delays, set backs and now that construction work has begun in earnest, Irene Priolo – Mayor of Calderara now doubling up as Minister for Transport – commented somewhat bitterly: “Since it’s started, there’s […]

Interview with Piero Formica

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
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Founder of the International Entrepreneurship Academy. Professor, Senior Research Fellow at the Innovation Value Institute, National University of Ireland in Maynooth, Dublin. International Professor of Knowledge Economics and Entrepreneurship at the Master in Technology and Entrepreneurship, University of Tartu (Estonia). Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, and Erudite Scholar, University of […]

British infidels

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
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Revenge might not be so sweet By Piero Formica In winning Brexit we are facing years of purgatory for trade and the mobility of people between our region and the United Kingdom. What will become of our exports to that country? In 2015, Emilia Romagna exports to the UK were valued at 3.439 billion euro, […]

No stopping, please. Or standing. Mercato delle Erbe’s new rules.

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
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Mutual agreement between traders and residents One of the city’s new social hubs behind the Mercato delle Erbe has introduced new rules which will quite literally prevent foot traffic from flowing through the little piazza. Gillian – a barmaid – working at one of the bars explained, “You are not allowed to just walk through […]

€35million Facelift for ex-telecom building

Monday, July 4th, 2016
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Future hotel for students CEO and founder of the Dutch group ‘The Student Hotel,’ Charlie MacGregor, announced an exciting project that will lead to the emergence of a new hotel for students in the former Telecom building on Via Fioravanti. The building was previously occupied by dozens of homeless families for almost a year before […]