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BUDGET 2021: Bristol misses out in bid to be one of first ‘freeports’

March 3, 2021
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Bristol has failed in its attempt to become one of the country’s first ‘freeports’ despite a joint pre-Budget approach to Chancellor Rishi Sunak from the city’s business and political leaders. Mr Sunak announced the first tranche of eight freeports in today’s Budget, using it as a finale of his...

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BUDGET 2021: Bristol business reaction

March 3, 2021
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Bristol business leaders have given many of the measures in today’s Budget a warm welcome – especially the previously-trailed furlough extension – but there was also concern over the delayed Corporation Tax increase. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said businesses would welcome the extension of the...

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BUDGET 2021: National business reaction

March 3, 2021
BUDGET 2021: National business reaction

The CBI said Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to hike Corporation Tax to 25% in one leap – the first increase since 1974 – would “cause a sharp intake of breath” for many businesses. It also warned that the move – which is planned to come into effect in 2023...

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BUDGET 2021: Key points . . .

March 3, 2021
BUDGET 2021: Key points  . . .

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his Budget this afternoon. The main points are:  No rise in VAT, income tax or national insurance  Corporation tax to rise from 19% to 25% from 2023 but only 10% largest companies will pay, Chancellor claims  Two-year ‘super deduction’ in tax for companies that invest...

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Mazars’ new Bristol office managing partner to focus on growth

March 3, 2021
Mazars’ new Bristol office managing partner to focus on growth

International tax, audit and advisory firm Mazars has appointed Amy Reynolds as its office managing partner in Bristol. Amy, pictured, succeeds Tim Ball, who was responsible for overseeing a strong period of growth during his four-year tenure in the role.  Amy joined Mazars in 2011 and has more than...

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Architects Stride Treglown latest Bristol firm to gain B Corp status

March 2, 2021
Architects Stride Treglown latest Bristol firm to gain B Corp status

Bristol-headquartered Stride Treglown has become the first top 100 UK architecture firm to gain a B Corp certification, reflecting its commitment to people and planet over profit. The firm, which is employee-owned and has 300 staff across its eight offices, said the “challenging and rigorous” six-month assessment process to...

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Ex-Microsoft director joins Optimum Finance as it harnesses fintech to expand its offering

March 2, 2021
Ex-Microsoft director joins Optimum Finance as it harnesses fintech to expand its offering

Bristol-based invoice finance provider Optimum Finance has appointed  former Microsoft global director Gordon McIntosh as chief technical officer, furthering its specialism in the fast-growing fintech sector. Scottish/American national Gordon, pictured, has extensive experience having spent 10 years working at Microsoft headquarters in Seattle in a variety of senior roles. ...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

February 28, 2021
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Monday March 1 Finals: AFC Energy, Aggreko, Greencoat Renewables, MTI Wireless Edge, Quartix Holdings, Seplat Petroleum Development Interim: Craneware Economic announcements: M4 money supply, PMI manufacturing, Mortgage approvals, Consumer credit Tuesday March 2 Finals: APAX Global Alpha, Dalata Hotel Group, Devro, Flutter Entertainment, Fresnillo, Intertek Group, IWG, Robert Walters, Rotork, Signature Aviation, Synectics,...

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‘Rising Star’ accolade for Bristol tech start-up on a mission to help small firms tackle climate change

February 26, 2021
‘Rising Star’ accolade for Bristol tech start-up on a mission to help small firms tackle climate change

Bristol start-up Spherics, whose innovative platform helps small firms measure, mitigate and manage their environmental impact, has been named as one of the rising stars of the UK tech sector. Spherics’ accessible tool for environmental reporting and management fills a gap in the market, empowering small businesses to monitor...

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