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R&D tax credit consultancy starts new service as HMRC gets tough on fraudulent claims

February 21, 2019

Bristol-based specialist research and development tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown has launched a service to help businesses caught up in a drive by government tax officials to prevent abuse of the system costing hundreds of millions of pounds. HMRC has stepped up efforts to combat fraudulent behaviour over the past...

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Merger between Ashfords and Thames Valley firm called off as they say they are ‘too far apart’

February 21, 2019
Merger between Ashfords and Thames Valley firm called off as they say they are ‘too far apart’

The planned merger between South West law firm Ashfords, which has one of its six offices in Bristol, and single-location Thames Valley firm Boyes Turner has been abandoned. In a statement, Ashfords said the firms were “currently too far apart” for the tie-up “to work at this time”. Ashfords,...

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Gregg Latchams expands digital media and tech team with pair of appointments

February 20, 2019
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Two newly qualified solicitors have joined Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams’ growing commercial team. Emma Jones and Henry Nelson-Case will have a particular focus within the tech team, led by Paul Hardman, to meet growing demand in this sector.  Emma, pictured, qualified in 2017 with a high street firm...

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Michelmores Bristol staff ready to go Above & Beyond for their new charity of the year

February 20, 2019
Michelmores Bristol staff ready to go Above & Beyond for their new charity of the year

Staff in the Bristol office of regional law firm Michelmores have chosen Above & Beyond, which raises money for hospitals in the city, as their charity of the year. The team already has a number of fundraising events in the pipeline, including quizzes, sweepstakes and dress-down days.  Founded in...

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Head of operations joins energy consultancy to shape new business structure

February 20, 2019
Head of operations joins energy consultancy to shape new business structure

National energy consultancy Octego has appointed Roy Bidder as head of operations, based in its Nailsea office. Roy, pictured, who has a background in sustainability consulting and financial services, will be responsible for overseeing operations and will work with the firm’s wider management team to implement a new organisational structure.   This will ensure that Octego, which...

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Clarke Willmott Bristol staff limbering up to begin fundraising for their new charity of the year

February 19, 2019

The Bristol office at national law firm Clarke Willmott has pledged to support a leading muscular dystrophy charity after the son of one of its partners was diagnosed with a form of the rare disease. The office will take part in a range of fund-raising events over the next...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

February 17, 2019
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Monday February 18 Final: Reckitt Benckiser Tuesday February 19 Finals: HSBC, InterContinental Hotels Interims: BHP Billiton, Walmart Economic announcement: Employment data (December, unemployment and average earnings) Wednesday February 20 Finals: Lloyds, Glencore, Hochschild Mining, Intu Trading updates: First Group, Babcock Thursday February 21 Finals: Anglo American, BAE Systems, Barclays,...

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Jobs at risk after administrators are called into Bristol pharmaceutical manufacturer

February 15, 2019
Jobs at risk after administrators are called into Bristol pharmaceutical manufacturer

Administrators have been appointed at troubled Bristol-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Avara Avlon Pharma Services, putting a question mark over the jobs of all its 270 workers. The firm makes active pharmaceutical ingredients at a 100-acre site in Avonmouth, pictured, which was acquired by US-based Avara Pharmaceutical Services from UK drugs...

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OVO sells 20% stake to Mitsubishi to fund its drive into electric vehicle battery market

February 15, 2019
OVO sells 20% stake to Mitsubishi to fund its drive into electric vehicle battery market

Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi has bought a 20% stake in fast-growing Bristol green energy group OVO, paving the way for it to expand into new markets across Europe and Asia Pacific. OVO, which received a reported £200m for the stake, will use the funding to accelerate the development of...

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