Finance

Foreign inward investment boost for Bristol as UK bounces back from Brexit doubts

May 29, 2020
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Foreign inward investment boost for Bristol as UK bounces back from Brexit doubts

Bristol attracted 15 investment projects from overseas last year, new figures show, making it the seventh best performing regional location in the UK and underlining its growing reputation as an international business hub. The city’s strong performance was despite the South West as a whole suffering a 14% decline...

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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

May 29, 2020
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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe blow to confidence levels among South West firms – with the region now the UK’s least optimistic, according to the gloomy results of another survey. Overall confidence slumped by 16 points during the past month to minus 51% – an unenviable record...

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VWV strengthens partnership with two new promotions

May 27, 2020
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VWV strengthens partnership with two new promotions

Bristol-headquartered law firm VWV has promoted solicitors Leila Goodarzi and Rebecca Fox to partners, taking the total number in its partnership to 86. Leila, pictured right, who joined the firm as a trainee in 2010, will now lead the firm’s estates tax and trust team in Bristol, working on...

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Smith & Williamson donates to vital community food groups tackling hunger during lockdown

May 26, 2020
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Smith & Williamson donates to vital community food groups tackling hunger during lockdown

A charity combatting hunger in Bristol with food that would otherwise have been thrown away has received £60,000 from the city office of national financial and professional services firm Smith & Williamson. FareShare, which has its regional centre in St. Jude’s, is part of a UK national network of...

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Recruitment firm launches to help energy sector face challenges of post-pandemic world

May 22, 2020
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Recruitment firm launches to help energy sector face challenges of post-pandemic world

A Bristol-based specialist investment programme launched by two of the UK’s leading recruitment industry entrepreneurs has helped launch a start-up targeting the renewable energy sector. Surya Recruitment has been founded by Alka Graham, who has worked in the energy industry for more than a decade. It aims to promote...

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Quartet of senior management changes at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office

May 20, 2020
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Quartet of senior management changes at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office

National financial and professional services group Smith & Williamson has made a number of strategic management changes in its Bristol office. Nigel Hardy becomes managing partner of the office’s professional services business in succession to Carl Deane, who has decided to stand down after three years in the role....

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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

May 18, 2020
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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is launching a series of expert webinars and virtual networking events to help small firms bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The webinars will address key practical issues and challenges facing firms as lockdown measures are eased while the...

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City centre businesses backing campaign to save the high street amid fears of widespread closures

May 15, 2020
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City centre businesses backing campaign to save the high street amid fears of widespread closures

Up to 100 businesses in Bristol city centre – including high-profile bars and restaurants – are at risk of closure unless the government raises the threshold on one of its schemes to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new campaign. Called #RaiseTheBar, the national...

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Bristol Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. How we are supporting the economy

May 15, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. How we are supporting the economy

The Bank of England’s role is to maintain UK monetary and financial stability by keeping inflation sustainably low and ensuring that the financial system can serve the people of the UK in bad times as well as good. To achieve these aims through the Covid-19 crisis we have put...

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Boost for ICON Corporate Finance with pair of analyst appointments

May 15, 2020
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Bristol-based corporate finance boutique firm ICON has strengthened its team with two appointments.  Thibault Dujardin, pictured right, becomes an analyst after successfully completing his internship. He previously gained experience working in mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and private equity in Belgium and as a corporate finance intern in San Francisco....

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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

May 14, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most important for businesses. Many businesses have suffered a massive shock to income, and furloughing has offered an ability to...

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Bristol Business Blog: Zoe Thomas, head of tax, Smith & Williamson, Bristol. Beyond Covid-19 – valuable lessons for the future

May 12, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Zoe Thomas, head of tax, Smith & Williamson, Bristol. Beyond Covid-19 – valuable lessons for the future

For the time being, many businesses are firefighting – deciding who to furlough, chasing debtors and shoring up cashflow by raising short-term funds. However, there will be a point at which business starts tentatively to adjust to a new normal. At that point, it may be worth reflecting how your...

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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

May 12, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to October will be a “huge relief” to firms in the West of England, according to the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said its research showed the scheme, launched by...

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