Finance

Business groups urge Johnson to continue Brexit talks as he tells them to ‘prepare for a no-deal’

October 16, 2020
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Business groups urge Johnson to continue Brexit talks as he tells them to ‘prepare for a no-deal’

Firms will ‘despair’ over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s comments today that they should prepare for a no-deal Brexit, the region’s biggest business organisation said. Describing the move as “another period of political theatre”, Business West managing director Phil Smith, pictured, said firms across the West of England were already...

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Region’s creativity and diversity to be harnessed in £100m post-Covid bounce back plan

October 16, 2020
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Region’s creativity and diversity to be harnessed in £100m post-Covid bounce back plan

More than £100m is to be spent on ambitious plans that use the West of England’s creativity and diversity to protect and secure jobs while building back greener and creating opportunities for all residents. The plan has been drawn up by the region’s Recovery Taskforce, which brings together businesses,...

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£500k loan from specialist fund is prescription for growth at healthcare marketing agency

October 15, 2020
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£500k loan from specialist fund is prescription for growth at healthcare marketing agency

Bristol-based healthcare marketing and advertising agency Create Health has received a £500,000 loan from specialist lender Creative Growth Finance to fund further international growth. The firm plans to double in size over the next five years following a management buy-out (MBO) earlier this year.  The loan from Creative Growth...

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More growth for BGF’s Bristol team with direct origination appointment

October 13, 2020
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More growth for BGF’s Bristol team with direct origination appointment

Investment group BGF has appointed Georgie Stratton to its growing Bristol team. Georgie, pictured, has taken up a direct origination role focusing on sourcing new investments and bolt-on acquisitions for portfolio companies across BGF’s Bristol, Reading and Cardiff offices. She joins from the Bristol office of accountancy group PwC,...

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Government funding lifeline will help save iconic Bristol cultural venues

October 12, 2020
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Government funding lifeline will help save iconic Bristol cultural venues

More than 30 of Bristol’s cultural venues have received vital funding under a £1.57bn government scheme to help them survive the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and secure their future. Among the diverse list, which spans music, visual art, theatre and film, are cinema and media centre Watershed, which...

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ICON and TLT bring together panel of leading international acquirers for ‘buy-and-build’ webinar

October 12, 2020
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ICON and TLT bring together panel of leading international acquirers for ‘buy-and-build’ webinar

Buy-and-build opportunities for tech firms in the post-Covid world are to be explored at a webinar jointly staged by Bristol-based tech-focused investment bank ICON Corporate Finance and city-headquartered national law firm TLT. A panel of leading international acquirers will look at tactics and best practices, as well-capitalised private equity...

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Business West welcomes Chancellor’s latest support measures for firms closed by Covid

October 9, 2020
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Business West welcomes Chancellor’s latest support measures for firms closed by Covid

New support for firms forced to close by law because of coronavirus restrictions announced this afternoon by Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been welcomed by Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce. The scheme, under which the government will pay two-thirds of the wages of staff working for...

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Momentum Corporate Finance secures sale of Bristol customer experience services firm

October 9, 2020
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Momentum Corporate Finance secures sale of Bristol customer experience services firm

Bristol-based customer experience services firm Anana has been sold to a fast-growing group aiming to be the leading player in the industry across the European market in a deal secured by Momentum Corporate Finance. Anana, which was founded in 2001 and now employs more than 100 people at its...

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New Business West directory offers support and opportunities for firms as Covid and Brexit hit home

October 8, 2020
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New Business West directory offers support and opportunities for firms as Covid and Brexit hit home

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has launched a directory service to help signpost firms to vital advice, opportunities and support services. Back to Business is an evolution of Business West’s highly successful Trading Through Coronavirus platform, which has been visited by more than 100,000 businesses across the...

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‘Transformational’ datatech deal sealed by ICON Corporate Finance boosts industry pioneer

October 8, 2020
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‘Transformational’ datatech deal sealed by ICON Corporate Finance boosts industry pioneer

Bristol-based tech-focused investment bank ICON Corporate Finance has advised on a strategic investment in one of the UK’s top datatech firms in a deal it described as transformational for the industry. Bath-based Event Store, which has been a market leader in event sourcing and event-driven architecture used by developers since...

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Acquisition of global expansion specialist handled by Ashfords’ Bristol corporate team

October 7, 2020
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Acquisition of global expansion specialist handled by Ashfords’ Bristol corporate team

Law firm Ashfords’ Bristol corporate team has advised London-based global expansion specialist Fitzgerald & Law on its takeover by an international provider of corporate, fund and active wealth services. ZEDRA’s acquisition of Fitzgerald & Law (F&L) will boost the fast-growing firm’s offering to its international corporate clients as well...

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Zoom-ing in on potential trade links with China’s hypergrowth Greater Bay Area

October 7, 2020
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Zoom-ing in on potential trade links with China’s hypergrowth Greater Bay Area

Opportunities for Bristol firms in the world’s largest economic zone – China’s Greater Bay Area – have been highlighted at an online gathering led by West of England experts. Invest Bristol & Bath (IBB), the inward investment arm of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) teamed up with...

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Firms urged to hurry up and claim £1m capital allowances before they disappear

October 6, 2020
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Firms urged to hurry up and claim £1m capital allowances before they disappear

Regional accountancy firm Milsted Langdon, which has an office in Bristol, is encouraging businesses to take advantage of up to £1m in tax relief before it runs out. The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) for capital allowances was increased to £1m a year for expenditure from January 1, 2019.  However, from...

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