Finance

Valuation surveyor’s arrival bolsters Bruton Knowles’ Bristol office

July 24, 2017
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Valuation surveyor’s arrival bolsters Bruton Knowles’ Bristol office

Bruton Knowles, the national commercial property agency, has strengthened its Bristol-based valuations team with the appointment of Brendan O’Haire. Brendan has experience of the buoyant Bristol market having worked in the city since he graduated in 2009 – first with Edward Symmons, then with Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) and...

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Market launch for Bristol-made gaming robot within reach as inventors receive £5.8m investment

July 21, 2017
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Market launch for Bristol-made gaming robot within reach as inventors receive £5.8m investment

Reach Robotics, the Bristol-based robotics, augmented reality and mobile gaming firm, has secured a £5.8m investment as its first robots prepare to take part in a global test programme. The funding will help Reach take its MekaMon intelligent gaming robot to market as well as strengthening its team. Reach...

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Challenging market conditions fail to dent growth at specialist insurer

July 21, 2017
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Challenging market conditions fail to dent growth at specialist insurer

Bristol-based legal expenses insurer ARAG achieved an 11% growth in consolidated income to £12.3m last year despite challenging times for its sector. The firm, the UK arm of the giant ARAG German insurance group, said it expected further challenges over the coming year due to a combination of political...

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Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

July 21, 2017
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Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

Bristol’s forward-looking employers now have more time to enter a top awards scheme that champions the happiest workplaces fin the West following a decision by organisers to extend the deadline for entries. Staged by Lawrence Hill-based and interior design consultancy Wylde IA, the Happiest Workplace competition recognises firms that...

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Govt support for South West exporters help them lift overseas sales

July 21, 2017
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Govt support for South West exporters help them lift overseas sales

Exporting firms based in the South West received support worth £3.2m from the government’s export credit agency UK Export Finance (UKEF) over the past year – helping them achieve overseas sales of more than £41m. The figures emerge from UKEF’s latest annual report. The agency works alongside the Department...

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New marketing director appointed by Bishop Fleming

July 19, 2017
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New marketing director appointed by Bishop Fleming

Paul Seymour has joined regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming as its new marketing director, based in its Bristol office. Paul arrives from the Bristol office of national law firm Bond Dickinson, where he worked for six-and-a-half years as senior communications manager and, more recently, marketing and communications manager. At...

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National growth at the double on the menu at Friska as it lands £3m investment

July 18, 2017
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National growth at the double on the menu at Friska as it lands £3m investment

Bristol-based ‘feel-good food’ café group Friska is aiming to double its number of outlets and expand in cities across the UK after receiving a £3m investment. The firm, which was founded in 2009 by former university friends Griff Holland and Ed Brown, pictured, now operates from nine locations across...

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Welcome for Government changes over controversial digital tax policy

July 14, 2017
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Welcome for Government changes over controversial digital tax policy

Regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has its largest office in Bristol, has welcomed the brakes being put on Making Tax Digital for business, after the government admitted it needed more time. Sole traders, partnerships and landlords with income above £85,000 were to be forced into keeping their accounts...

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New chapter for Smith & Williamson in Bristol with change in leadership roles

July 14, 2017
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New chapter for Smith & Williamson in Bristol with change in leadership roles

Carl Deane, head of accountancy group Smith & Williamson’s audit and assurance team in Bristol, has become managing partner of the Bristol office, replacing Mike Lea, who has been in the role for the past 10 years. Mike takes on the newly created ambassadorial role of office senior partner...

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Thrings advises on £75m investment in West firm’s ultrafast fibre network roll-out

July 14, 2017
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Thrings advises on £75m investment in West firm’s ultrafast fibre network roll-out

A team from the Bristol office of regional law firm Thrings have advised fibre-optic infrastructure firm TrueSpeed Communications on its £75m investment from insurance giant Aviva’s global asset management arm, which will speed up the roll-out of its network to a further 75,000 homes and businesses in the region. Thrings...

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Take advantage of post-Brexit trade deals to export, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox tells West firms

July 14, 2017
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Take advantage of post-Brexit trade deals to export, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox tells West firms

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox today told Bristol area businesses that there has never been a better time to start exporting, with the help of his department. Latest government figures show an 11% surge in the value of overseas sales made by businesses from the region, with more than...

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Lastminute.com co-founder books Osborne Clarke to advise on launch of £50m tech start-up fund

July 10, 2017
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Lastminute.com co-founder books Osborne Clarke to advise on launch of £50m tech start-up fund

Lawyers at international legal firm Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office have advised lastminute.com co-founder Brent Hoberman’s new venture capital firm on the £50m fundraising of its first start-up seed fund. Brent Capital’s Firstminute fund will back early-stage European tech entrepreneurs, particularly in the ‘deep tech’ fields of robotics, artificial intelligence...

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Bristol business figures to receive honorary degrees from UWE

July 7, 2017
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Bristol business figures to receive honorary degrees from UWE

UWE Bristol is to award honorary degrees to a number of prominent Bristol business people, including former Airbus chief Iain Gray and Lord Lieutenant Peaches Golding OBE. Also receiving honorary degrees are former British Retail Consortium director general and Business West chair Stephen Robertson and entrepreneur and leading private...

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