Finance

Pension Protection Fund appoints Smith & Williamson to new audit services panel

November 16, 2018
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Pension Protection Fund appoints Smith & Williamson to new audit services panel

Experts from accountancy group Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office have helped the firm win a place on the body that protects employees’ pensions if their companies go bust. The firm’s pensions assurance team is now advising the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) updated Audit Services Panel.  The PPF protects millions of...

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WBD helps school uniform firm with another acquisition as it measures up growth opportunities

November 15, 2018
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WBD helps school uniform firm with another acquisition as it measures up growth opportunities

The Bristol office of transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has helped leading school uniform supplier Banner snap up another smaller rival in its second deal in less than five months. Trowbridge-based Banner, which has also operated the Blue Max Banner and BMB brands, bought Stockport-based F.R. Monkhouse...

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Business West warns of looming prospect of ‘tremendously damaging’ no deal Brexit

November 15, 2018
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Business West warns of looming prospect of ‘tremendously damaging’ no deal Brexit

The West of England’s largest business organisation today urged “calm compromise” from politicians over Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan to avoid what it said would be the “tremendously damaging” impact of the UK crashing out of the EU with no deal. Business West – which runs Bristol Chamber...

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Ashfords helps secure £5m investment for pioneering cashflow management software firm

November 14, 2018
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Ashfords helps secure £5m investment for pioneering cashflow management software firm

The Bristol-based corporate finance team at South West law firm Ashfords has advised on a £5m US investment into a company harnessing artificial intelligence (AI) to help small and medium-sized businesses with their cashflow. London-based Fluidly received the funding from New York-based venture capital firm Nyca Partners in a...

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‘Supremely creative’ Bristol has potential to become a global innovation powerhouse, says report

November 9, 2018
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‘Supremely creative’ Bristol has potential to become a global innovation powerhouse, says report

Bristol’s highly talented workforce and its unparalleled collaborative approach mean it is well positioned to become one of the world’s leading centres for innovation, according to a major study published this week. The Bristol city-region, which includes Bath, is already among the UK’s most exciting innovation clusters based on...

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Pioneering firm behind world-first composites manufacturing process lands £10,000 in enterprise contest

November 9, 2018
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Pioneering firm behind world-first composites manufacturing process lands £10,000 in enterprise contest

A fledgling Bristol firm behind a world-first composites manufacturing process that could revolutionise the way aircraft and vehicles are made has won top prize in the University of Bristol’s New Enterprise Competition (NEC). iCOMAT has created, through patented technology, two prototypes that have enabled it to manufacture a range...

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Trio of director appointments among 54 promotions in KPMG’s Bristol office

November 9, 2018
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A total of 54 employees have been promoted in the Bristol office of international accountancy group KPMG, including three senior managers who have become directors. Shaun Gealy, Nick Cullimore-Davies and Neil Clarke work in audit, tax and consulting respectively. Shaun, pictured top, has spent 13 years with KPMG and...

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£6m funding will spark up new industrial scheme on site of former cigarette packet factory

November 9, 2018
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£6m funding will spark up new industrial scheme on site of former cigarette packet factory

A former cigarette packet factory on Bristol’s outskirts is to be redeveloped to create much-needed industrial space. The Amcor Packaging factory in Warmley closed two years ago with the loss of all 75 jobs. It was the last of the Bristol area’s once world-leading cigarette packaging industry, which had...

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Bristol’s scale-ups on track for more support as Engine Shed launches month of events

November 9, 2018
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Bristol’s scale-ups on track for more support as Engine Shed launches month of events

Four weeks of events and resources to support fast-growth companies and make the West of England the best place in the UK to start and grow a business are being staged by Bristol innovation hub Engine Shed as part of its Scale Up Month. Engine Shed launched the Scale...

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£5.5m sale of online media intelligence firm handled by Smith & Williamson

November 8, 2018
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£5.5m sale of online media intelligence firm handled by Smith & Williamson

The Bristol office of accountancy group Smith & Williamson has advised on a multi-million pound deal in the fast-growing software-as-a-service sector. Online media intelligence firm ResponseSource, based in Croydon and founded by former journalist Daryl Willcox in 1997, was snapped up for £5.5m by Access Intelligence, which specialises in corporate communications...

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Firms pledge to support Bristol’s young people at The Prince’s Trust annual Red Dinner

November 6, 2018
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Firms pledge to support Bristol’s young people at The Prince’s Trust annual Red Dinner

Businesses and philanthropists from across the South West will come together in Bristol this Thursday to help raise vital funds for its young people.  The annual Prince’s Trust Red Dinner has raised more than £650,000 since it was launched seven years ago, with all the proceeds going toward helping...

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Ping Pong Fight Club heads to Bristol – with a challenge to find which firm’s top of the table

November 2, 2018
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Ping Pong Fight Club heads to Bristol – with a challenge to find which firm’s top of the table

Bristol’s most competitive businesses are being urged to bring their rivalry to the table and take part in the city’s first Ping Pong Fight Club. The popular Ping Pong Fight Club began four years ago as a stand-alone annual tournament in London. It is now spreading out across the...

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EY signals major growth of Bristol office with 150 more staff by 2020

November 2, 2018
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EY signals major growth of Bristol office with 150 more staff by 2020

International accountancy group EY is to double the size of its Bristol-based advisory team to 100 people over the next 12 months as it continues to grow its staffing levels in the city. The group also said it plans to increase its total head count in Bristol from 350...

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