Finance

HMRC arrest Bristol man in raids linked to suspected £30m VAT scam

March 13, 2014
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HMRC arrest Bristol man in raids linked to suspected £30m VAT scam

A fifty-six-year-old Bristol man is among 15 arrested across the country as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected £30m VAT fraud linked to the electronic communications industry. HMRC officers made the arrests during raids yesterday morning in nine cities across the UK, including...

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Strong recovery in exports from West as euro crisis subsides

March 12, 2014
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Strong recovery in exports from West as euro crisis subsides

Exports by West firms are growing again after going into reverse last autumn in the midst of the euro crisis, new figures show. Total overseas sales shot up by 7.5% to £13.67bn in the year to December 2013 compared to 2012. Exports by value had dropped by 3.3% in...

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West’s ‘overlooked’ mid-sized firms are real engine of growth for region, research reveals

March 11, 2014
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West’s ‘overlooked’ mid-sized firms are real engine of growth for region, research reveals

A wish list of measures to help the West’s mid-sized businesses – regarded as the secret success story of the region’s economy – has been drawn up to further boost their growth. Research by accountants Grant Thornton, which compiled the recommendations, shows mid-tier firms are strongly outperforming both smaller...

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Unite seeking £100m to accelerate student property development in key cities

March 6, 2014
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Unite seeking £100m to accelerate student property development in key cities

Bristol-based student accommodation specialist Unite is to raise around £100m through new shares to speed up its development programme in key UK university cities. The firm said half the new funding would be used in this way to take advantage of cyclically-low development costs. The other half will be...

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Rowan Dartington co-founders re-unite at Bristol investment specialists Alpha Portfolio

February 28, 2014
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Rowan Dartington co-founders re-unite at Bristol investment specialists Alpha Portfolio

Bristol-based investment specialists Alpha Portfolio Management has recruited Mark Sevier in a move that re-unites him with ex-colleague and fellow Rowan Dartington co-founder Andrew Morris. Alpha was launched last year by Bristol investment management firm RC Brown as a third party discretionary service led by Andrew Morris, who has...

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Smith & Williamson grows Bristol HR team as demand continues to rise

February 28, 2014
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Smith & Williamson grows Bristol HR team as demand continues to rise

Increasing demand for outsourced services has fuelled expansion at accountants Smith & Williamson’s Bristol-based HR consulting team. The firm’s specialist team of HR consultants provides the full spectrum of people management services, from ‘pay-as-you-go’ advice and support to small and medium-sized businesses to working with boards and senior management...

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Businesses get food for thought as Nicaraguan coffee grower tells them of Fairtrade’s vital role

February 24, 2014
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Businesses get food for thought as Nicaraguan coffee grower tells them of Fairtrade’s vital role

Buying Fairtrade products can be a tiny decision for a business yet it can have a huge impact on people’s lives. This message was brought home to businesses this morning as Fairtrade Fortnight got underway with a launch breakfast at Bristol law firm Burges Salmon. Margarita Espinoza, a Fairtrade...

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New Brightside CEO looks to bright future as he promises more growth at insurer

February 24, 2014
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New Brightside CEO looks to bright future as he promises more growth at insurer

Bristol specialist insurance broker Brightside’s new chief executive took up his post today with a pledge to maintain the group’s rapid growth. Paul Williams joins from Towergate, Europe’s largest independently-owned insurance intermediary, where he was a director on its retail executive committee responsible for all insurer and market relationships...

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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

February 24, 2014
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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

Bristol businesses will next week get a rare chance to meet trade experts from the British Embassies in the US and Canada to explore transatlantic export opportunities on a one-to-one basis. The event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Redcliffe Hill, on Wednesday, March 5, is the latest...

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West’s best directors sought for awards that champion excellence and enterprise

February 21, 2014
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West’s best directors sought for awards that champion excellence and enterprise

West firms of all sizes are being urged to enter their directors in the region’s top award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The South West Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards 2014 celebrate the achievements of the region’s outstanding business people and their contribution to the its...

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Virgin advice roadshow arrives in Bristol to help the Richard Bransons of tomorrow

February 21, 2014
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Virgin advice roadshow arrives in Bristol to help the Richard Bransons of tomorrow

Bristol entrepreneurs who want to turn their business ideas into reality can get advice when a free roadshow backed by Sir Richard Branson stops off in the city. The Virgin StartUp HotHouse tour is traveling across the country over the next few months and will arrive at Leigh Court...

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Accountants Smith & Williamson warn over potential impact of major property tax change

February 21, 2014
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Accountants Smith & Williamson warn over potential impact of major property tax change

Commercial property owners and investors could lose out on hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax relief under new capital allowance rules that come into force in April. The changes will restrict an owner’s ability to claim relief on the cost of the fixtures and fittings of a commercial...

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A chance to tell the Chancellor how he can make running a business less taxing

February 19, 2014
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A chance to tell the Chancellor how he can make running a business less taxing

West firms are being urged to tell the Treasury how it could change the business tax system to make the UK more competitive.  The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is seeking ideas for an initial report on tax simplification to be presented ahead of next month’s Budget. Andy Richens,...

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