Finance

Economic growth welcomed in Bristol but fears remain that recovery could stall

October 24, 2014
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Economic growth welcomed in Bristol but fears remain that recovery could stall

Bristol business leaders today welcomed the latest positive national economic figures but concerns remain that the pace of growth is slowing and further problems could lie ahead. The Office for National Statistics figures show the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.7% in the three months to September...

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Lottery pay-out will help Bristol social enterprises gain access to much-needed European funding

October 24, 2014
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Lottery pay-out will help Bristol social enterprises gain access to much-needed European funding

Quartet Community Foundation has been awarded £10,000 to work with a wide range of partners to help Bristol and the West of England’s social enterprises and the voluntary sector access European funding. It aims to raise awareness of the European funding programme, map evidence of need and of experience...

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Young Bristol accountant named as one of the profession’s rising stars

October 21, 2014
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Young Bristol accountant named as one of the profession’s rising stars

Samantha Barnes, an auditor from the Bristol office of accountants Smith & Williamson, has been named as one of the UK’s best up-and-coming young accountants. Samantha, 26, pictured, was one of ‘Rising 20 Stars of the Profession’ chosen for the accolade by ACA students’ magazine Vital. Samantha’s nomination was...

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Spate of deals helps Bishop Fleming’s tax and corporate finance teams chalk up new records

October 20, 2014
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Spate of deals helps Bishop Fleming’s tax and corporate finance teams chalk up new records

The tax and corporate finance teams at West accountancy group Bishop Fleming, which has an office in Bristol, are celebrating their most successful year yet having completed just over 20 transactions worth in total more than £200m. The team’s latest deal involved the sale of Asteral, the UK’s leading...

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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, Business West warns

October 16, 2014
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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, Business West warns

The economic recovery may not be as strong as anticipated despite the latest fall in unemployment, Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, has warned. While welcoming the 1.6% year-on-year drop in the number of people out of work in the South...

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Watercolour exhibition hosted by Smith & Williamson

October 16, 2014
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Watercolour exhibition hosted by Smith & Williamson

The Bristol office of accountancy firm Smith & Williamson, has hosted an exhibition of art shortlisted for the 27th annual Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014 – the largest exhibition of its kind in the UK. A private viewing of 93 original works by 73 artists included four from Somerset...

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PwC’s planned move to showpiece office at Temple Quay strengthens market recovery

October 13, 2014
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PwC’s planned move to showpiece office at Temple Quay strengthens market recovery

International accountancy firm PwC is to relocate its Bristol office to the showpiece 2 Glass Wharf scheme at Temple Quay in a move that reinforces the recovery of the city’s commercial property sector. PwC is taking just over 37,000 sq ft in the 100,000 sq ft office building, pictured...

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Grant Thornton’s financial director club to hear benefits of stock market flotation

October 13, 2014
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Grant Thornton’s financial director club to hear benefits of stock market flotation

The benefits of floating on the London Stock Exchange will be spelled out to financial directors this week at the next meeting of the accountants Grant Thornton’s quarterly FD Club. Lucy Tarleton, the LSE’s representative for London and the South of England, will join Tim Lincoln, head of Grant...

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Grant Thornton looking for further growth in South West after profits leap

October 10, 2014
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Grant Thornton looking for further growth in South West after profits leap

Accountancy firm Grant Thornton is predicting further growth in the South West in tandem with its national practice, which this week recorded its fifth successive year of strong results. Revenue across the UK was up 9% to £512m for the financial year ended June 30, hitting its turnover target...

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More growth on the way at BDO as new South West lead partner takes the reins

October 8, 2014
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More growth on the way at BDO as new South West lead partner takes the reins

Accountancy firm BDO has appointed a new lead partner for the South West as it prepares to grow its staff by a fifth and expand its regional head office. Andrea Bishop, an experienced audit partner who has been at the firm for 10 years, has taken over from Graham...

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£1.25m investment puts Bristol’s Friska fresh fast food chain on road to national expansion

October 7, 2014
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£1.25m investment puts Bristol’s Friska fresh fast food chain on road to national expansion

Bristol-based healthy fast food group Friska has secured an investment of £1.25m towards its long-term goal of becoming a national chain. The money, raised through two angel investors and Santander, will allow Friska to open 10 new sites in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. It forms the first stage of...

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Bristol Green Capital company chief is ousted amid allegations of ‘organisational chaos’

October 3, 2014
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Bristol Green Capital company chief is ousted amid allegations of ‘organisational chaos’

From Bristol 24/7 www.bristol247.com Kris Donaldson, the head of the company behind Bristol’s year as European Green Capital, has been axed from his £100,000-a-year role amid claims that the organisation was in “chaos” and failed to work with the city's green groups. With less than 100 days to go...

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Export Week will show Bristol firms the route to success in overseas markets

October 3, 2014
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Export Week will show Bristol firms the route to success in overseas markets

Bristol firms are being urged to get on the fast track to success by joining UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) as it brings the world to the region for its sixth Export Week. Organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in conjunction with partners and business organisations, Export Week...

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