Finance

Bank finance helps fund Friska’s appetite for further growth

October 31, 2013
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Bank finance helps fund Friska’s appetite for further growth

Bristol healthy fast food restaurant group Friska has secured a £65,000 funding deal with Santander to help finance further growth. Launched in 2009 by University of Bath economics graduates Griff Holland and Ed Brown, Friska has since grown from one to four restaurants around Bristol. The new finance agreement...

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Direction acquisition points to further growth for Paradigm Norton

October 29, 2013
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Direction acquisition points to further growth for Paradigm Norton

Paradigm Norton, the Bristol-based financial planning firm, has taken over one of its appointed representative businesses as it continues its strategy of growth through acquisition. Direction Financial Planning, founded by Jane Wheeler, teamed up with Paradigm Norton in June to sell its products and services to her clients. Now...

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Consultant joins Bishop Fleming’s independent financial advice business

October 25, 2013
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Consultant joins Bishop Fleming’s independent financial advice business

Bishop Fleming Independent Financial Advisers, part of fast-growing West accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, has appointed Darren Steadman as a financial planning consultant to serve clients across Bristol and Bath. Mr Steadman, who was educated in Bristol, spent 20 years with AXA Sun Life in the city, rising to implementation...

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Business West and Virgin team up to help the next generation of Bransons

October 25, 2013
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Business West and Virgin team up to help the next generation of Bransons

Young entrepreneurs are to benefit from a new support and advice service launched yesterday as a partnership between Virgin and Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Virgin StartUp will offer financial support, mentoring and business advice to thousands of young people across the country who...

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Gulf investors linked with £2bn Hinkley C funding

October 23, 2013
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Gulf investors linked with £2bn Hinkley C funding

The multi-billion pound funding gap in the £16bn Hinkley C nuclear power plant project could be filled by investment from Gulf state governments, according to media reports. A consortium led by French energy giant EDF was given the go-ahead on Monday to build two reactors at Hinkley Point in...

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‘Exceptional’ school student gains scholarship from Whyatt Pakeman

October 22, 2013
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‘Exceptional’ school student gains scholarship from Whyatt Pakeman

Clifton chartered accountancy firm Whyatt Pakeman Partners has presented Bristol Grammar School student Sonny Chiba with an annual scholarship. Sonny received the sponsorship package from the firm’s partners at a special presentation earlier this month in recognition of his achievements in all aspects of his economics course. Partner Richard...

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Finance group looks at the positives as it overcomes tough trading conditions

October 21, 2013
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Finance group looks at the positives as it overcomes tough trading conditions

Independent Clifton and Chipping Sodbury-based financial consultancy Jelf has shrugged off what it admitted were “challenging” market conditions to enjoy a positive start to the second half of the year. As a result it expects its results for the year to September 30 to be in line with market...

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Time is right to enter Chinese market, says Grant Thornton Masterclass

October 18, 2013
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Time is right to enter Chinese market, says Grant Thornton Masterclass

West firms will now find it easier to follow in the footsteps of Chancellor George Osborne and head east to seek business opportunities in China. Changes recently made in the fast-developing country – the world’s second-largest economy with annual growth of 7.8% according to new figures released today –...

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Bishop Fleming aims to add to its record-breaking awards haul

October 18, 2013
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Bishop Fleming aims to add to its record-breaking awards haul

South West accountancy firm Bishop Fleming is hoping to gain another two national awards next month to take its tally for the year to a record of six. The firm, which has an office in Bristol, is shortlisted in two categories in the National Accountancy Awards – Best Mid-Tier...

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Top national accolade for financial planners Paradigm Norton

October 17, 2013
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Top national accolade for financial planners Paradigm Norton

Bristol financial planning firm Paradigm Norton has been awarded the title of accredited financial planning firm of the year by the Institute of Financial Planning (IFP). Paradigm Norton, headed by chief executive Barry Horner, was presented with the prestigious national award by IFP president Rebecca Taylor at the professional...

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Innovation will be key to unlocking Bristol’s bright future, conference hears

October 16, 2013
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Innovation will be key to unlocking Bristol’s bright future, conference hears

Bristol will have a bright economic future if it harnesses the innovation of its key sectors and the talents of its skilled workforce and also markets itself effectively, a major conference heard this week. But it needs to overcome some serious issues, particularly around transport, and it needs to...

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Major national insolvency award for Begbies Traynor’s regional team

October 14, 2013
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Major national insolvency award for Begbies Traynor’s regional team

Business recovery specialist firm Begbies Traynor has scooped the title of South West Regional Insolvency Practitioner Firm of the Year in the national Insolvency and Rescue Awards.  The accolade was presented to partner and head of the South West Regional team, Julie Palmer, at a packed ceremony at the...

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Forensic accounting expert joins Smith & Williamson as associate director

October 11, 2013
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Forensic accounting expert joins Smith & Williamson as associate director

The Bristol office of the accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson has appointed Faye Hall as an associate director. Faye, pictured, who has more than 18 years’ experience in forensic accounting, joins from accountants BDO, where she was a senior manager and had worked since 2002. She...

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