Finance

First Bristol staff member joins HH Asset Finance

August 14, 2015
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First Bristol staff member joins HH Asset Finance

HH Asset Finance has appointed Ian Thomas to the position of account manager in Bristol – its first employee in the city. Ian, pictured, will develop the Newport-based firm’s presence in the South West following a £25m investment in the business last year to grow its lending capacity. With...

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Bishop Fleming staff get in gear for bike relay to raise cash for Julian House charity

August 14, 2015
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Bishop Fleming staff get in gear for bike relay to raise cash for Julian House charity

A team from the Bristol office of accountants Bishop Fleming is taking part in a 325-mile cycle relay challenge to raise funds for homeless charity Julian House. The 20-strong Bristol team will start from their office in Queen Square in a four-day relay that goes from the firm’s office...

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Expansion on the cards for Bristol Management Centre following its acquisition

August 14, 2015
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Expansion on the cards for Bristol Management Centre following its acquisition

Specialist training firm Bristol Management Centre, which launched 40 years to help Royal Navy personnel re-train when they left the service, has been sold to a newly established company that plans to expand its offering. Bristol Management Centre, based in Armada House in the city centre, now provides project...

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New office senior partner for KPMG in Bristol

August 13, 2015
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New office senior partner for KPMG in Bristol

Global accountancy group KPMG has appointed Andrew Hodgson as its office senior partner in Bristol. Andrew, pictured, has worked for KPMG for 25 years, having started his career in the South East where he worked in the firm’s London and Gatwick offices. He moved to Bristol 12 years ago...

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Hargreaves Lansdown takes on new chief financial officer

August 11, 2015
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Hargreaves Lansdown takes on new chief financial officer

The chief financial officer of derivatives trading group IG is to join Bristol fund management giant Hargreaves Lansdown in the same role. Chris Hill, pictured, who has worked at IG for four years, is expected to take up his new post at Hargreaves Lansdown next March. In the meantime...

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Jelf accelerates drive to open offices around M25 with deal to buy Hertfordshire insurance broker

August 7, 2015
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Jelf accelerates drive to open offices around M25 with deal to buy Hertfordshire insurance broker

Chipping Sodbury-based financial consultancy Jelf has continued its policy of establishing a network of offices around the M25 by acquiring a general insurance broker in Hertfordshire. Libra Insurance Services, based in Bushey, has particular strength in the SME commercial insurance sector. It was established in 1974 and has been...

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Community-business connector Neighbourly selected by Marks & Spencer for nationwide campaign

August 7, 2015
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Community-business connector Neighbourly selected by Marks & Spencer for nationwide campaign

Retail giant Marks & Spencer has appointed Neighbourly, the innovative Bristol-based internet platform, to support its trailblazing Spark Something Good campaign. Neighbourly connects community projects with companies wishing to make a difference. The nationwide project, launched last week by Joanna Lumley and M&S chief executive Marc Bolland, aims to...

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NatWest not-for-profit sector manager appointed in Bristol

August 7, 2015
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NatWest not-for-profit sector manager appointed in Bristol

NatWest has expanded its team of specialist relationship managers in Bristol by adding a role focusing on the not-for-profit sector. Andrea Maddalena, pictured, who has worked for the bank for 14 years, has been appointed to the role of relationship director specialising in supporting not-for-profit organisations including charities and...

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CBI calls for action after survey shows South West firms being held back by skills shortage

August 6, 2015
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CBI calls for action after survey shows South West firms being held back by skills shortage

More than half the businesses in the South West fear they will not be able to recruit enough high-skilled workers for their future success, according to an alarming new report. The annual CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey – which gauged the views of 101 firms across the region –...

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Upbeat West firms looking to recruit more staff as growth prospects increase

July 31, 2015
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Upbeat West firms looking to recruit more staff as growth prospects increase

More than two thirds of small and medium-sized in the South West expect to take on more staff over the next 12 months – more than any other UK region – according to a new survey. Some 59% of firms in the region also believe that permanent, skilled staff...

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New accountancy body president calls for end to brain drain to London

July 31, 2015
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New accountancy body president calls for end to brain drain to London

Stopping the brain drain of young talent from the West of England to London is among the priorities of the newly appointed regional president of ICAEW, the professional organisation for chartered accountants. Rick Sturge, pictured, has said he will work closely with regional members of ICAEW during his 12 months...

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Insurer SunLife to offer home and pet cover as it continues to move into new markets

July 30, 2015
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Insurer SunLife to offer home and pet cover as it continues to move into new markets

Bristol-based insurance group SunLife is to launch a new division offering pet insurance and home cover as it continues to refocus following a rebrand last year. The firm, one of the UK’s biggest direct financial services companies, has appointed senior industry figure Simon Stanney as general insurance director to...

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Major wealth management group snaps up Bristol stockbrokers Rowan Dartington for £34m

July 29, 2015
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Major wealth management group snaps up Bristol stockbrokers Rowan Dartington for £34m

Staff at long-standing Bristol stockbroking firm Rowan Dartington are to share some of the proceeds of its multi-million pound sale to FTSE 100 wealth manager St James’s Place (SJP). SJP is to pay £19m once the acquisition gains regulatory approval with a further maximum potential future payment of £15.2m...

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