Finance

Royal Mail sell-off helps deliver new business boost to Hargreaves Lansdown

September 3, 2014
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Royal Mail sell-off helps deliver new business boost to Hargreaves Lansdown

The Royal Mail flotation and an improved market for equities helped Bristol-based fund manager Hargreaves Lansdown post a strong rise in full-year new business and reward its shareholders with a larger dividend pay-out. The firm, which has continued to grow steadily in recent years despite tough trading conditions, today...

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New app helps Bristol Pound users tap into new services

August 29, 2014
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New app helps Bristol Pound users tap into new services

Bristol Pound has launched its first official app for mobiles offering a range of new services for users of the UK’s most successful local currency. The free ‘£B app’ will simplify the £B mobile phone text payment system, TXT2PAY, notify users of nearby Bristol Pound businesses, track users’ spending...

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Women in business award nomination for Begbies Traynor regional head caps busy year

August 28, 2014
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Women in business award nomination for Begbies Traynor regional head caps busy year

Business rescue and recovery specialist firm Begbies Traynor’s regional managing partner Julie Palmer has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. Julie, pictured, who heads up a network of 12 offices including one in Bristol, is in the running for The Business Magazine’s Women in Business 2014, Woman of...

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Burges Salmon acts for Business Growth Fund on major energy sector investment

August 27, 2014
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Burges Salmon acts for Business Growth Fund on major energy sector investment

Bristol-based law firm Burges Salmon has advised its client Business Growth Fund (BGF) on its £3.6m investment in sustainable energy firm Ecovision Renewable Energy. The Burges Salmon team was led by partner Richard Spink with assistance from senior associates Douglas Streatfeild-James, Vanessa Barnicoat and solicitor Jenny Tran. The deal...

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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

August 26, 2014
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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

West firms will be able to learn about commercial opportunities in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies when the British Ambassador to South Korea visits the region next week. Scott Wightman will be joined by CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea, David Lee, at the free...

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New investment manager taken on at BGF in Bristol as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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New investment manager taken on at BGF in Bristol as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

The Bristol office of BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Thames Valley and working with them to...

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Shaun in the City adds accountants Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office to its growing flock of sponsors

August 18, 2014
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Shaun in the City adds accountants Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office to its growing flock of sponsors

Accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson has become the latest blue-chip firm to sponsor a Shaun the Sheep sculpture as part of next year’s Shaun in the City charity arts trails in Bristol and London. The campaign, to be launched by Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, will...

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Pioneering Bristol trio pitched against Britain’s best small firms in prestigious national contest

August 15, 2014
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Pioneering Bristol trio pitched against Britain’s best small firms in prestigious national contest

Three innovative small firms from Bristol have been included among 100 from across the country selected to attend intensive business boot camps and compete for support worth thousands of pounds. Wriggle, Grow Bristol and Talking Men’s Shoes were chosen by a panel of expert judges in The Pitch 2014,...

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More fears over looming skills shortages as another survey predicts strong employment growth

August 11, 2014
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More fears over looming skills shortages as another survey predicts strong employment growth

Further evidence of an impending skills shortage among West firms that could threaten to derail the economic recovery has emerged from a report predicting the strongest jobs growth since 1998. The national survey by accountants BDO shows businesses’ hiring intentions rose sharply last month to surpass their pre-recession figure...

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Give youth a chance plea to Bristol firms as skills shortages start to hit home

August 8, 2014
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Give youth a chance plea to Bristol firms as skills shortages start to hit home

Bristol firms are facing a looming skills crisis – yet there are thousands of young people desperate to work, new research warned this week The study by the Prince’s Trust and HSBC reveals that 69% of businesses across the South West believe a significant skills crisis will hit their...

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Multi-million pound private sector support pledged for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital

August 8, 2014
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Multi-million pound private sector support pledged for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital

Transport operator FirstGroup and accountants KPMG have signed multi-million pound agreements to support Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in what was today described as among the largest private-sector sponsorships in the city’s history. The deals, a mixture of financial and value-in-kind support, make up the strongest private-sector commitment...

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Another year of growth for Bishop Fleming lifts it further up national accountancy league table

August 6, 2014
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Another year of growth for Bishop Fleming lifts it further up national accountancy league table

West-based accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has a major office in Bristol, has achieved another year of expansion with fee income up by more than 3% to almost £17m. The increase follows two years in which Accountancy Age magazine ranked Bishop Fleming as Britain’s fastest-growing accountants. As a result...

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Market recovery sparks hat-trick of deals for Smith & Williamson’s Bristol corporate finance team

August 6, 2014
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Market recovery sparks hat-trick of deals for Smith & Williamson’s Bristol corporate finance team

Accountancy firm Smith & Williamson’s Bristol-based corporate finance team has completed three significant national and international deals worth a combined £100m-plus as market activity continues to recover. The firm said the trio of transactions reflected a growing appetite from trade and private equity buyers for high-quality businesses. Smith &...

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