Finance

HSBC strengthens West commercial banking team with new deputy area commercial director

May 8, 2014
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HSBC strengthens West commercial banking team with new deputy area commercial director

HSBC has appointed Mark Self as deputy area commercial director of its Bristol and Bath commercial team, focusing on companies turning over between £500,000 and £30m. Mark, pictured, joins HSBC from Barclays Corporate, where he worked for nine years, the last six based in Bristol. Prior to that Mark...

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Funding sought for innovative Bristol eco-clothing firm’s ‘game-changing’ t-shirts

May 7, 2014
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Funding sought for innovative Bristol eco-clothing firm’s ‘game-changing’ t-shirts

Bristol bamboo clothing firm Mabboo is to launch what it says is a game-changer in t-shirt production by combining eco-fabric from the world’s most-sustainable plant with the least-harmful manufacturing process now available. The result, according to Mabboo owner and entrepreneur Ed Cheney, is the ‘holy grail’ of making ethical...

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World of opportunities for Bristol to attract niche global finance firms, says Lord Mayor of London

May 2, 2014
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World of opportunities for Bristol to attract niche global finance firms, says Lord Mayor of London

Bristol can attract international inward investment from major global finance firms by positioning itself as a centre for ‘green’ and other niche financial services, the Lord Mayor of London said on a visit to the city. While the City of London was still the UK’s number one location for...

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London Stock Exchange chief to explore UK’s role as high-growth hub in Bristol speech

May 2, 2014
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London Stock Exchange chief to explore UK’s role as high-growth hub in Bristol speech

The challenges facing the UK as it seeks to reach its potential as a world-leading international hub for high-growth companies will form the basis of a speech in Bristol next week by London Stock Exchange Group chief executive Xavier Rolet. Mr Rolet will also outline the strengths and challenges...

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Bristol claims three out of four top regional awards for innovative offices

May 1, 2014
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Bristol claims three out of four top regional awards for innovative offices

Three Bristol offices have been recognised as the best workplaces in the South West in a prestigious property sector awards scheme. Barclays, Imperial Tobacco and Motability Operations landed three out of the four awards in the regional leg of the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) respected annual awards programme....

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New director appointment strengthens Lloyds Bank’s offering to West’s large corporates

May 1, 2014
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New director appointment strengthens Lloyds Bank’s offering to West’s large corporates

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has bolstered its liquidity advisory team in the South West with the appointment of Jon Szabo as a new director to support the growth ambitions of the region’s large businesses.  Jon, pictured, is one of four new directors to join the now nine-strong team, headed...

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Govt economic growth figures reflected in Bristol with firms now benefiting from ‘firm recovery’

April 29, 2014
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Govt economic growth figures reflected in Bristol with firms now benefiting from ‘firm recovery’

The economic recovery is on a “firm footing” and Bristol businesses are reaping the benefits, according to Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Its managing director Phil Smith said today’s official figures showing the UK economy grew by 0.8% in the first three months of...

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Govt’s £7m Green Capital funding boost puts Bristol at heart of clean tech industry

April 25, 2014
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Govt’s £7m Green Capital funding boost puts Bristol at heart of clean tech industry

Bristol is to receive £7m from the Government to support it as European Green Capital next year, including a global clean technology festival and a series of international summits on climate change. The funding, announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander on a visit to the...

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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

April 24, 2014
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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

The West of England’s food and drink businesses are increasingly upbeat about their prospects despite concerns over the price of raw materials and energy and the impact of this winter’s floods. Most also believe that being based in this region is a major plus, according to a new survey....

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Promotions for two staff at Bristol office of business funder BGF

April 17, 2014
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Promotions for two staff at Bristol office of business funder BGF

BGF, the independent company established to help Britain’s growing businesses, has promoted two members of its Bristol-based investment team. Ned Dorbin has been promoted to investment director and Edwin Davies to investment manager.  The BGF investment team in Bristol, which covers the South West of England and South Wales and...

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Top industry award for finance firm Clifton Asset Management

April 17, 2014
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Top industry award for finance firm Clifton Asset Management

Bristol-based Clifton Asset Management has won a prestigious industry award just a week after helping launch a ground-breaking portal set to change the way UK businesses are funded. The finance company, which employs 100 people at its Ham Green offices, was presented with the Business Moneyfacts Best Alternative Funding...

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Inflation fall is good news but Govt must still act over funding for firms, says Business West

April 15, 2014
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Inflation fall is good news but Govt must still act over funding for firms, says Business West

Business West, the lobbying and advice group that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, welcomed today’s fall in inflation but warned that the Government still needed to do more to support business as it emerges from recession. Managing director Phil Smith said the drop in annual...

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Three new graduates join Grant Thornton’s Bristol office

April 14, 2014
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Three new graduates join Grant Thornton’s Bristol office

Accountancy and financial advice firm Grant Thornton has recruited a trio of graduates to its Bristol office. The three have joined the firm’s public sector assurance (PSA) practice, which provides external audit services to NHS bodies and local authorities. They are Sarah McDonald, who has a BSc in psychology...

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