Finance

Director Awards recognise bosses who are in the driving seat of business transformation

June 14, 2019
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Director Awards recognise bosses who are in the driving seat of business transformation

The bosses of Bristol businesses ranging from the West of England’s largest bus operator to a recycling firm behind a state-of-the-art waste handling centre and a fast-growing recruitment firm have been named among the region’s top directors. First West of England managing director James Freeman won the Institute of...

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Clifton Asset Management hits acquisition trail to launch regional advisor network

June 14, 2019
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Clifton Asset Management hits acquisition trail to launch regional advisor network

Bristol-based pension-led funding specialists Clifton Asset Management has made the first of a series of targeted acquisitions to create a regional network of small financial advisory businesses. The addition of Shrewsbury-based Plan For Life Wealth Management is the first step in Clifton’s ‘blueprint for the future’ which will focus...

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Global giant Deloitte sews up deal to acquire Bristol-based Stitch Communications

June 14, 2019
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Global giant Deloitte sews up deal to acquire Bristol-based Stitch Communications

Bristol-based internal communications agency Stitch has been acquired by international accounting giant Deloitte to form part of its Global Employer Services practice. Stitch Communications – owned and managed by entrepreneur Emma Dawson – specialises in creating pay and reward communications that help employers to better engage their staff.  As...

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Raising external finance impossible at first attempt for 70% of business, research reveals

June 14, 2019
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Raising external finance impossible at first attempt for 70% of business, research reveals

Seven in 10 Bristol businesses that have attempted to raise capital have failed at least once, according to new research. Two in five businesses seeking investment have not been able to secure funding more than three times and 9% have made five or more unsuccessful attempts.  The figures emerge...

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Canadian tech giant’s surprise £79m takeover bid for SCISYS approved by directors

June 14, 2019
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Canadian tech giant’s surprise £79m takeover bid for SCISYS approved by directors

Specialist IT group SCISYS, which has a base in Brislington, looks set to be taken over by Canadian tech giant CGI in an approved offer that values it at nearly £79m. The surprise cash offer, which has been unanimously accepted by the Chippenham-headquartered group’s directors, was revealed to shareholders...

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New growth phase for youth empowerment group Babbasa as it prepares to move to larger base

June 7, 2019
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New growth phase for youth empowerment group Babbasa as it prepares to move to larger base

Babbasa, the pioneering social enterprise that has supported hundreds of young people from Bristol’s inner city, is preparing for a new phase of growth as it moves to a new base. The organisation, which was launched in 2010 by founder Poku Osei, has since helped 1,600, 16-to-25 year olds...

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Businesses targeted to raise £100k and prevent ‘holiday hunger’ for thousands of Bristol kids

June 7, 2019
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Businesses targeted to raise £100k and prevent ‘holiday hunger’ for thousands of Bristol kids

Bristol businesses are being urged to support a campaign aimed at saving thousands of children in the city from poor physical and mental health caused by ‘holiday hunger’ this summer. The charity Feeding Bristol, which provides outreach and support across the city through a network of community groups and...

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New funding to be available to help Bristol firms become more energy efficient

June 6, 2019
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New funding to be available to help Bristol firms become more energy efficient

Bristol’s small and medium-sized businesses are to be offered funding to improve their energy efficiency under a new scheme to be launched by the West of England Combined Authority. The West of England Low Carbon Challenge Fund, which will run over the next three years, will also support community...

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Whitechurch Financial Consultants: Fund Managers vs Index Trackers

June 5, 2019
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Whitechurch Financial Consultants: Fund Managers vs Index Trackers

Whitechurch Financial Consultants continues their series of exclusive sponsored infographics for Bristol Business News by exploring the question of Passive Funds vs Active Funds. Please click on the image to read more

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Powerful business and civic delegation to build transatlantic ties on visit to US East Coast

May 31, 2019
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Powerful business and civic delegation to build transatlantic ties on visit to US East Coast

A high-powered delegation of business and civic leaders heads to the US this weekend to promote Bristol as a vibrant business, creative and cultural hub. Led by Mayor Marvin Rees and West of England Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, the seven-day trip will include high-profile meetings with business, civic and...

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Pair of senior promotions strengthen FRP Advisory’s Bristol office

May 30, 2019
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Pair of senior promotions strengthen FRP Advisory’s Bristol office

Specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory has made two senior promotions in its Bristol office following a year of significant investment in its people and services. Corporate restructuring team members Susan Evans and Matt Whitchurch have been made a director and senior manager respectively. Together they have more than...

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Fintech master’s to be launched by UWE as sector continues to gather strength in Bristol

May 30, 2019
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Fintech master’s to be launched by UWE as sector continues to gather strength in Bristol

UWE is to start a master’s degree in fintech in September to prepare students for the regulatory and ethical challenges likely to arise from the mass take-up of new disruptive technologies. It will also give them the chance to gain in-depth knowledge on subjects including cryptocurrencies, Blockchain technology and...

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Smith & Williamson and Thrings experts help family-owned holiday cottage firm sell to market leader

May 28, 2019
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Smith & Williamson and Thrings experts help family-owned holiday cottage firm sell to market leader

The Bristol office of accountancy group Smith & Williamson and regional law firm Thrings have advised the family shareholders of a leading holiday cottage agency on its sale to the UK’s market leader in self-catering breaks in an all-West Country deal. Dorset Coastal Cottages’ acquisition by The Travel Chapter...

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