Finance

Law firms fear competition more than Brexit, new research reveals

October 26, 2018
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Law firms fear competition more than Brexit, new research reveals

Increasing competition, rather than Brexit, is the biggest challenge facing the West’s law firms, according to new research by accountancy group Smith & Williamson. Its 2018 Law Firm Survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals that negotiating the competitive landscape remains the top priority as opposed to the UK’s impending exit from the EU.  Some...

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Bristol Business News photo gallery: Smith & Williamson host reception for Royal West of England Academy’s Annual Open Exhibition

October 26, 2018
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Bristol Business News photo gallery: Smith & Williamson host reception for Royal West of England Academy’s Annual Open Exhibition

The Bristol office of accountancy, tax and investment management group Smith & Williamson welcomed hundreds of art lovers to a reception to mark the opening of the Royal West of England Academy’s Annual Open Exhibition. Now in its 166th year, the exhibition takes submissions from artists at any stage of their...

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Impartial guide to life after Brexit launched by Business West as departure day draws near

October 26, 2018
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Impartial guide to life after Brexit launched by Business West as departure day draws near

Business West, the region’s largest business support group, has launched a free up-to-the minute advice and guidance service to help firms get ready for life after Brexit. Called Trading Through Brexit, it aims to help businesses start planning for the period up to and after the UK leaves the...

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West business leaders call on Chancellor to use Budget to boost region as Brexit looms

October 26, 2018
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West business leaders call on Chancellor to use Budget to boost region as Brexit looms

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been urged to introduce measures that will boost the West of England’s economy in his Budget on Monday, including accelerating housebuilding and investing in infrastructure. Brexit will loom large over the Chancellor’s presentation. Mr Hammond, pictured, will present the first Budget on a Monday since...

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Fire and security firm powers ahead after winning Hinkley Point C contract

October 24, 2018
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Fire and security firm powers ahead after winning Hinkley Point C contract

Annual turnover at Portbury-based Astron Fire & Security is set to increase by 25% after it won a contract linked to the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project now underway in Somerset. Under the deal family-run Astron will install fire extinguishers and CCTV cameras to the on-site...

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Metro mayors meet in Bristol to urge government to devolve more funding to regions after Brexit

October 23, 2018
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Metro mayors meet in Bristol to urge government to devolve more funding to regions after Brexit

West of England metro mayor Tim Bowles is today leading calls for the government to devolve more spending to the regions after Brexit as he hosts a summit of regional mayors in Bristol. The mayors will call on the government to fully-fund and devolve the Shared Prosperity Fund, which...

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Mayor joins business leaders on Tbilisi trip to boost trade links between twin cities

October 19, 2018
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Mayor joins business leaders on Tbilisi trip to boost trade links between twin cities

Trade and economic links between Bristol and its Georgian twin city of Tbilisi have been strengthened through a visit by Mayor Marvin Rees and a group of regional business leaders. The visit was part of a series of commercial, cultural and educational events taking place throughout the year to...

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Fast-growing ForrestBrown develops African forest by sponsoring 4,500 new trees

October 19, 2018
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Fast-growing ForrestBrown develops African forest by sponsoring 4,500 new trees

Bristol-based R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown is celebrating two significant milestones – reaching its fifth birthday and planting 4,500 trees through its partnership with TREE AID. The fast-growing firm was formed in 2013 by managing director Simon Brown, who left the corporate world of the ‘big four’ accountancy firms...

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Up to £5m on offer to pitchers at this year’s Silicon Gorge Investor Showcase

October 19, 2018
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Up to £5m on offer to pitchers at this year’s Silicon Gorge Investor Showcase

Applications are being invited for an investor pitching competition that will put Bristol’s best tech start-ups in front of key investors. Firms will be vying for investment of between £100,000 and £5m at the Silicon Gorge Investor Showcase – part of this year’s Bristech event – when 10 start-ups...

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Double boost for FRP Advisory’s Bristol office as pair of new joiners come on board

October 19, 2018
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Double boost for FRP Advisory’s Bristol office as pair of new joiners come on board

Specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory has appointed two new members to its Bristol team. Freddie James joins the corporate finance team under Mark Naughton from accountancy giant Deloitte, where has spent the past five years as a manager in transaction services in its Bristol office. He will be...

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Enterprising West of England scheme creates jobs and boosts region’s fledgling businesses

October 18, 2018
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Enterprising West of England scheme creates jobs and boosts region’s fledgling businesses

More than 650 entrepreneurs have been helped and 80-plus jobs created under the Enterprising West of England programme launched 18 months ago to assist with start-ups and scale-ups in Bristol and across the region. The figure includes 440 aspiring entrepreneurs who were assisted at the pre start-up stage, while...

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Experienced dealmaker joins Grant Thornton’s SW corporate finance team to drive further growth

October 16, 2018
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Experienced dealmaker joins Grant Thornton’s SW corporate finance team to drive further growth

Accountancy group Grant Thornton has appointed Paul Wood as director of corporate finance advisory for its South West region. Paul, pictured, brings more than 25 years’ experience in the sector to his new role, joining from Lloyds Bank, where he was director of strategic debt finance for nearly two-and-a-half...

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Support and inspiration on the agenda as Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to Bristol

October 11, 2018
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Support and inspiration on the agenda as Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to Bristol

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs is staged in Bristol next week for its seventh year to once again support women to build and grow sustainable businesses. Hundreds of women self-starters are expected to attend the day-long event on Friday, October 19, to hear, learn from and be inspired by...

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