Finance

‘Political turbulence’ over Brexit hitting firms, warns Business West, as Parliament to be suspended

August 28, 2019
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‘Political turbulence’ over Brexit hitting firms, warns Business West, as Parliament to be suspended

The boss of the region’s largest business organisation has again slammed Westminster for “playing political chess” while the health of the economy is in the balance. Phil Smith, pictured, managing director at Business West – which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative – said firms were...

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Call goes out for Bristol’s fast-growing tech firms to enter prestigious awards showcase

August 16, 2019
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Call goes out for Bristol’s fast-growing tech firms to enter prestigious awards showcase

Ambitious Bristol technology firms are being invited to enter a major awards scheme that recognises the UK’s fastest-growing businesses in the sector. Entries are now open for the 22nd annual UK Technology Fast 50 Awards staged by global accountancy group Deloitte. The awards are open to firms that use a...

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Bristol Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Economy cools as Brexit debate heats up

August 14, 2019
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Bristol Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Economy cools as Brexit debate heats up

By Donna Kehoe, Bank of England agent for the South West of England UK temperatures reached record highs last month, but the UK economy has not been heating up this summer. Instead, as world trade tensions and worries about a no-deal Brexit have risen, the economy has been slowing...

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Exporters to EU told to get ‘third country’ registration to avoid potential no-deal Brexit problems

August 13, 2019
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Bristol companies that export to Europe are being urged to register for non-EU trade ahead of a possible no-deal Brexit or face potential problems once the UK has left the European Union. The warning has come from Business West, the South West’s largest business organisation, which points out that...

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Experienced investment director joins LDC’s Bristol office as it targets further growth

August 8, 2019
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Experienced investment director joins LDC’s Bristol office as it targets further growth

Mid-market private equity investor LDC has strengthened its Bristol-based South West & Wales team with the appointment of Stefan Gunn as investment director. Stefan, pictured, joins from NatWest, where he was a director in its Bristol-based structured finance operation with responsibility for originating and executing transactions across the South. ...

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City centre grade A office space dwindles further as insurance group moves to landmark building

August 2, 2019
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City centre grade A office space dwindles further as insurance group moves to landmark building

One of Bristol city centre’s largest office buildings is almost full following the arrival of its latest blue-chip occupier in a deal that has reduced available prime space even further. Global insurance giant Aon has signed a new 10-year lease on the10,392 sq ft sixth floor of One Redcliff Street, pictured,...

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‘Holiday hunger’ charity beats £100k target thanks to support from Bristol businesses

August 2, 2019
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‘Holiday hunger’ charity beats £100k target thanks to support from Bristol businesses

Dozens of businesses from across Bristol have risen to the urgent challenge of raising at least £100,000 to prevent thousands of children in the city from going hungry during the school summer holidays. Almost 50 organisations have pledged around £120,000 in funding in total to support the charity Feeding...

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Pitch programme to prepare ambitious firms for Dragons’ Den-style investor showcase

August 1, 2019
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Pitch programme to prepare ambitious firms for Dragons’ Den-style investor showcase

Innovative companies from Bristol are being invited to pitch to investors for financial support from £100,000 up to £2m. PitchFest South West provides ambitious businesses with an intensive expert training and investment programme designed to help them become both pitch and investment ready.  They then get to pitch to...

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Administrators tap into Burges Salmon expertise to complete sale of Bathstore outlets

July 30, 2019
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Administrators tap into Burges Salmon expertise to complete sale of Bathstore outlets

Corporate restructuring and insolvency lawyers in the Bristol head office of national firm Burges Salmon have chalked up another deal involving a failed retailer as the high street shake-out continues. The team has advised administrators from accountancy firm BDO on the sale of 44 Bathstore.com outlets to DIY chain...

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Firms’ Monopoly-style grand day out brings in much-needed £1k for Bristol homeless shelter

July 29, 2019
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Firms’ Monopoly-style grand day out brings in much-needed £1k for Bristol homeless shelter

Five Bristol firms have taken part in a city-wide Monopoly-style challenge to raise more than £1,000 for the Julian Trust night shelter. The charity event was organised by Bristol law firm Meade King and involved the firms’ teams visiting Bristol landmarks and competing in various challenges enroute. These included taking...

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21% lending growth for Ultimate Finance as it supports SMEs through challenging times

July 25, 2019
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21% lending growth for Ultimate Finance as it supports SMEs through challenging times

Ultimate Finance, the Bristol-based independent provider of finance for small and medium-sized businesses, has achieved its strongest six-month period of lending. The firm lent £750m to SMEs in the first half of 2019, up 21% on the same period last year, meaning it has achieved growth of more than...

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Clampdown on single-use plastics earns Bishop Fleming Surfers Against Sewage ‘Champion’ status

July 25, 2019
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Clampdown on single-use plastics earns Bishop Fleming Surfers Against Sewage ‘Champion’ status

Regional accountancy group Bishop Fleming, which has the largest of its seven offices in Bristol, has been accredited as a ‘Plastic Free Champion’ by conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage. The accolade recognises the firm’s efforts to remove all single-use and avoidable plastics from across its office network.  Bishop Fleming,...

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New PwC West and Wales chief says he’s “coming home” to share his passion for the region

July 24, 2019
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New PwC West and Wales chief says he’s “coming home” to share his passion for the region

Global accountancy group PwC has appointed a new regional leader for the West and Wales. John-Paul (JP) Barker, who has led PwC UK’s strategy & consulting practice, replaces Katharine Finn, who has been in the role for four years. JP, pictured with Katharine, was also a member of the...

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