Finance

Former regional HSBC chief joins EY as relationship director

March 10, 2016
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Former regional HSBC chief joins EY as relationship director

Accountancy group EY has appointed former HSBC regional corporate banking head Mark Bennett as a relationship director covering the South West & Wales. Mark, pictured, spent 38 years in a variety of roles at the bank, including strategic development, head of business marketing and head of corporate banking for...

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Warning over five-fold hike in stamp duty on second homes and housing investments

March 7, 2016
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Warning over five-fold hike in stamp duty on second homes and housing investments

Second-home buyers and investors in residential property risk paying more than five times the current rate of stamp duty land tax if they fail to complete their purchase by midnight on March 31. The warning comes from the Bristol office of accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith &...

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Recognition for Bristol’s Engine Shed and Webstart pioneers in prestigious Maserati 100 Index

March 4, 2016
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Recognition for Bristol’s Engine Shed and Webstart pioneers in prestigious Maserati 100 Index

Nick Sturge, the director of Bristol’s Engine Shed enterprise hub, and Bristol Webstart accelerator founder Mike Jackson have been named among Britain’s 100 most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors and advisors. The two appear on the list drawn up by Maserati and the Centre for Entrepreneurs to recognise entrepreneurs who...

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Growth in ethical investing triggers new offering by Whitechurch Securities

March 4, 2016
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Growth in ethical investing triggers new offering by Whitechurch Securities

Bristol wealth management firm Whitechurch Securities has launched an ethical investment division in response to an increase in demand from investors. Whitechurch Ethical offers discretionary managed multi-asset ethical portfolios which utilise Whitechurch’s investment team’s expertise in asset allocation. It will offer a range of model-based ethical portfolios for investments...

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Gloucestershire County Cricket Club appoints Bristol accountant as honorary treasurer

March 4, 2016
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Gloucestershire County Cricket Club appoints Bristol accountant as honorary treasurer

Retired Bristol chartered accountant and ex-partner of Deloitte, John Hollingdale, has been appointed as the next honorary treasurer of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. John, pictured, Bristol born and bred and a lifelong Gloucestershire supporter, succeeds Tony Elgood who, under the club’s constitution, is stepping down from the role having...

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Events: BRAVE training courses and workshops

March 4, 2016
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Events: BRAVE training courses and workshops

BRAVE Enterprise, the independent, not-for-profit business advice organisation based in Bristol, stages a comprehensive programme of training courses and workshops. Essential customer care Presenter: Sandra Mcneill Date: Thursday March 24 Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm Cost:  £42 (inc VAT) per workshop This workshop is for anyone who wants to increase profitability...

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Bristol Business Blog: Barbara Davies, chief executive, West of England LEP. Why collaboration is vital for our long-term growth

March 3, 2016
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Bristol Business Blog: Barbara Davies, chief executive, West of England LEP. Why collaboration is vital for our long-term growth

Barbara Davies, chief executive of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), says that collaborative working between business and education are essential to maintain growth and productivity in the longer term. Businesses in the West of England continue to face the challenge of a skills gap, impacting on...

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Welcome rise in South West exports last year bucks national trend

March 3, 2016
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Welcome rise in South West exports last year bucks national trend

New figures show that South West exporters out performed the national picture last year, increasing the volume of overseas sales by 10.6% compared to a national decrease of 2.7%. The data released by HM Revenue and Customs found that the total value of South West exports in 2015 was...

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Former KPMG audit partner joins BDO’s Bristol office as director

March 1, 2016
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Former KPMG audit partner joins BDO’s Bristol office as director

The Bristol office of accountancy firm BDO has appointed former KPMG audit partner Tony Antonius as a director in its audit team as it reinforces its commitment to the Bristol and South West market. Tony, pictured, worked at KPMG in Bristol for 34 years before becoming a consultant and...

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Bristol Business News unveils GAMECHANGERS – a unique project to find Bristol’s 50 most-inspirational businesspeople

February 26, 2016
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GAMECHANGERS – a unique and highly innovative project to identify the 50 individuals shaping the future of Bristol’s economy – has been launched by Bristol Business News. These inspirational people are helping make Bristol the UK’s most exciting city through their innovation, enterprise and creativity. Some will be well...

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Regional business show looks to attract Bristol businesses to Bath

February 26, 2016
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Regional business show looks to attract Bristol businesses to Bath

Bristol firms are being encouraged to head along the A4 next week to one of the largest business exhibitions in the region – The Bath Business Expo 2016. The Expo on Thursday March 17, which is supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) and a number of...

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Bristol firms urged to enter contest to find the region’s happiest workplace

February 22, 2016
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Bristol firms urged to enter contest to find the region’s happiest workplace

The search has started to find the South West’s happiest workplace – and staff working for Bristol’s forward-looking businesses are being encouraged to take part. The contest, launched last year by Bristol-based workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde Interior Architecture, aims to show what separates a happy workplace from...

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Latest fall in unemployment masks youth job crisis and skills shortage, warns Business West

February 19, 2016
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Latest fall in unemployment masks youth job crisis and skills shortage, warns Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has again called on the Government to do more to tackle youth joblessness and the skills crisis following another fall in unemployment. Figures released earlier this week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show unemployment in the South West is now the...

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