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Gathering celebrates Bristol Samaritans’ 50 years of tireless service to the city

July 11, 2014
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Gathering celebrates Bristol Samaritans’ 50 years of tireless service to the city

Bristol Samaritans have celebrated their 50th anniversary with an event at the city offices of accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson. The Lord Lieutenant of Bristol Mary Prior, High Sherriff Michael Bothamley, Lord Mayor Alastair Watson and Lady Mayoress Sarah Watson were among the dignitaries who joined...

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Honorary degrees from UWE for Bristol entrepreneurs

July 11, 2014
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Two very different Bristol entrepreneurs will receive honorary degrees on Monday from UWE Bristol at the award ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law. Trevor Smallwood, who rose from a management trainee at his local bus company to become chairman of transport group First, will receive the honorary...

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Beard Construction named West of England Business of the Year

July 11, 2014
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Beard Construction named West of England Business of the Year

Construction group Beard has been named as the West of England’s top company in the prestigious Business of the Year awards. The Swindon-based firm, which has recently completed a number of major projects in Bristol, beat five other finalists to claim the prestigious title in the annual awards sponsored...

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Leonard Curtis boosts Bristol office with appointment of Andy Beckingham as director

July 9, 2014
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Leonard Curtis boosts Bristol office with appointment of Andy Beckingham as director

Chartered accountant and licensed insolvency practitioner Andy Beckingham has joined business rescue and recovery specialist Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group’s Bristol office as a director. Andy, pictured, is a former regional chairman of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals and previously worked for Cork Gully, BDO, Begbies Traynor and...

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Expert speakers lined up for next Grant Thornton FD Club meeting

July 8, 2014
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Expert speakers lined up for next Grant Thornton FD Club meeting

Workplace pensions and the reasons why multinational firms are relocating to the UK are the two topics that will go under the spotlight at the next meeting of accountants Grant Thornton’s quarterly FD Club. The event, which takes place in Bristol on Thursday next week, will hear from two...

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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

July 7, 2014
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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Initiative, has welcomed the £86.2m of Government investment to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs in the area. But it said the city’s business community still needed to make sure future funding was secured under...

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From broadband to robots: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

July 7, 2014
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From broadband to robots: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

The Government has announced funding of £86.2m for the West of England under its Local Growth Deal. This money is for projects to start in 2015/16 and 2016/17. The key projects to benefit will be: Terabit West – £15m A world-first project to ensure that the West is positioned...

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New South West practice head for Grant Thornton as it starts fresh investment phase in region

July 7, 2014
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New South West practice head for Grant Thornton as it starts fresh investment phase in region

Accountancy group Grant Thornton has appointed Tim Lincoln as practice leader for the South West region. He succeeds John Golding, who will continue to lead the firm’s South West public sector assurance practice. Meanwhile Allister Weir, a director in the firm’s regional tax team, becomes a partner. The changes...

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Hat-trick of senior promotions at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office

July 4, 2014
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Hat-trick of senior promotions at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office

Three senior promotions have been announced at the Bristol office of accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson. Partner Jerry Barnes has been appointed as the new chairman of the firm’s landed estates team. He takes over from partner Andrew Lockwood who remains an active member of the...

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Franchise plan to open more Bristol branches for rapidly-growing takeaway chain Hotcha

July 1, 2014
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Franchise plan to open more Bristol branches for rapidly-growing takeaway chain Hotcha

Fast-growing Chinese takeaway chain Hotcha is to open up to three more outlets in its home city of Bristol as part of its ongoing expansion programme. The announcement follows last week’s launch of a franchise scheme to establish Hotcha as a national brand and the first UK-wide Chinese takeaway...

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Baker Tilly boosts Bristol office’s business advisory team with associate director hire

June 27, 2014
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Baker Tilly boosts Bristol office’s business advisory team with associate director hire

Mark Powell has joined the Bristol and Bath offices of accountancy firm Baker Tilly as an associate director as part of a significant investment in the firm's regional talent pool. Mark, pictured, joins the accountancy and business advisory department, strengthening the experience of the team with his knowledge of...

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Temple Bright team drives City fintech deal for pioneering eCo

June 27, 2014
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Temple Bright team drives City fintech deal for pioneering eCo

A ground-breaking online marketplace for banks and others in financial services to share source code and unlock cost savings has been launched with the support of Bristol law firm Temple Bright. London-based eCo Financial Technology, which is designed to match buyers and sellers of financial services software code and...

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Strong employment growth triggers prospect of new skills shortages

June 16, 2014
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Strong employment growth triggers prospect of new skills shortages

The number of businesses expecting to recruit more staff has almost returned to the pre-recession levels of 2007 new figures released this week show. But while the data is welcome news for job seekers, some business analysts are warning that it could signal looming skills shortages. The latest Business...

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