Finance

Autumn Statement: Reaction to pension changes

December 5, 2013
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Autumn Statement: Reaction to pension changes

The Chancellor confirmed in his Autumn Statement that the State pension age will rise to 68 in the mid-2030s and 69 in the late 2040s. Mark Packham, head of pensions for accountants PwC in Bristol, said: “Linking the State pension age to life expectancy means we could easily see...

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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

November 22, 2013
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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

An ambitious plan is being drawn up to harness Bristol and the West of England’s creativity and innovation to potentially create more than 100,000 jobs over the next 17 years. The emphasis will be on five key sectors spanning digital to aerospace, and in which the area is already...

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Accountant with a passion for food tastes success in prestigious chef of the year awards

November 22, 2013
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Accountant with a passion for food tastes success in prestigious chef of the year awards

By day Bristol-based accountant Steve Ashworth dishes out advice to firms on employment tax. But in his spare time he swaps his suit for an apron and his laptop for a ladle as a budding chef. Now his culinary hard work has paid off and he has scooped first...

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Temple Quay move by Santander as it continues to grow its Bristol corporate and commercial team

November 20, 2013
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Temple Quay move by Santander as it continues to grow its Bristol corporate and commercial team

Santander has relocated its Bristol-based corporate and commercial team into new offices in the city as a result of its continued growth. The move, from Baldwin Street to Glass Wharf at Temple Quay, is part of the bank’s strategic plan to grow its presence across the UK. Santander said...

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Law firm DAC Beachcroft secures £40m finance package to fund more expansion

November 18, 2013
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Law firm DAC Beachcroft secures £40m finance package to fund more expansion

Further growth at law firm DAC Beachcroft is on the cards following the agreement of a four-year £40m finance package with the Bristol-based teams at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking and HSBC Commercial Bank. DAC Beachcroft last week snapped up the entire volume claims and catastrophic insurance teams of smaller...

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Pleas for Chancellor to use Autumn Statement to freeze business rates – but do nothing else

November 18, 2013
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Pleas for Chancellor to use Autumn Statement to freeze business rates – but do nothing else

The managing partner of West accountants Bishop Fleming has a simple, one-word recommendation for what Chancellor George Osborne should do in his Autumn Statement next month – nothing. Matthew Lee believes if the Chancellor, pictured, is serious about ensuring the economic recovery takes hold and benefits business then he...

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Wealth management title adds to growing awards tally at Smith & Williamson

November 15, 2013
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Wealth management title adds to growing awards tally at Smith & Williamson

Investment management and accountancy group Smith & Williamson has won the Steady Growth category at the Citywire Wealth Manager Investment Performance Awards. The firm, which employs more than 170 people at its Bristol office, was also shortlisted in the Large Firm and Aggressive categories. Head of investment management at...

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Don’t miss out on the taxman’s generosity over research and development spending

November 15, 2013
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Don’t miss out on the taxman’s generosity over research and development spending

West firms are being advised to check whether they qualify for valuable tax credits under the Government’s research and development (R&D) scheme. West accountancy firm Milsted Langdon, which has an office in Bristol, says many firms are unaware they are eligible for the scheme which increases tax relief against...

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National accolade recognises innovation at Bristol accountants Evans & Partners

November 15, 2013
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National accolade recognises innovation at Bristol accountants Evans & Partners

Bristol accountancy practice Evans & Partners is celebrating after winning the title of Overall Firm of the Year 2013 at the national 2020 Innovation Awards for Accountants. The firm beat 500 firms from across the UK to collect the prestigious award, which recognises “brilliant client service, an innovative approach...

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Senior banking duo get new roles in HSBC’s Bristol corporate team

November 15, 2013
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Senior banking duo get new roles in HSBC’s Bristol corporate team

HSBC has made two senior promotions in its West and Wales team with Paul Crocker moving to the role of deputy head of corporate and Rhys Jones becoming head of leverage finance for the region. Paul, pictured, has been with HSBC for nearly eight years and previously held the West and Wales head of leverage finance role. Rhys has...

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Seminar will alert West firms to dangers of bribery and corruption when trading overseas

November 8, 2013
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Seminar will alert West firms to dangers of bribery and corruption when trading overseas

Businesses operating overseas, and particularly new entrants to international markets, need to protect themselves against bribery and corruption, a top West forensic accountant will warn at an exporting event next week. David Alexander, partner at Bristol-based business advisers Smith & Williamson, will say that even if a firm is...

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Merger number two adds up to further growth for Milsted Langdon

November 4, 2013
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Merger number two adds up to further growth for Milsted Langdon

Bristol-based chartered accountancy firm Milsted Langdon has completed its second merger in six months as part of its expansion strategy. Smaller Bristol practice David Cottrell & Co completed the tie-up with Milsted Langdon last Friday and its staff have relocated from its Westbury-on-Trym base into Milsted Langdon’s offices at...

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Chancellor calls in West finance experts to help with taxing task of simplification

October 31, 2013
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Chancellor calls in West finance experts to help with taxing task of simplification

Both of West accountants Bishop Fleming’s technical tax directors have been appointed as advisors to Chancellor George Osborne as part of his drive for tax simplification. Andy Richens has been engaged by the Chancellor’s Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to advise on tax issues for small businesses, and is...

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