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Smith & Williamson launches interactive Covid-19 business support guide

April 28, 2020
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Business owners in Bristol can find out more about the support measures on offer from the government via an easy-to-follow way interactive guide on financial and professional services firm Smith & Williamson’s website. The guide, accessed from the site’s homepage of the website, can be used by both employers...

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Coronavirus update: Welcome for government’s ‘bounce back’ loans for small firms

April 28, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Welcome for government’s ‘bounce back’ loans for small firms

Business organisations have welcomed new measures by the government to help small firms survive the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting the fact that around half are being rejected for loans under the existing scheme. Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured, had listened...

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Queen’s Awards for Bristol firms recognise innovation, sustainable development and social mobility

April 24, 2020
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Queen’s Awards for Bristol firms recognise innovation, sustainable development and social mobility

Five Bristol firms ranging from an ethical bank to an exhibition business and a youth empowerment organisation, have been awarded coveted Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. The accolades won by Triodos Bank, Ignition, Babbasa, CameraForensics and Unify Communications, are the most prestigious for UK businesses in the country and are...

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Coronavirus update: Bosses paid through dividends missing out on Govt support

April 23, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Bosses paid through dividends missing out on Govt support

The government’s decision not to help business owners who take dividends rather than draw a salary has been questioned by one business owner who took part in the Business West survey on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Lucy Bristow, managing director of Bristol recruitment consultants Lucy Bristow Appointments,...

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Coronavirus update: Survey shows many West firms ‘looking into the abyss’ as pandemic hits sales

April 23, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Survey shows many West firms ‘looking into the abyss’ as pandemic hits sales

Fewer than one in six West of England firms believe they will be able to cope if the coronavirus crisis lasts for more than six months, according to the results of the first major survey highlighting the impact of the pandemic on the region’s businesses. More than 70% of...

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Coronavirus update: New task force will aim to shape West of England’s post-pandemic economy

April 22, 2020
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Coronavirus update: New task force will aim to shape West of England’s post-pandemic economy

A taskforce bringing together businesses, universities and the West of England’s local authorities is being set up to ensure the region’s economy recovers as quickly as possible from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The new group will also represent the region in discussions with central government to make...

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Coronavirus update: Support for government’s Future Fund scheme to help innovative firms survive

April 21, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Support for government’s Future Fund scheme to help innovative firms survive

The government’s £1.25bn funding package to support innovative start-ups and research-intensive firms impacted by the coronavirus pandemic has been welcomed by business and civic leaders in the West of England. The measures include a Future Fund – a new £500m loan scheme for high-growth firms – and £750m of...

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Coronavirus update: Bristol firms start receiving support funding – but many could be missing out

April 17, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Bristol firms start receiving support funding – but many could be missing out

More than 2,900 businesses in Bristol have received urgent support grants from the city council totalling nearly £40m to help them stave off the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The council has received around £88m from central government to pay small business grants.  However only 35% of an estimated...

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Bristol food tech innovator to open indoor farms to help city’s crisis-hit food banks

April 17, 2020
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Bristol food tech innovator to open indoor farms to help city’s crisis-hit food banks

Bristol indoor farming pioneer LettUs Grow is fast-tracking the development of two vertical farm modules in the city to help feed vulnerable communities during the coronavirus outbreak. The award-winning firm wants to ensure the produce grown gets to those who need it most. LettUs Grow expects the first of...

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Funding puts Bristol space manufacturing firm on the launch pad for growth

April 17, 2020
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Funding puts Bristol space manufacturing firm on the launch pad for growth

A Bristol business developing a reusable manufacturing satellite that will enable materials to be developed in space has secured £250,000 in funding from a group of established city-based entrepreneurs. The finance will enable Space Forge, which started in a garage in Bradley Stoke, to expand into laboratories in Bristol...

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Coronavirus update: More than 40,000 firms log on to Business West’s Covid-19 advice portal

April 17, 2020
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Coronavirus update: More than 40,000 firms log on to Business West’s Covid-19 advice portal

More than 40,000 businesses have sought advice and guidance on how they can survive the coronavirus pandemic from a special service set up by Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Trading Through Coronavirus, which went live exactly a month ago, provides expert information and guidance to...

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Coronavirus update: Hospitals charity calls on home workers to donate money saved on commuting

April 3, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Hospitals charity calls on home workers to donate money saved on commuting

Bristol firms with staff working from home as a result of the coronavirus outbreak are being urged to help them ‘donate their commute’ to city centre hospitals charity Above & Beyond. They can set up a virtual collection tin via the JustGiving app for their team to give the...

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Bristol Business Blog: Louise Somerset, partner, Smith & Williamson. The Covid-19 self-employed income support scheme

April 2, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog:   Louise Somerset, partner, Smith & Williamson. The Covid-19 self-employed income support scheme

Louise Somerset, partner and head of private client tax services at Smith & Williamson in Bristol, explains the government’s self-employed income support scheme. The Chancellor has announced an income support scheme to help the self-employed through the current financial crisis, designed to be on a par with support for...

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