Responsible Business Week highlights firms that put community links first

April 12, 2013
Responsible Business Week highlights firms that put community links first

Firms across the Bristol area will be taking part in the annual Responsible Business Week which starts on Monday and provides an opportunity to celebrate those businesses that can demonstrate their role as a force for good in society. The week, which takes place with the support of pioneering...

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East-West friendship role for engineering firm’s bosses

April 12, 2013
East-West friendship role for engineering firm’s bosses

West businessmen Kam Wong and David Parkinson have joined an elite organisation in Bristol’s Chinese sister city Guangzhou that forges relationships with other countries. The pair from Portishead-based DPS Environmental Technologies, which works in the oil, gas and environmental sectors, were elected as overseas council members of the Guangzhou...

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Cautious welcome for Govt’s Business Bank from Business West

April 12, 2013
Cautious welcome for Govt’s Business Bank from Business West

Business West has welcomed the Government’s announcement of £300m through the Business Bank to boost lending to small and medium-sized businesses. Phil Smith, Managing Director of the organization, which runs the chambers of commerce in Bristol, Bath and Gloucestershire and the Bristol and Swindon Initiatives, said: “To help kick...

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Bishop Fleming director to sit on national industry committee

April 12, 2013
Bishop Fleming director to sit on national industry committee

Caroline Smale, the compliance director at fast-growing West accountants Bishop Fleming, has been elected to the practice committee of the profession's national body. Caroline joined Bishop Fleming as a graduate trainee 25 years ago and became its compliance director in 2005. From June, she will sit on the practice...

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Vince Cable’s Bristol visit cancelled

April 12, 2013
Vince Cable’s Bristol visit cancelled

A scheduled visit to Bristol by Business Secretary Vince Cable next Wednesday has been postponed so he can attend Baroness Thatcher’s funeral. Mr Cable, , was due to discuss the impact of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) with an invited audience of enterprise leaders at an event organised by the...

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Property: Major event for landlords to be staged in Bristol

April 12, 2013
Property: Major event for landlords to be staged in Bristol

The biggest free annual get-together for West landlords, Landlord Expo, takes place in Bristol next Thursday from noon until 7pm. The event, sponsored by estate agents Andrews, features more than 80 exhibitors ranging from local authority stands to letting agents, financial experts, trades people and suppliers. Held at the...

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Business West survey shows tough outlook failing to dent firms’ confidence

April 12, 2013
Business West survey shows tough outlook failing to dent firms’ confidence

West businesses remain relatively confident about their prospects despite trading conditions becoming harsher during the first three months of this year. The latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) from Business West, which runs the chambers of commerce in Bristol, Bath and Gloucestershire and the Bristol and Swindon Initiatives, shows that...

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Seminar to be staged in Bristol on tax issues for housing firms

April 11, 2013
Seminar to be staged in Bristol on tax issues for housing firms

The complex tax issues faced by housing providers will come under the spotlight later this month at a seminar hosted in Bristol by business advisory firm Grant Thornton. The half-day event is aimed at finance and development professionals and takes place at the firm’s Victoria Street offices on Thursday,...

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FirstGroup London bus deals conducted by Burges Salmon team

April 11, 2013
FirstGroup London bus deals conducted by Burges Salmon team

Bristol-headquartered law firm Burges Salmon has advised longstanding client FirstGroup on the sale of London operations of its UK Bus division, allowing the transport operator to focus on areas offering the greatest potential for growth. Five bus depots – at Alperton, Greenford, Hayes, Uxbridge and Willesden Junction – along...

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