Finance

Smith & Williamson helps security firm unlock bright future after sale to investment firm

October 14, 2021
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Smith & Williamson helps security firm unlock bright future after sale to investment firm

Accountancy group Smith & Williamson’s Bristol-based corporate finance has advised on the sale of a Bath security, fire and safety systems firm which will enable it to expand. Established in 1988, BWS supplies, installs, maintains and monitors fire alarms, intruder alarms, CCTV and access control systems for commercial and residential customers, principally across...

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Online cider shop gets taste for growth with help from recovery loan scheme

October 14, 2021
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Online cider shop gets taste for growth with help from recovery loan scheme

Independent drinks retailer Bristol Cider Shop is the latest firm in the city to benefit from a government-backed loan scheme to help businesses recover from the impact of the pandemic. The £31,600 will help the firm relocate to a larger warehouse and take advantage of growing online market opportunities. ...

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Bishop Fleming commits to a better way of doing business as it joins Business in the Community

October 13, 2021
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Bishop Fleming commits to a better way of doing business as it joins Business in the Community

Regional accountancy group Bishop Fleming is to put a new environmental, social and governance strategy at the heart of the firm following it joining the UK’s largest membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. The firm, which has its largest office in Bristol, is undertaking what it called “a thorough, diagnostic...

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Rising costs and labour shortages combine to end post-pandemic rise in business confidence

October 11, 2021
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Rising costs and labour shortages combine to end post-pandemic rise in business confidence

West of England businesses are warning that the economic recovery from the pandemic is at risk due to growing inflationary pressures and worker shortages. A third of the 250-plus firms taking part in the latest quarterly survey by regional business group Business West said they had to increase their prices...

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Pioneering Tech for Growth programme extended to help more firms ramp up their digital activity

October 8, 2021
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Pioneering Tech for Growth programme extended to help more firms ramp up their digital activity

Small businesses in Bristol and across the West of England are being offered help to improve their digital presence to enable them to grow. The Tech for Growth programme will match businesses with a consultant and support them with up to four days of hands-on assistance to develop and...

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Foot Anstey helps acquisition-hungry IT services firm snap up two more businesses

October 8, 2021
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Foot Anstey helps acquisition-hungry IT services firm snap up two more businesses

The corporate team at national law firm Foot Anstey has advised on two major deals for rapidly expanding managed service provider Air IT. The acquisitions of MFG UK and Infinity IT Solutions are the latest in a string of takeovers by Nottingham-based Air IT, which provides a portfolio of...

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Apprenticeship fund hits £1m mark as large organisations pledge to help small firms develop new talent

October 5, 2021
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Apprenticeship fund hits £1m mark as large organisations pledge to help small firms develop new talent

More than £1m has been pledged by businesses and organisations across the West of England from their unused apprenticeship levy funds to help people in the region develop new skills. The funds have gone to the Share to Support scheme, which was launched earlier this year to create vital...

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Osborne Clarke helps private equity firm power ahead with major Scottish battery storage deal

October 4, 2021
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Osborne Clarke helps private equity firm power ahead with major Scottish battery storage deal

A cross-firm team of lawyers from the Bristol office of international legal practice Osborne Clarke has advised private equity investment firm Foresight on its third grid-scale acquisition of the past seven months. The 50MW Blackpark energy storage project in Scotland is the most recent in a string of acquisitions...

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Former Grant Thornton graduate entrant promoted to partner to lead its regional private wealth team

October 4, 2021
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Former Grant Thornton graduate entrant promoted to partner to lead its regional private wealth team

Accountancy and advisory firm Grant Thornton has promoted private tax director Richard Marsh to partner. He will now lead the firm’s South region private wealth team from its Bristol office. Richard, pictured, is the first head of the team, which brings together specialists from Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford, Reading and...

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Recognition for University of Bristol’s crucial role in launching string of successful spin-outs

October 1, 2021
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Recognition for University of Bristol’s crucial role in launching string of successful spin-outs

The University of Bristol has been named as one of the UK’s most prolific for commercialising innovation and producing successful spin-out businesses. The University Spinout Report 2021,produced by R&D tax relief firm GovGrant, ranks Bristol fifth for its achievements in producing thriving businesses over the past two decades.  Over...

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Former Bristol University academic joins Whitechurch Securities as investor relations specialist

October 1, 2021
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Former Bristol University academic joins Whitechurch Securities as investor relations specialist

Whitechurch Securities, the Bristol-based wealth management boutique, has appointed environmental specialist Dr Daniel Say to support and develop its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment offering. Whitechurch has run successful ethical portfolios since 2016 and recently launched a ‘responsible dynamic’ range.  Daniel, pictured, was previously an academic at the...

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Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

October 1, 2021
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Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

The South West’s key sectors could suffer irreparable damage unless the government starts to tackle the shortage of workers by easing EU visa restrictions, the region’s business leaders today warned. But even providing temporary visas for jobs such as drivers and food workers would only be a short-term measure...

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Bristol firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

September 30, 2021
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Bristol firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

A programme designed to break down barriers and support more disabled people into work is being launched in Bristol and across the West of England. Some 100 businesses will receive tailored, targeted disability inclusion training to help them create a more diverse workforce.   The project, part of the Workforce...

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