Finance

Smith & Williamson grows Bristol HR team as demand continues to rise

February 28, 2014
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Smith & Williamson grows Bristol HR team as demand continues to rise

Increasing demand for outsourced services has fuelled expansion at accountants Smith & Williamson’s Bristol-based HR consulting team. The firm’s specialist team of HR consultants provides the full spectrum of people management services, from ‘pay-as-you-go’ advice and support to small and medium-sized businesses to working with boards and senior management...

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Businesses get food for thought as Nicaraguan coffee grower tells them of Fairtrade’s vital role

February 24, 2014
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Businesses get food for thought as Nicaraguan coffee grower tells them of Fairtrade’s vital role

Buying Fairtrade products can be a tiny decision for a business yet it can have a huge impact on people’s lives. This message was brought home to businesses this morning as Fairtrade Fortnight got underway with a launch breakfast at Bristol law firm Burges Salmon. Margarita Espinoza, a Fairtrade...

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New Brightside CEO looks to bright future as he promises more growth at insurer

February 24, 2014
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New Brightside CEO looks to bright future as he promises more growth at insurer

Bristol specialist insurance broker Brightside’s new chief executive took up his post today with a pledge to maintain the group’s rapid growth. Paul Williams joins from Towergate, Europe’s largest independently-owned insurance intermediary, where he was a director on its retail executive committee responsible for all insurer and market relationships...

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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

February 24, 2014
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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

Bristol businesses will next week get a rare chance to meet trade experts from the British Embassies in the US and Canada to explore transatlantic export opportunities on a one-to-one basis. The event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Redcliffe Hill, on Wednesday, March 5, is the latest...

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West’s best directors sought for awards that champion excellence and enterprise

February 21, 2014
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West’s best directors sought for awards that champion excellence and enterprise

West firms of all sizes are being urged to enter their directors in the region’s top award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The South West Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards 2014 celebrate the achievements of the region’s outstanding business people and their contribution to the its...

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Virgin advice roadshow arrives in Bristol to help the Richard Bransons of tomorrow

February 21, 2014
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Virgin advice roadshow arrives in Bristol to help the Richard Bransons of tomorrow

Bristol entrepreneurs who want to turn their business ideas into reality can get advice when a free roadshow backed by Sir Richard Branson stops off in the city. The Virgin StartUp HotHouse tour is traveling across the country over the next few months and will arrive at Leigh Court...

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Accountants Smith & Williamson warn over potential impact of major property tax change

February 21, 2014
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Accountants Smith & Williamson warn over potential impact of major property tax change

Commercial property owners and investors could lose out on hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax relief under new capital allowance rules that come into force in April. The changes will restrict an owner’s ability to claim relief on the cost of the fixtures and fittings of a commercial...

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A chance to tell the Chancellor how he can make running a business less taxing

February 19, 2014
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A chance to tell the Chancellor how he can make running a business less taxing

West firms are being urged to tell the Treasury how it could change the business tax system to make the UK more competitive.  The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is seeking ideas for an initial report on tax simplification to be presented ahead of next month’s Budget. Andy Richens,...

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Pressure on interest rates eases as inflation falls below 2%

February 18, 2014
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Pressure on interest rates eases as inflation falls below 2%

Inflation in January fell to 1.9%, official figures released this morning show – the first time it has been below the important 2% level since 2009. The rate, as measured by the consumer prices index, was down from 2% in December. The surprise fall – most economist expected it...

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Job losses loom as Bristol property firm goes into administration

February 17, 2014
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Job losses loom as Bristol property firm goes into administration

Bristol-based property refurbishment and maintenance firm Matrix Solutions UK has gone into administration after a significant drop in business. Accountancy firm Grant Thornton, which has been appointed administrator, today warned of ‘numerous’ redundancies among Matrix’s 30-strong workforce. Grant Thornton said it waspotentially looking to sell the firm, which dealt...

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Return to the West for HSBC’s new area commercial director

February 17, 2014
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Return to the West for HSBC’s new area commercial director

HSBC has appointed James Jordan as area commercial director for Bristol and Bath with responsibility for supporting businesses turning over between £500,000 and £30m. The appointment marks a return to the region for James, who has spent the past two years as area commercial director for HSBC in Central London. James, pictured, has spent his...

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Animated money-saving advice app is child’s play for Aardman

February 14, 2014
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Animated money-saving advice app is child’s play for Aardman

Bristol’s Aardman Animations have teamed up with NatWest to launch a children’s smartphone and tablet app to help them learn about saving money. The free-to-download app, the first produced by a UK bank, includes a game that allows the player to be a boy or girl pig character running...

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Bristol corporate expertise proves winning ticket for charity lottery firm takeover

February 14, 2014
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Bristol corporate expertise proves winning ticket for charity lottery firm takeover

Bristol corporate advisers have helped the management team of a Wiltshire specialist charity fundraising firm complete their acquisition of the business. Chippenham-based The Woods Group stages raffles, weekly lotteries, response handling and fulfilment for major clients such as the RSPB, National Trust and Motability. The buyout, financial details of...

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