Finance

Period of major economic growth forecast for the region following General Election, survey says

July 5, 2024
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Period of major economic growth forecast for the region following General Election, survey says

Nearly half of South West businesses believe the General Election will lead to significant economic expansion in the region over the next six months, a new survey has revealed. Research commissioned by accountancy firm Monahans, which has seven offices in the region, shows 47% of business owners are confident...

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Business West urges new Labour government to invest in region so it can meet its full economic potential

July 5, 2024
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Business West urges new Labour government to invest in region so it can meet its full economic potential

The organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce has called on the newly elected government to ensure the West of England’s potential is fully harnessed, including investing in its growth sectors such as green energy. Business West welcomed Labour’s commitment to an “enduring partnership” with business to deliver the economic...

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The shortlist for this year’s coveted SPARKies shines a light on the very best of the region’s tech sector

July 5, 2024
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The shortlist for this year’s coveted SPARKies shines a light on the very best of the region’s tech sector

Bristol and Bath’s top tech pioneers and innovators will be recognised next week at the SPARKies, the awards that showcase the leading individuals, products and firms in the sector. Launched in 2012, the annual awards have grown to become the most-respected accolades of their kind in the region, attracting...

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Recruitment headaches mount for West of England businesses as skills shortages show no signs of easing

July 5, 2024
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Recruitment headaches mount for West of England businesses as skills shortages show no signs of easing

Nearly seven in 10 West of England firms have struggled to recruit staff over the past three months, particularly for skilled manual/technical and professional/managerial roles, according to a major new survey. Despite this problem, 79% of firms are looking to take on full-time workers and just under half are offering...

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Shaw & Co advises on sale of UK business producing award-winning software for accountants

July 3, 2024
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Shaw & Co advises on sale of UK business producing award-winning software for accountants

Bristol-based corporate finance advisory firm Shaw & Co has worked with the shareholders of a firm behind popular software used by accountants on its acquisition by a leading tax, accounting, finance and payroll software company. MyWorkpapers launched in 2009 as a flagship auditing application but has since evolved into...

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£5.6m investment for Bristol ski holiday firm to ramp up growth and create more jobs

June 28, 2024
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A Bristol-based online tour operator specialising in flexible ski holidays has raised £5.6m to launch its next phase of growth. Heidi will use the funding to further enhance its platform, expand its customer service teams and create more than 20 jobs in the year ahead.  The firm was started...

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Bristol businesses in running for awards dubbed the ‘Grammys of Entrepreneurship’

June 28, 2024
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Bristol businesses in running for awards dubbed the ‘Grammys of Entrepreneurship’

Two Bristol firms have been shortlisted in a prestigious national awards scheme that recognises the achievements of the UK’s most dynamic and innovative businesses. Fundraising and investment company Fundsurfer and Boardroom Advisors, the business management consultancy, will line up against firms from across the UK in the 2024 Allica...

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Bristol businesses urged to give ex-offenders the chance to turn around their lives through work

June 28, 2024
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Bristol businesses urged to give ex-offenders the chance to turn around their lives through work

Crime prevention charity is challenging Bristol firms to employ ex-offenders following an event that gave a rare chance for businesses leaders to engage with a group of young men with criminal records. Key4Life brought together 25-plus senior managers from across the city for the gathering at ethical bank Triodos UK’s Bristol head office. Firms...

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Water management firm to tap into more growth after receiving £12m injection from LDC

June 27, 2024
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Water management firm to tap into more growth after receiving £12m injection from LDC

The Bristol office of private equity funder LDC has invested £12m in a tech-enabled water management consultancy to support its organic growth strategy. Waterscan helps its customers develop effective sustainable water management strategies that deliver business resilience and environmental leadership.  Founded in 1994, it employs more than 60 people...

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From e-trolleys to sustainable fashion – enterprising start-ups scoop £30k in Bristol Uni contest

June 21, 2024
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From e-trolleys to sustainable fashion – enterprising start-ups scoop £30k in Bristol Uni contest

An app that helps fight fast fashion and a business building electric trolleys to reduce car dependency are among the latest winners in an awards scheme that has been responsible for helping launch some of Bristol’s most exciting firms. Other finalists in the University of Bristol’s New Enterprise Competition...

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Haines Watts Bristol office supports sale of specialist plastics firm after 30-plus years in business

June 21, 2024
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Haines Watts Bristol office supports sale of specialist plastics firm after 30-plus years in business

A specialist plastics fabrication business, which started life in a barn more than 30 years ago, has been sold with the help of experts from the Bristol office of accountants Haines Watts. Marcol Fabrications (Plastics), which produces a range of high-quality thermoplastic products, was snapped up by Safety Critical...

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International security and privacy management software deal masterminded by ICON team

June 21, 2024
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International security and privacy management software deal masterminded by ICON team

Bristol-headquartered tech-focused investment bank ICON Corporate Finance has advised on a major international deal in the fast-moving data privacy sector. ICON partner Eddie Harding and director Florian Depner worked with, a market leader in SaaS (software as a service) on its acquisition by specialist security and compliance automation SaaS...

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Half a dozen members of Aon’s Bristol pensions team in the running for top industry awards

June 20, 2024
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Half a dozen members of Aon’s Bristol pensions team in the running for top industry awards

The Bristol office of international professional services firm Aon is celebrating after six of its pensions team were announced as finalists in the prestigious Women in Pensions Awards. The shortlisted individuals have been nominated by peers in the sector in recognition of being a trailblazer, for going above and...

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