Finance

TLT strengthens its future energy team with project finance specialist appointment

March 13, 2024
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TLT strengthens its future energy team with project finance specialist appointment

Experienced project finance specialist Victoria Quek has joined Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT as a partner in its future energy team. Victoria, pictured, who focuses on the financing of renewable energy transition projects, previously worked at Eversheds Sutherland for more than 21 years, most recently as a legal director. ...

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Bristol Business Blog: Lucy Haynes, financial planning consultant, Albert Goodman. Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8, 2024
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Bristol Business Blog: Lucy Haynes, financial planning consultant, Albert Goodman. Celebrating International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day today, Lucy Haynes, a financial planning consultant at accountants Albert Goodman, talks about her experience at the firm. Tell us about the start of your career  I joined Albert Goodman Chartered Financial Planners as a secretary in 2015. Shortly after, I became an administrator...

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Spring Budget 2024: Personal finance experts’ reaction

March 7, 2024
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Spring Budget 2024: Personal finance experts’ reaction

The Budget contained a range of personal taxation, childcare and residential property measures. On child benefit, Tracey Watts, tax partner at Albert Goodman accountants, pictured, said while the immediate increase in the threshold from £50,000 to £60,000, over which child benefit claims are withdrawn, was welcomed, the proposed consultation...

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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol business reaction

March 6, 2024
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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol business reaction

Phil Smith, managing director of Business West, the organisation behind Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said while the Budget offered a number of initiatives that were likely to benefit the region’s businesses it lacked any measure that would tackle big issues such as transport, housing and infrastructure. “The creative and...

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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol political reaction

March 6, 2024
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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol political reaction

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris, pictured, said “hard-pressed” West of England residents and businesses were still struggling with 70-year high levels of tax under the Conservatives, “despite today’s desperate attempts from the Chancellor to pretend otherwise”. The Labour leader of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA),...

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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol experts’ reaction

March 6, 2024
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Spring Budget 2024: Bristol experts’ reaction

Despite being pitched as a Budget for long-term growth, there was very little for business, according to Paul Falvey, partner at national accountants BDO in the South West. Paul, pictured, said the Chancellor was under pressure to deliver tax cuts and while this wasn’t forthcoming for businesses – with some...

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Spring Budget 2024: The key points . . .

March 6, 2024
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Spring Budget 2024: The key points . . .

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has delivered his Spring Budget. The main points were: The Chancellor said growth had been higher in the UK since 2010 than every other European economy. But future growth would not come from mass immigration. He promised a Budget for future growth. Inflation had been halved to...

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Plaudits for Ashfords’ tech sector team on sale of Bristol global flood risk intelligence pioneer

March 6, 2024
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Plaudits for Ashfords’ tech sector team on sale of Bristol global flood risk intelligence pioneer

The CEO of University of Bristol spin-out Fathom has praised law firm Ashfords on its role in its sale to one of the world’s largest reinsurance businesses. Fathom, a leader in global flood risk intelligence, was snapped up by Swiss Re in December.  Since its launch in 2013, Fathom...

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Chancellor urged by Albert Goodman to make Inheritance Tax ‘fairer and simpler’ in the Budget

March 4, 2024
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Chancellor urged by Albert Goodman to make Inheritance Tax ‘fairer and simpler’ in the Budget

South West accountancy firm Albert Goodman is calling on Chancellor Jeremy Hunt to use Wednesday’s Budget to reform Inheritance Tax (IHT) to make it more even-handed. IHT has been the subject of much media speculation recently, with the prospect of its abolition even being touted by some commentators. But...

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Bristol businesses urged to support city’s iconic Balloon Fiesta as organisers battle spiralling costs

March 1, 2024
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Bristol businesses urged to support city’s iconic Balloon Fiesta as organisers battle spiralling costs

Bristol’s long-running International Balloon Fiesta is seeking corporate sponsors from the city’s business community as its organisers commit to becoming more financially sustainable amid soaring costs. The not-for-profit organisation behind the annual free-to-attend event, which injects millions of pounds into the local economy every August and has become synonymous...

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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Oldfield, tax associate, Haines Watts Bristol. Perfectly practical recommendations for tax planning

March 1, 2024
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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Oldfield, tax associate, Haines Watts Bristol. Perfectly practical recommendations for tax planning

Accountants and tax advisers try every year to remind people to: plan ahead in advance of the next 12 months; review their tax affairs before the end of the tax year; and to submit their return early. Unfortunately, there seems to be a general reluctance to follow this advice...

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Another successful year for SETsquared Bristol as its member firms generate 300-plus jobs

March 1, 2024
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Another successful year for SETsquared Bristol as its member firms generate 300-plus jobs

More than 300 jobs were created last year by businesses that are part of SETsquared Bristol, the acclaimed University of Bristol-backed tech incubator. Its member companies also generated £45m-plus in revenues, raised a combined £50m in funding – up from £33m in 2022 despite the tougher investment market –...

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Bristol’s pioneering deep-tech incubator launches its second unique accelerator programme

March 1, 2024
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Bristol’s pioneering deep-tech incubator launches its second unique accelerator programme

An equity-free accelerator scheme launched last year by Bristol deep-tech ecosystem Science Creates is aiming to create more innovative businesses following the launch of its second programme. Science Creates Accelerate seeks to find the best fit between companies and investors, intentionally providing deep-tech founders and entrepreneurs with the best opportunity...

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