Finance

Further growth in Bristol targeted by PKF Francis Clark as its office in the city marks its fifth birthday

June 5, 2024
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Regional accountancy firm PKF Francis Clark is celebrating its Bristol office’s fifth anniversary with a pledge to continue to expand in the city. The office on Victoria Street, which opened with just three staff, is now home to a team of 75 accountants and tax advisors.  Its steady growth through...

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Expanding financial crime risk firm completes first takeover with help from Osborne Clarke team

June 5, 2024
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Expanding financial crime risk firm completes first takeover with help from Osborne Clarke team

Corporate and tax lawyers based in the Bristol office of international legal practice Osborne Clarke have advised on the first acquisition made by a fast-growing niche financial crime risk and compliance consultancy. The team worked with Plenitude, a portfolio company of Growth Capital Partners (GCP), on its takeover of financial...

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First two charities to benefit from Bristol drinks firm’s ‘commercially compassionate’ share scheme

May 31, 2024
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First two charities to benefit from Bristol drinks firm’s ‘commercially compassionate’ share scheme

Bristol-based soft drinks company Counter Culture Drinks has signed up the first two charities to its pioneering ownership model that commits 51% of the business’s shares to supporting social and environmental causes. The Bedminster firm, which makes a range of kombucha-based drinks, is also donating 5% of total sales...

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West of England’s purpose-led tech and green finance sectors ‘can make it top UK region for ethical finance’

May 30, 2024
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West of England’s purpose-led tech and green finance sectors ‘can make it top UK region for ethical finance’

A collaboration to position the West of England as the UK’s leading region for green and ethical-led finance activities has been launched. FinTech West, the organisation representing the burgeoning sector in the region, has teamed up with UWE Bristol’s Sustainable Economies Research Group (SERG) to get the initiative underway.  ...

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Long-term £130m deal to get giant Scottish wind farm up and running supported by Burges Salmon team

May 29, 2024
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Long-term £130m deal to get giant Scottish wind farm up and running supported by Burges Salmon team

A cross-firm team of lawyers from Bristol-headquartered Burges Salmon has advised on a major wind farm project in the Scottish Highlands with the capacity to bring green power to more than 40,000 homes. Burges Salmon provided banking, finance, energy, real estate, planning and construction expertise to Export Development Canada...

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Bristol Business Blog: Haines Watts South West corporate tax director Clare Boden. Looking after Bristol’s dynamic SMEs is a real pleasure

May 28, 2024
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Bristol Business Blog: Haines Watts South West corporate tax director Clare Boden. Looking after Bristol’s dynamic SMEs is a real pleasure

After many years working with larger companies, both in-house and with external accountancy firms, I have to say it’s a pleasure to be involved with the SME community again. Small businesses are part of my background – my mum, auntie and uncle all run their own businesses in Wales...

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From skills and transport to AI. Business West issues 10 priorities for next government to boost region

May 24, 2024
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From skills and transport to AI. Business West issues 10 priorities for next government to boost region

With the general election now taking place on 4 July, Business West – the region’s largest business organisation – has issued a 10-point plan for the long-term prosperity of the West of England. Through its Quarterly Economic Survey, which acts as a barometer of business sentiment across the region,...

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Finance deal creates more jobs and opens up new opportunities for Bristol ethical coffee business

May 22, 2024
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Finance deal creates more jobs and opens up new opportunities for Bristol ethical coffee business

A Bristol-based coffee brand is to expand its reach and strengthen its team after securing a loan from alternative regional funder SWIG Finance. TrueStart Coffee, which is led by entrepreneurial husband-and-wife team Helena and Simon Hills, will use the £158,000 loan to take advantage of growth opportunities with new...

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Funding for Bristol biotech spin-out harnessing acoustic technology to revolutionise human cell research

May 17, 2024
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Funding for Bristol biotech spin-out harnessing acoustic technology to revolutionise human cell research

A University of Bristol spin-out developing cutting-edge technology that could vastly improve human cell research and lead to better healthcare has raised £450,000 in its first funding round. Impulsonics’ innovative acoustic technology uses acoustic waves to move cells inside sterile containers without touching them. Despite advances in biotechnology, cell...

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Football community charity’s new signing puts it on the road to much greater flexibility

May 17, 2024
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Football community charity’s new signing puts it on the road to much greater flexibility

Bristol specialist vehicle leasing firm Vanaways and business finance provider Crystal Business Finance SW, also based in the city, have teamed up to help a local community charity buy a new luxury minibus. Bristol Rovers Community Trust will now save precious funds with the support of the two businesses while also...

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Temple Bright and former Big Four partner join forces to launch new flexible legal resourcing business

May 17, 2024
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Temple Bright and former Big Four partner join forces to launch new flexible legal resourcing business

The Bristol-based founders of premier new model law firm Temple Bright have teamed up with a former PwC and KPMG partner to launch Source, an innovative new business in the rapidly growing flexible legal resourcing market. Its launch comes as corporates of all sizes increasingly turn to flexible models...

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Shadow Culture Secretary gets lesson in how social impact funding is creating Bristol’s future talent

May 17, 2024
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Shadow Culture Secretary gets lesson in how social impact funding is creating Bristol’s future talent

Bristol-based ‘disruptive educator’ boomsatsuma has shown Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary and Bristol West MP Thangam Debbonaire how ethical funding can improve communities, culture and learning. It also urged her to ensure a future Labour government would reform education funding to enable it to help more young people from often-marginalised communities across...

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Osborne Clarke Bristol-based teams help get three major, wide-ranging deals over the line

May 17, 2024
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Osborne Clarke Bristol-based teams help get three major, wide-ranging deals over the line

Lawyers in the Bristol office of international law firm Osborne Clarke have advised on three multi-million pound deals involving businesses in the artificial intelligence, advertising and renewable energy sectors. The firm advised Abound, the consumer arm of Fintern, one of the UK’s fastest-growing fintechs using artificial intelligence (AI) and...

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