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National role for JLL South West director as it focuses on regeneration and sustainability

January 19, 2022
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National role for JLL South West director as it focuses on regeneration and sustainability

International property agency JLL has promoted its Bristol office lead director Simon Peacock to head of regions, giving him responsibility for its 10 regional offices across the UK. Simon, pictured, will also join JLL’s UK executive board while continuing to oversee the firm’s South West and Wales regions, which are served from offices in Bristol,...

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Pearson May Financial Update: HMRC postpones late Self-Assessment penalties by a month

January 16, 2022
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Pearson May Financial Update: HMRC postpones late Self-Assessment penalties by a month

For the second year in a row, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that it will not charge the usual automatic late filing penalty of £100 for any 2020/21 Tax Returns that are not filed by 31 January 2022, as long as they are filed by 28 February 2022, writes Pearson May partner...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 16, 2022
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Monday January 17 Trading announcement: Ashmore Tuesday January 18 Trading announcement: Hays Wednesday January 19 Trading announcements: BHP Group, Wetherspoon (J.D.), Antofagasta Thursday January 20 Interim: Ilika Trading announcement: AB Foods Friday January 21 Nothing listed

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Green utility firms’ power struggle reignites as Ecotricity seeks to oust Good Energy chairman

January 14, 2022
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Green utility firms’ power struggle reignites as Ecotricity seeks to oust Good Energy chairman

The war of words between rival green power suppliers Good Energy and Ecotricity has flared up again with Ecotricity trying to sack Good Energy chairman Will Whitehorn from his role as a director. It has filed a motion seeking Mr Whitehorn’s removal along with a resolution directing Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy’s board not to dispose...

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Wessex Water gets tough on unjabbed staff by cutting sick pay if they are forced to self-isolate

January 14, 2022
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Wessex Water gets tough on unjabbed staff by cutting sick pay if they are forced to self-isolate

Workers at Bath-headquartered Wessex Water who have not been vaccinated against Covid are to have their sick pay reduced if they are forced to self-isolate.   The firm, which has its head office at Claverton Down and employs around 2,500 people across the West of England, said it had introduced the rule this week...

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Further expansion on the cards this year at MHA Monahans after strong 2021

January 14, 2022
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Further expansion on the cards this year at MHA Monahans after strong 2021

Independent regional accountancy firm MHA Monahans is looking ahead to further expansion in 2022 after taking on new clients and growing its headcount in 2021.   The firm, which has eight offices, including in Bath, Chippenham, Frome, Trowbridge and Melksham, aims a go its team of 16 partners and 190 staff by a further...

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£2.5m price tag on former care home with potential for conversion to apartments

January 14, 2022
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£2.5m price tag on former care home with potential for conversion to apartments

A large residential care home in a Bath suburb has been put up for sale for £2.5m, with agents advising potential buyers that it could be converted into high-quality apartments.    Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co has brought the former Newbridge House, pictured, to market following a decision by its owners to close it...

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Sensory room opened at Bristol Airport to help passengers with autism

January 14, 2022
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Sensory room opened at Bristol Airport to help passengers with autism

Bristol Airport has become only the second in the UK to open a purpose-built sensory room for passengers with autism, dementia or cognitive impairment. The room, pictured, provides a safe, private and interactive space where users with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) can feel relaxed when in unfamiliar surroundings.  Made by specialist US firm Fun &...

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Bath astronomer William Herschel gets star billing in events marking 200th anniversary of his death

January 13, 2022
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Bath astronomer William Herschel gets star billing in events marking 200th anniversary of his death

A 12-month long series of events is to be staged in Bath this year to mark the bicentenary of the death of astronomer William Herschel, best known for discovering Uranus while living in the city.   The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £64,000 to Bath Preservation Trust, which owns the city’s Herschel Museum of...

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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

January 13, 2022
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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

Nearly three-quarters of tech firm executives in the South West put purpose before profits while just under 80% prioritise relationships over success, according to a new survey. The region also boasts a far higher number of female tech entrepreneurs than the national average – 36% against 22% for the UK as a whole, the...

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