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Pearson May Financial Update: Tips for minimising Inheritance Tax – lifetime gifts

September 10, 2019
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Pearson May Financial Update: Tips for minimising Inheritance Tax – lifetime gifts

Statistics recently issued by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) indicate that in the 2018/19 financial year the average Inheritance Tax (IHT) bill was £200,000.  With the main IHT rate at 40% and the Nil Rate Band (the amount up to which an estate has no IHT to pay) frozen at £325,000 for more than...

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New senior partner to take up post at regional property group Alder King

September 10, 2019
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New senior partner to take up post at regional property group Alder King

Independent South West property consultancy Alder King has elected Simon Price as its new senior partner. He will succeed Martyn Jones, who is stepping down after more than 10 years in the role on November 1. Simon, pictured, joined the Bristol-headquartered firm as a graduate surveyor in 1988 and was appointed partner in 1997. ...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

September 9, 2019
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Monday September 9 Finals: Abcam, Duke Royalty Interims: Diaceutics, MD Medical, Medica Group Trading announcement: AB Foods Economic announcements: Gross Domestic Product, Index of Services, Balance of Trade, Manufacturing production, Industrial production Tuesday September 10 Final: Litigation Cap Interims: 888 Holdings, Anexo Group, Ashtead Group, Bovis Homes, Cairn Energy, Concurrent Technologies, Ekf Diagnostics, Good Energy, Gulf Keystone Petroleum,...

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Region’s event industry ready to MEET again next year as successful showcase prepares to return

September 6, 2019
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Region’s event industry ready to MEET again next year as successful showcase prepares to return

MEET South West, the region’s only trade show dedicated to the event industry, returns next January with its organisers promising it will be even bigger and better. The inaugural show in January this year sold out with more than 350 event professionals attending to hear expert speakers provide practical insight to support them in...

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Bristol tourism boss takes up part-time job as Visit Bath CEO

September 6, 2019
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Bristol tourism boss takes up part-time job as Visit Bath CEO

Visit Bath, the city’s destination market organisation, has appointed the head of tourism for Bristol as its part-time, interim chief executive officer. Kathryn Davis, pictured, has been seconded to the organisation by Destination Bristol and will spend three days a week working in Bath until next spring.  Her arrival is the latest twist in...

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German investment powers up renewable energy firm’s solar project expansion

September 6, 2019
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German investment powers up renewable energy firm’s solar project expansion

Renewable energy developer Spring has partnered with a German investor to develop subsidiary-free solar projects across the UK. Chippenham-headquartered Spring was formed last year by three former staff at Good Energy, the long-established green energy pioneer based in the town.  Spring said it would bring its extensive clean energy development experience to the partnership...

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Bishop Fleming strengthens its commitment to young people with record trainee intake

September 5, 2019
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Bishop Fleming strengthens its commitment to young people with record trainee intake

A record number of graduates and school leavers have been taken on this year by expanding regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has an office in Bath. The 34 trainees have joined the firm as it marks its centenary with further expansion. The 25 graduates, seven school leavers and two 12-month industrial placements will...

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Upbeat outlook and strong US trading sends Future shares to record high

September 5, 2019
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Upbeat outlook and strong US trading sends Future shares to record high

Shares in Bath-based media group Future shot up by nearly 11% to a new record high in less than two hours after it released a London Stock Exchange update saying its current trading is stronger than it expected. The acquisition-hungry group, which last month snapped up Washington DC-headquartered digital media publisher SmartBrief for $45m...

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New CEO takes wheel at Wincanton with vow to drive further growth and development

September 3, 2019
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New CEO takes wheel at Wincanton with vow to drive further growth and development

Logistics group Wincanton’s new chief executive James Wroath has joined the business with the promise to steer it towards an “exciting next phase of growth and development”. Mr Wroath, pictured, joins Chippenham-headquartered Wincanton from LSG Sky Chefs, the world’s largest provider of airline catering and in-flight services and part of German flag carrier Lufthansa,...

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CBI warns South West will be hardest hit of all UK regions under no deal Brexit

September 3, 2019
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CBI warns South West will be hardest hit of all UK regions under no deal Brexit

The South West will suffer more than any other region if the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal, the CBI said this week. The national business organisation has written to all the region’s MPs urging them to find a Brexit deal that works for the South West and warning that a...

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