Finance

BGF maintains strong growth by taking on former EY corporate finance executive

February 28, 2017
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BGF maintains strong growth by taking on former EY corporate finance executive

The UK’s most active provider of growth capital to small and mid-sized businesses, BGF (Business Growth Fund), is continuing to expand its team covering the South West with the appointment of James Skade as an investor. Before joining BGF, James, pictured, spent five years at accountancy group EY, most recently in the corporate finance...

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Roll-call of previous winners among West of England Business of the Year Awards judges

February 24, 2017
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Roll-call of previous winners among West of England Business of the Year Awards judges

The highly experienced judging panel for one of this year’s prestigious PwC West of England Business of the Year Awards has been announced. Among the judges are former winners of the award – widely regarded as the region’s top business accolade – as well as respected figures from the business community. Now in their...

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Chase de Vere builds specialist team to work with the medical profession

February 24, 2017
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Chase de Vere builds specialist team to work with the medical profession

The Bath office of Chase de Vere, the national independent financial advice firm, has taken on a specialist consultant to work exclusively with medical professionals in the area. Megg Irvine, pictured, is one of a team of seven business development professionals recruited by Chase de Vere across the country. They will work in hospitals and...

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Bath Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Mixed picture emerging as UK heads towards Brexit

February 16, 2017
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By Donna Kehoe, the Bank of England’s agent for the South West of England What should we make of the prospects for the UK economy just over a month into what promises to be another eventful year? On the face of it there’s much to be positive about. Growth has proved surprisingly resilient since...

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Senior tax manager joins Monahans to boost its private client expertise across Somerset

February 15, 2017
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Senior tax manager joins Monahans to boost its private client expertise across Somerset

Regional chartered accountancy firm Monahans has appointed Anne Gardner-Thorpe as senior tax manager, based primarily in its Bath and Taunton offices. Anne, pictured, has joined from the Bristol office of national accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson, where she was a senior manager in the private client tax team. She has...

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Chancellor urged to use Spring Budget to lift flagging business confidence

February 15, 2017
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Chancellor urged to use Spring Budget to lift flagging business confidence

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to use his Spring Budget next month to bolster confidence amid fears that higher inflation and skill shortages will combine to hit West of England firms hard. While latest official jobless figures show unemployment continuing to fall, the strength of the...

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Firms will be at risk from government’s ‘rushed’ digital tax scheme, accountants warn

February 14, 2017
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Firms will be at risk from government’s ‘rushed’ digital tax scheme, accountants warn

Government plans to force millions of small businesses to make online quarterly updates to the taxman from April next year are far too rushed and could put some firms in danger of closure. The warning has come from regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has an office in Bath. It claims the government’s “unseemly...

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Research puts Bath high on national ‘vibrant economy index’ but faces challenges over inclusion

February 10, 2017
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Research puts Bath high on national ‘vibrant economy index’ but faces challenges over inclusion

Bath has one of the most vibrant economies in England with a strong creative and cultural scene, according to new analysis published today – but it lags behind many other areas of the country when it comes to inclusion and equality. And while it boasts an entrepreneurial and innovative economy as well as a...

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Firms warned to watch out for pitfalls and penalties of HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme

February 10, 2017
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Firms warned to watch out for pitfalls and penalties of HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme

Businesses in the property development and construction supply chain are being urged to register for the HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) amid misunderstandings over who it affects. The warning comes from the South West office of accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson, whose experts say many firms wrongly believe it only...

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Chase de Vere financial planner scoops unprecedented four accolades at media awards

February 10, 2017
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Chase de Vere financial planner scoops unprecedented four accolades at media awards

Independent financial advice firm Chase de Vere’s Bath-based certified financial planner Patrick Connolly has won an unprecedented four awards at the Unbiased Media Awards 2017. The awards recognise the contributions of those who work alongside the financial media in providing informed and insightful comment for readers. It is judged by a panel of financial...

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