Finance

Chancellor needs to lift confidence in Budget, Business West warns as inflation hits five-year high

October 17, 2017
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Chancellor needs to lift confidence in Budget, Business West warns as inflation hits five-year high

Bristol firms are looking for Chancellor Philip Hammond to deliver a shot in the arm and lift confidence in next month’s Budget following today’s rise in inflation, according to the region’s largest business group. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose to 3% in September, according to today’s official figures – taking it to its...

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Business leaders dig deep at Red Dinner to support The Prince’s Trust

October 16, 2017
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Business leaders dig deep at Red Dinner to support The Prince’s Trust

Unemployed and disadvantaged young people from across the West of England are to benefit from £160,000 raised by business leaders at a dinner for The Prince’s Trust. More than 460 business people and other high-profile guests from across the region attended the annual Red Dinner at Ashton Gate in Bristol – one of the...

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Fast-growing West accountancy firms toast success in industry league table

October 13, 2017
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Fast-growing West accountancy firms toast success in industry league table

Two regional accountancy firms with offices in the Bath area are celebrating leaping up the accounting industry’s most prestigious league table. Bishop Fleming, whose base on Lower Bristol Road is the city’s largest accountants’ office, has broken into the top 30 of leading industry magazine Accountancy Age’s rankings for the first time.  The firm,...

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University of Bath secures funding to help grow scale-ups grow into innovative businesses

October 13, 2017
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University of Bath secures funding to help grow scale-ups grow into innovative businesses

The challenges faced by the West of England’s small to medium-sized enterprises in scaling up to innovate and grow are to be tackled in project spearheaded by the University of Bath. The initiative will focus on four key technology sectors – advanced engineering and manufacturing; digital innovation; environmental, sustainable, marine/maritime; and health and wellbeing. ...

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Chancellor urged to use Budget to ease ‘disproportionate’ tax burden on small firms

October 13, 2017
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Chancellor urged to use Budget to ease ‘disproportionate’ tax burden on small firms

Bath’s small business owners will be hardest hit by new tax regulations on dividends, the city’s largest accountancy firm is warning. Bishop Fleming, which delivers accounting, tax, corporate restructuring and advisory services to businesses and private wealth advice to individuals, says a key change to the taxation of dividends next April will disproportionately hurt...

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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

October 12, 2017
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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

Each week Bath Business News and Pearson May bring you the top national finance stories. Self-employed over-65s earning more 'Silver self-employed’ workers earning almost £40,000 a year on average. Read the full story here Tax break for festive office party Employers can claim £150 per head towards the Christmas party. Read the full story...

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Ex-bank manager joins Cool Ventures to advise growth companies

October 6, 2017
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Ex-bank manager joins Cool Ventures to advise growth companies

Business growth consultancy Cool Ventures has appointed experienced former bank manager Barry Vincent to the team. Mr Vincent, pictured, joins as an adviser and will offer expert advice to businesses enrolled on the Swindon and Wiltshire SME Growth Programme.  The programme, which is delivered locally by Cool Ventures, provides free intensive support to small...

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Plea to Bath firms to back mental health groups as new report highlights scale of problem

October 6, 2017
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Plea to Bath firms to back mental health groups as new report highlights scale of problem

Bath businesses that care about their city are being urged to step up their philanthropy and offer support for organisations that prevent local people suffering mental health crises.  The plea comes from the Quartet Community Foundation, the independent charity that works across the West of England to support local philanthropists in their charitable giving. ...

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Juice launches new management division to meet growing demand for top-tier candidates

October 6, 2017
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Juice launches new management division to meet growing demand for top-tier candidates

Bath-headquartered employment agency Juice Recruitment has launched a division to specialise in management positions across finance and accountancy, HR, commerce and business. The new division will be headed by Juice business manager Ali Watson, pictured, who has been with the agency for 13 years and managed its permanent division for five years. During this...

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Millions of pounds in R&D tax credits going begging, accountants tell Bath firms

October 6, 2017
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Millions of pounds in R&D tax credits going begging, accountants tell Bath firms

Firms in Bath and across the West of England are continuing to miss out on millions of pounds of research and development (R&D) tax credits, according to accountancy firm Bishop Fleming. R&D tax specialists at the firm, Bath’s largest accountants, say that even though there has been a 20% increase in companies claiming the...

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