Finance

Goodbody Wellness firm plans merger to make it UK’s top CBD producer and retailer

June 5, 2020
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Goodbody Wellness firm plans merger to make it UK’s top CBD producer and retailer

Medical cannabis company Sativa, the firm behind the Goodbody Wellness retail chain, is poised to become a major player in the fast-growing international cannabinoid (CBD) market after signalling its intention to merge with a specialist Canadian business. Sativa, based at Beckington, near Frome, said the combination with CBD extraction and agriculture specialist Stillcanna Inc....

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Help for small firms to bounce back from the impact of coronavius by boosting their online presence

June 5, 2020
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Help for small firms to bounce back from the impact of coronavius by boosting their online presence

A new programme to help Bath’s small businesses improve their digital presence has been launched by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) as it expands its Growth Hub to help firms bounce back from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Trading Better Online programme has been developed in partnership with regional tech...

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Deadline looming for grants of up to £5,000 for some firms hit by impact of Covid-19

June 5, 2020
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Deadline looming for grants of up to £5,000 for some firms hit by impact of Covid-19

Bath firms based in shared offices or flexible workspaces, as well as B&Bs and guest houses, have only a few days left to apply for a grant up to £5,000 from a special business support grant. The Small Business Grants Discretionary Fund was established to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak but...

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Mostly Media launches life insurance sector disruptor with TV ad campaign

June 4, 2020
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Mostly Media launches life insurance sector disruptor with TV ad campaign

A new life insurance company aiming to disrupt the market has appointed media planning and buying agency Mostly Media to handle its launch. Primas Life has been co-founded by Grant Fowler – chief executive officer and senior solicitor at Harris Fowler, one of the UK’s top firms of personal injury solicitors.  The company aims...

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Partner promotion boosts Milsted Langdon’s Bath office

June 4, 2020
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Experienced accountant Dan Kenyon has been promoted to the position of director at regional accountancy firm Milsted Langdon’s Bath office. Dan, pictured, joined the practice as a trainee over a decade ago. He successfully qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) in 2011 and now supports a wide range of small and medium-sized owner-managed...

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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

June 4, 2020
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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

An eight-point checklist to help owner-managers deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their businesses has been launched by the South West arm of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3. The organisation’s members, who include insolvency practitioners, lawyers, and turnaround and restructuring experts, work with business owners to mitigate and resolve financial...

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New finance chief for Future as it integrates £140m acquisition of rival TI Media

June 2, 2020
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New finance chief for Future as it integrates £140m acquisition of rival TI Media

Rachel Addison has been appointed to Bath media group Future’s board as chief financial officer as part of its successful acquisition of magazine group TI Media, which completed in April. Future said Rachel, pictured, who became TI Media’s chief finance officer two years ago, had a proven track record in driving, developing and delivering...

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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

May 29, 2020
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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe blow to confidence levels among South West firms – with the region now the UK’s least optimistic, according to the gloomy results of another survey. Overall confidence slumped by 16 points during the past month to minus 51% – an unenviable record for Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking’s...

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Insurer’s acquisition of Bath firm Ascentric gives it new platform for growth

May 29, 2020
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Insurer’s acquisition of Bath firm Ascentric gives it new platform for growth

Staff at Bath-based financial services firm Ascentric have been told it is entering a new expansion phase after its sale to insurance giant M&G. The firm, a wholly owned subsidiary of pension and insurance mutual Royal London since 2014, is a leading developer of digital wraps and wealth management platforms – online services that...

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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

May 28, 2020
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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

Each week Bath accountancy firm Pearson May and Bath Business News team up to bring you the top national finance stories. This week we look at more issues linked to the coronavirus pandemic. HMRC relaxes stance on home office equipment  Coronavirus-driven tax exemption in place until April 5, 2021. Find out here if this...

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