Finance

1pm says time is right to challenge banks on small firm loans

October 13, 2013
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1pm says time is right to challenge banks on small firm loans

Bath-based asset-backed finance provider 1pm has expanded into the small business loans market. The firm, quoted on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market, will initially lend between £1,000 and £15,000 which can be repaid over any period from three to 36 months. It announced completion of its first loan to a Leicester wholesale business...

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High street spending rises again but canny shoppers are still looking for bargains

October 7, 2013
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High street spending rises again but canny shoppers are still looking for bargains

Consumers in the South West are continuing to shrug off the tough economic conditions by spending more in the shops and online, new data out today shows. Spending by families and individuals in the region grew by 2.8% last month – the sixth month in a row that it has been above inflation. Restaurants...

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Father and daughter’s ‘posh chocolate’ firm tastes success with £1m turnover

October 1, 2013
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Father and daughter’s ‘posh chocolate’ firm tastes success with £1m turnover

Handcrafted chocolate producer Choc on Choc, launched 10 years ago by father-and-daughter team Kerr Dunlop and Flo Broughton, has achieved turnover of £1m-plus for the first time. The firm, based in Rode, near Frome, uses high-quality Belgian chocolate and custom-made silicon moulds to produce intricate designs ranging from miniature ice cream cornets and reindeers,...

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Top industry role secured by Bath wealth management professional

September 25, 2013
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Top industry role secured by Bath wealth management professional

Dr Markas Gilmartin, a partner at Bath-based Epoch Wealth Management, has been appointed chairman of the influential finance industry think tank, the Leading Edge Adviser Forum (LEAF). A non-profit consultancy group, LEAF was set up to give independent financial advisers (IFAs) the chance to share expert industry knowledge. Members of the newly re-launched forum...

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