Finance

Barclays helps café/bar couple bring taste of Spain to Chippenham

May 21, 2014
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Barclays helps café/bar couple bring taste of Spain to Chippenham

Husband and wife team Matt Lewis and Federica Marconi have opened a Spanish-style tapas bar in Chippenham with support from Barclays. Los Amigos, which boasts a Spanish themed menu, décor and ambience, is an expansion of the couple’s popular coffee shop in the town’s Market Place. By taking over a former shop unit next...

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Accountants leader launches plea at West annual dinner urging Govt to do more to help SMEs

May 20, 2014
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Accountants leader launches plea at West annual dinner urging Govt to do more to help SMEs

The incoming president of the UK’s leading accountancy body has told the West business community that more needs to be done to support small and medium-sized firms. Speaking at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales’ (ICAEW) annual regional dinner last week, Arthur Bailey said the organisation will step up its support...

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West accountant to invest more time in helping Chancellor make tax system simpler

May 16, 2014
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West accountant to invest more time in helping Chancellor make tax system simpler

West accountancy firm Bishop Fleming’s technical tax director Andy Richens has agreed to spend more time as an adviser to Chancellor George Osborne’s Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). Mr Richens, pictured, was seconded to the OTS last year an adviser on small business taxation issues. Now he has been asked to extend his time...

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New managing partner for accountants Baker Tilly’s Bath office

May 16, 2014
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New managing partner for accountants Baker Tilly’s Bath office

Accountancy firm Baker Tilly has appointed Kate Reid as managing partner for its Bath and Bristol offices. Kate, pictured, joined Baker Tilly as a partner in 2010. In her new role she will be responsible for the firm’s strategy and business development in the Bristol and Bath markets, and forging a close working relationship...

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Farming expert Mark Seager joins accountants Old Mill’s rural team

May 16, 2014
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Farming expert Mark Seager joins accountants Old Mill’s rural team

Mark Seager, a specialist rural accountant with 10 years’ experience on farming accountants, has joined West accountants and financial planners Old Mill. Mark, pictured, will be working mainly from Old Mill’s Wells office alongside Neil Cox and Mike Butler, where his invaluable experience will help bolster the young rural team. Mark started his career...

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes to explore challenges for West accountants at their annual dinner

May 14, 2014
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes to explore challenges for West accountants at their annual dinner

Accountants from the Bath area will hear from explorer, fundraiser and author Sir Ranulph Fiennes tomorrow when they join colleagues from across the West of England for their profession’s annual dinner. Sir Ranulph, pictured, is guest speaker at The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICEAW) West of England dinner, which takes...

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New tax and audit appointments for Bath accountants Richardson Swift

May 14, 2014
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New tax and audit appointments for Bath accountants Richardson Swift

Bath accountancy firm Richardson Swift has strengthened its tax and business advice teams with two senior appointments. Calvin Healy, a University of Bath biochemistry graduate, joins as head of personal tax having gained substantial experience in previous roles at Bath firms Moore Stephens and Pearson May. In addition to overseeing the firm’s personal tax...

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Cash grants for local charities available through Bath Building Society’s annual awards

May 14, 2014
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Bath Building Society has opened its annual charity awards scheme to entries from local charities and community organisations.  The awards, now in their eighth year, were established to support as many local initiatives as possible from the growing number of requests for help received by the society. Cash grants made up of one worth...

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HSBC strengthens West commercial banking team with new deputy area commercial director

May 8, 2014
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HSBC strengthens West commercial banking team with new deputy area commercial director

HSBC has appointed Mark Self as deputy area commercial director of its Bristol and Bath commercial team, focusing on companies turning over between £500,000 and £30m. Mark, pictured, joins HSBC from Barclays Corporate, where he worked for nine years, the last six based in Bristol. Prior to that Mark worked for a number of...

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West of England inward investment agency’s 500-plus job creation tally in first year of business

May 5, 2014
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West of England inward investment agency’s 500-plus job creation tally in first year of business

Invest Bristol & Bath, the inward investment body for the West of England, has helped 30 companies locate or expand in the area in its first year of operation. These businesses, from a mix of sectors including creative, low carbon, hi-tech, and advanced engineering and aerospace, have the potential to create more than 530...

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