Finance

Fifth of West firms falling short on staff pensions auto enrolment

March 24, 2016
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Fifth of West firms falling short on staff pensions auto enrolment

More than 20% of West of England firms still have no plans in place for the auto enrolment of staff in workplace pension schemes, according to new research. This is despite the risk of being fined if they fail to provide a scheme. The latest position was revealed by The Pensions Regulator at a...

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New managing partner to take up reins at Monahans next month

March 23, 2016
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New managing partner to take up reins at Monahans next month

West of England chartered accountancy firm Monahans, which has six offices in the region including Bath, Chippenham and Trowbridge, will have a new managing partner from next month. Simon Tombs will take over from Mike Shawyer, who is returning to his specialisms of VAT consultancy and issues affecting rural clients. Simon, who joined Monahans...

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Bath firms urged to get their skates on in contest to find South West’s happiest workplace

March 23, 2016
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Bath firms urged to get their skates on in contest to find South West’s happiest workplace

Bath’s go-ahead firms are being encouraged to follow in the tracks of skateboard distributor Shiner and show the benefits of creating a great workplace culture. Bristol-based Shiner collected the top prize in last year’s inaugural South West Happiest Workplace competition, attributing its success to being “laid back with no egos”. The third-generation family firm,...

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Fast-growing 1pm clocks up second acquisition to widen specialist lending options

March 23, 2016
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Fast-growing 1pm clocks up second acquisition to widen specialist lending options

Bath-based specialist lender 1pm has made its second significant acquisition in eight months by taking over a provider of asset finance in the construction, recycling and haulage sectors. 1pm is paying up to £2.75m for Leicestershire-based Bradgate Business Finance Limited (BBFL) under its strategy of widening its range of funding options. Established in 2006,...

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Budget 2016: £1bn devolution deal for West

March 17, 2016
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The long-awaited devolution deal giving the West of England a £1bn boost for investment in infrastructure and skills has been announced by Chancellor George Osborne. The move would represent a major change, transferring decisions on transport, investment, funding, skills training, business support, housing and strategic planning from Westminster. But the package of measures, which...

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Budget 2016: National business reaction

March 16, 2016
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National business leaders welcomed a number of moves in this afternoon’s Budget, particularly those aimed at helping small firms. But there was concern over how the Chancellor will meet his deficit reduction target. The CBI called it a “stable Budget” for business facing global stormy waters. Director-general Carolyn Fairbairn said: “The Chancellor has listened...

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Budget 2016: Bath business reaction

March 16, 2016
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Measures to help small firms in Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget this afternoon were immediately welcomed by Bath’s business community and business advisors. Phil Smith, pictured right, managing director of Business West – the organisation that runs the Bath Chamber of Commerce - said the Chancellor had delivered what will be remembered as a “thin...

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Budget 2016: As it happened

March 16, 2016
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Chancellor started speaking at 12:34 He opened by saying he will report on an economy growing faster than any other major economy and a deficit falling each year and on course for a budget surplus. Economy was strong because he did not support short-term fixes. But he warned world economy is weak. "In this...

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Budget 2016: Opportunities – and threats – expected in the ‘quietest’ Budget for years, says Bath Chamber of Commerce

March 15, 2016
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Budget 2016: Opportunities – and threats – expected in the ‘quietest’ Budget for years, says Bath Chamber of Commerce

Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget tomorrow is being overshadowed by the EU referendum, says Bath Chamber of Commerce executive director Ian Bell. But the contents of the famous red box will still be important for local firms. “This might be the quietest Budget in living memory. With the political headlines monopolised by the EU referendum,...

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Time running out to enter region’s top boardroom excellence awards

March 11, 2016
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Time running out to enter region’s top boardroom excellence awards

Bath’s outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders have less a week to enter the region’s top awards scheme that recognises excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The annual Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards showcase the wealth of executive talent in the region. Bath Business News is once again backing the...

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