Finance

Pension changes will put people at risk of running out of money, Chase de Vere warns

March 20, 2015
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Pension changes will put people at risk of running out of money, Chase de Vere warns

Chase de Vere, the Bath-based national firm of Independent Financial Advisers, is warning that new pension rules about to come in could lead to retired people running out of money. The changes, which take effect from April 6, give people far greater choice in terms of how they take pension benefits. However, Chase de...

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BUDGET 2015: National business reaction

March 18, 2015
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The CBI welcomed many of the “encouraging” Budget measures which it said would help businesses “create jobs for the benefit of all”. Director-general John Cridland said: “Stability and consistency are what businesses need to grow and prosper. This Budget sets the tone, providing a clear plan for fiscal health and growth. “The brighter fiscal...

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BUDGET 2015: Bath business reaction

March 18, 2015
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BUDGET 2015: Bath business reaction

Chancellor George Osborne announced a number of measures that could boost the economy in and around Bath in this week’s Budget, including a housing zone at Foxhill. Dominic Bourquin, corporate tax partner at Bath accountancy firm Monahans, said the Chancellor had served up what appeared to be a “Budget for individuals rather than businesses...

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Hub will offer Bath’s entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

March 13, 2015
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Hub will offer Bath’s entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

Entrepreneurs from the Bath area are being invited to apply for a place on a free accelerator programme offering support, mentoring, networking and office accommodation. Entrepreneurial Spark, which is backed by NatWest, will open the hub for start-up businesses from all sectors in Bristol this summer. Applications are now open. Up to 80 fledgling...

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Budget must create conditions for long-term, sustainable growth, says Barclays

March 13, 2015
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Budget must create conditions for long-term, sustainable growth, says Barclays

More help for entrepreneurs, tech start-ups and exporters, better high-speed broadband and a simplification of business support are among the items on Barclays’ wish list ahead of next week’s Budget. Chancellor George Osborne will present the last Budget of this Parliament on Wednesday with many commentators expecting him to announce a few pre-election sweeteners....

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From the West to Westminster. Map charting Bath’s innovation and potential presented to Government

March 13, 2015
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From the West to Westminster. Map charting Bath’s innovation and potential presented to Government

Bath and the West of England’s strength in innovation and its high quality of life have been put on the map in Westminster at a high-powered gathering of MPs and key Government figures aimed at challenging the so-called Northern Powerhouse. A giant map charting some of the area’s success stories and future opportunities was...

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Growth at the double at communications group RFL following BGF investment

March 13, 2015
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Growth at the double at communications group RFL following BGF investment

RFL, the Chippenham-based communications infrastructure and outsourced IT service provider, has made two strategic acquisitions after receiving a £3.5m investment from the BGF (Business Growth Fund). The firm’s takeover of Chippenham-based IT Solutions 4 Business Limited (ITS) and Plymouth-based IT support firm Zantra Technology means RFL will double in size. From April 7 the...

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Investor club deal puts internet security firm on path to growth

March 13, 2015
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Investor club deal puts internet security firm on path to growth

Bath-based asset management group Chelverton has completed the first deal this year for its investor club with a growth capital investment into Hypersonica, an early stage technology business. London-based Hypersonica Safe Search is a mobile application which combines internet search results from the world’s leading providers with premium consumer internet security. The application gives...

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Bath Riverside scheme “once in a generation opportunity” to put city on world stage for creative sector

March 9, 2015
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Bath’s new Riverside Enterprise Area will give it the chance to become the world’s best small city, with an internationally-renowned creative sector attracting talented people. The ambition, unveiled to the city’s business leaders last week in a new ‘vision for Bath’, will build on its Roman and Georgian heritage to create a 21st century...

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Map unveiled charting strengths of West of England in innovation and knowledge-based sectors

March 9, 2015
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Map unveiled charting strengths of West of England in innovation and knowledge-based sectors

The West of England’s strength in innovation and its high quality of life is being showcased in Westminster this afternoon with a giant map being unveiled to MPs, Lords and and other key government figures. Compiled by the area’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the map and accompanying policy document champions the area’s success stories...

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