Finance

Mixed picture on short-term outlook for region’s businesses as confidence levels waver

August 31, 2021
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Mixed picture on short-term outlook for region’s businesses as confidence levels waver

Optimism among South West firms in the economy is increasing as the region continues to recover from the pandemic, according to a new survey, but businesses have become less confident about their own prospects. The latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking shows confidence levels among firms in the South West dropped month-on-month by four...

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‘Game-changing’ pollution mask for city cyclists and runners launched by former Bath Uni students

August 27, 2021
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‘Game-changing’ pollution mask for city cyclists and runners launched by former Bath Uni students

Three former University of Bath students have achieved their dream of getting their pollution mask for commuters, cyclists and runners in cities onto the market. Best friends Harry Young, Alex Smith, and Elliot Denvir, pictured, who met while studying Economics, were determined to design and manufacture a mask in the UK that combined personality...

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Actual Experience powers ahead by securing continuous improvement contract with global energy group

August 27, 2021
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Actual Experience powers ahead by securing continuous improvement contract with global energy group

Bath advanced analytics firm Actual Experience has landed its first contract since refocusing on helping businesses introduce new ways of working ushered in by the pandemic. The multi-year contract, with the UK arm of an unnamed global energy supplier, follows a successful business impact assessment (BIA) project completed by Actual Experience earlier this year...

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Northern appointment for Time Finance as it looks to help small firms build on post-Covid recovery

August 26, 2021
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Northern appointment for Time Finance as it looks to help small firms build on post-Covid recovery

Bath-based alternative financial services group Time Finance has appointed Abbie Mosley as broker manager in its Asset Finance division. In her new role at Time Finance, which specialises in asset, loan and invoice finance products, Abbie, pictured, will be responsible for building and maintaining strong broker relations in the North of England.  She will also...

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Sharp rise in Stamp Duty Land Tax queries prompts Old Mill to launch its own specialist SDLT team

August 25, 2021
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Sharp rise in Stamp Duty Land Tax queries prompts Old Mill to launch its own specialist SDLT team

A specialist in-house team covering the complexities surrounding Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has been created by regional accountancy firm Old Mill. The function was previously outsourced to a third-party by the firm, which has offices in Melksham, Wells, Yeovil and Exeter.  But it has decided to set up its own team following an increase...

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Online event hosted by Smith & Williamson will tackle issues affecting the charity sector

August 24, 2021
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Online event hosted by Smith & Williamson will tackle issues affecting the charity sector

The charity sector will come under the spotlight at an online conference next month staged by Smith & Williamson, part of wealth management and professional services firm Tilney Smith & Williamson. The Zoom event on Thursday September 30 will examine the findings of the firm’s recently launched charity survey, with an expert panel debating some of the most interesting and controversial findings. ...

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Milsted Langdon trainees enjoy exam success as they take steps towards qualification

August 20, 2021
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Milsted Langdon trainees enjoy exam success as they take steps towards qualification

Up-and-coming accountancy professionals at regional firm Milsted Langdon’s offices are jumping for joy after achieving passes in their recent exams.  Some 23 trainees from across the firm’s offices in Bath, Taunton, Yeovil, Bristol and London received a pass mark and can now take the next step towards qualification.  Accountancy trainees have to undergo months...

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Green energy giants’ power struggle heats up with latest approach dismissed as ‘highly opportunistic’

August 20, 2021
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Green energy giants’ power struggle heats up with latest approach dismissed as ‘highly opportunistic’

The takeover battle between renewable power providers Good Energy and Ecotricity became a war of words this week as the arch-rivals became locked in heated exchanges over the merits of the move. Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy has repeatedly rejected Ecotricity’s advances – the latest valuing it at £59.6m.  But yesterday Good Energy chair Will Whitehorn...

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Additional funds made available by combined authority to help close region’s digital skills gaps

August 19, 2021
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Additional funds made available by combined authority to help close region’s digital skills gaps

A second round of funding to help address Bath’s digital skills gaps, as well as helping the city’s economy recover from the pandemic, is being released by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). Applications are being invited for projects which together will support more than 1,000 people, helping them gain much-needed digital skills...

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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

August 19, 2021
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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 the top national finance stories. Unincorporated businesses could face higher tax bills  Consultation aims to align the way self-employed and others are taxed. Find out more here Could NICs rates be about to change for 2022/23? Reports suggest the government might be about...

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