Finance

Barclays’ £1m funding means print group can press ahead with growth plans

October 21, 2013
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Barclays’ £1m funding means print group can press ahead with growth plans

Superior, the fast-growing design, print and fulfilment group, has secured a £1m investment from its long-term bankers Barclays to support further expansion. The funding comes a year after Barclays supplied £2m to fund a purpose-built design studio and increase printing capacity at Superior’s Melksham headquarters. Superior, which has doubled its turnover to £15m in...

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Finance group looks at the positives as it overcomes tough trading conditions

October 21, 2013
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Finance group looks at the positives as it overcomes tough trading conditions

Independent West of England-based financial consultancy Jelf, which has an office in Bath, has shrugged off what it admitted were “challenging” market conditions to enjoy a positive start to the second half of the year. As a result it expects its results for the year to September 30 to be in line with market...

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Bishop Fleming aims to add to its record-breaking awards haul

October 18, 2013
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Bishop Fleming aims to add to its record-breaking awards haul

South West accountancy firm Bishop Fleming is hoping to gain another two national awards next month to take its tally for the year to a record of six. The firm, which has an office in Bath, is shortlisted in two categories in the National Accountancy Awards – Best Mid-Tier Firm and Best Employer. The...

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Chase de Vere report aims to show way through long-term care maze

October 16, 2013
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Chase de Vere report aims to show way through long-term care maze

Bath-based Independent Financial Adviser Chase de Vere has set out to help professionals cut through the confusion surrounding long-term care with a unique planning tool. The issue of long-term care and funding for individuals is never far from the news agenda. But as an increasing number of people need help so the range of...

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New-look £1m Bath branch opened by Barclays

October 14, 2013
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New-look £1m Bath branch opened by Barclays

Barclays has officially launched its new-look Bath city centre branch with MP Don Foster cutting the ribbon and performance artists, drummers and dancers adding to the party atmosphere. Barclays spent around £1m on the branch, which employs 30 staff and is its latest flagship outlet to be launched in the South West. New-look branches...

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Major national insolvency award for Begbies Traynor’s regional team

October 14, 2013
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Major national insolvency award for Begbies Traynor’s regional team

Business recovery specialist firm Begbies Traynor has scooped the title of South West Regional Insolvency Practitioner Firm of the Year in the national Insolvency and Rescue Awards.  The accolade was presented to partner and head of the South West Regional team, Julie Palmer, at a packed ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel. The company’s...

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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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