Finance

Bank finance helps fund healthy restaurant group’s appetite for growth

October 31, 2013
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Bank finance helps fund healthy restaurant group’s appetite for growth

The two University of Bath graduates behind one of the region’s most successful healthy fast food restaurant groups have secured a £65,000 funding deal with Santander to help finance further growth. Economics graduates Griff Holland and Ed Brown started Friska in 2009 in Bristol and it has since grown from one to four restaurants...

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Warning over Government plans to cap pension management fees

October 30, 2013
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Warning over Government plans to cap pension management fees

Bath independent financial advice firm Chase de Vere today warned of ‘unintended consequences’ behind the Government’s plan, announced this morning, to cap management fees charged by pension providers. The Treasury is consulting on limiting fees to between 0.75% and 1%, claiming the move could save tens of thousands of pounds for many people. Pensions...

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Car industry big hitter joins Grant Thornton’s automotive team

October 29, 2013
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Car industry big hitter joins Grant Thornton’s automotive team

One of the UK car industry’s most respected figures, former General Motors UK chairman Bill Parfitt, has joined accountants Grant Thornton’s automotive advisory team as a consultant. Mr Parfitt, pictured, is now working with team members including director and automotive manufacturing specialist Neil Barrell, who is based in the firm’s regional office in Bristol. The...

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Consultant joins Bishop Fleming’s independent financial advice business

October 28, 2013
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Consultant joins Bishop Fleming’s independent financial advice business

Bishop Fleming Independent Financial Advisers, part of fast-growing West accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, has appointed Darren Steadman as a financial planning consultant to serve clients across Bath and Bristol. Mr Steadman, who was educated in Bristol, spent 20 years with AXA Sun Life in the city, rising to implementation manager.  More recently, he was...

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Business West and Virgin team up to help the next generation of Bransons

October 25, 2013
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Business West and Virgin team up to help the next generation of Bransons

Young entrepreneurs are to benefit from a new support and advice service launched yesterday as a partnership between Virgin and Business West, the organisation that runs Bath Chamber of Commerce. Virgin StartUp will offer financial support, mentoring and business advice to thousands of young people across the country who want to follow Virgin founder...

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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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