Finance

1pm secures funds to write new business as demand from small firms spirals

June 5, 2014
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1pm secures funds to write new business as demand from small firms spirals

Bath-based 1pm, the specialist lender to small firms, has received another £4m to write new business to meet ever-growing demand. The firm secured £2.5m from its banks in April and over the past year has raised a total of £11.3m. The latest funding is made up of a new £3m facility and an increase...

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Double fellowship puts Bath financial planner into profession’s top echelon

June 3, 2014
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Double fellowship puts Bath financial planner into profession’s top echelon

A founding partner of Bath-based wealth management firm Epoch has joined an elite group of UK financial planners by becoming a fellow of two leading professional bodies. Dr Markas Gilmartin, pictured, is one of only 80 fellows of the Institute of Financial Planning (IFP), having recently gained a masters degree in financial planning and...

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New regional head of financial services for Grant Thornton

May 30, 2014
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New regional head of financial services for Grant Thornton

Accountancy and financial advice firm Grant Thornton has appointed Paul Rodwell as the new head of financial services advisory for the South West. Paul, pictured, joined Grant Thornton’s financial services group last year as part of its acquisition of Navigant Financial Services UK and brings with him a broad range of experience in advisory...

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Bath Uni graduates taste success as their fast-food chain ranks among UK’s 50 most-inspirational firms

May 28, 2014
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Bath Uni graduates taste success as their fast-food chain ranks among UK’s 50 most-inspirational firms

Café group Friska, which was launched by two University of Bath graduates, has been named as one of the UK’s 50 fastest-growing and innovative businesses. Economics graduates Griff Holland and Ed Brown started Friska in 2009 in Bristol and it has since grown from one to four restaurants around the city, including at the...

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New venture capital fund to target Bath area’s burgeoning small tech firms

May 27, 2014
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New venture capital fund to target Bath area’s burgeoning small tech firms

A new fund focusing on investing in the Bath area’s early stage tech businesses is to be launched by Technology Venture Partners, a new independent venture capital fund manager based in the region. Technology Venture Partners is to start the fund to run alongside YFM Equity Partners’ closed South West Ventures Fund, which it...

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Nursery group secures finance package from HSBC to open eighth site

May 23, 2014
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Nursery group secures finance package from HSBC to open eighth site

Nursery group Snapdragons, which started in a farmhouse near Melksham in 1998, is to open its eighth site after securing a £850,000 finance package with HSBC’s Wiltshire Commercial team. The new nursery, Snapdragons first in Bristol, will open in the summer in the converted Grade II listed Old Chapel in the Horfield. It will...

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West food and drink firms become takeover targets for foreign buyers, report shows

May 22, 2014
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West food and drink firms become takeover targets for foreign buyers, report shows

Overseas businesses are looking to snap up West food and drink firms as the sector enjoys a rapid recovery, new research shows. According to data released by business and financial advisory firm Grant Thornton, the number of deals involving food and drink businesses shot up by a third in the first quarter of this...

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Barclays helps café/bar couple bring taste of Spain to Chippenham

May 21, 2014
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Barclays helps café/bar couple bring taste of Spain to Chippenham

Husband and wife team Matt Lewis and Federica Marconi have opened a Spanish-style tapas bar in Chippenham with support from Barclays. Los Amigos, which boasts a Spanish themed menu, décor and ambience, is an expansion of the couple’s popular coffee shop in the town’s Market Place. By taking over a former shop unit next...

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Accountants leader launches plea at West annual dinner urging Govt to do more to help SMEs

May 20, 2014
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Accountants leader launches plea at West annual dinner urging Govt to do more to help SMEs

The incoming president of the UK’s leading accountancy body has told the West business community that more needs to be done to support small and medium-sized firms. Speaking at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales’ (ICAEW) annual regional dinner last week, Arthur Bailey said the organisation will step up its support...

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West accountant to invest more time in helping Chancellor make tax system simpler

May 16, 2014
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West accountant to invest more time in helping Chancellor make tax system simpler

West accountancy firm Bishop Fleming’s technical tax director Andy Richens has agreed to spend more time as an adviser to Chancellor George Osborne’s Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). Mr Richens, pictured, was seconded to the OTS last year an adviser on small business taxation issues. Now he has been asked to extend his time...

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