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Pearson May Financial Update: The tax benefits of giving to charity

December 2, 2016
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Pearson May Financial Update: The tax benefits of giving to charity

Whatever your reasons are for donating to charity, an added bonus can be the tax breaks that are available, says Pearson May partner Jacqui Bowden. Gift Aid Donating through Gift Aid means that charities can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate. Any donation you make under Gift Aid is deemed to...

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Coveted Financial Adviser of the Year title ‘highlight of career’ for Bath director

November 25, 2016
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Coveted Financial Adviser of the Year title ‘highlight of career’ for Bath director

Jonothan McColgan, director of Bath-based financial advisers Combined Financial Strategies, has been named Financial Adviser of the Year at the 2016 Growth Investor Awards after coming runner-up last year. The coveted awards, now in their second year, are staged by Intelligent Partnership, the UK’s leading curator of education and insights on alternative investments. Jonothan,...

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Glastonbury to trial tech-led Nationwide Building Society branch after banks quit town

November 24, 2016
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Glastonbury to trial tech-led Nationwide Building Society branch after banks quit town

Nationwide Building Society is to open a branch in Glastonbury, where the last bank closed earlier this year, to pilot new ways of using technology to give people access to financial services. Glastonbury, with a population of around 9,000 and a healthy tourist industry, has been without a traditional bank branch since Lloyds pulled...

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Autumn Statement 2016: Bath business reaction

November 23, 2016
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Regional accountants Bishop Fleming, which has an office in Bath, said Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement was a clarion call to industry to be more productive and to make the UK ‘match fit’ for a bumpy Brexit ride ahead. It said the Chancellor’s first fiscal statement promised billions of government money for houses, roads,...

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Autumn Statement 2016: Business West reaction

November 23, 2016
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Bath businesses will welcome Chancellor Philip Hammond’s focus on investment in the Autumn Statement, particularly in areas where growth pressures are highest, according to Business West, the organisation that runs Bath Chamber of Commerce. Phil Smith, pictured, managing director of the region’s largest business organisation, described the statement as “a sombre, not flashy, affair”...

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Autumn Statement 2016: Main points

November 23, 2016
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Chancellor Philip Hammond his presented his first Autumn Statement: Here are the main points, as announced: Office for Budget Responsibility says growth this year will be 2.1%, 1.4% next year (down from 2.2%), 1.7% in 2018 (down from 2.1%), 2.1% in 2019/20 (down from 2.1%) and 2% in 2020/21, (down from 2.1%). As expected, the...

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Networking made simple at Bath Business Show

October 6, 2016
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Networking made simple at Bath Business Show

Brilliant networking opportunities will be on offer at Bath Business Show next Friday – the largest business event of its kind in the area. The show has now sold out for exhibitors and organisers expect to attract even than the 450 delegates who attended last year.  Taking place at The Guildhall between 10am and...

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Bath Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Take note – our new ‘plastic’ fiver arrives next week

September 9, 2016
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Bath Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Take note – our new ‘plastic’ fiver  arrives next week

By Donna Kehoe, the Bank of England’s agent for the South West of England. These days most of us are used to paying with ‘plastic’. And from next week that will be true even for some of the purchases we make with cash. On Tuesday a new £5 note featuring the image of former...

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West firms show resilience on sales and jobs despite confidence plunging to four-year low

September 2, 2016
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West firms show resilience on sales and jobs despite confidence plunging to four-year low

Confidence among West of England firms has slumped to its lowest level since 2012 as they continue to react to the EU referendum, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor (BCM), which gauges how businesses view the economic prospects facing them over coming year, shows confidence falling into negative...

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Excitement building ahead of next month’s Bath Business Show

September 2, 2016
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Excitement building ahead of next month’s Bath Business Show

Hundreds of business owners from across the West of England are expected to attend the annual Bath Business Show next month as it returns bigger and better than previous years. Last year’s sold out event attracted more than 450 delegates and 55 exhibitors and organisers believe this year’s show on October 14 will be...

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