Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 4, 2013
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Monday 4 November Interims: e2v Technologies, Grafenia Final: Egdon Resources Trading statements: Biome Technologies, Hiscox, HSBC, Telecity, Weir Group Economics: Purchasing managers' index – construction, Halifax house price data Tuesday 5 November Interims: First Derivatives, Marks & Spencer Finals: Associated British Foods, Imperial Tobacco, Next Fifteen Communications Trading statements: 4Imprint, Balfour Beatty, CSR, G4S,...

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Asda signs home delivery van repair and maintenance contract with Wincanton

November 1, 2013
Asda signs home delivery van repair and maintenance contract with Wincanton

Logistics and supply chain group Wincanton has been appointed by supermarket giant Asda to look after around half of its fleet of 1,800 home shopping vehicles. The contract with Chippenham-based Wincanton’s specialist repair and maintenance provider Pullman Fleet Services includes dedicated round-the-clock, 365 days a year repair and maintenance cover for the 3.5-tonne vans...

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Chancellor calls in West finance experts to help with taxing task of simplification

October 31, 2013
Chancellor calls in West finance experts to help with taxing task of simplification

Both of West accountants Bishop Fleming’s technical tax directors have been appointed as advisors to Chancellor George Osborne as part of his drive for tax simplification. Andy Richens has been engaged by the Chancellor’s Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to advise on tax issues for small businesses, and is now retained to advise on...

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Jobs go at failed Bath firm AudioGO after administrators take control

October 31, 2013
Jobs go at failed Bath firm AudioGO after administrators take control

Fifty-seven workers at Bath audio books firm AudioGo have been made redundant as administrators blamed “significant accounting issues” for its collapse. The firm, employing around 100 staff in Bath, officially entered administration last Thursday, less than a week after efforts to sell it as a going concern were abandoned. Accountants BDO said its restructuring...

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

October 31, 2013
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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Business Showcase South West attracts Karren Brady as keynote speaker

October 31, 2013
Business Showcase South West attracts Karren Brady as keynote speaker

Karren Brady, Britain’s most powerful businesswoman and Lord Sugar’s right-hand woman on The Apprentice, has today been announced as the first keynote speaker for the Business Showcase South West 2014. The event will celebrate the best of the region’s commerce, innovation, creativity, enterprise and sustainability. It takes place at Bristol’s Colston Hall on April...

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