Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

October 13, 2013
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Monday 14 October Finals: Nanoco, Tristel Trading statements: Essentra, McBride AGMs: Greenko, McBride EGM: Phytopharm Tuesday 15 October Interim: Lombard Risk Management Finals: Bellway, dotDigital, Utilitywise Trading statements: Burberry, Carpetright, e2v Technologies, Hargreaves Lansdown, Michael Page International, Rio Tinto EGM: LXB Retail Properties Economics: Producer prices, ONS house prices, Consumer price index, Retail price...

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1pm says time is right to challenge banks on small firm loans

October 13, 2013
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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West business confidence rises but recovery remains weak, key survey shows

October 12, 2013
West business confidence rises but recovery remains weak, key survey shows

Nearly two-thirds of West firms are optimistic about their prospects as the region’s economy starts to improve, with most expecting turnover and profits to increase over the coming year. Some 65% of the 550-plus businesses from across the region that took part in the latest British Chambers of Commerce quarterly economic survey expressed confidence...

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Upbeat West businesses start to see early signs of recovery

October 8, 2013
Upbeat West businesses start to see early signs of recovery

West firms are showing some significant signs of recovery as the economic upturn gains traction, according to the upbeat results of a new survey. Domestic sales for the region’s manufacturing and services sectors have climbed strongly over the past three months while other measures including employment and business confidence, are equally positive, some showing...

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High street spending rises again but canny shoppers are still looking for bargains

October 7, 2013
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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Hat-trick for Milsted Langdon in prestigious accountancy awards

October 7, 2013
Hat-trick for Milsted Langdon in prestigious accountancy awards

West-based chartered accountancy firm Milsted Langdon has been named the UK’s Best Large Practice for the third year running. The firm, which has offices in Bath, Bristol, Taunton and Yeovil, won the title at the prestigious AccountingWEB Practice Excellence Awards held in London last week. Milsted Langdon became the first UK firm to chalk...

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