Spring Budget 2020: Key economic points so far . . .

March 11, 2020
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Spring Budget 2020: Key economic points so far . . .

Key points from the 2020 Budget so far . . . Growth forecasts updated to 1.4% for 2020 and 1.6% for 2021  Planned rise in alcohol duties cancelled Fuel duty frozen Government to abolish business rates for small shops this year levy on electricity frozen and increased on gas Tax on plastic packaging to...

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Spring Budget 2020: Chancellor pledges total package worth £30bn to tackle coronavirus

March 11, 2020
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Spring Budget 2020: Chancellor pledges total package worth £30bn to tackle coronavirus

Key points from Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first Budget . .  Chancellor started speaking at 12:35pm He says public services are well prepared to tackle coronavirus There is likely to be a "significant" impact on the UK economy but it will return to normal There will be a funding "bridge" for business to help them...

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Korea opportunities knock for Bristol’s advanced manufacturing businesses

March 8, 2020
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Korea opportunities knock for Bristol’s advanced manufacturing businesses

Bristol’s innovative manufacturing firms are being invited to take part in a trade mission to South Korea to explore collaborating with some of the country’s most pioneering businesses. Part of the government’s Global Business Innovation Programme, the mission will bring together small cohorts of innovative UK small and medium-sized businesses looking to grow and...

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Strong job creation puts South West at top of UK table for women’s economic empowerment

March 8, 2020
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Strong job creation puts South West at top of UK table for women’s economic empowerment

The South West has emerged as the UK’s best region for women’s economic empowerment – outperforming other parts of the country for female participation at work and narrower pay disparities between the sexes. According to the latest Women in Work Index, produced by accountancy giant PwC, the region also has the second-lowest female unemployment...

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Women in Property looks to build on record year as new chair takes up role

March 8, 2020
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Women in Property looks to build on record year as new chair takes up role

Lobbying and networking organisation Women in Property South West is celebrating another successful year as its new chair settles into the role. Rachael Sherratt, an associate in property agency JLL’s Bristol office, took over from previous chair Ros Trotman this week.  Ros, pictured, a planning partner in Swindon-headquartered law firm Thrings’ Bristol office and...

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Time running out to challenge for awards that champion excellence in the region’s boardrooms

March 8, 2020
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Time running out to challenge for awards that champion excellence in the region’s boardrooms

With less than a month to go until nominations close, Bristol directors are being urged to enter one of the South West’s top award schemes recognising excellence and enterprise. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion the region’s outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs.  The awards, which also...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

March 2, 2020
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Monday March 2 Finals: Greencoat Rene., Hiscox, Johnson Service, Lukoil Adr, Senior                     Interim: PCI-Pal Economic announcements: PMI construction, PMI services, PMI manufacturing, Mortgage approvals, Consumer credit, M4 money supply Tuesday March 3 Finals: 4Imprint, Apax Glb, Cairn Homes, Direct Line, Getbury, Greggs, Hutchison China, Ibstock, Intertek Group, Legal & General, Rotork, Signature Aviat Interims:...

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Brexit clarity lifts gloom for South West manufacturers with sales and profits expected to bounce back

February 25, 2020
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Brexit clarity lifts gloom for South West manufacturers with sales and profits expected to bounce back

Confidence among the South West’s small and medium-sized manufacturers has bounced back following the breaking of the Brexit impasse, according to a new survey. While the sector ended 2019 by enduring its toughest quarter in a decade – with the worst reduction in sales, profits and staff numbers since the depth of the recession...

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Chinese New Year civic banquet serves as reminder of solidarity with China over impact of coronavirus

February 24, 2020
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Chinese New Year civic banquet serves as reminder of solidarity with China over impact of coronavirus

West business and civic leaders have used the region’s annual Chinese New Year banquet to express solidarity with China and its people as they deal with the devastating effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The event, hosted by the Bristol and West of England China Bureau to celebrate the start of the Year of the...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

February 23, 2020
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Monday February 24 Finals: Ascential, CC Japan Income & Growth Trust, easyHotel, Georgia Healthcare, Kosmos Energy, Merian Chrysalis Investment, Quartix Holdings, Reach, RTC Group Interims: Dechra, Finsbury Food, Tristel Economic announcement: BBA mortgage lending figures Tuesday February 25 Finals: Croda International, Hammerson, Meggitt, Petrofact, Romgaz S, Synectics Interims: Bluefield Solar, Clinigen, Dotdigital, Hotel Chocolat,...

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