Regional origination manager appointment for alternative funder as it gears up for more growth

November 14, 2017
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Regional origination manager appointment for alternative funder as it gears up for more growth

Alternative funding specialist ThinCats has appointed Alison Whistance in a senior management role to cover its South West region. Alison, pictured, joins as origination manager, South-West, as the firm gears up for its next period of growth. ThinCats, an online peer-to-peer lending platform that allows investors to make secured loans directly to businesses, recently...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 11, 2017
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Monday November 13 Trading update: Taylor Wimpey, Ladbrokes Coral Tuesday November 14 Finals: McCarthy & Stone Interims: FirstGroup, Land Securities, Vodafone, Aveva, Electrocomponents Trading updates: Paysafe, Smiths Group, Cobham, Cineworld, Meggitt, ITV, Bovis Homes Economic announcement: CPI (October) Wednesday November 15 Finals: Fenner Interims: Experian, Premier Foods, TalkTalk, Great Portland Estates, Cisco Trading updates:...

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Firms urge MP to help deliver the best Brexit deal possible at Business West roundtable

November 10, 2017
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Firms urge MP to help deliver the best Brexit deal possible at Business West roundtable

Challenges linked to infrastructure, apprenticeships and Brexit were among the topics discussed by businesses when they met Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan at a roundtable staged by business services organisation Business West. With uncertainty still hanging over the government’s Brexit negotiations, businesses at the event emphasised the importance of agreeing a meaningful transitional deal with...

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Women in property industry still held back on career progression and equal pay, report reveals

November 10, 2017
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Women in property industry still held back on career progression and equal pay, report reveals

The West of England’s property and construction industry must speed up career progression for women and bring in more flexible working practices if it is to create a truly diverse and sustainable workforce, according to new research. Without doing this it runs the risk of making ‘fake’ progress, the report Building:  A Better Workforce,...

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Good Energy founder on list of UK’s high-growth innovators

November 9, 2017
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Good Energy founder on list of UK’s high-growth innovators

Green energy pioneer Julia Davenport has been included on a list of 100 UK organisations and their leaders that demonstrate excellence through growth, innovation and purpose. Ms Davenport, who is chief executive of Chippenham-based Good Energy, appears in the second annual Faces of a Vibrant Economy initiative by accountancy group Grant Thornton.  The list...

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Swindon workers at troubled Npower caught up in energy market mega-merger

November 8, 2017
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Swindon workers at troubled Npower caught up in energy market mega-merger

Energy group Npower’s 100 retail workers in Swindon could soon be employed by a new firm after it confirmed it is to merge with larger rival SSE. The two groups are both among the UK’s ‘big six’ energy firms – Npower in fifth place and SSE in second. However, Npower has struggled in recent...

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Growth for EY’s South West office as investment continues in its regional leadership team

November 6, 2017
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Growth for EY’s South West office as investment continues in its regional leadership team

Accountancy group EY has said its South West and South Wales practice grew strongly in the year to the end of June, including an 11% expansion of its regional financial services team. Nationally fee income across the firm, one of the so-called Big Four accountants, grew by 9.2% to £2.35b, up from £2.15b in...

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Bristol Airport says direct US flights will return, as it launches blueprint for further growth

November 6, 2017
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Bristol Airport says direct US flights will return, as it launches blueprint for further growth

Bristol Airport bosses are confident of securing a direct scheduled service to the US again as they start to work on a new masterplan which will shape its continued growth for the next two decades. The airport has grown rapidly over recent years, with annual passenger numbers reaching a record of 8m this summer. ...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 5, 2017
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Monday November 6 Trading update: easyJet, Fevertree, John Laing Tuesday November 7 Finals: Associated British Foods, Imperial Brands Interims: Snap, Toyota Trading updates: Paysafe, Hiscox, Direct Line, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Wednesday November 8 Finals: BowLeven Interims: Marks & Spencer, SSE Trading updates: Persimmon, Tullow Oil, Anglo Pacific, JD Wetherspoon, Hilton Foods, Synthomer, One Savings...

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Bank of England’s interest rate rise ‘cautious and timely’ but more increases could hit businesses

November 2, 2017
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Bank of England’s interest rate rise ‘cautious and timely’ but more increases could hit businesses

West of England business figures have said the Bank of England’s decision to raise interest rates from 0.25% to 0.5% should have little impact on the region – but warned that further increases could hit confidence and slow the economy. The Bank’s rate-setting monetary policy committee (MPC) voted in favour of the increase by...

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