Money Matters

Financial planning firm gains coveted chartered status

November 21, 2014
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Proposito Financial Planning has been awarded prestigious chartered financial planner status by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). The Malmesbury-based firm, which specialises in providing bespoke financial planning services to individuals and businesses, joins an elite group of firms which have met the rigorous criteria relating to professionalism and capability demanded by the CII, and...

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App launched to help business owners keep tabs on their finances while on the move

November 21, 2014
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App launched to help business owners keep tabs on their finances while on the move

Accountancy firm Sunflower Accounts has launched an app to help business owners, directors or their employees keep track of their revenue and expenditure remotely.  The free app is available on ITunes and on GooglePlay. It includes an income tracker and receipt manager for tracking sales revenue and logging expenditure on the go. It also...

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High-powered seminar aims to demystify private equity for entrepreneurs

November 14, 2014
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High-powered seminar aims to demystify private equity for entrepreneurs

Swindon entrepreneurs and small business owners are being offered a rare chance to meet some of the region’s most-active dealmakers at an event aimed at demystifying private equity and highlighting finance options for growth, succession and exit. The ‘Inside Private Equity’ event is being staged by accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson’s...

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Digital design conference hears how Nationwide’s ‘user experience’ is essential to its success

November 14, 2014
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Swindon-based Nationwide Building Society’s success in interacting with its savers, investors and potential customers has been explained to a major industry conference on user experience (UX) and digital design. Nationwide’s user experience consultant Dan Healy spoke about his role at the UK’s largest building society at the event, called Collaborate, which attracted UX and...

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Nationwide earns top award for its commitment to the Living Wage

November 7, 2014
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Nationwide earns top award for its commitment to the Living Wage

Swindon-based building society Nationwide’s commitment to the Living Wage – which at £7.85 is more than £1 above the National Minimum Wage – has earned it the title of South West Living Wage champion. Nationwide, which employs around 4,000 people in Swindon, became the first major high street brand to sign up as a...

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Direct flights to Gibraltar from Bristol Airport to be introduced by easyJet

November 4, 2014
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Low-cost airline easyJet is to introduce direct flights from Bristol Airport to Gibraltar next year, taking the number of destinations it serves from the airport to 47. When it launches next April it will be the first time the airport has had a direct service to the British Mediterranean territory. EasyJet, Bristol Airport’s largest...

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Founder’s husband is addition to team at accountancy firm Sunflower as it takes root in Wiltshire

October 24, 2014
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Founder’s husband is addition to team at accountancy firm Sunflower as it takes root in Wiltshire

Accountancy firm Sunflower Accounts has relocated to Wiltshire and taken on the spouse of its founder as it continues to grow. Mark Rickaby joins his wife Steph in running the business, which has moved from Clevedon, near Bristol, to Calne.  Mark supported Steph when she set up Sunflower early last year after many years...

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Major investment to spark new phase of growth for Swindon’s latest hi-tech business

October 24, 2014
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Major investment to spark new phase of growth for Swindon’s latest hi-tech business

Swindon’s newest hi-tech firm, PRP Optoelectronics, has received a multi-million pound investment to develop innovative products at its new plant in the town. The firm announced earlier this month that it is to develop a 100,000 sq ft state-of-the-art design and manufacturing base at Hillmead to make market-leading light emitting diode (LED) technology. The...

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Lottery pay-out will help Swindon social enterprises gain access to much-needed European funding

October 24, 2014
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Lottery pay-out will help Swindon social enterprises gain access to much-needed European funding

Community First, Swindon and Wiltshire’s rural community council, has been awarded nearly £10,000 to help social enterprises and the voluntary sector access European funding. It will work with the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and other partners to run training workshops, set up a knowledge hub and bring together European funding experts...

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Monahans webinar will give step-by-step guide on health and safety laws

October 24, 2014
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Monahans webinar will give step-by-step guide on health and safety laws

Monahans, the regional accountancy firm with its main office in Swindon, continues its series of webinars next month with a look at health and safety. Debbie Anstis, the firm’s health and safety consultant, will give a step-by-step guide on how to review health and safety systems and what firms need to consider to ensure...

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