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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Full programme

September 22, 2016
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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Full programme

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to the West of England next month for its fifth year, with a jam-packed programme featuring amazing entrepreneurs and inspirational start-ups. Among those taking part will be Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, tech entrepreneur Alex Depledge and Oliver Bonas founder Oliver Tress.  Panels will cover subjects...

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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Start-Up Award ready to showcase up-and-coming business talent

September 22, 2016
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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs: Start-Up Award ready to showcase up-and-coming business talent

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs (FFE) is on the look-out for up-and-coming female business talent to enter its annual awards as it prepares to return to the West of England for a fifth year. The FFE, organised by small business support group Enterprise Nation, stages its high-profile annual event at At-Bristol on October 21....

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Inspirational business bootcamp heads to Swindon

September 16, 2016
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Inspirational business bootcamp heads to Swindon

Influencers UK, the organisation that inspires good people to create good businesses, is to hold its biggest bootcamp outside London this year in Swindon next month. The Influencers Business Bootcamp will bring together world-class thinking to inspire business owners and start-ups.  The free event on October 6 at the Hilton, Swindon, will feature Influencers founder...

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Private client tax expert joins Monahans as partner

September 13, 2016
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Private client tax expert joins Monahans as partner

West of England chartered accountancy firm Monahans, which has offices in Swindon and Chippenham, has appointed Richard Brooks as partner specialising in private client tax. Richard, pictured, has joined the firm after spending 16 years leading the largest private client tax consultancy practice in the Channel Islands, where he specialised in providing UK and international tax...

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Swindon Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Take note – our new ‘plastic’ fiver arrives next week

September 9, 2016
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Swindon Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Take note – our new ‘plastic’ fiver  arrives next week

By Donna Kehoe, the Bank of England’s agent for the South West of England. These days most of us are used to paying with ‘plastic’. And now that is true even for some of the purchases we make with cash. This week a new £5 note featuring the image of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill...

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Experienced dealmaker joins EY’s South West office as corporate finance director

September 6, 2016
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Experienced dealmaker joins EY’s South West office as corporate finance director

Accountancy group EY has appointed Chris Eastman as a corporate finance director in its South West office as part of its expansion plans across the region. Chris, pictured, started his career in 2002 at rival PwC in Bristol, where he was a member of its audit assurance and advisory team, before moving to Deloitte four years...

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First trainee becomes partner at PPS Chartered Accountants

September 6, 2016
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First trainee becomes partner at PPS Chartered Accountants

Swindon accountancy firm PPS Chartered Accountants has promoted Sally Holland to partner. Sally, pictured, was the firm’s first trainee when joined she joined aged 19 in 2001 after completing her A-levels.  She started her chartered accountancy studies later that year at Reed Business School, passing her final exam in 2006 and receiving the ACA (Association...

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West firms show resilience on sales and jobs despite confidence plunging to four-year low

September 2, 2016
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West firms show resilience on sales and jobs despite confidence plunging to four-year low

Confidence among West of England firms has slumped to its lowest level since 2012 as they continue to react to the EU referendum, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor (BCM), which gauges how businesses view the economic prospects facing them over coming year, shows confidence falling into negative...

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Director of commercial banking appointment boosts NatWest’s team in North Wiltshire

August 23, 2016
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Director of commercial banking appointment boosts NatWest’s team in North Wiltshire

NatWest has appointed Andrew Houchin as director of commercial banking for the North Wiltshire and Bath areas. Andrew, pictured, who spent six years in the Army as an Infantry officer, joined NatWest’s parent company RBS in 2011 as a programme manager, overseeing a £2.4m data distribution programme designed to support the improvement of the bank’s...

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More growth in line for whistleblowing hotline firm following management buyout

August 19, 2016
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More growth in line for whistleblowing hotline firm following management buyout

Expolink, the Chippenham-based contact centre that operates confidential whistleblowing hotlines for major employers, has been acquired from its founders in a management buyout. The firm, which was launched in 1995, employs more than 200 people at its contact centre. Over the past few years it has had an annual growth rate of more than 12%....

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