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Swindon directors urged to enter awards that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

January 24, 2020
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Swindon directors urged to enter awards that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

The region’s top annual business award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom has been launched. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs while also focusing UK-wide attention on success in the region.  Nominations – which opened this week – can be...

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Good Energy FD takes up chief financial officer role as green power pioneer prepares for new decade

January 8, 2020
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Good Energy FD takes up chief financial officer role as green power pioneer prepares for new decade

Renewable power firm Good Energy has promoted its finance director Rupert Sanderson to the executive director role of chief financial officer. Rupert, pictured, joined Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy in February 2017 in an interim role and was appointed finance director 11 months later.  Now a member of the London Stock Exchange-listed firm’s board, he is...

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Investment director appointment boost for LDC’s regional office

January 7, 2020
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Investment director appointment boost for LDC’s regional office

Mid-market private equity investor LDC has further strengthened its South West & Wales team with the appointment of Oliver Schofield as an investment director. Oliver joins the office in Bristol from Goldman Sachs in London, where he was part of its leveraged finance team, supporting clients across the TMT (technology, media and telecoms) and...

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Firms vow to go green this year as pressure grows to embrace sustainable business

January 3, 2020
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Firms vow to go green this year as pressure grows to embrace sustainable business

Two thirds of small and medium-sized firms in the South West took steps to make their businesses greener last year with roughly the same percentage saying they want to improve their environmental sustainability in 2020. Some 43% believe becoming more environmentally sustainable is important to them while just over a fifth (22%) claim doing...

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Regional relationship director appointment for Assetz Capital

January 2, 2020
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Regional relationship director appointment for Assetz Capital

Assetz Capital, the specialist small business lender, has appointed Tony Kear as relationship director as it looks to help more firms across the region access growth funding. Tony, pictured, has 34 years’ experience in banking having worked for NatWest and RBS as head of healthcare and financing businesses across the South West.  He most...

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Lloyds director takes up regional ambassador role to spearhead economic growth plan

January 2, 2020
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Lloyds director takes up regional ambassador role to spearhead economic growth plan

Lloyds Banking Group has appointed long-standing director Jeremy Hayward as its ambassador for the South West to help support social and economic prosperity across the region. Jeremy, pictured, will take the lead on delivering the group’s Helping Britain Prosper plan in the region.  The plan, launched in 2014, sets public targets in areas such...

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Corporate tax expert appointed chair for its South region by KPMG

January 2, 2020
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Corporate tax expert appointed chair for its South region by KPMG

International accountancy group KPMG has promoted Andrew Morgan to chair of its South region, a role that gives him responsibility for strategy in an area that covers Swindon and includes its offices in Bristol, Reading, Southampton, Plymouth and Cardiff. Andrew, pictured, succeeds Karen Witton, who has stepped down after four years to focus on...

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Prestigious British Chambers Award for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

December 4, 2019
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Prestigious British Chambers Award for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

A pioneering campaign to help firms in the South West prepare for life outside the European Union has earned a major national award for Business West, the region’s biggest business support organisation. Recognising that Brexit represents the single most radical transformation in the way that British businesses trade for decades, Business West – which...

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New West of England office senior partner for PwC

November 21, 2019
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PwC, the global accountancy group, has appointed a new senior partner for its West region and filled the newly created role of clients and markets regional lead.  Tom Ayerst, pictured right, who heads PwC’s regional deals business, will fill the Bristol office senior partner (OSP) position left vacant in the summer when Katharine Finn...

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Business West sets up support service to help Swindon firms prepare for Brexit

October 24, 2019
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Business West sets up support service to help Swindon firms prepare for Brexit

Swindon firms can get up-to-date information on preparing for Brexit – including the likely impact of a no-deal exit on them – from Business West.  The region’s largest business organisation, Business West is being funded by the government to offer a support and signposting service to firms across the West of England ahead of...

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