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Spring Statement: As it happened

March 13, 2019
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Spring Statement: As it happened

Chancellor Philip Hammond got to his feet at 12.43pm today to deliver his Spring Statement. But against the backdrop of Brexit turmoil, few commentators expected it to contain much that will be significant. Growth will be 1.2% this year (compared to 1.6% in last October’s Budget), 1.4% in 2020 and 1.6% in each of...

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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s ethical businesses

February 14, 2019
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Tickets selling fast for unique awards that champion the region’s ethical businesses

The region’s most ethical organisations will be celebrated next month when the South West Fair Trade Business Awards are staged for the seventh year. Tickets are selling fast for the ceremony on March 8, which will be hosted by Countdown presenter Nick Hewer and takes place in Bristol’s magnificent Arnos Vale cemetery heritage site. ...

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KPMG boosts its regional restructuring team with business development appointment

February 14, 2019
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KPMG boosts its regional restructuring team with business development appointment

International accountancy group KPMG has hired Elizabeth Lewis as its first business development associate director for the region. Elizabeth, pictured, joins the regional office in Bristol from recruitment group Michael Page’s base in the city, where she was responsible for business development and recruiting senior finance and human resource professionals across the region. KPMG...

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Whitechurch Financial Consultants: Your financial MOT checklist

February 3, 2019
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Whitechurch Financial Consultants: Your financial MOT checklist

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CBI warns of ‘devastating’ impact of ‘no deal’ Brexit on South West’s economy

January 22, 2019
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CBI warns of ‘devastating’ impact of ‘no deal’ Brexit on South West’s economy

Leaving the EU without a deal would be ‘devastating’ for the South West’s economy, hitting the region’s output by a staggering £13bn a year, the CBI warned today. As Prime Minister Theresa May continues to refuse to rule out a ‘no deal’ Brexit if her deal is not approved by Parliament, business groups have...

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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

January 16, 2019
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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

The “overriding priority” for both the government and Parliament must be to avoid a no deal Brexit following last night’s overwhelming defeat of the Prime Minister’s deal, the region’s largest business organisation said today. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said firms in the region now found themselves “facing the unwelcome...

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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

January 14, 2019
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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

Nearly 40% of West of England business owners back a second Brexit referendum while just one in 10 is confident the government will secure a good deal for the UK, according to the region’s largest business survey. Worryingly, more than 40% of the senior managers and directors taking part did not know whether their...

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CBI leader urges govt to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to West of England

January 11, 2019
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CBI leader urges govt to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to West of England

The director-general of the CBI used a visit to the West of England today to warn that a no deal Brexit would hit the its manufacturing and services industries hard as well as scuppering vital export deals. Speaking to a gathering of senior business figures in Bristol, Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured, urged the government to...

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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

January 8, 2019
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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

Swindon-born Countdown presenter Nick Hewer is to host this year’s South West Fair Trade Business Awards. Nick, pictured, who was also Sir Alan Sugar’s former right-hand man on The Apprentice, is a long-running supporter of ethical business and a patron of The Fairtrade Foundation. He will help present the awards – now in their...

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Senior appointment for private equity firm Maven’s South West office

December 31, 2018
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Senior appointment for private equity firm Maven’s South West office

National private equity house Maven Capital Partners has further expanded its South West and Wales investment team with the appointment of Gareth Price as an investment director. Gareth, pictured, is responsible for sourcing VCT (Venture Capital Trust) opportunities and investments for Maven’s MBO (management buyout) fund, and its private equity co-investor partner network in...

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