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Specialist probate service launched by accountants MHA Monahans

April 6, 2018
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Specialist probate service launched by accountants MHA Monahans

West of England accountancy group MHA Monahans has become one of the first in the region to be awarded a licence to undertake non-contentious probate work. The firm, with offices in Swindon, Chippenham, Melksham, Bath, Trowbridge, Frome, Glastonbury and Taunton, has received accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to...

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Business West links with London and Manchester chambers to warn over impact of Brexit ‘uncertainty’

April 6, 2018
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Business West links with London and Manchester chambers to warn over impact of Brexit ‘uncertainty’

Business West, the region’s largest business body and the organisation that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, is collaborating with two other powerful chambers to highlight the impact of uncertainty over Brexit a year before it takes effect. The Three Chamber Alliance – which includes the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and...

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$9.25m sale of non-core US business allows Avon Rubber to concentrate on protection market

April 5, 2018
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$9.25m sale of non-core US business allows Avon Rubber to concentrate on protection market

Wiltshire specialist manufacturer Avon Rubber has sold its US-based hovercraft skirt and bulk liquid storage tank business, for $9.25m (£6.58m). Melksham-based Avon, which makes respirators for military, homeland security and first responder customers as well as rubber products for the dairy industry, said it had been reviewing strategic options for Avon Engineered Fabrications (AEF)...

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Upbeat outlook for region’s small firms, FSB survey shows, but concerns remain over economy

March 27, 2018
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Upbeat outlook for region’s small firms, FSB survey shows, but concerns remain over economy

Confidence among small business owners in the South West has bounced back thanks to lower inflation, progress on Brexit talks and the Chancellor’s positive Spring Statement, according to a survey published today. The report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – Britain’s biggest business representation group – also reveals a two-year high in...

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Spring Statement 2018: Swindon business reaction

March 14, 2018
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Swindon business experts have been reacting to yesterday’s Spring Statement, with most pointing to what Chancellor Philip Hammond failed to deliver rather than what he said. Dominic Bourquin, pictured, corporate tax partner at accountants MHA Monahans, whose Swindon office is one of eight across the West of England, said Mr Hammond couldn’t be accused...

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Spring Statement 2018: A disconnect between actions and words, says Business West

March 13, 2018
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Spring Statement 2018: A disconnect between actions and words, says Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond’s assertion in his Spring Statement that he would continue to “support British businesses” – but it insisted that his actions had to speak louder than words.  The £80m pledge to help small firms take on apprentices and the opening up of the construction...

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Spring Statement 2018: Business reaction

March 13, 2018
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CBI chief economist Rain Newton-Smith said the Chancellor was rightly backing British business to secure the UK’s future prosperity in a new economy. “It’s great to see an upgrade in the state of our public finances and rightly sensible to set more aside for a rainy day with Brexit uncertainty still weighing on the...

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Spring Statement 2018: Main points so far . . .

March 13, 2018
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Key points from today’s Spring Statement: Next spending review will take place in 2019 UK economy grew by 1.7% in 2017 OBR has increased forecast for growth next year but downgraded those for 2021 and 2022  Investment programme of £44bn to raise housing supply to 300,000 a year by the mid-2020s. Extra £1.7bn to...

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Seminars on lean thinking and apprenticeships added to Bath Business Expo’s busy schedule

March 13, 2018
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Seminars on lean thinking and apprenticeships added to Bath Business Expo’s busy schedule

Two more seminars have been added to Bath Business Expo’s packed schedule with less than a week to go to what will be one of the largest general business exhibitions and networking opportunities in the region this year.  The expo, which takes place this Friday, March 16, will build on the success of last...

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Growth summit will show how to take a business from good to great

March 1, 2018
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Growth summit will show how to take a business from good to great

Small and medium-sized enterprises looking to take their business to the next level can benefit from the experience of some of the UK’s leading experts at an event next month. Five business growth experts from ActionCOACH, the world’s number one business coaching company, and employee engagement experts Engage and Grow, will offer delegates an...

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