Money Matters

Chancellor urged to use Spring Budget to lift flagging business confidence

February 15, 2017
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Chancellor urged to use Spring Budget to lift flagging business confidence

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to use his Spring Budget next month to bolster confidence amid fears that higher inflation and skill shortages will combine to hit West of England firms hard. While latest official jobless figures show unemployment continuing to fall, the strength of the...

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Search starts for region’s most inspirational business leaders

February 9, 2017
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Search starts for region’s most inspirational business leaders

Directors from Swindon and across the West of England are being invited to enter one of the region’s top annual awards schemes that recognises excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The prestigious Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2017 will showcase outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs as well as focusing UK-wide attention on success in...

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BGF supports expanding South West portfolio with high-level appointment

February 9, 2017
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BGF supports expanding South West portfolio with high-level appointment

Former Lloyds Banking Group head of equity investments Fiona Gibson has joined BGF (Business Growth Fund) as a portfolio specialist to support its growing portfolio across the South West. At Lloyds, Fiona, pictured, was responsible for the bank’s portfolio of more than 250 legacy equity assets. She delivered a number of significant exits including the...

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New head of consultancy practice for South West joins KPMG

February 3, 2017
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New head of consultancy practice for South West joins KPMG

Accountancy group KPMG has appointed Maria Samra as a managing director to head up its consultancy practice across the South. Maria, pictured, will manage a growing team of management and risk consultants with expertise in technology-enabled business transformation, financial services, forensics and cybersecurity, programme management and assurance. She has held roles at board and senior...

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Search starts for West’s top firms as PwC launches coveted Business of the Year Awards

February 3, 2017
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Search starts for West’s top firms as PwC launches coveted Business of the Year Awards

Professional services firm PwC has launched its annual West of England Business of the Year Awards – widely regarded as the region’s most prestigious. Now in their 29th year, the eagerly-contested awards attract the cream of the region’s firms with a winners’ roll-call reading like a who’s who of the West’s most-respected companies. The...

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New senior partner at EY takes up reins to head practice across South West

February 1, 2017
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New senior partner at EY takes up reins to head practice across South West

Accountancy giant EY has appointed Andrew Perkins as senior partner in its regional office to lead the firm’s practice across the South West and Wales. Andrew, pictured, joined EY in 2000 and has been a partner for 17 years, based in Bristol. He replaces Richard Jones, who has decided to step down from the role...

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Spiral of stress and money worries leads to work-life imbalance for West business owners

January 26, 2017
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Spiral of stress and money worries leads to work-life imbalance for West business owners

Business owners in the South West have the worst work-life balance in the UK and are among the most likely to lose their motivation, a new study has revealed. This often impacts on relationships with their partners, families and social life, while money worries and responsibility to their staff lead to high stress levels....

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Small firms warned to take action over fuel costs as experts predict higher petrol prices

January 25, 2017
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Small firms warned to take action over fuel costs as experts predict higher petrol prices

Rising petrol prices could hit smaller businesses in 2017, should the cost of oil follow the trajectory being forecast by commodity strategists, warns Swindon-based Arval. The European vehicle leasing and fleet management giant, which has its UK base at Windmill Hill, said the main factor behind retail price changes at the pumps will be...

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Free breakfast workshop to help firms get on the road to exporting

January 25, 2017
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Free breakfast workshop to help firms get on the road to exporting

Small and medium-sized Swindon businesses interesting in exporting for the first time can get valuable tips from experts in sales, marketing and finance at a free breakfast seminar in the town next month. The event on February 7 is aimed at getting businesses export-ready and will also signpost to the additional help available, including...

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Survey reveals West property professionals among UK’s most confident

January 22, 2017
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Survey reveals West property professionals among UK’s most confident

Confidence levels among property and construction professionals in Swindon and across the South West are the second highest in the UK, according to a new report from accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson. Only professionals in London and the South East are more optimistic about their prospects, the firm’s annual survey of...

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