Money Matters

Plea for Chancellor to ‘do nothing’ in his Autumn Statement

November 22, 2013
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Plea for Chancellor to ‘do nothing’ in his Autumn Statement

Banks, the Swindon-based chartered accountants, is urging Chancellor George Osborne to leave businesses alone in his forthcoming Autumn Statement. Director Richard Mathews said he fears Mr Osborne, pictured, may take the opportunity to slip through some unpopular measures in the statement on December 5 before the Government starts to gear itself up for the...

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Top recognition for Nationwide’s employment policies on race and gender equality

November 19, 2013
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Top recognition for Nationwide’s employment policies on race and gender equality

Swindon-based Nationwide Building Society has been ranked in the top 10 private sector organisations for gender and race equality for the second year in a row. Nationwide is the only financial services provider to have secured such a high-standing in both areas. The lists, which are unranked, are published by Opportunity Now and Race...

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Nationwide building strong profits on housing market recovery

November 15, 2013
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Nationwide building strong profits on housing market recovery

The housing market recovery and new product launches helped underlying profits soar by 155% to £332m at Nationwide, the Swindon-based building society. Pre-tax profits also climbed – to £270m from £103m – for the six months to September 30 while gross mortgage lending rose 37% to £14bn. It opened more than 214,000 new current...

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Quartet of new faces boosts Barclays corporate team in Swindon

November 11, 2013
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Quartet of new faces boosts Barclays corporate team in Swindon

Barclays corporate division in Old Town, Swindon, has welcomed four new arrivals – the latest investment in its drive to be the area’s first-choice commercial banking provider. The bank said the expansion demonstrated its commitment to supporting businesses in the Swindon and Wiltshire areas as the economy continues to emerge from the downturn. Relationship...

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Teams sought for Monahans charity quiz

November 5, 2013
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Teams sought for Monahans charity quiz

Accountants Monahans is inviting businesses to enter teams of four people in its annual charity quiz. The event, which takes place at Chippenham Sports Club on November 20, will raise funds for St Nicholas Special School, Chippenham’s £170,000 appeal for a new playground. Any businesses wishing to enter a team or, alternatively donate a...

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Mental health charity Mind to benefit from partnership with Zurich’s community trust

November 4, 2013
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Mental health charity Mind to benefit from partnership with Zurich’s community trust

The community trust run by insurance giant Zurich, which has one of its largest offices in Swindon, has selected Mind as a new national charity partner for the next three years. All UK-based Zurich employees were invited to choose one of three shortlisted projects, each of which addressed mental health issues. Mind joins children’s...

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Wiltshire communicators in running for region’s top PR accolades

November 4, 2013
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Wiltshire communicators in running for region’s top PR accolades

Some of Swindon and Wiltshire’s top public relations and communications professionals are in the running for this year’s hotly-contested 2013 CIPR South West PRide Awards. The awards, which this year celebrate their 10th anniversary, showcase the cream of the region’s public relations agencies, in-house teams, individuals and campaigns. They are widely regarded as the...

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Business West and Virgin team up to help the next generation of Bransons

October 25, 2013
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Business West and Virgin team up to help the next generation of Bransons

Young entrepreneurs are to benefit from a new support and advice service launched yesterday as a partnership between Virgin and Business West, the organisation that runs the Swindon Initiative. Virgin StartUp will offer financial support, mentoring and business advice to thousands of young people across the country who want to follow Virgin founder Sir...

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Nationwide’s mobile app in running for top IT industry accolade

October 25, 2013
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Nationwide’s mobile app in running for top IT industry accolade

Mobile banking apps built for Swindon-based Nationwide Building Society are in line for one of the computer industry’s top awards. The iPhone and Android mobile banking apps designed for Nationwide by Bath-based IT consultancy IPL have become the highest rated of all the major current account providers on the respective mobile app stores. They...

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Swindon accountants go head to head for major industry award

October 21, 2013
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Swindon accountants go head to head for major industry award

Two firms of chartered accountants from the Swindon area are to compete for the same accolade at the profession’s most sought after awards. Dennis & Turnbull, based in Badbury, and BHG based on the Shrivenham Hundred business park at Watchfield, are both shortlisted in the Independent Firm of the Year South West and Wales...

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