Money Matters

Major national insolvency award for Begbies Traynor’s regional team

October 14, 2013
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Major national insolvency award for Begbies Traynor’s regional team

Business recovery specialist firm Begbies Traynor has scooped the title of South West Regional Insolvency Practitioner Firm of the Year in the national Insolvency and Rescue Awards.  The accolade was presented to partner and head of the South West Regional team, Julie Palmer, at a packed ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel. The company’s...

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High street spending rises again but canny shoppers are still looking for bargains

October 7, 2013
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High street spending rises again but canny shoppers are still looking for bargains

Consumers in the South West are continuing to shrug off the tough economic conditions by spending more in the shops and online, new data out today shows. Spending by families and individuals in the region grew by 2.8% last month – the sixth month in a row that it has been above inflation. Restaurants...

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Good Energy to fund production of green power through corporate bond

October 2, 2013
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Good Energy to fund production of green power through corporate bond

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier, has launched its first corporate bond to finance production of its own green energy. The Good Energy Bonds offer investors a coupon of 7.25% a year, paid half-yearly. Any Good Energy customer or generator investing in the bonds will also be paid, at maturity, the equivalent to...

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September edition out now!

September 21, 2012
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The September edition of Swindon Business News is out now!

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Research shows 42% of SMEs do not insure staff

July 26, 2012
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Research carried out by accountancy firm RSM Tenon has shown that 42% of small or medium enterprises (SMEs) in the South could be putting their business at risk by failing to insure the key staff within their organisation. This mirrors the national total of 42% across the UK. The death or long-term illness of...

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July edition out now

July 20, 2012
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The July edition of Swindon Business News includes features on innovation in the motor industry, coverage of our inaugural South West PA of the Year Awards, a preview of next month's Green Special as well as finance, law and property.

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Economic woes hit consumer confidence, Nationwide survey shows

September 21, 2011
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Consumer confidence fell to a four-month low in August as the economy continued to struggle, a Nationwide survey showed today. The Swindon-based building society said it was a relief the drop was not bigger during a month when many UK major cities hit by the worst rioting in decades and global economic uncertainty hit...

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Probe launched into hidden holiday money charges

September 21, 2011
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Holidaymakers are being charged too much for their foreign currency because of complex charges and misleading information, according to watchdog group Consumer Focus. UK travellers exchange around £27bn each year and Consumer Focus questions whether much of the estimated £1bn charged in fees is warranted. It has submitted a so-called super-complaint to the Office...

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Money matters: Ways out of mortgage misery for first-time buyers

September 7, 2011
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Securing a mortgage is not impossible if you look beyond the high street. That’s the message from Dick Jenkins, chief executive of the Bath Building Society which in recent months has increased its lending book and launched a series of new mortgage products designed to help new entrants get on the housing ladder. According...

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Money matters: How buying student digs could get you out of a hole

September 2, 2011
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How can parents support their children through university and also save tax? It's a question many are facing for the first time as the 2011/12 university year begins. The Clifton office of national accountancy firm Saffery Champness suggests that investing in residential accommodation for student children could allow parents to minimise income tax, generate capital...

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