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Pay rises on the way for staff at most firms, survey reveals

February 4, 2014
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Pay rises on the way for staff at most firms, survey reveals

Nearly two thirds of West firms plan to increase wages this year as the region’s economy bounces back from recession, new research shows. This is despite half of the businesses taking part in the Barclays Employers Survey 2014 saying wage pressure from employees was not an issue. However, some 29% said it is a...

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Government business rate package dismissed as ‘a sticking plaster’ as pleas for full reform gather pace

January 29, 2014
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Government business rate package dismissed as ‘a sticking plaster’ as pleas for full reform gather pace

Calls for a full-scale shake-up of business rates have continued unabated despite the Government pledging a £415m package of relief for small firms. The West of England’s largest business group Business West, which runs the Initiative in Swindon & Wiltshire, said while it welcomed the announcement, it amounted to little more than “a sticking...

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Investors In People standard to be delivered by Grant Thornton

January 27, 2014
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Accountants Grant Thornton have been appointed to deliver the Investors In People (IIP) standard across the South of England following a competitive tender process. Grant Thornton, which covers the West region from its office in Bristol, will hold the licence from April 1 for a three-year period. This appointment is a key part of...

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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

January 24, 2014
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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

Accountants PwC have launched their annual search for the region’s best companies with the 2014 West of England Business of the Year Awards – the region’s most prestigious business accolades. Previous winners of the awards, now in their 26th year, read like a who’s who of the West’s most-respected companies, including Dyson, MITIE and,...

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Interest rate rise would choke off recovery, Business West says, despite fall in jobless

January 23, 2014
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Interest rate rise would choke off recovery, Business West says, despite fall in jobless

Business West, the organisation behind the Initiative in Swindon, has called on the Bank of England not to raise interest rates despite a further fall in unemployment across the UK. Welcoming the latest labour market figures – which show the national unemployment rate has fallen to 7.1%, its lowest level since April 2009 –...

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Withy King Directors’ Briefing

January 21, 2014
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Withy King Directors’ Briefing

Swindon law firm Withy King provides a round-up of a few of the latest legal developments which may affect directors, in business as well as their private lives.  Tax implications for home owners After MPs got caught ‘flipping’ their homes for a CGT (Capital Gains Tax) advantage, it must have grated. Chancellor George Osborne...

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Swindon accountants Banks restart their popular business events

January 19, 2014
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Swindon accountants Banks restart their popular business events

A series of popular business networking events in Swindon hosted by chartered accountants Banks is relaunched this week. The first event – a breakfast aimed at business people working in professional services – takes place this Wednesday. The series then runs until July, resuming in the autumn after a summer break. Banks launched the...

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Monahans’ webinar will tease out the devil in the detail of Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

December 22, 2013
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Monahans’ webinar will tease out the devil in the detail of Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

West accountancy firm Monahans is to stage a webinar dedicated to examining the finer details of Chancellor George Osborne’s recent Autumn Statement. The webinar will be broadcast live on Thursday January 16 at 12:30pm, allowing participants to interact directly with Monahans corporate tax partner Dominic Bourquin, pictured, and ask him questions. The free, 15-minute...

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Swindon accountants Banks keep CALM and carry on baking, walking and running for charity

December 16, 2013
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Swindon accountants Banks keep CALM and carry on baking, walking and running for charity

Fundraising events at Banks, the Swindon-based chartered accountants, have netted nearly £3,000 for a local charity supporting families with children suffering from cancer. Staff at the firm chose CALM – Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Movement – as their charity for 2013 and raised the money from weekly bake-offs and a quiz while a team...

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Strong bounce back by businesses points to steady growth in 2014

December 16, 2013
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Strong bounce back by businesses points to steady growth in 2014

Business confidence is running at its highest level for more than three years as the recovery gathers pace and firms put austerity behind them at last. Manufacturers in particular are upbeat about their prospects going into the new year, according to the latest Business Trends report by accountants BDO. Optimism among manufacturers, driven by...

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