Money Matters

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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ACE appointment strengthens global insurer’s position in South West

December 15, 2013
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ACE appointment strengthens global insurer’s position in South West

Property insurance group ACE has appointed Ian McFadyean as business development manager for the South West and Wales as it continues to invest in its UK regional offices. In the newly-created role, Ian, pictured, will be responsible for developing new and existing business across the region as well as managing broker relationships.  Ian, who has...

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Business development manager takes up regional post at finance group Lombard

December 12, 2013
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Business development manager takes up regional post at finance group Lombard

Asset finance provider Lombard has appointed Paul Jenkins as business development manager for its South West and South Wales regions. Paul, pictured, who will be based in Bristol and report to director of asset finance David Connolly, will draw on his extensive experience in the vehicle rental sector to help businesses grow through investment....

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Enterprise Finance funding puts bike firm on path to growth

December 10, 2013
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Enterprise Finance funding puts bike firm on path to growth

Mango Bikes, a fast-growing cycle retail business founded just over year ago by two university graduates, is gearing up for expansion after successfully gaining funding of nearly £100,000. The firm sells affordable bikes made from parts made in Taiwan which are shipped to its headquarters in South Cerney where they are assembled and painted...

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Old Mill accountant adds top Money Management award to his trophy haul

December 10, 2013
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Old Mill accountant adds top Money Management award to his trophy haul

Duncan Parkes, head of compliance at West accountants and financial planners Old Mill, has been named Protection Planner of the Year by the Financial Times’ Money Management magazine. Duncan had to go through a rigorous judging process to win the title, including providing a solution to a real-life financial problem set by industry experts....

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Autumn Statement: Swindon business reaction

December 5, 2013
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Autumn Statement: Swindon business reaction

Swindon-based chartered accountants Banks said last week's Autumn Statement had some good news for business, but the devil will be the in the detail. The firm’s head of tax, Paul Gosling, welcomed the 2% cap on business rates increases, the new occupancy rate relief and the rates discount for small businesses and retailers along...

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Autumn Statement: Property industry reaction

December 5, 2013
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Autumn Statement: Property industry reaction

The property industry expressed concern over plans to charge capital gains tax on foreign residential investors from April 2015, but has welcomed the Chancellor’s decision to at least consult on the proposals before their introduction. The British Property Federation (BPF) had warned the Treasury that the tax hike would raise little money and risked...

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Autumn Statement: Reaction to pension changes

December 5, 2013
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Autumn Statement: Reaction to pension changes

The Chancellor confirmed in his Autumn Statement that the State pension age will rise to 68 in the mid-2030s and 69 in the late 2040s. Mark Packham, head of pensions for accountants PwC in the West of England, said: “Linking the State pension age to life expectancy means we could easily see people having...

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Top accountancy award for Swindon firm d&t recognises its ‘no bull’ approach

December 3, 2013
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Top accountancy award for Swindon firm d&t recognises its ‘no bull’ approach

Swindon accountants Dennis & Turnbull (d&t) have been named as the Independent Firm of the Year in Wales and South West England. d&t received the accolade at The British Accountancy Awards held recently in London. The judging panel said: “There’s no bull from Dennis & Turnbull! They show a modern approach to work and...

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Monahans’ sports quiz scores £1,500 for charity

November 26, 2013
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Monahans’ sports quiz scores £1,500 for charity

Swindon accountancy firm and independent financial advisers Monahans' annual charity sports quiz has raised more than £1,500 for the British Heart Foundation. Now in its 22nd year, the quiz is a much-anticipated event, staged in the Legends Lounge at Swindon Town FC’s County Ground. A record 49 teams took part this year with a...

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