Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

May 15, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most important for businesses. Many businesses have suffered a massive shock to income, and furloughing has offered an ability to keep outgoings to a minimum,...

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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

May 12, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to October will be a “huge relief” to firms in the West of England, according to the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative, said its research showed the scheme, launched by Mr Sunak, pictured, in...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 11, 2020
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Monday May 11 Finals: Amryt Pharma, Novacyt Interim: Diploma, RDI REIT Trading announcements: Centrica, Hiscox Tuesday May 12 Finals: Inspecs Group, Land Securities, Vodafone Interims: Numis Corp, Treatt Economic announcements: GDP (preliminary), Index of services, Industrial production, Balance of trade, Manufacturing production Wednesday May 13 Final: British Land Interims: Compass Group, Sage Group, Stock...

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Business West says post-Brexit US trade links must help firms overcome impact of Covid-19

May 5, 2020
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Business West says post-Brexit US trade links must help firms overcome impact of Covid-19

Strong trade links with the US could help the West of England’s small firms recover from the impact of coronavirus, the region’s leading business group has suggested. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, welcomed the start of formal post-Brexit talks between the UK and US on a future free trade agreement...

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Pair of senior appointments boost Thrings’ private client offering

May 5, 2020
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Swindon-headquartered regional law firm Thrings has strengthened its private wealth team by appointing Kathryn Bew and Jermaine Smith as senior associate and associate respectively. A specialist in family law, Kathryn, pictured right, has more than 26 years’ experience of advising UK-based and international clients and also offers non-adversarial approaches to the resolution of family...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 3, 2020
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Monday May 4 Nothing listed Tuesday May 5 Trading announcement: Getbusy Economic announcements: PMI services, PMI construction Wednesday May 6 Final: Vertu Motors Interim: Cambria Auto Trading announcements: Direct Line, MPAC Group, Ocado, Smith & Nephew Thursday May 7 Finals: BR Group, Trainline Trading announcements: Equiniti, Flutter Entertainment, Intercontinental Hotels, Mondi, National Express, RSA...

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