Fraud soared as criminals used pandemic to target vulnerable firms and individuals, research shows

August 9, 2021
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Fraud soared as criminals used pandemic to target vulnerable firms and individuals, research shows

Professional criminals took advantage of the unprecedented conditions caused by the pandemic to con businesses and individuals across the South West out of millions of pounds, new figures show. According to accountancy group KPMG latest Fraud Barometer, cases reaching the region’s courts in the first half of this year soared by more than three...

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Take-off of Frankfurt flights will help put region on route to post-Covid recovery, says Bristol Airport

August 6, 2021
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Take-off of Frankfurt flights will help put region on route to post-Covid recovery, says Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has taken another major step towards fully recovering from the impact of the pandemic with the launch this week of a regular service to Frankfurt. German airline Lufthansa had planned to introduce the direct flights last March but shelved them as Covid-19 took hold across the world – triggering a massive fall...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 2, 2021
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Monday August 2 Interims: HSBC Holdings, Senior, XP Power Economic announcement: PMI manufacturing Tuesday August 3 Finals: Filtronic, Joules Group, NWF Interims: Aferian, BP, Coats, Direct Line, Greggs, Keller, Rotork, Standard Charter, Travis Perkins, Ultra Electronics Q2 result: Gran Tierra Energy Trading announcements: Barr (A.G.), Lamprell Wednesday August 4 Interims: Ferrexpo, Hiscox, Legal & General, Morgan Sindall Group, Taylor Wimpey, Wizz...

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Half of region’s tech firms now doing better than in pre-Covid times, survey reveals

August 2, 2021
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Half of region’s tech firms now doing better than in pre-Covid times, survey reveals

The South West’s tech businesses have bounced back strongly from the pandemic, according to a new survey, with more than half saying they are now performing better than their pre-Covid levels. Some 96% of tech firm leaders, including founders and directors, said they were optimistic about the future with high levels of confidence for...

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Partner and associate partner promotions strengthen EY’s South West office

August 2, 2021
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Partner and associate partner promotions strengthen EY’s South West office

Global accountancy group EY has made a series of senior appointments in its regional office, including a partner and three associate partners, as it continues to invest in the South West and Wales. Robin Enstone has been promoted to equity partner while there are also promotions to associate partner for Elsa Littlewood, Ed Bujok-Stone and David Potter. ...

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We’re ready to support ambitious firms to grow, LDC South West team says as opportunities return

August 2, 2021
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We’re ready to support ambitious firms to grow, LDC South West team says as opportunities return

The South West team of LDC, the leading mid-market private equity firm, is predicting significant growth and investment opportunities for small and mid-sized businesses over the coming year as the regional economy recovers from the pandemic. The team completed three deals in the first half of this year with a combined enterprise value of...

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