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More growth for PwC in South West with six new directors and raft of senior promotions

January 28, 2021
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More growth for PwC in South West with six new directors and raft of senior promotions

PwC, the Global accountancy group, has promoted five senior managers into director roles in its West & Wales practice and hired a sixth as it continues its investment in the region. The group, which covers from the region from offices in Bristol and Cardiff, has also made 15 promotions to senior manager and 34...

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Record year for BGF’s regional office, despite Covid-19, with investments reaching £67m

January 23, 2021
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Record year for BGF’s regional office, despite Covid-19, with investments reaching £67m

Investment group BGF’s South West team overcame challenges sparked by the coronavirus pandemic to invest a record amount last year. Some £67m was injected into businesses in 2020 – up on the £37m achieved in 2019 and overtaking the previous record of £50m in 2018.  The new investments take BGF’s total funding in the...

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Business West calls on government to act now and extend business rates relief for struggling firms

January 21, 2021
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Business West calls on government to act now and extend business rates relief for struggling firms

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to extend business rates relief beyond its March 31 cut-off point to avoid further pressure on firms struggling from lockdown restrictions. The call has come from Business West, the region’s largest business group and the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. Businesses in the retail, hospitality and...

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EY’s new South West managing partner has ambitions to further build brand in region

January 21, 2021
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EY’s new South West managing partner has ambitions to further build brand in region

Karen Kirkwood has been appointed as global accountancy group EY’s new managing partner for the South West and Wales as it continues its growth in the region. Karen, pictured, takes over from Andrew Perkins, who has successfully completed a four-year tenure in the role. He is staying in Bristol as EY’s regional corporate finance partner.  Karen joined EY...

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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

January 19, 2021
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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

Swindon firms struggling with post-Brexit trade complications are being urged to get expert advice and support by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. With the UK now outside of the European Union as of December 31, businesses must adhere to new rules and regulations when trading with the EU.  As reports emerge of how...

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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

January 17, 2021
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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

Regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance has strengthened its board again with a non-executive director appointment as it prepares for its new chair to take up her role. The arrival of Chris Butters, pictured, who has considerable non-executive director and senior executive experience, comes ahead of Christine Allison taking over from current chair Malachy McReynolds. ...

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Export Academy set up to give Swindon firms help selling to overseas markets

January 8, 2021
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Export Academy set up to give Swindon firms help selling to overseas markets

Swindon’s small businesses can access help and advice to grow internationally through a new, free, post-Brexit programme. The Export Academy involves overseas trade experts from the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosting a series of online workshops and events offering advice and support directly to business owners.  The programme has been designed for businesses...

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Former World Bank lead economist to become next chair of alternative regional lender SWIG Finance

January 6, 2021
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SWIG

Malachy McReynolds, the chair of regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance, is to step down in March after five years in the role. He will be replaced by Christine Allison, a former lead economist for the World Bank, who has been a non-executive director of SWIG Finance for the past three-and-a-half years. During that...

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New ‘body blow’ for Swindon businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

January 5, 2021
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New ‘body blow’ for Swindon businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

The latest lockdown will be another “body blow” to Swindon firms, coming after the uncertainty caused by Brexit and lost trade in the run-up to Christmas, the region’s biggest business group warned today. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said firms that had survived so far with Covid-related support from the...

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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

December 23, 2020
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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and has introduced three new steps to help it – and firms across the South West – reach the ambitious target. The organisation, which runs the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative and represents 23,000 businesses across the region,...

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