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Business rates retention crucial to plugging council funding gaps

Business rates have always been seen by companies as quite simply an extra tax. Hitherto, they have been a tax too far with no sign of any benefit to firms or the local economy. And the venom against...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Posted on: 23.02.18
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Building a bank that puts people before profit

We all know banking is in trouble. Low levels of trust, the failure to serve the poor and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), ignoring or worsening sustainable development, and public bailouts...
Jules Peck
Jules Peck
Posted on: 20.02.18
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Five social media platforms your competitors are using

We share our insider tips on the platforms businesses need to be embracing right now to stay ahead of the game!
Alice Garland
Alice Garland
Posted on: 20.02.18
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Reducing Admin Through Digitisation

What could small to medium enterprises do with an extra 120 days a year? That’s how long the average small business currently spends on admin, preventing them from focusing on the real, valuable work...
Scott McLay
Scott McLay
Posted on: 05.02.18
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Gigabit broadband – the future is now for Bristol’s creative & digital sectors

As one of the most digitally advanced cities in the UK , Bristol is at the front of the queue when it comes to next generation broadband and mobile data speeds. At present, the average broadband...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Posted on: 02.02.18
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County's ageing population is bad for business

This year has opened with some Gloucestershire companies deciding to throw off the confusion of Brexit and make the badly needed investments in their businesses that they had put on hold. After the...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Posted on: 26.01.18
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Leadership development in small and medium sized enterprises

At the start of a New Year, just how many small and medium sized companies (SMEs) will have taken a fresh look at their strategy and business plan for 2018? I would hazard a guess that quite a few of...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Posted on: 11.01.18
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Scale-ups a priority in the Industrial Strategy

The government has published the UK’s first industrial strategy and there is plenty for SMEs to get excited about. Tara Gillam, Head of Enterprise at Business West has responded to the whitepaper: It...
Jennifer Rollason
Jennifer Rollason
Posted on: 08.12.17
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Scale South West – Good news for growth ready businesses

There’s good news for South West businesses ready to grow in 2018: A new high-growth programme for local businesses has been announced by PwC, in partnership with Business West and The Engine Shed...
Jennifer Rollason
Jennifer Rollason
Posted on: 08.12.17
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