Industry News

19
Jan

South West college sets ambitious apprenticeship target – 200 apprenticeship pledges in just 100 days!

Weston College, following the success of its previous 100 in 100 campaign, has decided to raise the bar by matching 200 passionate apprentices with great local employers in just 100 days. For the full story please read the news bulletin below which was issued today by Insider Media Ltd. Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 19th January 2018    

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19
Jan

South West colleges aim to encourage new entrants into the world of training and skills development

Acknowledging a lack of staff to provide training as being a potential obstacle to achieving the aims of the government’s Industrial Strategy in the West of England, SGS, City of Bristol and City of Bath Colleges in partnership with the Western Training Provider Network and Business West, will combine as a consortium to host a recruitment event on 9th February.

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19
Jan

The Severn Growth Summit (prompted by scheduled abolition of bridge tolls) to discuss strengthening economic links between Wales and the South West

Representatives from the UK Government, Welsh Government, business and city regions are due to meet on Monday 22nd January to discuss opportunities to strengthen economic links between Wales and South West England. The Severn Growth Summit has been prompted by the scheduled abolition of tolls on the Severn bridges which should help to create an opportunity to create an economic

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18
Jan

ISA transfers enable private lenders to earn 6.5% p.a. tax free interest while helping local businesses

The Cornwall based Folk2Folk lending platform for local and rural businesses has enabled ISA transfers for new and existing customers. Lenders can earn tax-free interest of 6.5% p.a. on their ISA money by lending to rural and local UK businesses, helping those businesses to grow, diversify or start up. The minimum lenders can transfer is £20,000 with no maximum limit.

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16
Jan

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP has set out pitch to government and business for future investment

A pitch to government and business, focusing on ten key sectors, has been outlined by The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The document will be used to inform future discussions with ministers and investors as the government implements its Industrial Strategy which aims to significantly improve investment in skills, industries and infrastructure and should lead to

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5
Jan

Record number of small business owners planning to shrink or sell their businesses

According to a survey conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses one in seven small business owners are planning to shrink, sell or close their businesses during the first quarter of 2018. For the reasons given for this please read the article below which appeared in The Daily Telegraph today. Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 5th January 2018  

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2
Jan

Latest News on Business Funding (January 2018)

Graham Jones at Mendip Business Finance says :- Uncertainty following the Brexit vote has undoubtedly influenced the general commercial market in the UK and in turn the appetite to take on any additional financial commitment has been dampened. That said, interest rates are still exceptionally low and are only predicted to rise by small degrees into the foreseeable future. Our

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19
Dec

UK manufacturing order books at 30 year high!

According to a new survey conducted by the Confederation of British Industry, Order Books for the UK’s manufacturing sector are at a 30 year high whilst export order books remain at their strongest since the mid-1990s. For the full story please read the bulletin below which was issued by Insider News Media Ltd. today. Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds,

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18
Dec

Investment training available for UK robotics and AI companies

Companies operating in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence are being invited to take part in an ‘investment readiness programme’ which aims to provide an overview of what is expected when raising cash and how to present a strong proposition. The first two days of training (in Sheffield) is scheduled for 16th and 17th January 2018. The Pitchfest programme

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14
Dec

Exeter & Bristol forecast to be among UK’s fastest growing cities over the next three years!

According to EY’s UK Regional Economic Forecast, Exeter and Bristol are both expected to grow faster than London (2.2%) and well above the UK average (1.8%) by 2020, whilst the South West region is forecast to grow by 1.7%. For the full picture please read the article below which appeared in the Western Morning News today. Roger Mundy, Managing Director,

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