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Business Weekly New Year Honours: Banking & Finance

Simon Cook, DFJ EspritDespite widespread cynicism over bank lending to SMEs and the usual moans about VCs not understanding technology businesses, dealflow in Cambridge and the East of England is running at record levels.

Business Weekly New Year Honours: Accountants

Adrian Bennett, PwCBDO’s mega merger with PKF, agreed at the end of 2012, became effective in the spring of 2013 and has changed the balance of power in the regional accountancy world.

Banks backed as attractive lenders again

Ian Stewart, chief economist at DeloitteWith low levels of uncertainty, improved access to finance and greater confidence in the Bank of England’s policies, the UK’s chief financial officers (CFOs) are gearing up for expansion, investment and hiring in 2014, according to the latest Deloitte CFO survey.

Monthind cleans up with acquisitions

East Anglian cleaning company MonthindSpecialist East Anglian cleaning company Monthind has announced the acquisition of two Norfolk businesses, securing 45 jobs in the area.

Cambridge team leads access to finance drive

Innovation Centre MD David GillSt John’s Innovation Centre, a hothouse for new business and technology enterprise in the Cambridge UK cluster, has been chosen to lead unprecedented access to finance for East of England businesses.

Tech troubleshooter fights deal failures

nu Angle co-founder Dr Steve BoneCambridge technology strategy consultancy, nu Angle – which troubleshoots for multinationals post M & A – has ramped up its capability to counter common failings of major deals.

Bank tops £113 million lending landmark

Gary-WilkinsonCambridge & Counties Bank has raced past the £100 million lending milestone. The regional, business bank has now lent more than £113 million, comprising more than 250 loans.

Autumn Statement – A cautious business thumbs up

Robert Leggett – Corporate Tax partner, EnsorsAs I write this, we still await the detail on many of the business measures, so it is still hard to be certain what impact some of them will have on business. However, I think at this stage we can give a cautious thumbs up.

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