South West Overlooked in the Budget Spending Spree

In the aftermath of the Autumn Budget, Top 30 advisory firm Bishop Fleming is calling on the government to give more attention to the South West in its infrastructure investment and tax incentive programmes. The firm, which delivers accounting, tax, corporate restructuring and advisory services to businesses and private wealth advice to individuals, states that whilst new money and general measures announced in the Budget are welcome and will have some positive impacts on the region, more could have been done specifically for the South West in the pronouncements. The Autumn Budget included investment in new housing and technology, cuts […]

Aston Manor Cider Reaction to Autumn Budget

Aston Manor Cider Statement: “We will look at the detail, though notwithstanding the challenge of framing legislation to make it happen, this idea has no merit. “We would remind the Chancellor that ‘white cider’ represents around 0.27% of total alcohol and is in long-term decline. And whilst all products are capable of being misused, the vast majority of ‘white cider’ is enjoyed by people on low incomes without issue. “On the issue of alcohol misuse then the frontline professionals supporting people in crisis reject the targeting of specific products as it merely displaces misuse and might even make matters worse. […]

BREAKING NEWS – Flybe Autumn Budget Response

FLYBE DISAPPOINTMENT THAT ‘DAMAGING’ AIR PASSENGER DUTY NOT LOWERED IN BUDGET Flybe budget response: Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, is disappointed that the Chancellor has once again missed the opportunity to lower Air Passenger Duty. The UK’s APD is among the highest in the world and it is a highly damaging tax which penalises domestic travellers. Reducing APD and supporting domestic aviation would have been in line with the Government’s stated aim of spreading economic growth more evenly across the UK – this is sadly another missed opportunity to act.


Top 30 advisory firm, Bishop Fleming, has issued a 10-point wish-list for the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget to be delivered on 22 November 2017. The firm, which delivers accounting, tax, corporate restructuring and advisory services to businesses and private wealth advice to individuals, warns that Philip Hammond needs to use his first Budget since the general election to stimulate business growth and consumer demand. Bishop Fleming’s Managing Partner, Matthew Lee, said: “The first Budget after a general election is the best opportunity to be bold, imaginative and transformative. This is needed now more than ever, particularly as we hurtle towards an […]

Why the Bus Station Redevelopment Must Still Go Ahead

Councillor Philip Bialyk, from Exeter City Council, spoke about the Bus Station redevelopment to around 70 local business people at the most recent Southernhay Breakfast Club. Phil, an Exeter man who worked on the buses himself for some time, gave a passionate talk about how plans for a new leisure centre and bus station were essential to the city. He said that Exeter City Council’s vision was simple; the 53 year old bus station desperately needs replacing and, instead, they want a new, iconic and eco-friendly building at the gateway to the city centre. He is committed to providing facilities that can be accessed by as many people as possible. He […]

Securing the Future for Cider Communities

Apples and pears were on the agenda in Westminster last week, at the All Party Parliamentary Cider Group (APPCG) and The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) autumn reception. With over 150 guests from across the political spectrum and the drinks trade, the event was a great success and a chance to hear more about this historic British industry. As well as talking about the issues of the moment, attendees were able to experience some of the premium brands from across the country, from producers large and small. The cider makers were on hand to explain the details behind the […]

Strong and stable leadership Mrs May?

Lessons on Leadership From the Election:  Not having a closed shop? Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill were Theresa May’s key advisers in her flawed election campaign where she succeeded in scraping a hung parliament from the jaws of a vastly increased majority.  There are some important lessons in leadership that we can all learn from the Conservative campaign and I intend to write a blog everyday this week on those lessons. During April of this year, Theresa May, most would say came over as a very credible leader, it was reported on the 11th April that she had a 37 […]

Are WE able to help in defeating terrorism?

The answer is yes! Police budgets are declining, terrorist attacks proliferating and terrorism casualties increasing; so how can you help? Sadly we live in a world with increasing threats to our societies and unfortunately they don’t seem to be diminishing. So how should we as the public start to help ourselves? Being alert and aware saves so many lives when it comes to household fires so perhaps it’s time we applied a similar philosophy to combating terrorism. We feel the opportunity to support the agencies that are responsible for protecting us has never been greater. How can we help those […]