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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 26, 2019
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Monday May 27 Bank holiday Tuesday May 28 Final: Altitude Group, Amigo Holdings, Kainos Group Interims: Oxford Biodynamics, AFI Developments Economic announcement: BBA Mortgage Lending Figures Wednesday May 29 Finals: Aveva Group, HarbourVest Global Privat Equity, Stobart Group, Telford Homes Interims: Jadestone Energy, PJSC Lukoil Thursday May 30 Finals: De La Rue, FirstGroup, Helios...

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The LAST WORD: Ian Coyle, First Bus operations director, West of England

May 24, 2019
The LAST WORD: Ian Coyle, First Bus operations director, West of England

Each week Bath Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Ian Coyle, operations director for First Bus, West of England, answers our 10 questions What was the LAST:  Film you watched? War Horse. Having seen this film a couple of times,...

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‘Big data’ project tracking visitor spending puts Bath BID at forefront of smart city revolution

May 24, 2019
‘Big data’ project tracking visitor spending puts Bath BID at forefront of smart city revolution

Bath’s Business Improvement District (BID) has become the first in the UK to glean anonymous data from visitors’ mobile phones and credit cards to better understand spending patterns in the city centre. The BID, which is funded by 675 levy payers, has teamed up with a specialist ‘big data’ consultancy which will provide it...

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West business leader calls for fresh approach to Brexit as May announces she will quit as PM

May 24, 2019
West business leader calls for fresh approach to Brexit as May announces she will quit as PM

The leader of the region’s largest business organisation has called on the next Prime Minister to end the “drift and lack of direction” in Parliament over Brexit and fix the fundamentals blighting the UK economy. The comments from Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the organisation that runs Bath Chamber of Commerce...

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HELP is at hand for firms from Royds Withy King’s new HR and employment package

May 24, 2019
HELP is at hand for firms from Royds Withy King’s new HR and employment package

Bath-headquartered regional law firm Royds Withy King has launched a legal ‘safety net’ in response to unprecedented demand from human resources professionals and business owners for affordable expert HR and employment advice. Called HELP, the package provides comprehensive legal support to businesses alongside insurance protection against Employment Tribunal claims.   Bespoke packages have been developed...

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Booklovers’ mecca prepares for next chapter in its global growth

May 23, 2019
Booklovers’ mecca prepares for next chapter in its global growth

Global second-hand and rare book retailer Bookbarn International is preparing for a major re-launch following the appointment of a new CEO. Nick Bates has joined the Hallatrow-based firm after nearly four years at renown New York-headquartered publishing group HarperCollins, where he was sales and marketing director and, most recently, associate publisher based in London.  Bookbarn International...

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