Monthly Archives: September 2011

Tech firm finds room to grow in new offices

September 30, 2011
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Financial services technology firm Ascentric has moved to larger premises in Bath after outgrowing its previous base. The firm, a subsidiary of Royal London Insurance and which has more than £3bn of clients’ funds under management, was launched in 2006. It has grown rapidly over the past two years and now employs more than...

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Travel: 24 hours in Innsbruck

September 30, 2011
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Travel: 24 hours in Innsbruck

  Find yourself with time to spare on a business trip? Innsbruck is a fabulous, medieval city with a stunning mountain backdrop and plenty to do and see. Travel Editor ANNE GORRINGE has the lowdown on what to see and do on a budget – including free trips and how to explore this picturesque...

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Travel: Last minute deal for Kos

September 30, 2011
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Travel: Last minute deal for Kos

  Love being active and have a few days holiday going spare? Grab that sports kit and prepare to snap up a fabulous last-minute bargain! Travel editor ANNE GORRINGE reveals the latest offers at a top sailing destination… A beautiful sandy bay, turquoise seas and a beachful of boats, rigged up and ready for...

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Media: Online gift list business appoints Bath agency for launch

September 30, 2011
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Prezola.com, the Bath-based online wish list business, has appointed strategic and creative marketing firm TheAgency, also based in Bath, to handle its pre-Christmas launch. Prezola is the brainchild of former Future Publishing director Dom Beaven, who was also head of digital and social media at Comic Relief and FIFA’s 1Goal World Cup legacy. Designed...

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Ethical business expert joins recruitment consultancy

September 30, 2011
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Ethical business expert joins recruitment consultancy

Peaches Golding OBE, the former regional director of Business in the Community, has joined specialist recruitment business Moon Consulting as principal consultant. Peaches, pictured, is one of the South West’s leading ethical business experts and was last year's High Sheriff of Bristol. She will help Moon create new business opportunities among FTSE-listed, medium-to-large businesses...

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Santander Corporate Banking appoints new regional director

September 30, 2011
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Santander Corporate Banking appoints new regional director

Julian Alexander has joined Santander Corporate Banking as regional director from Barclays, where he was the head of real estate in the Midlands with responsibility for the region’s main property accounts. In his new role, Julian, pictured, will be based at Santander’s corporate business centre in Bristol, leading the bank’s South West team of...

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Tech sector will lead the region’s recovery, say top directors

September 30, 2011
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Tech sector will lead the region’s recovery, say top directors

Technology, media and telecoms, manufacturing and tourism have been highlighted as the sectors business leaders believe will lead the South West’s recovery and help to head-off the threat of a double-dip recession. More than 100 directors contributed to South West Outlook – Recession to Progression – an authoritative report on the economy commissioned by...

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Surprise £6.5m takeover bid for Airsprung

September 29, 2011
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Trowbridge-based furniture group Airsprung has received a surprise £6.5m takeover bid from a property investment company. The offer emerged earlier today after Airsprung was noticed that Portnard Ltd, a Jersey registered investment vehicle, had acquired shares giving it a 29.95% stake in the historic business. Portnard’s principal shareholder Andrew Perloff, a well-known figure in...

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Profits and sales up at SciSys but it stays cautious in tough markets

September 29, 2011
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Profits and sales up at SciSys but it stays cautious in tough markets

Major contract wins from the BBC, the Environment Agency and the European Space Agency helped push up half-year sales and profits at specialist IT services group SciSys. The new business also helped the Chippenham-based group improve its margins at a time when public spending cuts are impacting on many of its markets. Pre-tax profits...

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Avon Protection secures $19m US gas mask order

September 28, 2011
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Melksham-based Avon Protection has received a further award under its existing 10-year sole source requirements contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) for the supply of its M50 JSGPM masks valued at approximately $19m and for delivery in its 2012 financial year. The contract is in addition to the 100,000 masks per annum Avon...

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