Monthly Archives: October 2011

Top speakers lined up for CBI South West annual dinner

October 31, 2011
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More 350 of the South West’s senior business figures will gather this Thursday for the CBI South West’s annual dinner when the keynote speaker will CBI director-general John Cridland. The black tie event at The Marriott City Centre Hotel, Bristol, will also hear from Major General Andy Salmon CMG OBE. The C Group co-founder...

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SciSys on target for slice of £1bn contract

October 31, 2011
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SciSys, the Chippenham-based specialist software developer, looks set to gain significant business from the £1bn British Army Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle upgrade programme announced last week by Prime Minister David Cameron. As a member of the Warrior Transformation Team with special responsibility for the electronics architecture, SciSys representatives were present when the selection of Lockheed Martin...

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Former Barclays regional boss joins Lloyds Bank

October 31, 2011
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Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets has extended its South West and South Wales team with the appointment of Paul Harvey as business development director.  Paul joins the Bristol-based team after six years at the helm of Barclays Corporate in the South West and brings with him 30 years’ experience in corporate banking. Paul will focus...

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Conference will help social enterprises reach their potential

October 31, 2011
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Social enterprises and charities from across the South West will get the advice and expertise they need to compete, flourish and grow at a unique one-day exhibition staged tomorrow. The exhibition at the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre is hosted by the university’s Bristol Business School in partnership with the Social Enterprise Mark...

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Airsprung chiefs approve increased takover offer

October 27, 2011
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Bosses at Trowbridge-based bed and furniture maker Airsprung have accepted an increased cash offer with the holding company of Andrew Perloff, an active investor in Airsprung. His investment company, Portnard, has upped its offer for the company to 31p a share from 27p. Shares in the company had already posted big gains after the...

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SciSys boss to take a back seat

October 27, 2011
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SciSys executive chairman and founder Mike Love is to step back from day-to-day control of the Chippenham-based hi-tech company to become non executive chairman.  The firm said in a statement today that he will, however, remain a director and significant shareholder in the group.   SciSys, whose pre-tax profits rose 83% to £1.1m in the...

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No Future for Stevie as publishing boss quits

October 27, 2011
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Future publishing boss Stevie Spring and her financial director John Bowman have quit their jobs with immediate effect. Their departure comes months after the Bath-based international special interest media group issued a warning about its full-year results and said it would undertake a restructuring of its businesses. Mark Wood, the head of Future UK, and Graham...

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Law firm’s drive to help motorists facing court action

October 26, 2011
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Bath law firm Stone King has set up a dedicated traffic team to defend local motorists and deal with an increase in drivers challenging prosecution. The team is made up of five experienced solicitors headed by Emma Haley, an expert in traffic law. Working alongside her is Andrew Banks, who specialises in transport law,...

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West’s best innovators to be showcased at Venturefest

October 26, 2011
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West’s best innovators to be showcased at Venturefest

Businesses and entrepreneurs with ideas ranging from healthcare solutions, renewable energy technologies, high-value manufacturing and apps to make companies more efficient will demonstrate their projects at Venturefest Bristol which is being held at at the Bristol & Bath Science Park next Thursday, November 3. The event will link entrepreneurs and innovators from across the Bristol...

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A feast of new ideas at the Science Park

October 26, 2011
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A feast of new ideas at the Science Park

  Businesses and entrepreneurs with ideas ranging from healthcare solutions, renewable energy technologies, high value manufacture and apps for more efficient business solutions will demonstrate their projects at Venturefest Bristol which is being held at at the Bristol & Bath Science Park next week on Thursday, November 3. The event will unite entrepreneurs and innovators...

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