Monthly Archives: January 2012

Novia gains higher rating as it goes from strength to strength

January 31, 2012
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Novia, the Bath firm providing wealth management platforms for investment advisers and their clients, has achieved an increase in its financial strength rating from independent actuarial company AKG. The rating, which has risen from B-minus to B, depicts a ‘strong’ financial position according to AKG – a rare achievement for an independent business which launched...

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Marketing strategy launched to boost Bath tourism to £400m

January 31, 2012
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The value of tourism to Bath could reach £400m by 2014 according to a new marketing strategy launched by Bath Tourism Plus (BTP) at its annual tourism forum today. BTP has developed the strategy as a destination-wide plan and will collaborate with businesses in and around Bath to achieve its goals with BTP providing...

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Bath law firm boss named as one of the Hot 100

January 31, 2012
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Bath law firm Stone King’s managing partner Steven Greenwood has been recognised by specialist legal publication The Lawyer, which has included him in its Hot 100 ranking of high-achieving individuals from law firms from across the UK. Steven was recognised for delivering a strategic focus within a consolidating legal marketplace and making appropriate lateral...

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Fresh air fans walk away with top prizes in National Trust competition

January 30, 2012
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Fresh air fans walk away with top prizes in National Trust competition

The National Trust’s Bath properties have presented the prizes in a draw which celebrated the charity’s first ever Walking Festival – a nationwide campaign to encourage more people to venture outdoors. The competition, which boasted an outdoor theme and prizes courtesy of sports footwear brand Hi-Tec, attracted no shortage of entries from visitors who...

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Creative Bath: Social media masterclass

January 30, 2012
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Social media has had a huge impact on everyone's lives over the past few years. But using online platforms to promote and build a creative business can be challenging. A Creative Bath-staged event this evening will look at how businesses can get social media right. A panel of guest speakers will discuss how to...

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Bath architect gets on his bike to raise money for African schools project

January 30, 2012
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Geoff Rich, a partner at Bath-based architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will be taking part in a 1,500km bike ride from London to Cannes to raise money for the Richard Feilden Foundation (RFF). The RFF was set up in memory of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios founder Richard Feilden, who died in an accident at...

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Cash-strapped consumers push down post-Christmas retail sales

January 26, 2012
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Retail sales have slumped to their biggest annual fall in nearly three years as shoppers tightened their purse string after Christmas, according to the latest survey by the CBI. Its distributive trades survey for January showed the balance for reported sales volumes plunged to -22 – a sharp turnaround on December’s +9. The downturn...

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Bath venues team up to take message to Swindon business show

January 25, 2012
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Some of Bath’s most famous venues will be heading along the M4 this week to take part in a major business show in Swindon. The group, called Unique Venues of Bath, includes Bath Rugby, the Theatre Royal, Thermae Bath Spa, Bath Racecourse and Bath’s Historic Buildings – taking in venues such as the Assembly...

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Bristol Airport lands top industry award for being ‘business friendly’

January 25, 2012
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Bristol Airport has been named Best UK Airport in the prestigious Business Travel Awards 2012. The airport saw off competition from London City, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester to land the top award, which was presented in front of 1,200 travel industry guests at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. An independent panel of judges, including travel...

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New recession fears grow as economy contracts by 0.2%

January 25, 2012
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Economic activity in the UK shrank by 0.2% in the last three months of 2011, according to figures released today by the ONS (Office of National Statistics). The drop in activity comes after the marginal growth of 0.6% in the third quarter last year. The contraction raises serious concerns over the direction of the...

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