Monthly Archives: May 2012

Sharp rebound in confidence among West firms

May 28, 2012
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Business confidence in the region has rebounded strongly in the past three months, according to an upbeat report. The latest ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) soared from a low of minus18.4 to plus16.6 in the second quarter of this year. The uplift follows a steadily worsening trend over the previous three quarters...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 28, 2012
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Monday May 28 FINALS Aveva Group, Entertainment One Ltd. (DI), First Derivatives, Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. (DI), Max Property Group, Phoenix IT Group, Volex AGMS GLOBO, Matrix European Real Estate Inv Trust Ltd., Polyus Gold International Ltd GDR (Level I) TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS Origin Enterprises Tuesday May 29 INTERIMS Brewin Dolphin Holdings, Topps Tiles FINALS...

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Bishop Fleming secures Minerva House for growth in Bath

May 25, 2012
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Accountants Bishop Fleming have secured a better office for its recently-acquired Bath operation. Having secured the business of Target Accountants in Bath, Bishop Fleming has taken a 10-year lease on Minerva House to provide growth space for the firm's new Bath office, which is now the biggest accountancy firm in the city. Located next...

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Adapt or die, Dragon Theo tells retailers as he opens latest store in Bath

May 24, 2012
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Dragon’s Den star and entrepreneur Theo Paphitis personally launched the Bath outlet for his boutique lingerie brand Boux Avenue – and warned retailers that they must change or go bust. The Southgate store is the 12th opened by Boux Avenue – Mr Paphitis’ return to the lingerie market after he sold La Senza to private equity firm...

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Bath Priory wins prestigious Best Small Hotel in the UK title

May 24, 2012
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The Bath Priory Hotel has collected the Gold Award for the Best Small Hotel of the Year at this week’s prestigious Visit England Awards for Excellence. The win was another accolade for the luxury boutique hotel which, earlier this year, come first in the Best Small Hotel and Taste of the West categories in...

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Economy deeper in recession than thought, dire figures show

May 24, 2012
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The UK slumped deeper into recession than initially thought in the first three months of this year as the construction industry continued to underperform, bleak figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed today. The ONS said the economy shrank by 0.3% between January and March, more than an initial estimate of a...

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Chief executive on board at Fidelius as it aims for expansion

May 23, 2012
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Bath financial services firm Fidelius has appointed Jim Grant as chief executive officer to lead a major growth strategy. Jim, who sold Chartwell Group in 2010, has made a major investment into the business and plans to reshape and grow the business’ proposition, significantly raising its profile. He intends to recruit key people specifically...

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Movie magic returns to the former Beau Nash cinema in Komedia-Little Theatre link up

May 23, 2012
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In an innovative collaboration between Komedia in Bath and City Screen Picturehouse Cinemas, The Little Theatre Cinema is to install a new cinema within the award-winning live entertainment venue. The iconic Westgate Street building – formerly the Beau Nash Cinema, the first purpose-built cinema in the West of England – will combine Komedia’s award-winning...

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More growth on the menu as Bath’s Mystery Dining Company finds new home

May 23, 2012
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Bath-based hospitality business The Mystery Dining Company has upsized its offices following one of its most successful years to date.  The firm provides customer intelligence for restaurant chains, food outlets and hotel groups such as Carluccios, Hotel du Vin, Prezzo, Wagamama, and Travelodge After a 25% increase in client numbers and a growing presence...

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Iconic Francis Hotel reopens after £6m transformation

May 23, 2012
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Bath’s Francis Hotel officially re-opens to guests tomorrow following a £6m investment which has transformed it into one of the UK’s best high-end hotels. The iconic hotel recently became the newest member of the 50-strong MGallery global collection of unique hotels – the group’s second in the UK and first outside London. The refurbished...

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