Monthly Archives: June 2012

LEP welcomes further transport investment

June 29, 2012
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Business leaders have lauded the further £24m investment to improve the West's local transport system, which is a key element in boosting the economy of the West of England. Speaking on behalf of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, the group that provides a platform for business and local councils to work together, Robert Sinclair, the chief...

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Bath brewery Abbey Ales develops taste for city centre pubs

June 28, 2012
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Bath brewery Abbey Ales develops taste for city centre pubs

Independent brewery Abbey Ales is seeking to add to its four-strong chain of Bath city centre pubs as refurbishment work on its latest acquisition nears completion. The Trinity, on James Street West near Kingsmead Square, is being fitted out as a traditional pub – taking it back to its former glory – but adding...

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Dixons launches branded travel stores at Bristol Airport

June 28, 2012
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Dixons launches branded travel stores at Bristol Airport

Technology retailer Dixons has opened its first Dixons Travel-branded outlet at Bristol Airport, offering travellers around 1,000 products, including hundreds of different headphones and gadgets. The store, in the airport’s departure lounge, offers a ‘reserve before you fly’ scheme, allowing customers to phone and reserve products to collect and pay for when they arrive...

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Recession worse than expected, gloomy new figures show

June 28, 2012
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Recession worse than expected, gloomy new figures show

The recession has been deeper than previously thought, official data out today show, with the economy now known to have shrank by 0.4% during the final three months of 2011. Today’s figures, from the Office for National Statistics, also confirm that UK was firmly in recession for the first quarter of this year, with...

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Major redevelopment planned for Chippenham’s former industrial heart

June 28, 2012
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Plans for the biggest redevelopment project for generations in Chippenham – including the town’s massive former Westinghouse site – are being drawn up following an agreement between two development companies. Property management and development companies Aberdeen Property UK Retail Parks Trust and Ashtenne Industrial Fund have formed the partnership to redevelop a 54-acre site...

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Hat-trick of green awards for environmental printers

June 27, 2012
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Park Lane Press, the Corsham-based environmentally-conscious printing firm, has made it a hat-trick of awards so far this year as it continues to promote its sustainable approach to business. Its third trophy of the year came last week when it came top in the environmental category at the prestigious Print and Paper Awards for...

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Upmarket hotel group hand picks Bailbrook House as its first in the West

June 27, 2012
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Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath is to undergo an extensive refurbishment programme over the next two years following its acquisition by the Hand Picked Hotels group. The Grade-II*-listed, three-star hotel was acquired from investor clients of real estate advisory company Delancey for an undisclosed sum. Set in 20 acres of gardens, it has 78...

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Olympic venue clocks on for Access-to-Time’s staff attendance system

June 27, 2012
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Access-to-Time, the Midsomer Norton-based time and attendance systems firm, has won a contract with Olympic 2012 venue the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA). As the UK’s premier sailing venue, the WPNSA is hosting all sailing events for the Olympics and Paralympic Games. The centre, which boasts world-class facilities and attracts sailors from...

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New look boardroom for logistics group Wincanton

June 27, 2012
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Wincanton, the Chippenham-based logistics and supply chain management group, has appointed David Radcliffe and Martin Sawkins as non-executive directors with effect from July 27. Mr Radcliffe is chief executive of corporate services group Hogg Robinson, a position he has held since 1997. Mr Sawkins is group human resources director of Rentokil Initial, having been...

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LinkedIn expert to relaunch Guyers House meeting facilities

June 26, 2012
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LinkedIn expert to relaunch Guyers House meeting facilities

Guyers House Hotel in Corsham relaunches its meeting and conference facilities this evening with a talk by one of the UK’s leading LinkedIn experts. James Potter, who provides LinkedIn training and consultancy across the UK, will give an hour-long presentation to an invited audience of 60 local business leaders on how the social media...

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