Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tablets bring some relief to struggling Future as title sales for iPads soar

July 31, 2012
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Digital revenue has shot up by 30% at Future, the Bath-based magazine and digital publishers, as consumers increasingly used their iPads and other tablets to read its products. The group said today it sold more than 1.7m copies of its titles through Apple’s Newsstand since its launch last October. However, the third-quarter rise in...

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Global reach helps Bath group Rotork engineer record results

July 31, 2012
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Global reach helps Bath group Rotork engineer record results

Specialist Bath engineering group Rotork today defied the global gloom by unveiling a sparkling set of financial results with each of its divisions achieving record order intake, revenue and profit. The figures for the half-year to June 30 show Rotork’s order book was 13% higher than last December at £177.7m. Order intake was up...

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Accountants Old Mill recruit first tax specialist for Melksham office

July 30, 2012
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Accountants Old Mill recruit first tax specialist for Melksham office

Chartered tax adviser Laura MacDonald has joined accountants Old Mill’s Melksham office as assistant tax manager. The 30-year-old is the first dedicated tax specialist at the Wiltshire office and will work with the rest of the firm’s tax specialists from its four other offices under new head of tax Victoria Studley. Laura, pictured, is...

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Green electricity supplier Good Energy begins trading on AIM

July 30, 2012
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Good Energy, the Chippenham-based green electricity supplier, has listed its shares on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market following eight years on the lightly-regulated PLUS market. The firm, the UK’s leading 100% renewable electricity supplier, said trading in its shares and interest from institutional shareholders had been low on PLUS and directors now believe...

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Quarter of West law firms face closure as Tesco Law and recession hit home

July 30, 2012
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More than a quarter of South West law firms are at risk of going out of business over the next year as they face the combined challenges of the impact of the recession and the introduction of far-reaching reforms. The warning comes from R3, the trade body for insolvency professionals, which estimates that more...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 30, 2012
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Monday July 30 INTERIMS Banco Espirito Santo SA N Shs, Eramet SA, Fidessa Group, Hiscox Ltd., HSBC, Keller Group, Reckitt Benckiser Group, Ultra Electronics Holdings Q1 Ryanair AGMS China Private Equity Investment Holdingd Ltd. (DI), Griffin Mining Ltd., Kingswalk Investments Ltd, National Grid UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS CBI Distributive Trades Surveys (11:00) Consumer Credit (09:30)...

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Shortlist announced for West’s top PR awards

July 27, 2012
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The shortlist for the region’s top public relations awards has been revealed with some of the West’s top PR agencies competing for the 2012 West of England CIPR PRide Awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony and dinner on November 9 at the Grand Hotel, Bristol. CIPR chief executive Jane Wilson...

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Top journalists discover the delights of Georgian Bath in a bid to boost tourism

July 27, 2012
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Journalists in Britain to cover the Olympics were given a day out to remember as they were taken on a Jane Austen-inspired tour of Bath. With time to spare before the recent opening ceremony, half a dozen reporters from China, South Africa and India, together with the cream of British media, were stunned by...

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Annual snapshot of West enterprise launched

July 27, 2012
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The annual survey for UK entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship UK: 2012/13, has been launched by accountants and business advisory firm Deloitte. Now in its fifth year, the survey is an authoritative report on the sector, reflecting the attitudes, performance and objectives of entrepreneurs and their businesses.  Last year’s survey results in the South West revealed: 56%...

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New contracts speed up Wincanton’s progress on road to recovery

July 26, 2012
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Wincanton, the Chippenham-based logistics group, is on the road back to profitable growth, its chief executive has said. The group plunged to a £75.5m first half loss, which it blamed on lower volumes in a tough market. But in its interim management statement today, chief executive Eric Born outlined a number of new business...

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