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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 29, 2020
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Monday November 30 Finals: Barloworld, Tharisa, Zambeef Products Interims: Civitas Social Housing, Discoverie Group, Draper Esprit, Foxtons, Omega Diagnostics group, St James House, Victoria Tuesday December 1 Finals: Gooch & Housego, Hyve Group Interims: Bilby, Ince Group, Iomart, Mercia Asset Management, Sosandar, Tekmar Group Economic announcement: PMI manufacturing Wednesday December 2 Finals: Avon Rubber, Ixico, Residential Secure Income, Stock Spirits...

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Business groups warn of bleak winter as Bath prepares for life in Tier 2 when lockdown ends

November 27, 2020
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Business groups warn of bleak winter as Bath prepares for life in Tier 2 when lockdown ends

Bath’s Tier 2 restrictions when it comes out of the national lockdown next week will have a “chilling impact” on its economy, with much of its hospitality sector remaining “frozen” in the vital run-up to Christmas, business groups have warned. Bath Chamber of Commerce group Business West said despite having escaped being put in...

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Future makes £600m overture to Go Compare group as profits soar 300% on recent takeovers

November 27, 2020
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Future makes £600m overture to Go Compare group as profits soar 300% on recent takeovers

Bath’s acquisition-hungry media group Future has hit the takeover trail again with a near £600m offer for the firm behind the Co Compare website. The £594m cash-and-shares offer, which has been accepted by GoCo Group’s board, was revealed on the same day that Future posted a 300% increase in annual pre-tax profits to £52m on sales...

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High Street Shop of the Year award nomination for Bath stationery retailer and printer

November 27, 2020
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High Street Shop of the Year award nomination for Bath stationery retailer and printer

Bath independent stationery retailer and printer Meticulous Ink is in the running for a major national award that champions the UK’s best creative small businesses.  Meticulous Ink, which was opened 10 years ago by designer Athena Cauley-Yu, sells a range of stationery and paper goods, calligraphy pens and inks as well as offering a...

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Profits expected to hold up at Rotork as its main markets start to recover from pandemic

November 27, 2020
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Profits expected to hold up at Rotork as its main markets start to recover from pandemic

Bath-headquartered specialist engineering group Rotork has said it expects to largely shrug off the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and achieve better-than-expected annual profits. In a trading update for shareholders this week the group, which makes specialist valves for the global oil, gas, water and chemical industries, said its performance during the first 10...

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Community spirit of pioneering university campus earns it coveted property award

November 27, 2020
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Community spirit of pioneering university campus earns it coveted property award

The innovative design of Bath Spa University’s Locksbrook Campus has been recognised in a prestigious regional property awards scheme. The campus topped the Heritage Project of the Year category in the 2020 Michelmores’ Property Awards.  Now in their 18th year, the awards recognise the best property and construction schemes across the South West, as well...

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Shortage of premium office space in Bath triggers strong interest in investment opportunity

November 26, 2020
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Shortage of premium office space in Bath triggers strong interest in investment opportunity

A Bath office block has been sold for nearly £7m – a price, according to the property agents behind the deal, that reflects the ongoing shortage of prime business space in the city. Grosvenor House, pictured, in The Square off Lower Bristol Road – a property with 18,500 sq ft of Grade A space...

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Global events industry targeted to help give Bath’s economy post-Covid boost

November 26, 2020
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Global events industry targeted to help give Bath’s economy post-Covid boost

Bath is to be promoted as a prime location for international conferences, meetings and events at one of the top exhibitions for the global events industry as its key players look beyond Covid-19 to make bookings. The annual IBTM World in Barcelona attracts a worldwide audience of conference, events and incentive travel planners. Although...

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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

November 26, 2020
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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

Each week Bath accountancy firm Pearson May and Bath Business News team up to bring you the top national finance stories. Are big changes afoot for Capital Gains Tax?  The Office for Tax Simplification recommends options for Covid-19 tax grab. Find out more here HMRC reveals Making Tax Digital for Corporation Tax plans Latest tax to go digital set...

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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

November 26, 2020
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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

The award-winning Trading Through Brexit service run by Business West has been relaunched to help companies make crucial last-minute adjustments to the way they operate ahead of the end of the UK-EU transition period. Regardless of whether or not a deal is reached between UK and EU negotiators ahead of deadline on December 31,...

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