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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 30, 2016
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Monday 2 May Bank holiday – nothing scheduled Tuesday 3 May Interim: Aberdeen Asset Management Trading statements: HSBC, Just Eat AGMs: DP Poland, Fresnillo, Randgold Resources, Stadium, Stratex International Economics: Markit UK manufacturing PMI Wednesday 4 May Interims: Avon Rubber, Imperial Brands Finals: 1Spatial, J Sainsbury, Venture Life Trading statements: Dialog Semiconductor, Direct Line...

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The LAST WORD: Chris Smith, managing director, Marshfield Bakery

April 29, 2016
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The LAST WORD: Chris Smith, managing director, Marshfield Bakery

THE LAST WORD Each week Bath Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Chris Smith, managing director of Marshfield Bakery and the new chairman of the Institute of Directors Gloucestershire branch, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: Film you...

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Acquisitions and exchange rates ease pressure of oil price slump on Rotork

April 29, 2016
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Acquisitions and exchange rates ease pressure of oil price slump on Rotork

Bath-based advanced engineering group Rotork today said a spate of recent acquisitions and more favourable exchange rates had lifted first-quarter revenues as it hit the takeover trail again. The group, which makes highly specialised valves for the international oil and gas industries, said its order intake and revenue edged ahead by 2.5% and 0.7%...

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Towering achievement of Withy King cyclists with 230-mile Bath-to-Paris charity bike ride

April 29, 2016
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Towering achievement of Withy King cyclists with 230-mile Bath-to-Paris charity bike ride

Cyclists from the Bath offices of Withy King pedalled the 230 miles from Bath to Paris in just three days to raise more than £5,500 for three charities. They joined a19-strong group plus two support crew from across the firm to take part in the feat. The ride marked the start of a six-month...

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‘Best new office in Bath’ tag for Manvers St speculative scheme as work gets underway

April 29, 2016
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‘Best new office in Bath’ tag for Manvers St speculative scheme as work gets underway

Work has started on a major scheme to convert a vacant 1970s city centre building into much-needed offices – with its marketing agents claiming it will be Bath’s best new business space. The Manvers Street building, owned by West Midlands Pension Fund, is being extensively refurbished and re-modeled to provide 45,136 sq ft of...

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Sky’s the limit for care home boss as she overcomes fears to land £800 for Dorothy House Hospice

April 29, 2016
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Sky’s the limit for care home boss as she overcomes fears to land £800 for Dorothy House Hospice

The founder of Bath-based care company Butterfly, Anne Pelling, has celebrated her 50th birthday by jumping out of a plane to raise funds for a local charity. Anne overcame her fear and completed the sky dive to net more than £800 for Dorothy House Hospice – with money from well-wishers still coming in. She said:...

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First trainee developers graduate from Mayden Academy – and get jobs with the software firm

April 29, 2016
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First trainee developers graduate from Mayden Academy – and get jobs with the software firm

The first six trainee software developers have graduated from the Mayden Academy, Bath-based software house Mayden’s intensive, employer-led training programme. All six are now working at the firm as junior developers. The academy was set up to help grow and retain developer talent in the Bath and Bristol area, and ensure it stays at...

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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns bigger than ever

April 29, 2016
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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns bigger than ever

The successful Business Showcase South West returns next month to again celebrate the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise. The event, the largest of its kind in the South West, this year takes place at the newly redeveloped Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, meaning it will be even bigger. Delegates from Bath and...

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£1.55m South African Broadcasting Corporation contract win for SciSys

April 29, 2016
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£1.55m South African Broadcasting Corporation contract win for SciSys

Chippenham-based specialist IT firm SciSys has landed a £1.55m contract to supply the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) with its world-beating ‘cloud-hosted’ radio technology. The two-and-a-half year contract is the latest secured by the firm as it continues to bounce back from serious problems with a major fixed-price contract last year. The crisis pushed...

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Not-for-profit specialist joins Monahans as partner as sector continues to grow

April 28, 2016
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Not-for-profit specialist joins Monahans as partner as sector continues to grow

West of England chartered accountancy firm Monahans has appointed James Gare as a partner. James, pictured, has joined from London and the South East firm MacIntyre Hudson, bringing with him more than 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, including charities and academies. He said: “Monahans’ expertise and reputation in the sector, as well...

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