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SciSys snaps up innovative app firm as it looks for growth in retail sector

December 18, 2014
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SciSys snaps up innovative app firm as it looks for growth in retail sector

Chippenham-based specialist IT group SciSys is expanding into the retail industry following the acquisition of a small software application development firm. SciSys, which works in sectors spanning space, defence, media and government, is paying a maximum of £3.2m for Leicester-based Xibis, which it expects to be immediately earnings-enhancing. SciSys said the Xibis has a...

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University of Bath’s world-leading research recognised in major new report

December 18, 2014
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The University of Bath’s standing as one of the UK’s leading centres for industry-related research has been further enhanced by a major new national report which classified 87% of its work as world-leading. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) place the university 13th in the research quality ranking of UK universities,...

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Good Energy shares lose power after it warns that warm weather this year will cool profit growth

December 18, 2014
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Shares in Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier and generator, fell by more than 6% today after it warned that its profits will be lower than expected this year. The fall came despite the firm announcing that it had secured a new £45m debt facility to invest in future generating capacity and customer...

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South West law firms’ confidence soars despite tougher competition and economic uncertainty

December 18, 2014
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Confidence among law firms in the South West is at its highest since 2006, according to new research, with a third planning to open new offices next year. However, most also say that competition has got tougher with cashflow management a particular challenge. The snapshot of a sector undergoing fundamental change emerges from the...

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Two-star rating served up to Bath Ales for its ethical approach to sourcing local and ethical food

December 18, 2014
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Brewery, pub and restaurant operator Bath Ales has been named as a sustainability champion by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (S.R.A) and awarded a double-star ‘excellent’ rating. The firm, whose interests span the Graze restaurant chain, pubs and bars as well as its range of beers, was evaluated against set criteria covering 14 areas of...

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Low-cost airline Wizz Air to launch Katowice flights from Bristol Airport

December 18, 2014
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Low-cost airline Wizz Air to launch Katowice flights from Bristol Airport

Hungarian airline Wizz Air, the largest low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced it is to launch flights from Bristol Airport to the Polish city of Katowice. The twice-weekly service will start on June 26 and operate every Monday and Friday. Bristol will be the 106th airport in the Budapest-based airline’s route...

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Withy King advising on prestigious property development that is transforming Torquay’s seafront

December 18, 2014
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Withy King advising on prestigious property development that is transforming Torquay’s seafront

The property team at Bath law firm Withy King is playing a key role in developing a major mixed-use project helping to regenerate the seafront at Torquay. The firm is handling pre-letting of the commercial units on the ground floor of the prestigious, £17m Abbey Sands scheme, pictured, for developer Havard Estates and has...

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Jobless fall welcomed by Bath Chamber, but it warns of weaknesses in economy

December 18, 2014
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Bath Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the latest decrease in unemployment but warned that “fundamental weaknesses” remain in the economy which threaten to hold back recovery. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published yesterday show unemployment across the South West fell by 2,000 between August and October, taking the region’s jobless rate...

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IoD and The Abbey Hotel team up to launch monthly networking events in Bath

December 15, 2014
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Monthly networking events in Bath have been launched by the Institute of Directors in response to a growing membership in the area. The events, staged by the IoD’s Bath and Wiltshire branch and hosted by The Abbey Hotel, are designed for new and existing members and guests to meet in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. They follow similar well-established meetings in Bristol....

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Specialist funder 1pm clocks up record growth as small firms fuel demand for loans

December 15, 2014
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1pm, the Bath-based lender to small and medium-sized firms, is on target for another record financial performance as demand for its loans continues to grow. In a trading update released today to the London Stock Exchange, the firm said it had written new business worth more than £6.8m in the six months to November...

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