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The LAST WORD: Nick Wright, financial director, Andrews & Partners

September 4, 2015
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The LAST WORD: Nick Wright, financial director, Andrews & Partners

Each week Bath Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on our weekly e-bulletin. This week Nick Wright, financial director at Andrews & Partners, answers our 10 questions What was the LAST: Film you watched? Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation Book you read? The Wright Brothers by...

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Fujitsu snaps up smart-ticketing pioneer that aims to revolutionise rail travel

September 4, 2015
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Fujitsu snaps up smart-ticketing pioneer that aims to revolutionise rail travel

Digital ticketing developer ACT (Applied Card Technologies) has been acquired by Japanese IT giant Fujitsu in a multi-million pound deal that paves the way for the UK’s first smartphone-based rail ticket issuing system. ACT, based at Kington Langley, near Chippenham, designs, builds and manages smart transaction systems for retail, tourism, public sector and transport...

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Successful outcome to SciSys’ bank talks lifts threat of covenant breach

September 4, 2015
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Successful outcome to SciSys’ bank talks lifts threat of covenant breach

Shares in SciSys, one of the area's largest specialist IT firms, rose today after it said it had resolved a potentially damaging funding crisis. In June the Chippenham-headquartered firm, which works with blue-chip clients including Government departments, the BBC and the European Space Agency, warned it was at risk of breaching its banking covenants...

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New head of business development joins BMT Defence Services

September 4, 2015
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New head of business development joins BMT Defence Services

BMT Defence Services, the Bath-based specialist engineering design and technical services firm, has appointed Seamus Brogan as head of business development – ships in service support. His appointment is part of BMT’s response to the increasing trend for MoD to place greater reliance on industry providers to deliver In Service Support (ISS) for UK...

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Free parking scheme trialled in Chippenham town centre to boost trade

September 4, 2015
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Free parking scheme trialled in Chippenham town centre to boost trade

A pilot scheme offering free parking in Chippenham town centre after 3pm on Thursday afternoons has been launched by the town’s Business Improvement District (BID). The Free After Three scheme, launched yesterday, is aimed at boosting trade for town centre businesses and follows extensive research by the BID into the use of car parks...

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Bath firm to market automated cycle parking tower in the UK

September 4, 2015
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Bath firm to market automated cycle parking tower in the UK

A space-saving automated parking tower for bicycles developed and manufactured in Germany is being launched in the UK by Bath-based Cardok. The firm, which aims to revolutionise parking, has secured the UK distributorship for the multi-storey Radhaus cycle garage, pictured – a tower that can park up to 120 bikes securely, protecting them from...

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Bath Business Blog: Robin Phillips, residential property partner, Mowbray Woodwards. Why London homebuyers are heading to Bath

September 4, 2015
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Bath Business Blog: Robin Phillips, residential property partner, Mowbray Woodwards. Why London homebuyers are heading to Bath

By Robin Phillips, residential property partner at Mowbray Woodwards. The Bath property market is booming. Estate agents are reporting that London buyers relocating to the city now make up some 40% of local prime sales. According to a recent report, the number of Londoners buying homes outside the capital has jumped 50% in a...

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Withy King Directors’ Briefing

September 4, 2015
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Withy King Directors’ Briefing

Solicitors from Withy King’s corporate commercial and private client teams based in Bath highlight a few recent developments for business owners to be aware of in their professional and personal lives. Company directors must be ‘natural persons’ The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 introduces some of the biggest changes in company law...

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South West bucks downward trend in exporting as more firms win sales in overseas markets

September 3, 2015
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South West bucks downward trend in exporting as more firms win sales in overseas markets

Bath area businesses are helping the South West buck the national trend for exporting, with the value of overseas sales from the region rising while the national figure decreases. Data released yesterday by HM Revenue and Customs shows that the value of UK exports decreased by 2.6% to £285bn in the year to the...

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Busiest month ever at Bristol Airport – as Banksy, rugby and new routes poised to bring more growth

September 3, 2015
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Busiest month ever at Bristol Airport – as Banksy, rugby and new routes poised to bring more growth

Passenger numbers at Bristol Airport soared to a new record of more than three quarters of a million last month as new scheduled services took off and the market for foreign holidays recovered strongly from the recession. Some 768,587 travellers passed through the terminal in August – up 6% on the same month last...

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