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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 today 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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Acquisitions and new orders put Avon Rubber on track for strong 2016

September 3, 2015
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Acquisitions and new orders put Avon Rubber on track for strong 2016

Manufacturing group Avon Rubber is predicting a strong performance next year as its two recent acquisitions and a number of new orders boost earnings. In an update to shareholders, the Melksham-headquartered group – a world leader in products for the protection & defence and dairy industries – said it expects trading in its current...

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Major upgrade of Bath Racecourse planned to transform it into top regional corporate venue

September 2, 2015
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Major upgrade of Bath Racecourse planned to transform it into top regional corporate venue

Bath Racecourse today revealed a multi-million pound investment plan to transform the Lansdown venue with a new grandstand and major refurbishment of its existing hospitality building. The plans, which have been submitted to Bath & North East Somerset Council, are aimed at substantially increasing its income from corporate and other events on non-racedays while...

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Celebrating Carers awards dinner backed by Bath firms

September 1, 2015
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Celebrating Carers awards dinner backed by Bath firms

Four Bath businesses are showing their support for local carers by sponsoring the B&NES Carers’ Centre annual awards night. Law firm Stone King, the headline sponsor of Celebrating Carers, has made a generous donation to enable the centre to recognise the unsung heroes in the local community. The other three businesses – Minuteman Press...

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Project aimed at breaking down barriers between firms and young people supported by Business West

September 1, 2015
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Project aimed at breaking down barriers between firms and young people supported by Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has welcomed an ambitious plan that will put thousands of young people across the country directly in touch with local businesses to improve the quality of careers advice they receive. Under the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) ‘Your Future’ initiative, businesses will link up with schools, colleges...

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Change at the top for PwC in the West as regional chairman Matt Hammond heads to the Midlands

September 1, 2015
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Change at the top for PwC in the West as regional chairman Matt Hammond heads to the Midlands

Accountancy giant PwC has made two key appointments to its West & Wales regional leadership team following Matt Hammond’s move to the Midlands as regional chairman. Katharine Finn has replaced Mr Hammond as regional chair for West and Wales while Lynn Pamment has taken over as senior partner to lead PwC in Cardiff. The...

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Growth for Bath’s mid-tier businesses stunted by lack of funding, says CBI/BDO report

September 1, 2015
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Growth for Bath’s mid-tier businesses stunted by lack of funding, says CBI/BDO report

Bath’s ambitious medium-sized businesses are being held back by gaps in the provision of long-term lending, according to a new report. With improved bank lending, an increased flow of invoice finance facilities and huge growth in peer-to-peer lending over the last few years, much of the finance landscape is on the mend. But for...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 31, 2015
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Monday 31 August Bank Holiday Tuesday 1 September Interims: Snoozebox, STM Trading statement: McColl's Retail AGMs: Energy Assets, Guscio, Redcentric EGM: Max Petroleum Economics: Net consumer credit, Net lending secured on dwellings, Mortgage approvals, Money supply, Markit PMI, manufacturing Wednesday 2 September Interims: Biome Technologies, Concurrent Technologies, Fishing Republic, Johnson Service Group, Vislink Trading...

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Motor trade not ready for biggest consumer rights shake-up for 40 years, says training group

August 28, 2015
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Motor trade not ready for biggest consumer rights shake-up for 40 years, says training group

Specialist learning and development group RTS is staging training courses to help car dealerships get to grips with the biggest change in consumer rules to affect the motor trade for decades. The new Consumer Rights Act will give buyers of new and second-hand cars more power to demand full refunds if the vehicle is...

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