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Bath high on target of new locations for serviced office group Regus

July 28, 2014
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Bath high on target of new locations for serviced office group Regus

Serviced workplace group Regus is looking to open its first base in Bath as it widens its search for new business centre locations across the South West and South Wales.  The global firm, which operates from 300-plus centres across the UK, has appointed West-based property consultancy Alder King to find new locations. While it...

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Management changes at Bath Rugby put emphasis on Rec redevelopment

July 28, 2014
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Management changes at Bath Rugby put emphasis on Rec redevelopment

Bath Rugby owner Bruce Craig is to become executive chairman of the club he bought four years ago in a shake-up of its senior management that will also result in chief executive Nick Blofeld moving to a new job. Multi-millionaire entrepreneur Mr Craig, previously non-executive chairman, is expected to play a more hands-on role...

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Business West welcomes economic bounce back but wants more action to promote further growth

July 28, 2014
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Business West welcomes economic bounce back but wants more action to promote further growth

Business West, the organisation that runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, has welcomed the latest strong Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures as “a shot in the arm for business” but warned more work needed to be done to ensure a sustainable economic recovery. The 0.8% quarterly increase in GDP means the UK economy as a...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 28, 2014
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Monday 28 July Interims: Hiscox, JKX Oil & Gas, Reckitt Benckiser, Trinity Mirror, XP Power Finals: Filtronic, Goodwin, Great Eastern Energy, ITM Power Trading statements: Aberdeen Asset Management, Great Portland Estates, National Grid, Petra Diamonds, Ryanair AGMs: Cranswick, National Grid, PeerTV, Polar Capital, Rame Energy Economics: Nationwide house price index Tuesday 29 July Interims:...

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Bath Business Blog: Colin Skellett, chair, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

July 25, 2014
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Bath Business Blog: Colin Skellett, chair, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

By Colin Skellett, Chair, West of England LEP Since the Government announcement a couple of weeks ago of the local growth deals awarded to England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), there have been a lot of big numbers bandied about. Unless you’re close to the deals, the figures and the fuss may seem a...

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New boss for Andrews Property Services as its growth continues

July 25, 2014
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New boss for Andrews Property Services as its growth continues

Andrews Property Services (APS), the fast-growing asset management division of Keynsham-based Andrews Estate Agents, has promoted Sue-Ellen Hodges to head the business. Having started her career at Andrews on a temporary basis four-and-a-half years ago, Sue-Ellen, pictured, quickly became assistant head at APS, before most recently becoming its interim head to cover a colleague’s...

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More expansion on cards at Bath-based vets group after it secures new equity funding

July 25, 2014
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More expansion on cards at Bath-based vets group after it secures new equity funding

Fast-growing Bath-based national veterinary group Independent Vetcare (IVC) is set for further expansion following investment by US and UK equity investor Summit Partners. Summit has bought out August Equity, which backed IVC’s launch in 2011 when three veterinary companies in Bath, Bristol and Hertfordshire merged. It has since taken on more than 40 groups,...

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Publisher Future offloads more titles as cost-cutting gathers pace

July 25, 2014
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Publisher Future offloads more titles as cost-cutting gathers pace

Bath-based media group Future today continued its major restructuring with the sale of another batch of titles to reduce debt. The firm today confirmed it had exchanged contracts to offload its auto titles and Triathlon Plus magazine to Kelsey Publishing for up to £2.9m. The move follows the £24m sale of most of Future’s...

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West proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

July 25, 2014
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West proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

A strong performance by the West of England in attracting business investment from overseas has helped the UK achieve the highest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, new figures show. There were 27 new investment projects by overseas companies in 2013/14 across the area covered by West of England...

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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

July 25, 2014
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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

Specialist software and IT group SciSys has pointed to further growth as it continues to recover from tough conditions last year in its core markets. In a trading update for the six months to June 30 – and prior to it entering its close period – directors said the first half of 2014 had...

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