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Bath spectacles firm Inspecs says its focus is now back on growth after its trading outlook gets brighter

April 19, 2024
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Bath spectacles firm Inspecs says its focus is now back on growth after its trading outlook gets brighter

Inspecs, the Bath-headquartered eyewear firm, has said it is currently seeing more encouraging trading following what it called a disappointing end to 2023 and a slow start to this year. The firm, which designs and manufactures a wide range of spectacles, lenses and frames for worldwide sale, made a pre-tax profit of £200,000 last...

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University of Bath students fired up by success of their world-beating hydrogen-powered engine

April 19, 2024
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University of Bath students fired up by success of their world-beating hydrogen-powered engine

A team of engineering students at the University of Bath have become the first in the world to successfully build and run a hydrogen-fuelled engine. The 15-strong Bath Hydrogen team made the breakthrough with their hydrogen-powered internal combustion – or H2ICE – engine, pictured. Engines of this type are not currently commercially available, although...

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New appointment and promotion signal further expansion for PR and social media firm

April 19, 2024
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New appointment and promotion signal further expansion for PR and social media firm

Carnsight Communications, the boutique public relations and social media agency based near Bath, is continuing to grow with a new appointment and a senior promotion. Laura Witte, who has extensive experience in content creation, e-commerce and social media, has joined the Marshfield-headquartered agency as social media manager while Alexandra Johansen, who joined Carnsight last...

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Spa expansion aims to give upmarket hotel ‘wow’ factor as it benefits from wellness trend

April 18, 2024
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Spa expansion aims to give upmarket hotel ‘wow’ factor as it benefits from wellness trend

Homewood, the luxury hotel near Bath which recently underwent a £3m upgrade, is to make a further investment in its spa offering as it continues to benefit from an increase in wellness stays. The owner of the 31-bedroom hotel at Freshford, Bath boutique hotel group the Kaleidoscope Collection, is to spend £500,000 on a...

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Global programme for University of Bath student’s pioneering low-cost and time-saving washing machine

April 18, 2024
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Global programme for University of Bath student’s pioneering low-cost and time-saving washing machine

More than 10,000 innovative washing machines based on a design by a University of Bath student that uses no electricity and very little water are to be distributed to poverty-hit communities across the globe. In a move described by its inventor Nav Sawhney as “compassion meets technology”, the appliances are to be distributed to...

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Solar energy plan for Bath sports centre will help council power ahead with its net zero ambition

April 18, 2024
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Solar energy plan for Bath sports centre will help council power ahead with its net zero ambition

The swimming pools at a Bath sports centre are to be heated by rooftop solar photo voltaic panels in a move that will also enable the building to benefit from energy savings while cutting its CO2 emissions. The array on Bath Sports & Leisure Centre will be paid for by its owner Bath &...

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Pearson May financial round up

April 18, 2024
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Pearson May financial round up

Each week Bath accountancy firm Pearson May teams up with Bath Business News to bring you the top national finance stories. Interest rate for director’s loans frozen at 2.25% The rate is held for the second year running. Click here to find out more 650,000 HMRC calls abandoned in February Waiting times are still above the annual average. For more...

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£13m upgrade for historic Bath hotel will include new thermal spa and rebranded restaurant

April 18, 2024
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£13m upgrade for historic Bath hotel will include new thermal spa and rebranded restaurant

The Francis Hotel in Bath is to undergo a £13m refurbishment this summer, with all its 98 bedrooms upgraded along with the creation of a new thermal spa. The renovation, which is due to begin in July, will also include a reconfiguration of the historic hotel’s lobby, the unveiling of a new restaurant, as...

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New head of marketing joins small business finance provider as it gears up for more growth

April 17, 2024
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New head of marketing joins small business finance provider as it gears up for more growth

Time Finance, the Bath-headquartered alternative finance lender, has appointed new head of marketing in a move it said would support its long-term growth strategy as it nears the end of its strongest-ever trading year. Caroline McDonald, pictured, brings more than 20 years’ experience in business finance, having worked in senior marketing roles at a...

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Goughs celebrates the ongoing success of its partnership with its last charity of the year

April 17, 2024
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Goughs celebrates the ongoing success of its partnership with its last charity of the year

A charity working to break the cycle of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking has received more than £6,500 by regional law firm Goughs Solicitors. The sum was raised by employees at the firm, which has seven offices across Wiltshire, after FearFree became it charity partner for 2023/24.  Over the 12 months Goughs staff...

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