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Coveted Solicitor of the Year award nominations for Bath lawyers

August 23, 2016
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Two Bath lawyers are to go head-to-head in the same category for a prestigious national legal excellence award. Mowbray Woodwards’ family partner Daniela Nickols and Rebecca Stevens, senior associate solicitor-advocate at Withy King have been nominated for the Law Society Excellence Award for Solicitor of the Year – Private Practice.  The nominations come less...

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Director of commercial banking appointment boosts NatWest’s team in Bath

August 23, 2016
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Director of commercial banking appointment boosts NatWest’s team in Bath

NatWest has appointed Andrew Houchin as director of commercial banking for the Bath and North Wiltshire areas.  Andrew, pictured, who spent six years in the Army as an Infantry officer, joined NatWest’s parent company RBS in 2011 as a programme manager, overseeing a £2.4m data distribution programme designed to support the improvement of the...

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Stone King toasts brewery’s expansion into London pub market

August 23, 2016
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Stone King toasts brewery’s expansion into London pub market

Bath-based law firm Stone King has helped Wiltshire brewer Wadworth expand into London for the first time as part of its ambitious growth strategy. Stone King’s commercial team advised Wadworth on all licensed property deals on the acquisition of the Kings Arms in Fulham from rival brewery Greene King including a lease assignment. The...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 19, 2016
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Monday 22 August Interim: Wireless Group EGM: Restore Tuesday 23 August Interims: Cape, Hansteen Holdings, Hostelworld, Persimmon AGMs: Northern Bear, redT energy Economics: CBI trends, selling prices, total orders Wednesday 24 August Interims: Carillion, Costain, Glencore, Gresham Computing, Headlam Group, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Molins, OneSavings Bank, Paddy Power Betfair, Sportech, Xaar, WPP Trading statement: WH Smith AGMs: Collagen Solutions, iomart, James Latham EGM: Cloudcall...

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The LAST WORD: Tom Webb, company commercial partner, Mogers Drewett

August 19, 2016
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The LAST WORD: Tom Webb, company commercial partner, Mogers Drewett

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 Tom Webb, company commercial partner at law firm Mogers Drewett, answers our 10 questions.  What was the LAST: Film you watched? James Bond – Spectre. I am a big fan of...

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Survey points to stagnation as West firms’ confidence falls and spending plans are put on hold

August 19, 2016
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Survey points to stagnation as West firms’ confidence falls and spending plans are put on hold

Confidence among West of England firms has dropped significantly following the vote to leave the European Union, according to one of the first regional surveys conducted since the historic referendum result. A third of businesses expect sales to flatline over the next 12 months while more than half plan no new recruitment over the...

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Third acquisition by hotel group Bath Boutique as it builds portfolio of upmarket B&Bs

August 19, 2016
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Third acquisition by hotel group Bath Boutique as it builds portfolio of upmarket B&Bs

Bath Boutique Ltd has opened its third bed-and-breakfast in the city as it pursues its plan to build a portfolio of luxury small hotels. The firm behind Brindleys and Grays has bought the 10-bedroom One Three Nine on the Wells Road and converted it into a distinctive boutique B&B. Funding for the acquisition –...

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More growth in line for whistleblowing hotline firm following management buyout

August 19, 2016
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More growth in line for whistleblowing hotline firm following management buyout

Expolink, the contact centre that operates confidential whistleblowing hotlines for major employers, has been acquired from its founders in a management buyout. The Chippenham-based firm, which was launched in 1995, employs more than 200 people at its contact centre. Over the past few years it has had an annual growth rate of more than 12%. Its...

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$8m windfall for Vectura as sales of pain relief drug hit new high

August 19, 2016
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$8m windfall for Vectura as sales of pain relief drug hit new high

Strong sales of its Exparel pain relief drug have triggered a $8m (£6.1m) payout for specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura. Exparel, an injectable single-dose drug used post-surgery, became part of Chippenham-based Vectura’s portfolio following its £440m acquisition in March of Skyepharma.  Exparel was initially developed by London-based Skyepharma but its development was completed by US...

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Chance for growing business to move into modern business park office

August 19, 2016
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Chance for growing business to move into modern business park office

Modern office space on one of the area’s largest business parks has come onto the market. The ground floor of Newbury House on Trowbridge’s White Horse Business Park would make an ideal base for a growing business, according to agents Carter Jonas. The accommodation consists of office space of 2,850 sq ft, a 332...

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