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BGF maintains strong growth by taking on former EY corporate finance executive

February 28, 2017
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BGF maintains strong growth by taking on former EY corporate finance executive

The UK’s most active provider of growth capital to small and mid-sized businesses, BGF (Business Growth Fund), is continuing to expand its team covering the South West with the appointment of James Skade as an investor. Before joining BGF, James, pictured, spent five years at accountancy group EY, most recently in the corporate finance...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

February 26, 2017
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Monday 27 February Interims: Dechra Pharmaceuticals, MJ Gleeson Finals: Ascential, Bunzl, Dialight, FBD Holdings, Hiscox, Keller, McColl’s Retail Group, Persimmon, Quartix Holdings, Rotork, RTC Group, Senior, Trinity Mirror Trading statement: Associated British Foods AGM: Formation Group EGM: Alexander Mining  Tuesday 28 February Interims: Go-Ahead Group, Redde, Revolution Bars, Ricardo, Swallowfield, Waterman Group Finals: Bodycote,...

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Plans for University of Bath’s engine-of-the-future research centre move up a gear

February 24, 2017
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Plans for University of Bath’s engine-of-the-future research centre move up a gear

A world-beating automotive research centre led by the University of Bath has come a step closer following the announcement of extra growth funding for the West of England from the government. The IAAPS – Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems – pictured, would be a purpose-built global centre of excellence to research and develop...

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Top 100 Best Companies accolades for two high-flying Bath firms

February 24, 2017
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Top 100 Best Companies accolades for two high-flying Bath firms

Two Bath-headquartered firms have been named among the top 100 organisations to work for in the UK. They appear in the prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies lists, which are published this Sunday. Housing association Curo is ranked 27th in the not-for-profit table and was awarded the Best Companies’ Two-Star ‘Outstanding’ rating for...

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Bath’s Mulberry Park housing scheme gets vote of confidence from Communities Secretary

February 24, 2017
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Bath’s Mulberry Park housing scheme gets vote of confidence from Communities Secretary

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid visited Bath housing association Curo’s landmark development at Mulberry Park on the city’s outskirts yesterday to see its progress. The scheme on the former MoD site at Foxhill is delivering much-needed new homes for Bath – a city where housing affordability is now a major issue. Some 700 high-quality, energy...

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More takeovers on the way, says Cloud Direct as it notches up fifth acquisition

February 24, 2017
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More takeovers on the way, says Cloud Direct as it notches up fifth acquisition

Cloud Direct, the acquisitive Bath-based cloud services firm, is on the takeover trail again after chalking up its fifth deal in less than two years. Cloud Direct, a gold Microsoft CSP partner, said the addition of Connect Support Services’s skills and capacity bolster its key Microsoft product areas: Azure and Office 365. The acquisition comes hot on the...

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Roll-call of previous winners among West of England Business of the Year Awards judges

February 24, 2017
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Roll-call of previous winners among West of England Business of the Year Awards judges

The highly experienced judging panel for one of this year’s prestigious PwC West of England Business of the Year Awards has been announced. Among the judges are former winners of the award – widely regarded as the region’s top business accolade – as well as respected figures from the business community. Now in their...

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First Good Friday meet – with record prize pot – to be hosted by redeveloped Bath Racecourse

February 24, 2017
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First Good Friday meet – with record prize pot – to be hosted by redeveloped Bath Racecourse

Bath Racecourse, which last year completed a multi-million pound redevelopment, is to stage its first Good Friday meeting in April. The event will launch the new flat racing season with the venue’s highest-ever prize pot of £175,000. It increases its number of fixtures from 22 last year to 23. The racecourse is keen for...

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Pioneering redevelopment nears completion after go-ahead for historic building plan

February 24, 2017
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Pioneering redevelopment nears completion after go-ahead for historic building plan

Bath-based architecture firm Nash Partnership has secured planning permission and listed building consent for a scheme that will become one of the final stages of Bradford on Avon’s ground-breaking Kingston Mill regeneration project. The scheme will convert Building V into a mixture of new apartments, office space and ground floor retail use with a...

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Chase de Vere builds specialist team to work with the medical profession

February 24, 2017
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Chase de Vere builds specialist team to work with the medical profession

The Bath office of Chase de Vere, the national independent financial advice firm, has taken on a specialist consultant to work exclusively with medical professionals in the area. Megg Irvine, pictured, is one of a team of seven business development professionals recruited by Chase de Vere across the country. They will work in hospitals and...

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