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Tourism boost for Bath’s economy as overseas visitor numbers soar by 30%

December 2, 2016
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Tourism boost for Bath’s economy as overseas visitor numbers soar by 30%

The value of tourism to Bath’s economy rose by more than 8% last year, fuelled by a 30% increase in overseas visitors, new figures show. In total, the tourism industry contributed just over £431m to the city’s economy in 2015 and now accounts for one in 10 of all jobs. The figures emerge from...

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£24m terminal extension at Bristol Airport to be officially opened today

December 2, 2016
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Bristol Airport’s £24m new west terminal extension is due to be officially opened by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling this afternoon as the airport prepares to handle more than 8m passengers next year. The extension will transform the security search process for passengers as well as creating an enlarged baggage reclaim area, customs facilities, more...

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Former Ritz chef to join The Bath Priory as executive chef

December 2, 2016
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Former Ritz chef to join The Bath Priory as executive chef

The Bath Priory hotel has appointed Michael Nizzero, who has worked under Alain Roux at the three Michelin-starred Waterside Inn and most recently at The Ritz, as executive chef. Michael, pictured, joins the Bath Priory, part of the Andrew Brownsword Hotels group, on January 9. He takes up his new position following 14 years...

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Work to start on first units at Hawke Ridge Business Park to meet pent-up demand for space

December 1, 2016
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Work to start on first units at Hawke Ridge Business Park to meet pent-up demand for space

Construction of the first buildings on the £50m Hawke Ridge Business Park between Trowbridge and Westbury - which will eventually become one of the region’s largest developments of its kind – will begin next year, its owner has said. Detailed planning consent for the four units, which will vary in size from 7,500sq ft to...

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Solicitor appointment strengthens Mogers Drewett’s commercial disputes team

December 1, 2016
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Solicitor appointment strengthens Mogers Drewett’s commercial disputes team

Regional law firm Mogers Drewett has boosted its construction & dispute resolution team with the appointment of solicitor Jake Stacey to its Bath office. Jake, pictured, has more than 10 years’ experience in construction disputes, commercial litigation and property disputes, policyholder insurance disputes and professional negligence claims, having worked in the Bristol office of...

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10-year extension for Bath Conservation Area ban on estate agent boards

November 30, 2016
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10-year extension for Bath Conservation Area ban on estate agent boards

The ban on estate agents’ boards in the Bath Conservation Area has been extended for a further 10 years following a decision by a government planning inspector. The move follows Bath & North East Somerset Council’s application to extend the ban, which has been in effect for 27 years. The council said the ban...

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Apex City of Bath Hotel recruits general manager ahead of opening next summer

November 30, 2016
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Apex City of Bath Hotel recruits general manager ahead of opening next summer

Tim O’Sullivan has been appointed as general manager of the four-star Apex City of Bath Hotel, which will be the city’s largest when it opens next summer. The £35m, 177-bedroom hotel on James Street West will include a swimming pool, gym, and conference and meeting facilities with a 420-person capacity. It will also create...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 27, 2016
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Monday 28 November Interims: Kainos, Sirius Real Estate, Trakm8 Holdings Finals: Aberdeen Asset Management, Cerillion AGM: Petra Diamonds Tuesday 29 November Interims: Acal, Cranswick, Digital Barriers, Eckoh, GB Group, Hogg Robinson, IG Design, KCOM, Motorpoint, Park Group, Torotrak, Vp Finals: Countryside Properties, easyHotel, Gooch & Housego, ITE Group, Patisserie Holdings, Shaftesbury, SSP Group, Topps...

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Sales and profits surge brings pleasure to Lovehoney as Fifty Shades tie-up reaps rewards

November 25, 2016
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Sales and profits surge brings pleasure to Lovehoney as Fifty Shades tie-up reaps rewards

Bath-based sex toy retailer Lovehoney is predicting more international expansion next year after achieving a 68% rise in annual pre-tax profits. The firm, which gained a Queen’s Award for International Trade earlier this year, said strong website growth in the UK and in export markets was behind the increase in pre-tax profits to £5.1m...

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Coveted Financial Adviser of the Year title ‘highlight of career’ for Bath director

November 25, 2016
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Coveted Financial Adviser of the Year title ‘highlight of career’ for Bath director

Jonothan McColgan, director of Bath-based financial advisers Combined Financial Strategies, has been named Financial Adviser of the Year at the 2016 Growth Investor Awards after coming runner-up last year. The coveted awards, now in their second year, are staged by Intelligent Partnership, the UK’s leading curator of education and insights on alternative investments. Jonothan,...

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