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Promotion to group brewing director role for Bath Ales’ head brewer

July 16, 2020
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Promotion to group brewing director role for Bath Ales’ head brewer

Bath Ales’ head brewer Georgina Young has been promoted to the role of brewing director for parent group St Austell. In her new role Georgina, pictured, will oversee brewing and operations at both St Austell Brewery in Cornwall and Bath Ales Hare Brewery at Warmley, between Bath and Bristol.  Georgina joined the group in...

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‘Revolutionary’ new digital skills centre for Bath moves step closer after funding boost

July 16, 2020
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‘Revolutionary’ new digital skills centre for Bath moves step closer after funding boost

Plans for an innovative new training centre in Bath focussed on digital skills and careers – thought to be the first of its kind in the UK – been given a £300,000 boost. I-START, to be based on Bath College’s City Centre campus, will help local people gain new skills and re-train for roles...

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Historic lens manufacturer snapped up by Inspecs for £2.4m as it eyes further growth

July 14, 2020
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Historic lens manufacturer snapped up by Inspecs for £2.4m as it eyes further growth

Inspecs Group, the Bath-based eyewear design house and manufacturer, has bought historic UK spectacle lens company Norville for £2.4m after it fell into administration earlier this month. The acquisition of the Gloucester-based firm, which had been in business for more than 120 years, means Inspecs now owns the country’s two oldest and most- respected...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 12, 2020
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Monday July 13 Final: Rua Life Sciences Q2 result: Centamin Tuesday July 14 Finals: AO World, Halma, Mercia Asset, Motorpoint, Omega Diagnostics, Polar Capital Technology Trust Interims: McColl’s, Ocado, Synectics Trading announcement: McBride Economic announcements: Gross domestic product, Manufacturing production, Index of services, Industrial production, Balance of trade Wednesday July 15 Interim: McCarthy & Stone Trading announcement: Burberry Economic announcements: Retail price index,...

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Wellness firm records best-ever sales in June as Covid-wary buyers snap up its CBD hand sanitiser

July 10, 2020
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Wellness firm records best-ever sales in June as Covid-wary buyers snap up its CBD hand sanitiser

Bumper sales of its cannabinoid (CBD) hand sanitiser helped give medical cannabis company Sativa, the firm behind the Goodbody Wellness retail chain, a record month for revenues in June. The firm, based at Beckington, near Frome, shrugged off the high street meltdown caused by the coronavirus lockdown as consumers and corporate buyers snapped up...

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Nearly 250 jobs to go at Bristol Airport as it struggles to recover from coronavirus lockdown

July 10, 2020
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Nearly 250 jobs to go at Bristol Airport as it struggles to recover from coronavirus lockdown

Almost 250 jobs look set to be axed at Bristol Airport as it reels from the devastating’ impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation industry. Some 76 directly employed staff are in line to be made redundant – just under a quarter of the total workforce – while aircraft handling firm Swissport has...

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Firms urged to ‘step out and stand up’ to homelessness by supporting Julian House’s Circuit of Bath Walk

July 10, 2020
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Firms urged to ‘step out and stand up’ to homelessness by supporting Julian House’s Circuit of Bath Walk

Bath charity Julian House is calling on the city’s businesses to join it in stepping out and standing up against homelessness at its annual Circuit of Bath Walk. Taking place on Sunday September 27, the sponsored circular walk will be the only fundraising event that Julian House, Bath’s main homeless help charity, stages this...

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Historic site to host drive-in cinema and street market ahead of regeneration

July 10, 2020
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Developers behind a major town centre regeneration scheme are to stage a street market and drive-in cinema on the site while they await planning permission for to build 300 homes on it. Innox Mills, a 10-acre brownfield site in Trowbridge, could become a new mixed-use quarter for the town with food, leisure and retail...

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Cheers as Barclays loan helps historic pub bounce back from certain permanent closure

July 9, 2020
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Cheers as Barclays loan helps historic pub bounce back from certain permanent closure

A tiny historic pub has reopened its doors after surviving the lockdown with the help of a Bounce Back Loan. The Flemish Weaver, which has been a feature of Corsham’s picturesque High Street since 1625, secured the government-backed financial support through Barclays.  Owner Robert Carter, who bought the family pub just over three years ago, is...

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Chancellor’s summer economic statement: Housing market reaction

July 9, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s efforts to kickstart to boost the housing market as it emerges from lockdown have been welcomed by the area’s residential property industry – with reservations over how effective they will be in the long term. David Westgate, chief executive of Keynsham-headquartered estate agency and property group Andrews, described the Chancellor’s stamp duty...

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