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Cut in R&D spending planned by drugs firm Vectura

January 11, 2012
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Vectura, the Chippenham-based specialist pharmaceutical group, is to cut £1m from its research and development budget, it has announced as it told the City that it expects its annual results to be in line with expectations. The group, which specialises in developing inhaled therapies for the treatment of respiratory diseases, said despite the cut...

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Plan now for Olympics absenteeism, firms are urged

January 11, 2012
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With less than 200 days to go to the London Olympics and Paralympics, workplace expert Acas is advising West employers to avoid any last-minute hurdles by planning for staff being away from work during the Games. Bosses should start talking now to employees who will be acting as volunteers to manage their time off...

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Rabbit 2012: A new breed of business show coming to the West

January 6, 2012
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A new breed of business-to-business exhibition is heading West – one which turns the tables on the traditional and out-dated style of such events. Rabbit 2012, which takes place on March 20, will use the latest technology to give exhibitors and delegates the best opportunities to engage with each other and ultimately grow their...

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Cardboard box firm expands into new building

January 6, 2012
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Warminster-based specialist packaging company Ready Case has acquired a larger base as it continues to expand. The 35-year-old firm, which makes corrugated cardboard boxes for books, CDs, DVDs and wine bottles and other products, is to move into the former Wylye Valley Foods building on the Woodcock Industrial Estate. The 13,429 sq ft building,...

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GEMS drops anchor in city centre

January 5, 2012
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Marine survey specialist GEMS has sealed a five-year agreement to take over the ground floor of Royal Mead, an office block opposite Bath Spa railway station. The deal, brokered by Colliers International, includes 6,852 sq ft of refurbished space together with nine secure car parking spaces GEMS (Geotechnical Engineering and Marine Surveys) provides geotechnical,...

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Open day for would-be volunteers at Bath’s Prior Park

January 5, 2012
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The National Trust is to hold an open day at Bath’s 18-century Prior Park Landscape Garden to give potential volunteers a chance to find out about the roles available and what they entail. Staff and current volunteers will be on hand to share their experiences at the event between 10.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday...

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​Wincanton secures new debt agreements

January 4, 2012
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Wincanton, the Chippenham-based logistics group which recorded a £75.5m first half loss, has refinanced its debt through a £185m bank facility and a £75m term facility. The new arrangements follow completion of the sale of its remaining loss-making European operations to German company Rhenus. The sale to Rhenus was announced last summer following the...

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Financial adviser Camilla’s a jolly good Fellow

January 4, 2012
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Camilla Atkins of Monahans Financial Services has become a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society (FPFS), the highest accolade available to independent financial advisers. Less than 2% of UK financial advisers have been awarded Fellowship status of the Personal Finance Society, the professional body for those working in the financial services industry and which...

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New chief for Bath Tourism Plus

January 4, 2012
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Experienced tourism professional Nick Brooks-Sykes has been appointed as chief executive of Bath Tourism Plus, the destination marketing organisation for the city and the surrounding area. He brings a wealth of tourism and marketing experience to the position, having previously worked as director of tourism at the North West Development Agency and head of...

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Bath Rugby stars kick-start £50,000 children’s appeal

December 29, 2011
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Bath Rugby players past and present have launched a £50,000 appeal to boost the work of the Bath Rugby Foundation next year. David Flatman, Danny Grewcock and Matt Perry have pledged their support to help raise funds and promote the Foundation, which was established in 2003 to work with local children from all backgrounds,...

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