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Former Dragon heads West to snap up last of luxury Von Essen hotel group

September 6, 2012
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The final hotel in the Von Essen’s portfolio, the upmarket Ston Easton Park near Shepton Mallet, has been sold to former Dragon’s Den investor James Caan, pictured. The 22-bedroom hotel, a Palladian mansion turned  four-star hotel in the Mendip Hills, was sold by Christie & Co to Mr Caan’s private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw...

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West of England LEP is top of the league

August 23, 2012
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An in depth report by a team of Financial Times investment analysts and experts has compared all 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships and declared the West of England is the number one. The Financial Times fDi Magazine tasked the team to assess the performance of the UK’s local enterprise partnerships since they replaced the regional...

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Ask the Expert: How can I make sure my business keeps going if I have an accident and can’t work?

August 1, 2012
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This is obviously a concern for many smaller businesses, particularly sole traders, who fear that their business would not be able to continue without them, writes Milsted Langdon. However, how many people have actually put any sort of plan into place? Most people would rather not think about what will happen if they are...

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Green electricity supplier Good Energy begins trading on AIM

July 30, 2012
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Good Energy, the Chippenham-based green electricity supplier, has listed its shares on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market following eight years on the lightly-regulated PLUS market. The firm, the UK’s leading 100% renewable electricity supplier, said trading in its shares and interest from institutional shareholders had been low on PLUS and directors now believe...

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Annual snapshot of West enterprise launched

July 27, 2012
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The annual survey for UK entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship UK: 2012/13, has been launched by accountants and business advisory firm Deloitte. Now in its fifth year, the survey is an authoritative report on the sector, reflecting the attitudes, performance and objectives of entrepreneurs and their businesses.  Last year’s survey results in the South West revealed: 56%...

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Introduction to enterprise mentoring workshop

July 25, 2012
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A training workshop called Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring is to take place next month to help businesses realise the potential benefits of mentoring at work. The event, held at the Hilton in Bristol and run by training and learning specialist Get Mentoring, will encourage participants to take a journey of self-discovery and: • Recognise...

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Inward investment project spurs design agency to set its sites on Bath

July 24, 2012
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Inward investment project spurs design agency to set its sites on Bath

Creative agency Jazzbones is targeting the Bath area to win new clients after its successful project for Swindon’s economic regeneration and inward investment company Forward Swindon. Jazzbones’ new website for Forward Swindon – www.swindon.uk.com – is the latest in a number of innovative marketing initiatives designed by Jazzbones, which is based in Swindon. The...

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Bath’s iconic Green Park Brasserie toasts 20 years in business with own wine

July 23, 2012
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The award-winning Green Park Brasserie in Bath is celebrating 20 years in business by launching its own wine range. The wines include a Monastrell Tinto (red), a Macabeo Blanco (white) and a Monastrell Rosada (rosé) and have been selected by Paul Scaife of Chalkstream Wines to compliment the flavour-filled menus for which the Brasserie...

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GALLERY: Bishop Fleming opens new Bath office

July 18, 2012
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Accountants Bishop Fleming held a party to welcome guests to their new office in Bath – Minerva House on Lower Bristol Road. The firm moved into the city earlier this year when it acquired part of rival Target based in the next door building and his since moved to 9,500 sq ft of office...

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GALLERY: Refurbished Francis Hotel reopening

July 18, 2012
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VIP guests enjoyed a look around Bath’s iconic Francis Hotel, which has reopened following a £6m refurbishment. The Queen Square hotel, now one of the UK’s best high-end hotels, is now a part of the 50-strong MGallery global collection of unique hotels – the group’s second in the UK and first outside London. Guests...

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