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Arrival of new director strengthens Lloyds Bank’s offering to West’s large corporates

May 1, 2014
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Arrival of new director strengthens Lloyds Bank’s offering to West’s large corporates

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has bolstered its liquidity advisory team in the South West with the appointment of Jon Szabo as a new director to support the growth ambitions of the region’s large businesses.  Jon, pictured, is one of four new directors to join the now nine-strong team, headed by David Brunton, which provides...

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Order boost and investment in new technology contribute to big profits rise at Avon Rubber

April 30, 2014
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Order boost and investment in new technology contribute to big profits rise at Avon Rubber

Pre-tax profits at specialist West Wiltshire manufacturer Avon Rubber have risen by 43% after it won a series of major orders. The Melksham-based group, whose products span respirators for the army and emergency services to equipment for the dairy industry, said recent investment in new technology and products had also contributed to the 43%...

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Govt economic growth figures reflected in Bath with firms now benefiting from ‘firm recovery’

April 29, 2014
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Govt economic growth figures reflected in Bath with firms now benefiting from ‘firm recovery’

The economic recovery is on a “firm footing” and Bath businesses are reaping the benefits, according to Business West, the organisation that runs the city's Chamber of Commerce. Its managing director Phil Smith said Tuesday’s official figures showing the UK economy grew by 0.8% in the first three months of this year were reflected...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 26, 2014
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Monday 28 April Interim: Ab Dynamics Finals: SimiGon, Verona Pharma Trading statement: Global Health Partner AGMs: Acencia Debt Strategies, Access Intelligence, DP World, Greencoat UK Wind, Microgen, Peer TV, Personal Group, TXO Economics: Hometrack housing survey, Nationwide house prices Tuesday 29 April Interims: Infrastrata, Utilitywise Finals: Huntsworth, Jqw, LiDCO, Lifeline Scientific, Petropavlovsk, TLA Worldwide,...

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Bath’s The Agency lifts top prize in prestigious marketing industry awards

April 24, 2014
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Bath’s The Agency lifts top prize in prestigious marketing industry awards

The Agency, the Bath-based planning, creative, technology and media firm, has won a prestigious Grand Prix at the RAR Awards – the industry’s most coveted accolade. The Agency, whose clients include the British School of Motoring, BT and Del Monte, received the award – one of only two presented each year – at a...

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West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

April 24, 2014
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West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

A trade mission to China to help unlock opportunities for small and medium-sized West businesses has been announced by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) South West. While China is well known as the world’s fastest-growing major economy, with growth rates averaging around 10% over the past 30 years, and the largest exporting nation, it...

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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

April 24, 2014
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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

The West of England’s food and drink businesses are increasingly upbeat about their prospects despite concerns over the price of raw materials and energy and the impact of this winter’s floods. Most also believe that being based in this region is a major plus, according to a new survey. The research by leading business...

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Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems on track for further growth as global demand accelerates

April 24, 2014
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Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems on track for further growth as global demand accelerates

Specialist engineering firm Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems is take on more than 20 permanent workers at its Melksham factory as demand for its innovative products increases around the world. The firm employs 360 people at the site making a wide range of train parts such as advanced braking, monitoring and control systems for railway operators...

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Glasto joins Brunel, Banksy and The Beatles among ‘England’s finest’

April 22, 2014
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Glasto joins Brunel, Banksy and The Beatles among ‘England’s finest’

Glastonbury Festival has been named among England’s greatest achievements in a list based on votes by the public. The world-famous festival, first staged at Michael Eavis’ Worthy Farm near Pilton in 1970, stars in a Hall of Fame showcasing England’s finest alongside an eclectic mix of individuals, objects, places and events which range from...

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Family law reforms will help avoid ‘harmful and stressful’ court battles, says top Bath lawyer

April 22, 2014
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Family law reforms will help avoid ‘harmful and stressful’ court battles, says top Bath lawyer

Bath law firm Stone King has welcomed the establishment of a new Family Court as part of sweeping reforms to the family justice system announced today, particularly a much bigger emphasis on mediation. John Brownrigg, pictured, who heads the firm’s family law and mediation team – which comprises five mediators – said the changes...

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