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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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Bath firms missing out on help with research costs, survey shows

December 29, 2011
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Many West entrepreneurs are missing out on Government-funded help with research and development costs, with just one in 20 claiming the tax relief in the region and 15% unaware it exists. Research and development (R&D) tax relief is potentially available to any business carrying out technological advancements in products or processes, although this can...

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Online Christmas shopping boom triggers new demand for warehouses

December 28, 2011
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A major online retailer is poised to sign a deal for a large distribution warehouse in the West, part of a growing trend on the back of the dramatic rise in internet shopping this Christmas. Commercial property specialists Colliers International has witnessed similar developments across the country as shoppers increasingly hunt bargains on the...

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Fleet Support Group acquired by US giant

December 26, 2011
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Chippenham-based Fleet Support Group (FSG), one of the UK’s largest fleet management companies, has been acquired by the American-based Automotive Resources International (ARI). The deal will give ARI its first business in Europe. The company has operations in North America, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and Australia, with alliances in India and China. It has around...

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SciSys wins new business

December 22, 2011
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SciSys, the specialist supplier of bespoke software systems, IT based solutions and support services, has been awarded a £2.5m contract to provide a Future Deployable GEOINT (FDG) System. The business has come from Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems & Solutions which is the prime contractor for FDG to the UK's Ministry of Defence.  The aim of...

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Mulberry bags luxury goods industry high flier as its next chief executive

December 21, 2011
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Luxury handbag maker Mulberry has headhunted the managing director of Hermès France, Bruno Guillon, to be its next chief executive. Mr Guillon will work with current chief executive and chairman Godfrey Davis for three months to ensure a smooth transition before taking over on March 1. Mr Davis will continue as non-executive chairman. Mulberry,...

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Pre-Christmas retail sales rise but a bleak New Year is in store, says CBI

December 20, 2011
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The high street got an unexpected pre-Christmas boost today with new figures showing sales volumes in early December grew for the first time in seven months. However, shop takings were still sales poor for the time of year and the CBI, which conducted the research behind today’s survey, said retailers do not expect the...

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Tax trap warning to bosses who are too generous with their Christmas spirit

December 18, 2011
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The true cost of Christmas parties in the workplace could land employers with a sobering bill from HM Revenue & Customs in the New Year. The warning comes from Caroline Harwood, head of employer solutions at Grant Thornton in the West, who points out that for employers who want to reward hard-working staff, tax relief is only...

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Campaign to re-use redundant buildings is welcomed

December 16, 2011
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Moves by West councils to ensure redundant buildings, including 5,000 empty homes, are fully utilised before  green field sites are swallowed up for development have been welcomed by property specialist Colliers International. The West of England Property Initiative – run jointly by North Somerset, Bristol City, South Gloucestershire  and Bath and North East Somerset councils – aims to get more empty...

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