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13-month high for business confidence but recovery remains patchy

July 8, 2013
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13-month high for business confidence but recovery remains patchy

Business confidence continued its upward trend this month and reached its highest point since May 2012, according to the latest Business Trends report by West-based accountants and business advisers BDO. BDO’s optimism index, which predicts business performance two quarters ahead, moved up for the fifth consecutive month from 93.6 to 94.3, a 13-month high....

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Acquisitive Rotork finds latest takeover target close to home

July 8, 2013
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Acquisitive Rotork finds latest takeover target close to home

Rotork, the Bath-based advanced manufacturing group, has today acquired Flowco, a small business based in Midsomer Norton providing breakdown, repair and replacement services to utility providers and contractors. Flowco operates a team of mobile engineers specialising in flow control products such as valves, electric actuators, penstocks, tidal gates, pumps and associated control systems. Rotork,...

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Brief tips for businesses included in law firm Thrings’ revised website

July 8, 2013
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Brief tips for businesses included in law firm Thrings’ revised website

Directors and managers can gain tips on some of the most-common challenges of running a business through a new range of electronic booklets available for download on the new-look website of M4 corridor law firm Thrings. The booklets, written by commercial lawyers at the firm, which has an office in Bath, shed light on some...

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Al fresco dining plan for Kingsmead Square unveiled

July 8, 2013
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Al fresco dining plan for Kingsmead Square unveiled

Bath has taken a major step towards introducing a Continental-style cafe culture following a move by the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) to transform Kingsmead Square into an al fresco dining and performing arts space. The BID has officially lodged plans with Bath & North East Somerset Council following months of discussion with Kingsmead...

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Creative marketing drive gives motorway services brand new look

July 8, 2013
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Creative marketing drive gives motorway services brand new look

Chippenham Pit Stop, the motorway services close to M4 junction 17, has re-launched its customer loyalty scheme and completely re-designed its on-site point of sale and digital marketing strategy. Swindon-based agency Jazzbones Creative worked closely with Pit Stop management, stripping the company’s philosophy down to its essentials to create a new campaign using the...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 7, 2013
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Monday July 08 EGMS Queenco Leisure International Ltd. GDR (Reg S) AGMS Hargreave Hale AIM VCT 2 TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS Bovis Homes Group Tuesday July 09 GMS TUI Travel FINALS Polar Capital Technology Trust EGMS JSC KazMunaiGaz Exploration Production GDR (Reg S) AGMS 3i Infrastructure, Aveva Group, Downing Planned Exit VCT 3 F Shares, Establishment...

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Fascia presses ahead with environmental commitment

July 4, 2013
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Fascia presses ahead with environmental commitment

Specialist printer Fascia Graphics is expecting to step up its performance and energy efficiency further after investing in its second world-leading piece of machinery. The Chippenham-based firm, the market leader for the production of membrane keypads and graphic overlays, became the first UK manufacturer to buy a Sakurai MS80-SD last year – a move...

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Client accolade for West accountants Bishop Fleming

July 4, 2013
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Client accolade for West accountants Bishop Fleming

West accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has an office in Bath, has become the region’s first to secure the Investors in Clients accreditation. Independent assessment by the Investors in Clients organisation gave the firm a score of more than 8 out of 10 – described as “an outstanding first assessment, putting the firm in...

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Mediation cases rise at Stone King after cuts in legal aid for divorcing couples

July 1, 2013
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Mediation cases rise at Stone King after cuts in legal aid for divorcing couples

Cuts in legal aid for divorce cases has resulted in a big increase in demand for specialist family mediation services at Bath and Wiltshire law firm Stone King. Its family law and mediation team in Melksham has received a 25% rise in inquiries from separating couples seeking to resolve their differences without going to...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

June 30, 2013
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Monday July 01 FINALS Omega Diagnostics Group AGMS Brady Exploration, SocialGo, Ultima Networks TRADING ANNOUNCEMENTS Ashmore Group UK ECONOMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS Consumer Credit (09:30) Industrial Production (09:30) M4 Money Supply (09:30) M4 Sterling Lending (09:30) Mortgage Approvals (09:30) PMI Manufacturing (09:30) Tuesday July 02 INTERIMS St. Modwen Properties FINALS Anite EGMS Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd....

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