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Govt must help us tackle youth unemployment, CBI chief tells West bosses

November 4, 2011
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The Government should introduce a Young Britain Credit to encourage firms to recruit young people and prevent the UK creating a “lost generation” of jobless youngsters, the head of the CBI has told West business. Speaking at the CBI South West’s annual dinner in Bristol last night, John Cridland said incentivising business through tax...

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Direct Bristol-Zurich flights to take off next month

November 4, 2011
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Direct Bristol-Zurich flights to take off next month

West of England firms doing business in Zurich will be able to fly direct to the Swiss financial centre when a new a three-times-a-week service from Bristol Airport launches next month. Helvetic Airways launches the flights on December 5 with tickets costing from £145 return. The service will give business and leisure travellers the...

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West innovation to take centre stage at Venturefest

November 2, 2011
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Innovative Bath business talent comes to the fore today at Venturefest, the showcase event at the Bristol & Bath Science Park. The event aims to bring together new technology and innovation-based business ideas with the funding and support they require to help them grow. Core to Venturefest is the Innovation Showcase where new businesses...

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Govt growth cash boost for Bath area – but critics ask whether it is enough

November 1, 2011
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Luxury goods brand Mulberry, automotive supplier DTR VMS and Bath Tourism are to receive financial aid under the Government’s £950m Regional Growth Fund – but the way the cash is allocated has been criticised by the area’s leading business organisation. The three are among nearly 120 businesses, councils, educational establishments and projects across England...

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Top speakers lined up for CBI South West annual dinner

October 31, 2011
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More 350 of the South West’s senior business figures will gather this Thursday for the CBI South West’s annual dinner when the keynote speaker will CBI director-general John Cridland. The black tie event at The Marriott City Centre Hotel, Bristol, will also hear from Major General Andy Salmon CMG OBE. The C Group co-founder...

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SciSys on target for slice of £1bn contract

October 31, 2011
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SciSys, the Chippenham-based specialist software developer, looks set to gain significant business from the £1bn British Army Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle upgrade programme announced last week by Prime Minister David Cameron. As a member of the Warrior Transformation Team with special responsibility for the electronics architecture, SciSys representatives were present when the selection of Lockheed Martin...

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Former Barclays regional boss joins Lloyds Bank

October 31, 2011
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Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets has extended its South West and South Wales team with the appointment of Paul Harvey as business development director.  Paul joins the Bristol-based team after six years at the helm of Barclays Corporate in the South West and brings with him 30 years’ experience in corporate banking. Paul will focus...

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SciSys boss to take a back seat

October 27, 2011
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SciSys executive chairman and founder Mike Love is to step back from day-to-day control of the Chippenham-based hi-tech company to become non executive chairman.  The firm said in a statement today that he will, however, remain a director and significant shareholder in the group.   SciSys, whose pre-tax profits rose 83% to £1.1m in the...

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No Future for Stevie as publishing boss quits

October 27, 2011
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Future publishing boss Stevie Spring and her financial director John Bowman have quit their jobs with immediate effect. Their departure comes months after the Bath-based international special interest media group issued a warning about its full-year results and said it would undertake a restructuring of its businesses. Mark Wood, the head of Future UK, and Graham...

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West’s best innovators to be showcased at Venturefest

October 26, 2011
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West’s best innovators to be showcased at Venturefest

Businesses and entrepreneurs with ideas ranging from healthcare solutions, renewable energy technologies, high-value manufacturing and apps to make companies more efficient will demonstrate their projects at Venturefest Bristol which is being held at at the Bristol & Bath Science Park next Thursday, November 3. The event will link entrepreneurs and innovators from across the Bristol...

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