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Bishop Fleming aims to add to its record-breaking awards haul

October 18, 2013
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Bishop Fleming aims to add to its record-breaking awards haul

South West accountancy firm Bishop Fleming is hoping to gain another two national awards next month to take its tally for the year to a record of six. The firm, which has an office in Bath, is shortlisted in two categories in the National Accountancy Awards – Best Mid-Tier Firm and Best Employer. The...

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Bath University on road to becoming world-class vehicle research centre

October 16, 2013
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Bath University on road to becoming world-class vehicle research centre

Bath University is to develop a world-class research facility for low-emission vehicles following the award of funding worth £3.2m. The centre, which will lead research into alternative fuels, electric and hybrid electric vehicles, will be the only one of its kind in the UK. The investment, from a number of sources including the university...

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Final letting at showpiece Bath office building points to lack of new space

October 16, 2013
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Final letting at showpiece Bath office building points to lack of new space

Bath is facing a shortage of quality office space following a deal that means one of city’s most prestigious office buildings is now fully let, according to leading property agent. Financial services company Altus has relocated from the Widcombe area and taken 7,000 sq ft in Royal Mead. The building, close to Bath Spa train...

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Guru goes online with new versions of top-selling business titles

October 16, 2013
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Guru goes online with new versions of top-selling business titles

Bath-based business coach Robert Craven, described by the Financial Times as ‘The Entrepreneurship Guru’, is has lanched two major online initiatives this month. The prolific writer with five best-selling business books to his name has released a new, updated version of Customer Is King – first published in 2002 – on Kindle. Sir Richard...

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Contribution by The Consortium helps Smiths News deliver profits rise

October 16, 2013
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Contribution by The Consortium helps Smiths News deliver profits rise

The Consortium, the Trowbridge-based educational and health supplies distributor, has helped its parent company Smiths News achieve a 14% rise in full-year profits. The Consortium, which Smiths News bought for £38m in April last year, contributed underlying operating profits of £7.4m in the year to August 31 compared with £3.6m in the previous 12...

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Chase de Vere report aims to show way through long-term care maze

October 16, 2013
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Chase de Vere report aims to show way through long-term care maze

Bath-based Independent Financial Adviser Chase de Vere has set out to help professionals cut through the confusion surrounding long-term care with a unique planning tool. The issue of long-term care and funding for individuals is never far from the news agenda. But as an increasing number of people need help so the range of...

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Future looks brighter as media group enjoys pick up in advertising bookings

October 16, 2013
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Future looks brighter as media group enjoys pick up in advertising bookings

Shares in Future, the Bath-based international media group, rose sharply this morning on an upbeat trading statement and a promise to give shareholders their first dividend for two years. The group, whose titles range from TechRadar to Simply Knitting, said advertising bookings for the first quarter of its 2014 financial year were up by...

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New £55m banking deal will aid Alliance Pharma’s hunt for acquisitions

October 16, 2013
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New £55m banking deal will aid Alliance Pharma’s hunt for acquisitions

Alliance Pharma, the Chippenham-based speciality pharmaceutical company, has negotiated new £55m enlarged bank facilities partly to help it hit the acquisition trail. The group signed the deal with Lloyds Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland on improved terms. The new facilities, which replaced earlier facilities and will be available until June 2018, are made...

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Gym equipment company powers ahead with Barclays loan

October 16, 2013
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Gym equipment company powers ahead with Barclays loan

Manufacturing company Watson Gym Equipment is expanding into new premises after a securing a commercial mortgage with Barclays. The £328,000 loan has helped the Frome-based firm, which specialises in handmade bespoke professional gym equipment, move into a 6,400 sq ft site on the town’s Commerce Park Industrial Estate to support its growth strategy. Launched in...

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Quartet Community Foundation welcomes new B&NES area chair

October 15, 2013
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Quartet Community Foundation welcomes new B&NES area chair

Solicitor Becky Ricards Small, a partner in the private client team at Bath-based Withy King, has been appointed chair of the B&NES area of the Quartet Community Foundation. She takes over from Richard Hall from Bath food and drink consultancy Zenith International who has chaired the organisation, which provides a long-term source of support...

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