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Economic growth strengthens in second quarter

July 25, 2013
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Economic growth strengthens in second quarter

The UK economy grew by 0.6% in the second quarter of this year, boosted by consumer and business spending, preliminary data from the Office for National Statistics showed this morning. While Chancellor George Osborne will welcome the much-hoped-for good news as a sign that the economic recovery is gaining traction, critics have pointed out...

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Bishop Fleming takes title of fastest-growing accountants for second year in a row

July 23, 2013
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Bishop Fleming takes title of fastest-growing accountants for second year in a row

West accountancy firm Bishop Fleming has been named as the UK’s fastest-growing full-service firm among the Top 50 accountants for the second year running. Research conducted for Accountancy Age, the industry’s respected magazine, shows that Bishop Fleming’s 23% annual growth rate outpaced all the other firms in its yearly league table of the UK...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 22, 2013
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Monday July 22 INTERIMS Dialight, Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd. (DI) FINALS Filtronic AGMS Ensor Holdings, European Convergence Development Co, Quintain Estates & Development, Ventus 2 VCT, Ventus VCT, Volex Tuesday July 23 INTERIMS Beazley, Premier Foods, Provident Financial FINALS IG Group Holdings EGMS Central Asia Metals AGMS Astar Minerals, Bloomsbury Publishing, Chaarat Gold Holdings...

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Aerospace firm lands first investment under LEP’s Growth Fund

July 19, 2013
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Aerospace firm lands first investment under LEP’s Growth Fund

Avon Valley Precision Engineering, based in Bitton, near Bath, is one of the first firms to receive funding under the West of England Growth Fund initiative. The firm, which supplies parts to major aerospace firms such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus and GKN, has been awarded £233,000 for capital investment in machinery and property to expand...

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Bath Uni to help BBC develop new innovative forms of content

July 19, 2013
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Bath Uni to help BBC develop new innovative forms of content

The BBC has teamed up with a number of universities across the UK, including the University of Bath, to research interaction and user experiences across its platforms. The partnership will explore the potential of new forms of content and interaction in a multi-platform world alongside new ways of producing media that will help make...

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Jobless rate falls but long-term and youth unemployment remain high

July 19, 2013
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Jobless rate falls but long-term and youth unemployment remain high

The South West’s jobs market is the best performing in the country, new figures have revealed. Unemployment fell by 11,000 to 156,000 between March and May in the region, giving it the UK’s lowest jobless rate of 5.8%. Across the UK, in the three months to May, unemployment fell by 57,000, and employment rose...

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The Guild gives Bath its long-awaited creative and tech co-working hub

July 18, 2013
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The Guild gives Bath its long-awaited creative and tech co-working hub

A new co-working hub for small-but-ambitious firms in Bath’s creative and tech sectors has opened, offering them modern office accommodation in the city centre. Based at the Guildhall – and aptly named The Guild – the 3,500-plus sq ft newly-redeveloped space offers breakout areas, conference rooms, a library as well as a number of...

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Triumph for Bath architects Hetreed Ross in building awards

July 18, 2013
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Bath architectural firm Hetreed Ross Architects is celebrating multiple successes at the West of England Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Awards where three of its projects were among the finalists. The firm’s timber-clad design for an extension to Fairfield Farm College in Dilton Marsh, near Westbury, won the Best Community Building award and was...

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Bath Uni innovation incubator among group named as joint best in Europe

July 18, 2013
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Bath Uni innovation incubator among group named as joint best in Europe

SETsquared, the innovative business incubator partnership that includes the University of Bath, has been named as the joint best in Europe at helping fledgling tech firms meet their potential. The accolade comes from the University Business Incubator (UBI) Index which also made it joint fourth best in the world, behind US institutions. It shares...

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Airsprung snaps up headboard firm from liquidation

July 18, 2013
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Airsprung snaps up headboard firm from liquidation

Airsprung, the Trowbridge-based furniture group, has boosted its product range after rescuing Bristol bedroom furniture manufacturer Swanglen out of liquidation. Swanglen, which supplied headboards and other furniture to major retailers and bed manufacturers, collapsed after being hit hard by the collapse of Britain’s biggest bed retailer Dreams earlier this year. It recently ceased trading...

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