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Minister for cities to attend Bath conference on LEP progress

November 9, 2011
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Minister for cities to attend Bath conference on LEP progress

Greg Clarke, minister for cities, decentralisation and planning, will be the keynote speaker at a conference in Bath next Tuesday (15th). It has been organised by the Local Enterprise Partnership to discuss what the LEP has been doing since its last event in January – and its planned work, for example. on the Enterprise Areas across...

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Survey points to serious risk of economic slowdown

November 7, 2011
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The economy is at serious risk of contracting before the end of the year as services firms falter and manufacturing declines again, a bleak survey claims today. Accountants BDO’s output index, which measures turnover expectations over the next three months, fell in October to 92.6, the lowest level since the country was in the...

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Small manufacturers predicting tougher times ahead

November 7, 2011
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Sentiment has fallen sharply among the UK’s small and medium-sized manufacturers, the CBI has said, adding to the air of gloom hanging over the economy. A slight decline in production over the next three months is forecast by these firms while, worryingly, over the past three months they suffered a 8% fall in export...

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Entrepreneur brothers open Bath’s latest nightclub

November 4, 2011
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Caroline Entwistle, Commercial Property Solicitor at Withy King Solicitors and Rod and Max Johnson, owners of Baroque Nightclub

A pair of Bath entrepreneurs have created one of the largest dance spaces in the city with the help of local law firm Withy King. Brothers Rod and Max Johnson have launched Baroque nightclub (formerly Back to Mine) in Bladud Buildings with the support of the commercial property, corporate and employment teams at Withy...

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Theatre Royal builds on its success with award-winning performance

November 4, 2011
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Bath’s Theatre Royal has won the award for best small commercial building in the 2011 LABC National Building Excellence Awards, which took place in London earlier this week. The submission by Bath architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studions beat 12 other shortlisted entrants from all the other LABC regions in the UK and follows the...

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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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