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Recession worse than expected, gloomy new figures show

June 28, 2012
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Recession worse than expected, gloomy new figures show

The recession has been deeper than previously thought, official data out today show, with the economy now known to have shrank by 0.4% during the final three months of 2011. Today’s figures, from the Office for National Statistics, also confirm that UK was firmly in recession for the first quarter of this year, with...

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Major redevelopment planned for Chippenham’s former industrial heart

June 28, 2012
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Plans for the biggest redevelopment project for generations in Chippenham – including the town’s massive former Westinghouse site – are being drawn up following an agreement between two development companies. Property management and development companies Aberdeen Property UK Retail Parks Trust and Ashtenne Industrial Fund have formed the partnership to redevelop a 54-acre site...

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Hat-trick of green awards for environmental printers

June 27, 2012
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Park Lane Press, the Corsham-based environmentally-conscious printing firm, has made it a hat-trick of awards so far this year as it continues to promote its sustainable approach to business. Its third trophy of the year came last week when it came top in the environmental category at the prestigious Print and Paper Awards for...

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Upmarket hotel group hand picks Bailbrook House as its first in the West

June 27, 2012
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Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath is to undergo an extensive refurbishment programme over the next two years following its acquisition by the Hand Picked Hotels group. The Grade-II*-listed, three-star hotel was acquired from investor clients of real estate advisory company Delancey for an undisclosed sum. Set in 20 acres of gardens, it has 78...

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Olympic venue clocks on for Access-to-Time’s staff attendance system

June 27, 2012
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Access-to-Time, the Midsomer Norton-based time and attendance systems firm, has won a contract with Olympic 2012 venue the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA). As the UK’s premier sailing venue, the WPNSA is hosting all sailing events for the Olympics and Paralympic Games. The centre, which boasts world-class facilities and attracts sailors from...

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LinkedIn expert to relaunch Guyers House meeting facilities

June 26, 2012
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LinkedIn expert to relaunch Guyers House meeting facilities

Guyers House Hotel in Corsham relaunches its meeting and conference facilities this evening with a talk by one of the UK’s leading LinkedIn experts. James Potter, who provides LinkedIn training and consultancy across the UK, will give an hour-long presentation to an invited audience of 60 local business leaders on how the social media...

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Firms invited to join Bath Racecourse corporate club

June 26, 2012
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Bath Racecourse has launched the Winning Connections Club, a corporate programme allowing businesses across the region to receive a range of racing-related benefits along with the opportunity to network throughout the year. Membership costs £200 and is restricted to 50 to make the club more exclusive. Members will receive a package of benefits including...

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Packaging firm takeover deal wrapped up by Monahans

June 25, 2012
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Packaging firm takeover deal wrapped up by Monahans

Warminster-based Elms Cross Packaging has been bought by Kent firm Leonard Gould in a deal that started when its founders Martin and Julie Lewis attended a how-to-sell-your-business seminar staged by accountants Monahans. The couple launched Elms Cross 13 years ago and have since built it up as a regional specialist in bespoke packaging and...

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West’s Olympics legacy could trigger trade with African nations

June 25, 2012
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West businesses are being urged to make the most of golden opportunities for trade with Africa as three countries from the continent prepare to set up Olympic training camps in the region. Bristol is hosting the London 2012 Kenyan team, building on long-established links between the city and East African nation through the with...

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‘Help young business grow’, says accountants Old Mill

June 25, 2012
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‘Help young business grow’, says accountants Old Mill

  Valuable business resources have been concentrated too much on start-ups and not enough on helping young businesses to grow, according to Tim Lerwill, corporate director at Wiltshire accountancy firm Old Mill. “It is probable that in the recent past too much help has been focused on helping small companies to start up and...

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