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Guide launched to help redundant public sector workers

January 18, 2012
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West business leaders have welcomed a bespoke guide and website for public sector staff moving into private employment. The Choices Guide, which includes the website www.hays.co.uk/jobs/LEP, was launched at an event yesterday. It has been compiled by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in conjunction with national recruitment experts Resource Solutions Group (RSG)...

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Tumbling inflation brings some relief to the economy

January 17, 2012
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Inflation fell sharply last month as lower fuel prices and hefty pre-Christmas discounting on the high street brought some economic relief. The drop – to 4.2% from 4.8% in November – is the biggest fall since April 2009 and supports Bank of England forecasts that inflation will tumble this year as a result of...

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Direct mail firm gives stamp of approval to Jubilee tree campaign

January 16, 2012
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Print and post provider CFH Docmail has launched its first commemorative pre-franked stamp to encourage everyone to Plant a Tree for the Jubilee. It will be used as a substitute for its regular stamps on all envelopes mailed through its Docmail direct mail service during January and February.  As a longstanding corporate supporter of the Woodland Trust,...

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Encouraging signs for West manufacturers among the uncertainty, says BDO

January 13, 2012
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Government initiatives to promote innovation and exports to emerging markets coupled with growth sectors like the automotive industry provide real opportunities for West manufacturers, according to accountants and business advisors BDO’s regional office. While recognising that uncertainty in key economies and markets and the lack of access to capital will make 2012 a challenging...

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Future offloads US music division for $3m

January 13, 2012
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Bath-based publishing group Future has sold its Music Division in New York to NewBay Media for $3m (£1.96m). The sale includes US magazines Guitar World, Revolver and Guitar Aficionado and the related websites together with a licence to operate the Golden Gods Awards show in the US. It follows the group's £19.3m annual loss...

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Specialist lender 1pm says it’s time for more growth as demand increases

January 12, 2012
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1pm, the independent Bath firm providing asset finance to small firms, has reported a 238% rise in pre-tax profits to £214,000 in the six months to November 30. It was achieved on revenue up 31% from £880,000 to £1.15m while its total lease portfolio increased from £9.19m to £10.85m.  Highlights included a reduction in bad...

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Bank holds interest rates at 0.5% again

January 12, 2012
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Interest rates have again been pegged at their record low of 0.5% amid growing concerns over weak consumer spending, mixed results from high street retailers and little sign of the expected upturn for manufacturers. The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) have now kept rates at 0.5% since March 2009. While some economists...

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Cable opens new City of Bath College building

January 12, 2012
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Business Secretary Vince Cable has officially opened City of Bath College’s new multi-million pound Roper Building. The opening ceremony marked the end of a 10-month construction project to demolish the College’s Kings Building and replace it with state-of-the-art premises on James Street West and Avon Street. The three-storey Roper Building, which links with the...

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Help site for public sector workers hit by job cuts to be launched

January 12, 2012
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Public sector staff hit by job cuts are to be helped move into private sector employment under a project to be launched in the region next week. The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which covers Bath and North East Somerset, has teamed up with national recruitment experts Resource Solutions Group (RSG), based...

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First chairman appointed to Swindon & Wilts LEP

January 11, 2012
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West Wiltshire businessman Paul Johnson has been appointed as the first chairman of the newly-formed Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Mr Johnson recently stepped down as chairman of Melksham-based railway engineering group Knorr-Bremse (UK). His appointment was ratified by an independent panel drawn from the local business community and chaired by the...

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