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Lovehoney pumped up for more growth after founders sell majority stake to Swiss investors

June 25, 2018
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Lovehoney pumped up for more growth after founders sell majority stake to Swiss investors

Lovehoney, the Bath-based sex toy retailer, is predicting a new phase of strong growth following the sale of a majority stake in the business by its co-founders. Richard Longhurst and Neal Slateford, pictured, who launched Lovehoney by selling sex toys online from – appropriately – a bedroom in 2002, will continue to lead day-to-day...

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PwC West Business of the Year Awards sign off after 30 years with ‘winner of winners’ ceremony

June 23, 2018
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PwC West Business of the Year Awards sign off after 30 years with ‘winner of winners’ ceremony

Global engineering giant Renishaw has been named as the ‘winner of winners’ as the prestigious PwC West of England Business of the Year Awards marked their 30th – and last – year. Launched in 1988 by accountants PwC to showcase the region’s top large businesses, the awards have since become the South West’s most-respected...

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Business challenges and opportunities of Brexit to be explained at trade roadshow

June 23, 2018
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Business challenges and opportunities of Brexit to be explained at trade roadshow

Bath businesses are being invited to hear how they can prepare for the challenges and opportunities of Brexit at an event next week. The day-long Trade Horizons event – part of the Export for Growth roadshow – takes place at the Aerospace Museum, Filton, Bristol, on Tuesday, June 26.  It is one of four sessions...

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£0.5m Innovation 4 Growth funding available for Bath firms’ R&D projects

June 19, 2018
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£0.5m Innovation 4 Growth funding available for Bath firms’ R&D projects

Innovative small and medium-sized firms from the Bath area can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 to carry out research and development following the relaunch of an established funding programme.   Innovation 4 Growth (I4G) funding totalling £500,000 is available to businesses from across the West of England in all sectors who...

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West ahead of the game with first European trade certificate to harness Blockchain technology

June 16, 2018
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West ahead of the game with first European trade certificate to harness Blockchain technology

A Shepton Mallet firm has helped process the first European Certificate of Origin using Blockchain technology – potentially giving the West of England a head start in a global market expected to be worth $20bn within six years. The request was submitted by South Gloucestershire global engineering group Renishaw to Business West – the...

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Smart move for school uniform firm as it completes third acquisition

June 16, 2018
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Smart move for school uniform firm as it completes third acquisition

Banner, one of the UK’s leading school uniform suppliers, has hit the acquisition trail for the third time in less than three years.  The Trowbridge-based firm snapped up rival F.R. Monkhouse in a move that represents a key step in the firm’s strategy to be the market leader in supplying uniforms and sportswear to...

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Happiest Workplace Awards give enlightened Bath firms reasons to be cheerful

June 8, 2018
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Happiest Workplace Awards give enlightened Bath firms reasons to be cheerful

Bath firms that go the extra mile to ensure their staff are cheerful and fulfilled are being invited to enter the annual South West Happiest Workplace Competition.   The brainchild of workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde IA, the contest has successfully championed enlightened businesses since it was launched four years ago.  This year it...

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‘Quiet confidence’ in future leads BuroHappold to appoint 13 new partners

June 8, 2018
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‘Quiet confidence’ in future leads BuroHappold to appoint 13 new partners

BuroHappold, the Bath-headquartered international civil engineering practice, has appointed 13 new partners in a move it said showed “quiet confidence” in its ability to deliver high-quality, award-winning projects across the globe. It is the highest number of partners chosen in a single year by the firm, which over the past 40 years has been...

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New non-executive director brings US pharma experience to Vectura

June 4, 2018
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New non-executive director brings US pharma experience to Vectura

Specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura has confirmed the appointment of Anne Whitaker as a non-executive director with effect from last Friday as it continues to reshape its board.   The Chippenham-based firm, which makes innovative devices and formulation for inhaled airways diseases, had been seeking a non-executive director with current US pharma experience.    Vectura’s...

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Alliance Pharma non-exec director leaves board after nine years

May 31, 2018
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Alliance Pharma non-exec director leaves board after nine years

A non-executive director at specialty pharmaceutical firm Alliance Pharma has stepped down after nine years on its board.   Thomas Casdagli’s resignation comes nearly three months after a boardroom shake-up at the Chippenham-based firm, which resulted in the appointment of a new chief executive to replace its founder as well as a new chairman. ...

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