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Chancellor needs to lift confidence in Budget, Business West warns as inflation hits five-year high

October 17, 2017
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Chancellor needs to lift confidence in Budget, Business West warns as inflation hits five-year high

Bath firms are looking for Chancellor Philip Hammond to deliver a shot in the arm and lift confidence in next month’s Budget following this week’s rise in inflation, according to the region’s largest business group. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose to 3% in September, according to today’s official figures – taking it to...

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Venturefest to showcase how West tech firms are creating a smart future

October 13, 2017
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Venturefest to showcase how West tech firms are creating a smart future

The largest ever gathering of tech companies in the West of England takes place on Tuesday when more than 500 local, national and global delegates assemble for Venturefest Bristol and Bath 2017. The event will put the spotlight on innovative approaches to the way we will live, move around and work in years to...

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University of Bath secures funding to help grow scale-ups grow into innovative businesses

October 13, 2017
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University of Bath secures funding to help grow scale-ups grow into innovative businesses

The challenges faced by the West of England’s small to medium-sized enterprises in scaling up to innovate and grow are to be tackled in project spearheaded by the University of Bath. The initiative will focus on four key technology sectors – advanced engineering and manufacturing; digital innovation; environmental, sustainable, marine/maritime; and health and wellbeing. ...

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Business support service calls on Metro Mayor to launch skills revolution to end recruitment crisis

October 12, 2017
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Business support service calls on Metro Mayor to launch skills revolution to end recruitment crisis

A skills revolution is needed in the West of England to solve the recruitment problem now hitting many of the region’s firms, Metro Mayor Tim Bowles has been told. The message was delivered to him by the head of national business support service GetSet for Growth, who said ‘hard-to-fill’ posts were hitting many of...

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Ex-bank manager joins Cool Ventures to advise growth companies

October 6, 2017
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Ex-bank manager joins Cool Ventures to advise growth companies

Business growth consultancy Cool Ventures has appointed experienced former bank manager Barry Vincent to the team. Mr Vincent, pictured, joins as an adviser and will offer expert advice to businesses enrolled on the Swindon and Wiltshire SME Growth Programme.  The programme, which is delivered locally by Cool Ventures, provides free intensive support to small...

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Plea to Bath firms to back mental health groups as new report highlights scale of problem

October 6, 2017
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Plea to Bath firms to back mental health groups as new report highlights scale of problem

Bath businesses that care about their city are being urged to step up their philanthropy and offer support for organisations that prevent local people suffering mental health crises.  The plea comes from the Quartet Community Foundation, the independent charity that works across the West of England to support local philanthropists in their charitable giving. ...

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Juice launches new management division to meet growing demand for top-tier candidates

October 6, 2017
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Juice launches new management division to meet growing demand for top-tier candidates

Bath-headquartered employment agency Juice Recruitment has launched a division to specialise in management positions across finance and accountancy, HR, commerce and business. The new division will be headed by Juice business manager Ali Watson, pictured, who has been with the agency for 13 years and managed its permanent division for five years. During this...

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Millions of pounds in R&D tax credits going begging, accountants tell Bath firms

October 6, 2017
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Millions of pounds in R&D tax credits going begging, accountants tell Bath firms

Firms in Bath and across the West of England are continuing to miss out on millions of pounds of research and development (R&D) tax credits, according to accountancy firm Bishop Fleming. R&D tax specialists at the firm, Bath’s largest accountants, say that even though there has been a 20% increase in companies claiming the...

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Former Royal Navy officer joins BMT Asset Performance on business development role

October 5, 2017
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Former Royal Navy officer joins BMT Asset Performance on business development role

BMT Asset Performance, the Bath-based specialist engineering consultancy, has appointed Paul Haycock as business development lead for surface systems.  Paul, pictured, joins after 35 years in the Royal Navy, during which he served on a variety of ships and in a diverse range of environments, including as a warfare officer and Lynx helicopter observer. ...

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Bath Ales takeover propels St Austell Brewery into fast-growth league table

September 29, 2017
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Bath Ales takeover propels St Austell Brewery into fast-growth league table

The acquisition of Bath Ales has helped St Austell Brewery achieve a record annual turnover of £153m and earn a place among the UK’s fastest-growing mid-market firms for the first time. Following the Bath Ales takeover in July last year, Cornwall-based St Austell’s sales powered ahead by 14%. The brewery, which was founded in...

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