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Weak pound gives strength to South West exporters but post-Brexit outlook is less clear

June 14, 2017
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Weak pound gives strength to South West exporters but post-Brexit outlook is less clear

Firms across the South West have taken advantage of the slump in sterling to go on an exporting spree, with the value of goods from the region sold overseas soaring by 30%. New figures from HMRC, which collates information on exports, shows exports from South West-based companies hit £6.3bn in the first three months of this year, up from...

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General Election result: National business reaction

June 9, 2017
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General Election result: National business reaction

The unexpected outcome of the General Election and the resulting hung Parliament has sent shock waves through businesses and the organisations representing them. Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the CBI, said it was a serious moment for the UK economy. “The priority must be for politicians to get their house in order and form a functioning government,...

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General Election result: Bath business reaction

June 9, 2017
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General Election result: Bath business reaction

Business organisations in Bath and across the West of England today warned of damaging uncertainty following the shock General Election result and the impact of a hung Parliament on key issues for the city, particularly on the imminent Brexit negotiations Business West, the region’s largest business group, said there would be widespread concern about more...

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Bath Economic Question Time to tackle crucial issues affecting the city

June 2, 2017
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Bath Economic Question Time to tackle crucial issues affecting the city

The vital issues affecting Bath’s economy – from Brexit to rail electrification – will come under the spotlight at a major event in the city next week. Taking place the day before Thursday’s General Election, the annual Bath Economic Question Time will have extra relevance this year, with highly-acclaimed economist and public speaker Mark...

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Leaving EU with no deal would harm region, Business West warns in its General Election manifesto

June 1, 2017
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Leaving EU with no deal would harm region, Business West warns in its General Election manifesto

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has warned that leaving the EU without a deal would cause “considerable damage” to many businesses. The organisation behind Bath Chamber of Commerce, said avoiding this outcome “must be a priority” for all General Election candidates standing in constituencies across the West of England. In its manifesto...

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Turnaround in confidence levels by South West firms points to strong growth this year

June 1, 2017
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Turnaround in confidence levels by South West firms points to strong growth this year

Confidence among businesses in the South West is back in positive territory after a sustained period of decline, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor shows investment plans in the region are stronger than the UK average in areas such as employment, staff development and capital investment. The survey findings...

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IoD leader urges next government to boost start ups but warns over ‘arbitrary’ limits on immigration

May 26, 2017
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IoD leader urges next government to boost start ups but warns over ‘arbitrary’ limits on immigration

The next government must strengthen the UK’s ability to help businesses start up and grow – including ditching the view that all immigration is bad – according to the director-general of the Institute of Directors. Speaking on his first visit to the West of England yesterday, Stephen Martin, pictured, also called for clarity over...

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University of Bath’s research championed as UK’s top global ‘tech challenger’

May 19, 2017
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University of Bath’s research championed as UK’s top global ‘tech challenger’

World-class research and a spirit of collaboration have earned the University of Bath a place in a prestigious global ranking of ‘tech challenger’ universities. The university, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, is one of only two UK universities listed by Times Higher Education (THE) in its table. The THE describes tech challenger...

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Clock ticking for Bath firms to enter region’s first Aerospace Ambassadors Awards

May 19, 2017
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Clock ticking for Bath firms to enter region’s first Aerospace Ambassadors Awards

Aerospace and defence firms from the Bath area are being urged to submit their entries for the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) awards as the deadline fast approaches. Nominations for the Aerospace Ambassadors Awards – the region’s first – close on June 9, with the winners announced at a celebration dinner on June...

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More growth on the cards for printer’s labels business after it gains top hygiene accreditation

May 17, 2017
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More growth on the cards for printer’s labels business after it gains top hygiene accreditation

Integrity Print, the specialist business printer that works with major brands, has achieved a prestigious hygiene accreditation for its labels division. The firm, based on an 18-acre site in Midsomer Norton, gained the BRC High Hygiene Standard after a rigorous and detailed four-day audit process. The standard is critical to the continued growth of...

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