Advanced manufacturing

Project aiming to de-carbonise UK’s chemical industry taps into University of Bath’s expertise

May 16, 2024
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Project aiming to de-carbonise UK’s chemical industry taps into University of Bath’s expertise

Academics from the University of Bath are to help cut the chemical industry’s significant carbon emissions through the re-use of waste and by harnessing renewable electricity. They are teaming up with colleagues from five other UK universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, in the £13.75m government research project.  The Sustainable Chemicals and Materials Manufacturing Hub...

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Shaggy dog story gives guests at accountancy group’s annual dinner some food for thought

May 10, 2024
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Shaggy dog story gives guests at accountancy group’s annual dinner some food for thought

Ultra-athlete Dion Leonard, who runs distances of 250-plus miles in some of the world’s toughest conditions, has told West of England business leaders they too can overcome huge challenges – if they are determined. Dion, pictured, was guest speaker at accountancy body ICAEW West of England's annual dinner.  He entertained the audience with his life...

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Festival of Nature to host staff awaydays and roundtables as it seeks to involve Bath businesses

May 10, 2024
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Festival of Nature to host staff awaydays and roundtables as it seeks to involve Bath businesses

Bath firms are being urged to link up with the UK’s biggest nature festival taking place in the city next month, when they will be able to get involved in a host of activities. Among events targeted at businesses during the 21st annual Festival of Nature will be roundtables on biodiversity and creative industries, nature-focused...

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Alliance Pharma’s sudden change of CEO unsettles shareholders as it delays annual results for third time

May 10, 2024
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Alliance Pharma’s sudden change of CEO unsettles shareholders as it delays annual results for third time

Shares in international healthcare group Alliance Pharma slumped to a 12-year low after its chief executive spooked investors by announcing he is to step down from the business. Peter Butterfield, who joined the Chippenham-headquartered group in 2010 and has been CEO for the past six years, will leave on 30 June.    In a...

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MoD awards multi-million pound contract for chemical warfare masks to Avon Protection

May 9, 2024
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MoD awards multi-million pound contract for chemical warfare masks to Avon Protection

Defence manufacturer Avon Protection’s technological leadership in designing and making respirators against chemical attacks has landed it a contract worth up to £38m with the MoD. The group, which specialises in protective gear, masks and breathing equipment for the military and first-responder markets, will produce the equipment at its UK manufacturing plant near Melksham. ...

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Substantial increase in South West business optimism flagged up by third survey in less than two weeks

May 8, 2024
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Substantial increase in South West business optimism flagged up by third survey in less than two weeks

Another business survey has pointed to a dramatic bounce back in confidence among South West firms as the outlook on inflation and interest rates improves. Results of the quarterly survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) show optimism levels soared by 40 percentage points to their highest level since October 2021.  As a...

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Mogers Drewett workshop will give firms chance to ‘Move On Up’ in Mental Health Awareness Week

May 7, 2024
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Bath-based legal and financial planning firm Mogers Drewett is to host a special HR event next week to highlight the important relationship between physical activity and mental wellbeing at work. Called Move On Up, the workshop is being staged on 16 May as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024.  It is aimed at leaders...

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£1m worth of funding available to encourage innovation among Bath’s small and mid-sized firms

May 7, 2024
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£1m worth of funding available to encourage innovation among Bath’s small and mid-sized firms

Bath’s small and medium-sized firms can secure grants of up to £25,000 to help them innovate and grow under a scheme set up by the West of England Combined Authority. The £1m programme offers eligible firms a one-off grant towards the cost of research and development – with the ultimate aim of getting new...

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Focus on sales growth sees Bath glasses firm Inspecs reach the No. 1 spot in new finance rankings

May 3, 2024
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Focus on sales growth sees Bath glasses firm Inspecs reach the No. 1 spot in new finance rankings

Bath-headquartered eyewear firm Inspecs has been named as the South West’s fastest-growing company in a new financial league table. The firm, which designs and makes a wide range of spectacles, lenses and frames for worldwide sale, has achieved a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 143.26% over the past two years.  As well as...

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Event: Digital leadership to go under the spotlight at Bath Unlimited’s next leadership session

May 2, 2024
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Event: Digital leadership to go under the spotlight at Bath Unlimited’s next leadership session

A series of events aimed at developing the leadership skills of Bath businesses will put the focus on digital leadership at its next gathering. Coinciding with the city’s Digital Festival, the session on Tuesday 14 May will be the third quarterly leadership development evening staged by Bath Unlimited, the organisation that celebrates the city’s...

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