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British Chambers award shortlisting for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

September 12, 2019
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British Chambers award shortlisting for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

A pioneering campaign aimed at helping businesses across the West of England prepare for life after Brexit is in the running for a top national award. Trading Through Brexit (TTB) was launched in October last year by Business West, the region’s largest business group and the organisation behind Bath Chamber of Commerce and the...

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CBI warns South West will be hardest hit of all UK regions under no deal Brexit

September 3, 2019
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CBI warns South West will be hardest hit of all UK regions under no deal Brexit

The South West will suffer more than any other region if the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal, the CBI said this week. The national business organisation has written to all the region’s MPs urging them to find a Brexit deal that works for the South West and warning that a...

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Bath Chamber of Commerce advice and support best in Britain, new research shows

August 30, 2019
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Bath Chamber of Commerce advice and support best in Britain, new research shows

Business West, the organisation behind Bath Chamber of Commerce, provides the best business advice, guidance and support of any chamber in the country, a new report has revealed. It is also the top-grossing and most-profitable among the 53 accredited chambers across Britain, research by membership group the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) shows.  According...

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The Sky at Night presenter and scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock guest speaker at CBI annual dinner

August 29, 2019
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The Sky at Night presenter and scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock guest speaker at CBI annual dinner

The BBC’s ‘face of space’, scientist, communicator and broadcaster Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, is guest speaker at this year’s CBI South West Annual Dinner. One of the most prestigious networking events in the region’s corporate calendar, the dinner traditionally attracts more than 300 business leaders drawn from many of its largest firms.  This year’s dinner...

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Bath firms to get chance to tap into multi-billion pound opportunities in UK nuclear sector

August 29, 2019
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Bath firms to get chance to tap into multi-billion pound opportunities in UK nuclear sector

A major conference in October will give Bath firms valuable insight into working with the nuclear sector in the UK and overseas. The Nuclear South West Showcase and Conference (NSW19) – the UK’s largest event of its kind – will shine a light on current and future opportunities in new build, decommissioning, defence and...

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‘Political turbulence’ over Brexit hitting firms, warns Business West, as Parliament to be suspended

August 28, 2019
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‘Political turbulence’ over Brexit hitting firms, warns Business West, as Parliament to be suspended

The boss of the region’s largest business organisation has again slammed Westminster for “playing political chess” while the health of the economy is in the balance. Phil Smith, pictured, managing director at Business West – which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce and the Bath & North East Somerset Initiative – said firms were paying...

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Ted Baker finance director joins Mulberry as luxury bag maker looks to recover from £5m loss

August 23, 2019
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Ted Baker finance director joins Mulberry as luxury bag maker looks to recover from £5m loss

Somerset-based luxury fashion brand Mulberry has appointed Ted Baker board member Charles Anderson as its new group finance director. Charles will join Mulberry, which has its headquarters and a factory at Chilcompton and is best known for its designer leather bags, in October.  His appointment comes following Mulberry crashing to a £5m pre-tax loss...

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Exporters to EU told to get ‘third country’ registration to avoid potential no-deal Brexit problems

August 13, 2019
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Bath companies that export to Europe are being urged to register for non-EU trade ahead of a possible no-deal Brexit or face potential problems once the UK has left the European Union. The warning has come from Business West, the South West’s largest business organisation, which points out that if the UK quits the...

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Pitch programme to prepare ambitious firms for Dragons’ Den-style investor showcase

August 1, 2019
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Pitch programme to prepare ambitious firms for Dragons’ Den-style investor showcase

Innovative companies from the Bath area are being invited to pitch to investors for financial support from £100,000 up to £2m.  PitchFest South West provides ambitious businesses with an intensive expert training and investment programme designed to help them become both pitch and investment ready.  They then get to pitch to a group of...

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Industrial Strategy unveiled to harness potential of West of England’s innovation and creativity

July 22, 2019
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Industrial Strategy unveiled to harness potential of West of England’s innovation and creativity

The first-ever industrial blueprint for the West of England has been launched with the aim of building on the area’s unique creativity, collaboration and ingenuity to secure sustainable growth. Among ideas suggested in the strategy are connecting researchers, businesses and residents through a Global Centre of Innovation Excellence to focus the area’s innovative strengths...

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