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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

January 19, 2021
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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

Bath firms struggling with post-Brexit trade complications are being urged to get expert advice and support by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. With the UK now outside of the European Union as of December 31, businesses must adhere to new rules and regulations when trading with the EU.  As reports emerge of how...

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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

January 15, 2021
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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has broken with its traditional method of recruiting for its board to take on three new non-executive directors. The £10m turnover group, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, said the move was designed to access a wider talent pool that represented the full range of the region’s...

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US approval of its asthma treatment delivers boost for Vectura

January 14, 2021
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US approval of its asthma treatment delivers boost for Vectura

Directors at specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura expect its 2020 financial results to be better than they expected following approval of its latest asthma treatment in the US. The firm will also benefit from millions of dollars in royalties and damages paid by pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) following a US court case over infringement while...

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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

January 14, 2021
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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

Regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance has strengthened its board again with a non-executive director appointment as it prepares for its new chair to take up her role. The arrival of Chris Butters, pictured, who has considerable non-executive director and senior executive experience, comes ahead of Christine Allison taking over from current chair Malachy...

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Support sought for group aiming to bridge digital divide made worse by Covid

January 13, 2021
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Support sought for group aiming to bridge digital divide made worse by Covid

Bath area firms are being urged to join a scheme that aims to bridge a digital divide made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic by refurbishing laptops and donating them to disadvantaged families. Wiltshire Digital Drive was launched last year by a group of businesses in Bath and West Wiltshire working on a pro bono...

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Bath Spa graduate’s inspired-by-nature motorbike bracket wins global 3D printing challenge

January 12, 2021
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Bath Spa graduate’s inspired-by-nature motorbike bracket wins global 3D printing challenge

A graduate of Bath Spa University has won an international 3D printing competition, landing $25,000 (£18,350) worth of investment to turn his idea for a special motorbike bracket into reality. Heath Townsend discovered his passion for problem solving while studying for a BA (Hons) at Bath Spa. He has since gone on to launch...

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Bath Unlimited campaign extended to showcase 21 businesses putting city on the global map in 2021

January 8, 2021
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Bath Unlimited campaign extended to showcase 21 businesses putting city on the global map in 2021

Twenty-one firms that represent Bath’s innovative business culture and talented workforce will be highlighted this year as the city’s Bath Unlimited campaign is stepped up. Bath Unlimited was launched last October to support the city’s Invest in Bath inward investment arm in attracting businesses to the area by celebrating some of its dynamic, successful,...

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Export Academy set up to give Bath firms help selling to overseas markets

January 8, 2021
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Export Academy set up to give Bath firms help selling to overseas markets

Bath’s small businesses can access help and advice to grow internationally through a new, free, post-Brexit programme. The Export Academy involves overseas trade experts from the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosting a series of online workshops and events offering advice and support directly to business owners.  The programme has been designed for businesses...

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Former World Bank lead economist to become next chair of alternative regional lender SWIG Finance

January 6, 2021
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Malachy McReynolds, the chair of regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance, is to step down in March after five years in the role. He will be replaced by Christine Allison, a former lead economist for the World Bank, who has been a non-executive director of SWIG Finance for the past three-and-a-half years. During that...

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New ‘body blow’ for Bath businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

January 5, 2021
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New ‘body blow’ for Bath businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

The latest lockdown will be another “body blow” to Bath firms, coming after the uncertainty caused by Brexit and lost trade in the run-up to Christmas, the region’s biggest business group has warned. Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, said firms that had survived so far with Covid-related support from the government...

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