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Bath advisers put high-quality aggregate firm on road to successful deal with UK quarrying giant

December 12, 2014
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Bath advisers put high-quality aggregate firm on road to successful deal with UK quarrying giant

The corporate team at Bath law firm Withy King has advised the shareholders of Bradford-on-Avon based PSV (UK) on its sale to Breedon Aggregates, the UK’s largest independent aggregates business. Withy King helped to negotiate the deal on behalf of shareholders Glyn Woolley and Ed Reed. PSV (UK) owned the sole and exclusive rights...

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Broadband quality – not speed – critical factor, Bath tech firm’s data reveals

December 11, 2014
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Broadband quality – not speed – critical factor, Bath tech firm’s data reveals

Bath-based digital supply chain management firm Actual Experience has helped telecoms industry regulator Ofcom compile a major report which debunks the view that slow broadband speeds are holding back the economy. Instead, the quality of the broadband is far more important for the majority of users, Ofcom concludes. As a result it has called...

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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

December 8, 2014
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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

The annual search for the region’s best companies has started with the launch of accountants PwC’s widely-respected West of England Business of the Year Awards 2015. Now in their 27th year, the eagerly-contested awards are the most prestigious in the region by far – previous winners read like a who’s who of the West’s...

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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

December 8, 2014
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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

Exports by South West firms have risen slightly over the past year despite turmoil in the key eurozone market, new figures show. And more companies are following the Government’s advice and selling overseas as a way of strengthening their business. Regional trade boss Russell Jones welcomed the figures with cautious optimism and pointed to...

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Red is the colour for Mulberry as sales decline pushes it into a half-year loss

December 4, 2014
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Red is the colour for Mulberry as sales decline pushes it into a half-year loss

Mulberry, the luxury goods brand, has slumped into the red with a half-year loss of £1.1m after a disastrous attempt to go upmarket backfired. The firm, based at Chilcompton, suffered a 9% fall in sales to £45.1m in the six months to September 30 while wholesale revenues tumbled 31% to £19.6m. In the same...

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Innovation partnership SETsquared’s £3.8bn boost to economy creates 9,000 jobs

December 4, 2014
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Innovation partnership SETsquared’s £3.8bn boost to economy creates 9,000 jobs

Hi-tech start-ups incubated by SETsquared, the innovation hub backed by the University of Bath, have created 9,000 jobs and contributed a staggering £3.8bn to the UK economy, research released today shows. The figures, which emerge from a study commissioned from Warwick Economics & Development, are based on the 1,041 companies that have benefitted from...

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Bath Business Expo to return next March with pledge to be bigger and better

December 4, 2014
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Bath Business Expo to return next March with pledge to be bigger and better

The Bath Business Expo returns next spring – and after the success of this year’s event it promises to be bigger and better represent the city’s dynamic business scene. All 72 stands at this July’s Expo, held at the Guildhall, were sold out and more than 400 visitors attended the all-day event. Next year’s...

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Autumn Statement: Bath Business reaction

December 3, 2014
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The Chancellor produced a balanced Autumn Statement yesterday that addressed business concerns around rates reform and finance, Bath business leaders said. Phil Smith, managing director of Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, described it as a “crowd-pleasing” set of proposals for business, particularly its pledge for a major review into the “iniquitous...

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SETsquared’s Shard showcase serves as launchpad for two new innovation projects

December 1, 2014
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SETsquared’s Shard showcase serves as launchpad for two new innovation projects

Innovation incubator SETsquared, which is backed by the University of Bath, has unveiled two new projects – a £3.2m programme to speed up the commercialisation of university research and a partnership with academic health science networks to help NHS patients. The double boost was announced as it staged a showcase of more than 20...

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Bath Business Blog: Charlotte Hopley, West of England LEP. Why robust evidence is key in business decision making

November 30, 2014
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Bath Business Blog: Charlotte Hopley, West of England LEP. Why robust evidence is key in business decision making

Charlotte Hopley, senior economic intelligence officer at the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), explains the importance of a robust evidence as the basis for business decision making. At a time when resources are being stripped back it is vital that we target our efforts in the right places, whether that’s where the...

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