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Bath Business Blog: Susannah Adams, partner, Harbourside Corporate Finance. Preparing your business for sale

May 11, 2022
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Bath Business Blog: Susannah Adams, partner, Harbourside Corporate Finance. Preparing your business for sale

Have you asked yourself when you want to sell your business and why? Some entrepreneurs may have one eye on their next venture, while others may simply be aiming to retire early. Whatever the reason, the fundamentals of a business sale remain the same.  In this blog, we look at three top tips that...

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Bath academic to play role in major project to find out why UK lags behind in global productivity table

May 11, 2022
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Bath academic to play role in major project to find out why UK lags behind in global productivity table

A University of Bath lecturer is to take part in a major research programme aimed at solving the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’ – the long-term problem that has blighted the country’s economy for decades. Dr Weixi Liu, pictured, from the university’s School of Management, will join the three-year study, part of a £11m research programme...

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More Chinese Covid lockdowns and war in Ukraine add to Rotork’s woes despite record new orders

April 29, 2022
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More Chinese Covid lockdowns and war in Ukraine add to Rotork’s woes despite record new orders

The war in Ukraine and Covid restrictions in China have hit revenues at Bath-headquartered global advanced engineering group Rotork – although recovery in its core oil and gas markets has sent its order intake to a record high. The mixed picture has emerged from a trading update for the first quarter of 2022 by...

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Inspecs looking ahead to further expansion after last December’s acquisitions begin to pay off

April 28, 2022
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Inspecs looking ahead to further expansion after last December’s acquisitions begin to pay off

Strong trading during the first three months of this year helped Bath-based glasses designer and manufacturer Inspecs Group maintain its post-pandemic growth. The rapidly expanding firm, which is focussing on becoming a global brand, reported a 12% increase in first-quarter revenues to $75.1m in a trading update to shareholders.  This performance was achieved through...

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University of Bath to drive forward research into use of hydrogen and other alternative fuels

April 27, 2022
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University of Bath to drive forward research into use of hydrogen and other alternative fuels

The University of Bath is to become a national centre of excellence for research into hydrogen and alternative low carbon fuels. The university, already one of the UK’s leading research institutions across a wide range of disciplines, this month began hosting an important new research project into how the UK could increase its use...

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University of Bath’s inaugural Enterprise Day aims to bridge city’s entrepreneurial gap

April 22, 2022
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University of Bath’s inaugural Enterprise Day aims to bridge city’s entrepreneurial gap

Business leaders, academics and students will come together next week at a special event staged by the University of Bath to showcase its enterprise strategy and boost collaboration with the corporate world. The first Enterprise Day on Wednesday, 27 April, will include panel discussions on how business can create green and resilient futures, how...

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Defence consultancy acquired by its employees to secure its future and preserve its unique culture

April 8, 2022
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Defence consultancy acquired by its employees to secure its future and preserve its unique culture

A technical consultancy for the defence sector has become the latest in a growing list of businesses to become owned by its staff. Bosses at Chippenham-based Engage Technical Solutions decided to adopt the Employee-Owned Trust (EOT) model as the best way to secure its future while preserving its independence and culture.  More than 750...

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£3.3m secured from government to expand WECA’s Skills Bootcamps scheme

April 8, 2022
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£3.3m secured from government to expand WECA’s Skills Bootcamps scheme

A successful Skills Bootcamp programme for the unemployed and those seeking to change their career is to be extended following the allocation of £3.3m in new government funding. The money, which will enable a further 1,200 learners to take part in the scheme across the West of England, was secured by Metro Mayor Dan...

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Supply chain issues continue to harm Avon Protection but war in Ukraine triggers rise in inquiries

April 8, 2022
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Supply chain issues continue to harm Avon Protection but war in Ukraine triggers rise in inquiries

Inquiries for defence manufacturing group Avon Protection’s products have risen since the war in Ukraine started last month, it said this week, but admitted that they will not prevent its profits coming under pressure due to ongoing supply chain issues. Melksham-based Avon, which specialises in protective gear, masks and breathing equipment, pictured, for the...

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Plea for government action after survey shows huge price pressures mounting for businesses

April 1, 2022
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Plea for government action after survey shows huge price pressures mounting for businesses

The government has been urged to help Bath businesses weather the storm of soaring energy, raw material and wage costs at a time when they are still being buffeted by the combined impact of Brexit and the pandemic. The plea has come from Business West, the regional business group that runs Bath Chamber of...

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