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Pair of new non-exec directors strengthens pharma group Vectura’s board

January 4, 2021
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Pair of new non-exec directors strengthens pharma group Vectura’s board

Specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura has boosted its board with the appointment of two new independent non-executive directors. Jeanne Hecht and Jeanne Thoma took up their roles at the Chippenham-based firm, which develops inhalable dry-powder drugs that treat lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, on December 31.  Jeanne Hecht was most recently...

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Government must do more to help Covid-hit businesses, says CBI, as Bath enters Tier 3

December 30, 2020
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Government must do more to help Covid-hit businesses, says CBI, as Bath enters Tier 3

The South West CBI has called for a rethink of government support for businesses hit by Covid-related restrictions ahead of much of the region going into higher tiers – including Bath and North East Somerset – from midnight tonight. Bath and North East Somerset along with Wiltshire will move into Tier 3, dealing a...

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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

December 23, 2020
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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and has introduced three new steps to help it – and firms across the South West – reach the ambitious target. The organisation, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce and the Bath & North East Somerset Initiative...

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Survey shows region’s high-growth firms adapting to new normal to resume expansion

December 18, 2020
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Survey shows region’s high-growth firms adapting to new normal to resume expansion

More than two-thirds of high-growth firms in the South West plan to continue to expand next year after adapting for a post-Covid world, new research shows. According to the first survey to chart these businesses during the coronavirus pandemic it has created significant barriers to growth for 58% of South West firms, with operational...

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Mulberry says it can thrive by itself after takeover bid from retail giant falls through

December 18, 2020
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Mulberry says it can thrive by itself after takeover bid from retail giant falls through

The chairman of Somerset-based luxury fashion brand Mulberry today insisted it had a bright future as a standalone business after Mike Ashley’s Fraser Group pulled out of talks to take it over. Frasers, formerly known as Sports Direct, said last month it was considering a bid for Mulberry – best known for its much-sought-after...

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‘Perfect storm’ for manufacturers as survey shows Brexit uncertainty colliding with impact of Covid-19

December 18, 2020
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‘Perfect storm’ for manufacturers as survey shows Brexit uncertainty colliding with impact of Covid-19

Just 2% of the South West’s small to medium-sized manufacturers think Brexit will have a positive impact on their recovery, while more than half admit they still cannot predict how the transition out of the EU will affect their business. And with the UK-EU talks entering their final hours with no sign of a...

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No protection for Avon Rubber as delays on US military orders put skids under share price

December 18, 2020
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No protection for Avon Rubber as delays on US military orders put skids under share price

Shares in defence manufacturing group Avon Rubber continued to fall today after it confirmed delays to two major US military contracts could hit its financial results. The Melksham-headquartered group yesterday said approvals for protective gear ordered by the US Defense Logistics Agency and the US Army had been postponed due to a testing failure. ...

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Bath Unlimited’s development supported by University of Bath MBA students

December 18, 2020
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Bath Unlimited’s development supported by University of Bath MBA students

University of Bath MBA students have worked with the Bath Unlimited initiative to support it in developing its strategy, with their research underlining the city’s strong quality of life, its support for business start-ups and the strength of its financial and defence sectors.  Bath Unlimited was launched in October to support the economic development...

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Milsted Langdon advises on sale of ethical waste management firm to national group

December 16, 2020
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Milsted Langdon advises on sale of ethical waste management firm to national group

Regional accountancy firm Milsted Langdon, which has an office in Bath, has helped awith the sale of a Bristol-based ethical waste management company to a national market leader. Waste Source was launched in 2010 to make waste disposal a simpler, cheaper and more effective process so businesses could reduce their waste costs and increase...

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Bath Business Blog: John Grace, compliance & risk manager, Mogers Drewett. When a corporate Christmas gift becomes a bribe

December 14, 2020
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Bath Business Blog: John Grace, compliance & risk manager, Mogers Drewett. When a corporate Christmas gift becomes a bribe

This article may sound like humbug, but not all Christmas presents should be treated equally! The Bribery Act 2010 introduced a new regime by which all corporate hospitality or gifts had to be reasonable and proportionate. Given the current pandemic, not much hospitality is probably going on, but that does stop the giving of...

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