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Boost for Alliance Pharma as experienced non-exec directors join its board

January 2, 2019
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Boost for Alliance Pharma as experienced non-exec directors join its board

Specialty pharmaceutical firm Alliance Pharma has strengthened its board with the appointment of two experienced non-executive directors. The Chippenham-headquartered firm said Jo Le Couilliard and Richard Jones, who took up their roles this week, brought international business experience and capital markets expertise to the board with both having “substantial pharmaceutical and healthcare experience gained...

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SCISYS says Brexit-driven HQ move has paid off as it lands EU-funded space contracts

January 2, 2019
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SCISYS says Brexit-driven HQ move has paid off as it lands EU-funded space contracts

Specialist IT group SCISYS, which last year moved its parent company from the UK to Ireland to protect EU-funded work, has ended 2018 and started 2019 by winning four multi-million pound contracts. The Chippenham-headquartered group, whose expertise spans transport, defence, media and space, said the Brexit-driven relocation had paid off as it had helped...

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£3.6m investment puts pioneering carbon hybrid car wheel maker on road to rapid growth

December 18, 2018
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£3.6m investment puts pioneering carbon hybrid car wheel maker on road to rapid growth

A mullti-million pound deal will drive innovation and create jobs at a West of England car and motorbike wheel manufacturer. London-based Puma Investments is injecting £3.6m of private equity into Chippenham-based Dymag, a pioneering British designer and manufacturer of carbon hybrid automotive and motorcycle wheels.  The deal will enable to Dymag to expand its...

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Brexit uncertainty continues to drag down business confidence in the South West

December 18, 2018
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Brexit uncertainty continues to drag down business confidence in the South West

Confidence among the South West’s firms has fallen once again and is now significantly below the national average, according to two new surveys. The latest quarterly report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reflects a level of SME pessimism among members across the region not seen since the aftermath of the financial crash...

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New IoD South West chair prepares for challenging – and ‘exciting’ – time for the region’s businesses

December 18, 2018
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New IoD South West chair prepares for challenging – and ‘exciting’ – time for the region’s businesses

The Institute of Directors has appointed Bath businessman Muir Macdonald as its next South West regional chair. Muir, who was managing director of Bath-based BMT Defence Services and is a former Ministry of Defence senior project manager, takes over in January from Nick Sturge, director of Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub, who is stepping down at...

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Pair of new non-exec directors strengthen manufacturer Rotork’s board

December 6, 2018
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Pair of new non-exec directors strengthen manufacturer Rotork’s board

Rotork, the Bath-based specialist manufacturing group, has appointed two new non-executive directors. Ann Christin Gjerdseth Andersen and Tim Cobbold will both be members of the audit, nomination and remuneration committees of the board at Rotork, the world-leader in the design and manufacture of specialist valves for the oil and gas industry.  Ann Christin has...

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Maid in Bath: New Riverside artwork bridges space between site’s industrial past and its future

November 30, 2018
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Maid in Bath: New Riverside artwork bridges space between site’s industrial past and its future

The latest work of art at Crest Nicholson’s Bath Riverside development has been unveiled – a sculpture that aims to connect the past with the present and the land with the river. Designed by Bath artist Anna Gillespie and created through collaborative work by two local companies, Maid of the Bridge, pictured, sets out...

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UWE, NatWest and Foot Anstey team up to launch funding and support scheme for scale-ups

November 23, 2018
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UWE, NatWest and Foot Anstey team up to launch funding and support scheme for scale-ups

West of England businesses with ambitious growth plans will be able to get grant funding and relevant, high-quality support and training under a new programme launched by the University of the West of England (UWE), NatWest and regional law firm Foot Anstey. S4G (Scale Up 4 Growth) is open to businesses in any sector...

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Aerospace chiefs to hear from Bath Olympic gold winner Amy Williams at their annual dinner

November 23, 2018
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Aerospace chiefs to hear from Bath Olympic gold winner Amy Williams at their annual dinner

Bath-based Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams MBE will be the keynote speaker at the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) gala dinner next week. Skeleton bobsleigh athlete Amy, pictured, was the first British female individual Winter Olympics gold medallist since 1952, the first British individual gold medallist at a Winter Olympics for 30 years...

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Valve maker Rotork’s shares under pressure as it reveals decline in orders

November 22, 2018
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Valve maker Rotork’s shares under pressure as it reveals decline in orders

Shares in Bath-based engineering group Rotork tumbled by more than 11% when it reported a fall in new orders in a third quarter trading update.   The world-leader in the design and manufacture of specialist valves for the oil and gas industry blamed the drop on the difference between the timing of project orders...

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