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Vectura chief who masterminded £1bn merger to stand down as CEO

June 13, 2019
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Vectura chief who masterminded £1bn merger to stand down as CEO

James Ward-Lilley, the chief executive officer of innovative pharmaceutical firm Vectura, is to step down at the end of this month just over three years after turning it into a £1bn business. James, pictured, joined the Chippenham-based firm, which pioneering new ways of treating asthma and lung diseases, in June 2015 from pharma giant...

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Brexit defence strategy continues to pay off for SCISYS as it hails strong order book

June 6, 2019
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Brexit defence strategy continues to pay off for SCISYS as it hails strong order book

Specialist IT group SCISYS has said its action to avoid the impact of Brexit on its European space business was continuing to pay off with a strong order book. The Chippenham-headquartered group moved its parent company from the UK to Ireland last year to protect its EU-funded work.  At its AGM yesterday, the group...

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Firms seeking business opportunities as part of powerful trade delegation to US East Coast

May 31, 2019
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Firms seeking business opportunities as part of powerful trade delegation to US East Coast

Two Bath area firms are heading to the US this weekend as part of a high-powered regional delegation promoting the West of England and seeking potential business deals. Scanning Pens, the world’s leading supplier of pen scanners, and Chipside, a specialist software development company working with around a quarter of local and regional government...

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South West firms have zero confidence in future as Brexit drags on, survey shows

May 31, 2019
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South West firms have zero confidence in future as Brexit drags on, survey shows

Business confidence among firms in the South West has slumped to zero with many blaming Brexit for having a negative impact on their activity. The South West is now among the most pessimistic regions of the UK, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.  The alarming results show that overall...

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Queen’s Awards recognise Bath firms’ innovation, international trade and sustainable development

April 26, 2019
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Queen’s Awards recognise Bath firms’ innovation, international trade and sustainable development

Three Bath area businesses have this week been celebrating winning a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of their contribution to the UK economy. Bath creative, branding and communications agency Emberson Group received the award for international trade for its “excellence and sustained growth in international trade”.  Group managing director Clare Pratt said...

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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

April 12, 2019
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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

Confidence levels among West of England firms have dropped significantly – with orders and sales also down – according to the latest survey by Business West, with the region’s largest business organisation blaming Brexit uncertainty for the slump. All measures in the survey of around 500 firms were in the red. Export sales and...

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Funding sought by Bath firm that aims to cut the cost – and waste – of minor car repairs

April 11, 2019
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Funding sought by Bath firm that aims to cut the cost – and waste – of minor car repairs

A Bath-based business innovating the way plastic car parts can be repaired is seeking investment to take it to the next level. Pinweld, based at the University of Bath Innovation Centre, is exploring the use of precision weld technology to fix plastic bumpers and other parts that are easily damaged but expensive to repair. ...

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Research reveals high growth potential of South West’s entrepreneurial businesses

April 5, 2019
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Research reveals high growth potential of South West’s entrepreneurial businesses

More than 900 private firms in the South West have the potential to grow exponentially and create thousands of jobs, according to new research. These 937 businesses have generated £2.8bn of turnover growth and created nearly 13,500 jobs in the past three years, the report by investment group BGF shows.  The research identified nearly...

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Successful premium networking group to launch in Bath next month

April 5, 2019
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Successful premium networking group to launch in Bath next month

A new style of premium business networking comes to Bath next month when a highly successful Bristol group holds its first meeting in the area. EVO (Evolution Business Networking) has earned a reputation as the South West’s freshest business networking company since launching in Bristol three years ago.  The membership-based network has already attracted...

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New jobs on the cards as labels firm unveils ambitious growth plan for factory

April 5, 2019
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New jobs on the cards as labels firm unveils ambitious growth plan for factory

Specialist labels firm CCL Design UK is aiming to double its factory’s turnover and create up to 40 jobs as it seeks to build on its success since acquiring the site a year ago. CCL, the UK design arm of the world’s largest label maker CCL Industries, bought Chippenham-based Fascia Graphics last February in a...

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