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Strong performance in Australia and North America brings more pleasure to Lovehoney

January 18, 2019
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Strong performance in Australia and North America brings more pleasure to Lovehoney

Sales and profits have both surged by 22% at Bath-based sex toy firm Lovehoney as it continues to shrug off the limp UK retail market and win legions of new fans in bedrooms across the globe. The firm, which styles itself as a sexual wellbeing online retailer, said the profit rise from £9m to...

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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

January 16, 2019
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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

The “overriding priority” for both the government and Parliament must be to avoid a no deal Brexit following this week’s overwhelming defeat of the Prime Minister’s deal, the region’s largest business organisation has said. Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, said firms in the region now found themselves “facing the unwelcome prospect...

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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

January 14, 2019
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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

Nearly 40% of West of England business owners back a second Brexit referendum while just one in 10 is confident the government will secure a good deal for the UK, according to the region’s largest business survey. Worryingly, more than 40% of the senior managers and directors taking part did not know whether their...

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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

January 14, 2019
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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

An innovative scheme encouraging and supporting Bath scale-up businesses has been praised by industry experts as a role model for other parts of the country.   The ScaleUp Institute, a company which aims to make the UK the best place in the world to develop a thriving business, said the West of England Growth...

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CBI leader urges govt to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to West of England

January 11, 2019
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CBI leader urges govt to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to West of England

The director-general of the CBI used a visit to the West of England on Friday to warn that a no deal Brexit would hit its manufacturing and services industries hard as well as scuppering vital export deals. Speaking to a gathering of senior business figures in Bristol, Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured, urged the government to...

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Fourth space contract for SCISYS as new focus on EU orders takes off

January 10, 2019
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Fourth space contract for SCISYS as new focus on EU orders takes off

SCISYS Deutschland, the German arm of the Chippenham-based specialist IT group SCISYS, has landed its fourth space-related contract in as many weeks. The latest deal, with an anticipated contract value of €2.8m (£2.5m), has come from long-term customer the European Space Agency (ESA).  Starting this year, SCISYS will work with the ESA’s European Space...

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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

January 8, 2019
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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

Countdown presenter Nick Hewer is to host this year’s South West Fair Trade Business Awards. Nick, pictured, who was also Sir Alan Sugar’s former right-hand man on The Apprentice, is a long-running supporter of ethical business and a patron of The Fairtrade Foundation. He will help present the awards – now in their seventh...

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Chance for Bath firms to shape future of skills in the region as shortages begin to hit

January 4, 2019
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Chance for Bath firms to shape future of skills in the region as shortages begin to hit

Bath area firms are being urged to take part in the region’s largest survey on skills shortages as the issue once again becomes one of the most critical factors for the West of England economy’s continued success. The survey – conducted by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation – is being held as...

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Indian Navy contract landed by innovative maritime tech firm

January 4, 2019
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Indian Navy contract landed by innovative maritime tech firm

Maritime technology manufacturer Coltraco Ultrasonics has secured a major contract to supply innovative equipment to the Indian Navy. The firm, which has its technical office in Ston Easton, near Midsomer Norton, is to provide the navy – one of the world’s largest – with nearly 200 of its advanced watertight integrity inspection product, pictured....

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Bright outlook on earnings and product pipeline triggers sharp rise in Vectura’s shares

January 4, 2019
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Bright outlook on earnings and product pipeline triggers sharp rise in Vectura’s shares

Shares in Vectura, the specialist pharmaceutical firm, have soared by 13% after it said it expects its earnings for 2018 to be higher than previously expected. The Chippenham-headquartered firm also predicted good news from a number of its products this year as they reach key milestones.  Vectura, which is listed on the London Stock...

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