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Fast-growing South West firms benefit as BGF’s investment total passes £2bn

July 19, 2019
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Fast-growing South West firms benefit as BGF’s investment total passes £2bn

BGF, the UK investment group with an office in the South West, is celebrating passing the £2bn funding milestone, with £134m of that going to businesses in the region. The firm, which is the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, has backed 19 businesses in the South West since it was...

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Bath Business News photo gallery: Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year Awards

July 5, 2019
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The Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards celebrated best business practice, with the winners demonstrating the breadth and depth of talent in the region’s boardrooms. Winners ranged from the West of England’s largest bus operator to a recycling firm behind a state-of-the-art waste handling centre and a fast-growing recruitment. The...

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Alliance Pharma founder bows out after 23 years having developed a global business

July 1, 2019
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Alliance Pharma founder bows out after 23 years having developed a global business

The founder of specialty healthcare firm Alliance Pharma has stepped down from its board after more than 20 years, leaving it as a £353m international company. John Dawson, pictured, formed the Chippenham-headquartered firm 23 years ago. It has since then developed a strong track record of acquiring the rights to underperforming drugs brands and...

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Soft drinks industry expert joins Zenith as it expands its sustainability consulting offering

June 18, 2019
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Soft drinks industry expert joins Zenith as it expands its sustainability consulting offering

Bath-based international food and drink industry consultancy Zenith Global has appointed a high-profile principal sustainability consultant to lead its continued expansion in the fast-growing area. Michael Roberts will building up the Zenith Global sustainability team while continuing in his current role as global business development director for Swiss-owned juice concentrate drink Capri-Sun.  Much of...

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Key milestone for centre that will put Bath Uni in driving seat to develop ultra-green car engines

June 14, 2019
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Key milestone for centre that will put Bath Uni in driving seat to develop ultra-green car engines

The University of Bath’s £70m global centre of excellence for ultra-low emission vehicles has reached another milestone with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by science minister Chris Skidmore. The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) is due to open in 2021 on the Bristol & Bath Science Park – thrusting the West...

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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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