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Autumn Statement 2023: Regional political reaction

November 22, 2023
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Autumn Statement 2023: Regional political reaction

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris attacked Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement for failing to tackle key, long-standing issues for the region The Labour mayor, pictured, who leads the West of England Combined Authority, said: “After 13 years of Conservative Government, the question West of England residents will be asking at the next...

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Autumn Statement 2023: Bath business reaction

November 22, 2023
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Autumn Statement 2023: Bath business reaction

Bath business leaders have reacted to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's Autumn Statement.  Ed Rimmer, pictured, chief executive officer of Bath-headquartered alternative funder Time Finance, welcomed the business tax relief. "What businesses needed from today’s Autumn Statement were conditions for growth and while there is clearly more to be shared on the Chancellor’s measures to boost...

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Autumn Statement 2023: Key points . . .

November 22, 2023
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Autumn Statement 2023: Key points . . .

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has delivered his Autumn Statement. The key points were: The statement included 110 measures to boost the economy by £20bn a year, according to Mr Hunt. All alcohol duties frozen.  Benefits to go up by 6.7% next year, based on the inflation rate for September. Increase in State pension by 8.5% to...

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Return of £30k fund supporting Bath-based creative tech projects that address crucial social issues

November 20, 2023
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Return of £30k fund supporting Bath-based creative tech projects that address crucial social issues

A trailblazing scheme aimed at funding innovative creative tech projects from the Bath area has been launched for the fourth year running. The Studio Innovation Fund has backed a range of pioneering projects ranging since its start – last year these included using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create art and building low-tech robots from...

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New non-executive directors bring ‘significant experience’ to Alliance Pharma as it targets more growth

November 20, 2023
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International healthcare group Alliance Pharma has appointed two new non-executive directors to strengthen its board and support its growth strategy.   The Chippenham-headquartered business, which owns a portfolio of consumer healthcare products ranging from stomach ulcer treatments to anti-dandruff shampoo, said Eva-Lotta Sjöstedt and Richard McKenzie would bring significant experience to group. Alliance holds...

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World’s first digital export Carnet introduced by Business West to ease strain of post-Brexit trade

November 10, 2023
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World’s first digital export Carnet introduced by Business West to ease strain of post-Brexit trade

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has helped cut through the red tape hitting temporary exporters by arranging the world’s first use of a digital Carnet. Since Brexit, the number of ATA Carnets – or ‘passports for goods’ – needed by exporters has risen significantly for UK-based companies. These paper forms require numerous physical...

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Award for pushchair designed by Bath charity on a mission to use tech for independent living

October 27, 2023
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Award for pushchair designed by Bath charity on a mission to use tech for independent living

An accessible pushchair created by Bath charity Designability to help disabled parents and carers has won a major award. Designed with mass manufacture in mind, Designability’s innovative design, pictured, replaces the traditional rear wheels/footbrake assembly, turning any conventional pushchair into an accessible pushchair. Currently in prototype format, it secured Baby Products Association’s (BPA) Concept...

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Event will show Bath area firms how they can sell to local authorities across the region

October 26, 2023
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Event will show Bath area firms how they can sell to local authorities across the region

Businesses can find out how best to supply goods and services to public sector organisations across the West of England at an event next week. The annual showcase, organised by Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council, has been running since 2005 and, after two years of being an online event, this year will be held...

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Young entrepreneur’s sneaker brand in pole position to tackle waste in global motorsport

October 20, 2023
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Young entrepreneur’s sneaker brand in pole position to tackle waste in global motorsport

A groundbreaking new brand of sneakers designed to revolutionise the motorsport and footwear industries’ approach to sustainability has been launched by Bath university graduate Alex Witty. Selling under the Compound Footwear brand, the stylish 100% recyclable sneakers are made from eco leather and recycled materials and are the only footwear brand using waste motorsport...

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Avon Protection looking ahead to stronger sales as restructuring starts to pay off

October 20, 2023
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Avon Protection looking ahead to stronger sales as restructuring starts to pay off

A boost to its order book and a strategic move to more profitable product lines means defence manufacturer Avon Protection faces a brighter future, its directors have told shareholders. The Melksham-based group, which specialises in protective gear, masks and breathing equipment for the military and first-responder markets, has been recovering from a tough period during...

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