Advanced manufacturing

Spring Budget 2020: Key economic points so far . . .

March 11, 2020
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Spring Budget 2020: Key economic points so far . . .

Key points from the 2020 Budget so far . . . Growth forecasts updated to 1.4% for 2020 and 1.6% for 2021  Planned rise in alcohol duties cancelled Fuel duty frozen Government to abolish business rates for small shops this year levy on electricity frozen and increased on gas Tax on plastic packaging to...

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Spring Budget 2020: Chancellor pledges total package worth £30bn to tackle coronavirus

March 11, 2020
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Spring Budget 2020: Chancellor pledges total package worth £30bn to tackle coronavirus

Key points from Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s first Budget . . . Chancellor started speaking at 12:35pm He says public services are well prepared to tackle coronavirus There is likely to be a "significant" impact on the UK economy but it will return to normal There will be a funding "bridge" for business to help...

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Unique leadership programme offers Bath firms chance to invest in their workforce – and the city

March 6, 2020
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Unique leadership programme offers Bath firms chance to invest in their workforce – and the city

Bath-based organisations are being offered a unique opportunity to support their aspiring leaders through a pioneering leadership development programme designed by the city, for the city. Now in its fifth consecutive year, Bath Bridge aims to make the city a more dynamic place to live and work through a world-class programme for its future...

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LEP highlights region’s industrial collaboration and innovation at its AGM

March 6, 2020
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Efforts to boost business productivity and increase innovation among West of England manufacturers have been highlighted by the area’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) at its AGM. The meeting, which went under the banner of ‘Our West, Our Future’, heard how the LEP is now delivering its Local Industrial Strategy to spur clean growth that will benefit...

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Time running out to challenge for awards that champion excellence in the region’s boardrooms

March 6, 2020
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Time running out to challenge for awards that champion excellence in the region’s boardrooms

With less than a month to go until nominations close, Bath area directors are being urged to enter one of the South West’s top award schemes recognising excellence and enterprise. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion the region’s outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs.  The awards, which...

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Korea opportunities knock for Bath’s advanced manufacturing businesses

March 5, 2020
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Korea opportunities knock for Bath’s advanced manufacturing businesses

Bath’s innovative manufacturing firms are being invited to take part in a trade mission to South Korea to explore collaborating with some of the country’s most pioneering businesses. Part of the government's Global Business Innovation Programme, the mission will bring together small cohorts of innovative UK small and medium-sized businesses looking to grow and...

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Brexit clarity lifts gloom for South West manufacturers with sales and profits expected to bounce back

February 25, 2020
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Brexit clarity lifts gloom for South West manufacturers with sales and profits expected to bounce back

Confidence among the South West’s small and medium-sized manufacturers has bounced back following the breaking of the Brexit impasse, according to a new survey. While the sector ended 2019 by enduring its toughest quarter in a decade – with the worst reduction in sales, profits and staff numbers since the depth of the recession...

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Bath spectacle design firm boss shares his vision for further growth ahead of Stock Exchange listing

February 21, 2020
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Bath spectacle design firm boss shares his vision for further growth ahead of Stock Exchange listing

The founder of fast-growing Bath eyewear design house Inspecs sees a bright future for the business as it prepares for the start of trading in its shares on the London Stock Exchange next week. Former bond trader Robin Totterman set up the business in 1988 after he failed to find a pair of glasses...

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Chinese New Year civic banquet serves as reminder of solidarity with China over impact of coronavirus

February 21, 2020
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Chinese New Year civic banquet serves as reminder of solidarity with China over impact of coronavirus

West business and civic leaders have used the region’s annual Chinese New Year banquet to express solidarity with China and its people as they deal with the devastating effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The event, hosted by the Bristol and West of England China Bureau to celebrate the start of the Year of the...

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Bath glasses design firm confirms £138m stock market listing is in the frame

February 14, 2020
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Bath glasses design firm confirms £138m stock market listing is in the frame

Inspecs, the fast-growing Bath eyewear design house, has confirmed it is looking to float on the London Stock Exchange in a move that could value the business at £138m. The firm, set up in 1988 by former bond trader Robin Totterman after he failed to find a pair of glasses he liked, last week...

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