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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

April 7, 2014
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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

Tickets are still available for The Business Showcase South West 2014, the region’s newest and most-exciting business event, which takes place in tomorrow. The unique showcase at Bristol’s historic Colston Hall celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and sustainability through speeches, discussions, exhibitors and networking opportunities. The powerful line-up of speakers includes...

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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

April 4, 2014
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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

Exporting in the digital age and advice for female entrepreneurs considering growing their business overseas are among the topics to be covered in the West as part of Export Week. Starting on Monday, the week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets.  UK Trade...

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Back our plan to create 25,000 jobs, LEP tells Government as it sets out blueprint for growth

March 31, 2014
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Back our plan to create 25,000 jobs, LEP tells Government as it sets out blueprint for growth

The blueprint for job creation and economic growth in Bath and the West of England was unveiled this morning with a clear message to the Government – come and back our vision for success. The Strategic Economic Plan identifies the city-region’s key growth sectors and sets out 122 ways that growth can be accelerated....

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Top job at the UK’s best university business incubator for Bath Innovation centre boss

March 26, 2014
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Top job at the UK’s best university business incubator for Bath Innovation centre boss

Simon Bond, director of the SETsquared innovation centre at the University of Bath, has been appointed head of the SETsquared network, the UK’s top university business incubator. As innovation director, Simon, pictured, will oversee the way the partnership incubates hi- tech start-ups from its centres at the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and...

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Major oil and gas contract win for Wincanton

March 26, 2014
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Major oil and gas contract win for Wincanton

Wincanton, the Chippenham-based logistics group, has won a contract to deliver more than a billion litres of fuel and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) a year to petrol stations and commercial premises across the Midlands and North East of England. The contract with Phillips 66, the oil refining and energy company, will involve 100 Wincanton...

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£1.6m Chinese order boosts auto industry supplier firm AB Dynamics

March 26, 2014
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£1.6m Chinese order boosts auto industry supplier firm AB Dynamics

AB Dynamics, the Bradford on Avon-based automotive equipment manufacturer, has won an order worth £1.6m from China for one of its high-specification measurement machines. The order from the China Automobile Engineering Research Institute (CAERI) is the sixth Suspension Parameter Measurement Machine (SPMM) AB Dynamics has sold in the country. Delivery is expected in June...

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Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

March 23, 2014
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Ambitious West firms invited to apply for cash aid from £25m growth fund

Bath firms with expansion potential can apply for growth funding to a £25m pot of Government cash launched this week. The West of England Growth Fund aims to bring about job creation and private sector investment that would otherwise not have happened, or that can be accelerated through public sector grant support. Some £15m...

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Sudden departure for Mulberry chief after stormy period for fashion brand

March 20, 2014
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Sudden departure for Mulberry chief after stormy period for fashion brand

Upmarket fashion brand Mulberry’s chief executive Bruno Guillon resigned with immediate effect – with industry insiders pointing to the Somerset-based group’s troubles during his two years at the helm. His sudden departure comes less than two months after the iconic brand’s third profits warning in 18 months – the most recent blamed on prices...

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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

National business groups welcomed today’s Budget, particularly the measures aimed at boosting manufacturing and lower energy costs. The CBI, which had called it a “make-or-break” Budget, said it “will put wind in the sails of business investment, especially for manufacturers”. Director-general John Cridland, pictured, said it had come at a critical time in the...

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BUDGET 2014: Boost for region’s drinks industry

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Boost for region’s drinks industry

The West’s drinks industry has cheered the Chancellor’s decision to lower duty on beer by 1p and to freeze it on cider along with his announcement to scrap the duty escalator which aims to automatically increase the tax on alcohol. National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) chair Paul Bartlett said: “We are very happy...

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