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Bath entrepreneurs urged to enter home-grown small business contest

May 5, 2014
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Bath entrepreneurs urged to enter home-grown small business contest

The Pitch, one of the UK’s longest-running competitions for small business owners, has opened for applications for the seventh year. Founded in by West-based BusinessZone.co.uk and UK Business Forums, it has helped thousands of entrepreneurs secure top-class business support and access to investors. Having been launched as a local event in the city, it...

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West of England inward investment agency’s 500-plus job creation tally in first year of business

May 5, 2014
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West of England inward investment agency’s 500-plus job creation tally in first year of business

Invest Bristol & Bath, the inward investment body for the West of England, has helped 30 companies locate or expand in the area in its first year of operation. These businesses, from a mix of sectors including creative, low carbon, hi-tech, and advanced engineering and aerospace, have the potential to create more than 530...

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Order boost and investment in new technology contribute to big profits rise at Avon Rubber

April 30, 2014
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Order boost and investment in new technology contribute to big profits rise at Avon Rubber

Pre-tax profits at specialist West Wiltshire manufacturer Avon Rubber have risen by 43% after it won a series of major orders. The Melksham-based group, whose products span respirators for the army and emergency services to equipment for the dairy industry, said recent investment in new technology and products had also contributed to the 43%...

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Govt economic growth figures reflected in Bath with firms now benefiting from ‘firm recovery’

April 29, 2014
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Govt economic growth figures reflected in Bath with firms now benefiting from ‘firm recovery’

The economic recovery is on a “firm footing” and Bath businesses are reaping the benefits, according to Business West, the organisation that runs the city's Chamber of Commerce. Its managing director Phil Smith said Tuesday’s official figures showing the UK economy grew by 0.8% in the first three months of this year were reflected...

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Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems on track for further growth as global demand accelerates

April 24, 2014
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Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems on track for further growth as global demand accelerates

Specialist engineering firm Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems is take on more than 20 permanent workers at its Melksham factory as demand for its innovative products increases around the world. The firm employs 360 people at the site making a wide range of train parts such as advanced braking, monitoring and control systems for railway operators...

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Promotions for two staff at West office of business funder BGF

April 21, 2014
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Promotions for two staff at West office of business funder BGF

BGF, the independent company established to help Britain’s growing businesses, has promoted two members of its West-based investment team. Ned Dorbin has been promoted to investment director and Edwin Davies to investment manager.  The BGF investment team in Bristol, which covers the South West of England and South Wales and is led by regional director...

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Export Week gives hundreds of West firms advice on doing business overseas

April 17, 2014
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Export Week gives hundreds of West firms advice on doing business overseas

Around 300 businesses attended events across the South West last week to learn about international business opportunities and the support available to reach new customers around the world.   A series of nine UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) events were held across the region as part of Export Week. Building on previous events, Export...

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Mulberry warns of more pressure on profits as it looks to boost sales with cheaper bags

April 17, 2014
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Mulberry warns of more pressure on profits as it looks to boost sales with cheaper bags

Mulberry, the Somerset fashion brand best known for its upmarket bags, today warned its profits will be hit hard as it introduces new lower-price products. The firm, whose iconic bags often sell for upwards of £1,000, also said it was scaling back its new store opening programme as it looks to cut costs. Today’s...

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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ Rob Law to make case for innovation at business show

April 15, 2014
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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ Rob Law to make case for innovation at business show

Bath businesses are being encouraged to head up the M4 to Swindon next month to take part in the town’s annual business show, where the keynote speaker will be Rob Law, the inventor of child’s ride-on suitcase Trunki. The event, on May 15, is again hosted by Business West, which runs the Swindon &...

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European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

April 14, 2014
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European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

Shares in SciSys, the Chippenham-based specialist software and IT group SciSys, climbed by nearly 3% recently after it announced it had secured a €1.8m (£1.48m), six-year contract to work on Europe’s most advanced geostationary weather satellite. The firm, whose roots are in the European space industry, will supply mission operations technology for European Organisation...

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