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Event will look at likely business impact of ground-breaking EU-US trade agreement

November 3, 2014
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Event will look at likely business impact of ground-breaking EU-US trade agreement

The impact of the impending EU-US trade agreement on business in the West of England will be discussed next week by a high-powered expert panel in Bristol. The breakfast event, hosted by accountancy firm Grant Thornton, will look at the ground-breaking Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which aims to remove trade barriers between...

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Award nomination for Bath’s SETsquared business incubator in recognition of its track record

October 23, 2014
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Award nomination for Bath’s SETsquared business incubator in recognition of its track record

SETsquared, the highly-successful business incubator backed by the University of Bath, has been named as one of the UK’s most dedicated champions of entrepreneurs. SETsquared, whose Bath base is in the university's Innovation Centre at Carpenters House, will compete in the national finals of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards next month after judges were...

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Bath Business Blog: Matt Cross, Invest Bristol and Bath. How inward investment can generate sustainable economic growth

October 20, 2014
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Bath Business Blog: Matt Cross, Invest Bristol and Bath. How inward investment can generate sustainable economic growth

By Matt Cross, Invest Bristol and Bath The value of investment to economic growth cannot be underestimated: it lessens our reliance on public sector support, creates jobs and drives up wages. This is as true for a small business – a café expanding into new premises and taking on new staff – as it...

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Spate of deals helps Bishop Fleming’s tax and corporate finance teams chalk up new records

October 20, 2014
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Spate of deals helps Bishop Fleming’s tax and corporate finance teams chalk up new records

The tax and corporate finance teams at West accountancy group Bishop Fleming, which has an office in Bath, are celebrating their most successful year yet having completed just over 20 transactions worth in total more than £200m. The team’s latest deal involved the sale of Asteral, the UK’s leading outsourcing of high-cost medical equipment...

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Small manufacturers urged to reap rewards of UK’s £60bn nuclear power programme

October 16, 2014
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Small manufacturers urged to reap rewards of UK’s £60bn nuclear power programme

The Bath area’s small and medium-sized manufacturers are being urged to take advantage of a new scheme which could help them win contracts from the UK’s rapidly-developing £60bn civil nuclear new build programme. The link-up between the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) will allow these firms...

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From flipcharts to smartphones – RTS’s road to 25 years of success in auto industry staff development

October 16, 2014
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From flipcharts to smartphones – RTS’s road to 25 years of success in auto industry staff development

Specialist learning and development consultancy RTS Group is celebrating 25 years in business – a quarter of a century in which the tools of its trade have progressed from flipcharts to online technology. The Chippenham-based group began life as a niche agency aimed at serving the training and development needs of the automotive industry....

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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, warns Business West

October 16, 2014
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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, warns Business West

The economic recovery may not be as strong as anticipated despite the latest fall in unemployment, Business West, the organisation that runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, has warned. While welcoming the 1.6% year-on-year drop in the number of people out of work in the South West, Business West managing director Phil Smith, pictured, said...

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New head of naval architecture for Bath’s BMT Defence Services

October 15, 2014
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New head of naval architecture for Bath’s BMT Defence Services

Andy Harris has been appointed as the new head of naval architecture at Bath-based BMT Defence Services, a subsidiary of international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy BMT Group. Andy, pictured, a chartered engineer who joined BMT in 1996, will bring the best practice from the large projects he has worked on to the...

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Bath event will show how social enterprise innovation can have a real impact on people’s lives

October 13, 2014
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Bath event will show how social enterprise innovation can have a real impact on people’s lives

The senior designer at Bath-based charity Designability, which makes life-changing technology, will speak at an event in the city this week about how it converts innovative ideas into commercially-viable products that have a real impact on people’s lives. Keir Haines will be joined by Bath Innovation Centre director Simon Bond, and Dick Penny, managing director of...

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Portuguese approval for Vectura’s innovative inhaler gives firm €1.5m boost

October 10, 2014
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Portuguese approval for Vectura’s innovative inhaler gives firm €1.5m boost

Chippenham-based specialist drug firm Vectura has received a €1.5m (£1.18m) ‘milestone’ payment after securing approval in Portugal for its innovative respiratory inhaler AirFluSal Forspiro. Vectura’s partner Sandoz, the Swiss-owned global leader in generic medicines, has been granted marketing authorisation by the Portuguese Health Authority for the new inhaler aimed at patients with asthma and/or...

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