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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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LEP appoints former Bath Spa University senior manager as new director of skills

April 10, 2014
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LEP appoints former Bath Spa University senior manager as new director of skills

Adam Powell has joined the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as director of skills after eight years in senior management roles at Bath Spa University. In his new role Adam, pictured, will deliver the LEP’s vision of developing a well-educated and well-motivated workforce to meet business needs now and in the future...

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West firms back EU membership – but many want looser ties, Business West survey shows

April 8, 2014
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West firms back EU membership – but many want looser ties, Business West survey shows

More than three-quarters of West firms want the UK to stay in the European Union with half saying membership has a positive impact on their business, according to a major survey of business opinion in the region. However, 16% of firms believe membership is bad for their business and the same percentage think the...

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Recovery prompts manufacturers to plan investment in new kit to meet growing demand

April 7, 2014
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Recovery prompts manufacturers to plan investment in new kit to meet growing demand

The West’s small to medium-sized manufacturers are set to go on an investment spree to meet the expected increase in demand sparked by the economic recovery, a new survey shows. Four in five firms in the sector plan to buy new capital equipment over the next year, with the average spend likely to be...

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