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Agreement over derelect site gives boost to Bath’s ambitious Innovation Quay plan

March 19, 2014
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Agreement over derelect site gives boost to Bath’s ambitious Innovation Quay plan

Development of Bath’s Quays South, which will form a major part of the city’s planned Innovation Quay scheme, has moved a step closer following talks between defence group BMT and Bath and North East Somerset Council. They have reached an outline agreement on how the two parties can work together to redevelop the area...

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Bath area directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

March 18, 2014
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Bath area directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

Directors in firms across Bath and Somerset have less than two weeks to enter the region’s top business awards that recognise boardroom excellence and enterprise. The South West Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards 2014 are open to anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation – they do not have...

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Event aims to generate interest in low-carbon future among Bath area firms and school students

March 13, 2014
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Event aims to generate interest in low-carbon future among Bath area firms and school students

Bath businesses are being urged to take part in a cutting-edge event for young people to highlight the skills and job opportunities available in an innovative low-carbon economy. Called Your Green Future, it will feature industry thinkers and experts who will advise and inspire more than 400 secondary school students from across Bath and...

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£108m German acquisition gives drugs firm Vectura new firepower to treat lung disease

March 13, 2014
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£108m German acquisition gives drugs firm Vectura new firepower to treat lung disease

Chippenham-based drug development firm Vectura today strengthened its position in the respiratory diseases treatment market with the €130m (£108m) acquisition of specialist German pharmaceutical company Activaero. Privately-owned Activaero’s proprietary smart nebuliser-based technology targets drugs at particular areas of the lung. It is currently part in seven clinical and several pre-clinical stage programmes. Vectura, which...

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Strong interest in Bath’s Innovation Quay scheme as it is showcased to global property developers

March 12, 2014
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Strong interest in Bath’s Innovation Quay scheme as it is showcased to global property developers

Bath’s pioneering Innovation Quay area has been showcased to potential developers and investors at the world’s largest commercial property industry gathering. The 6.5-acre site which straddles the River Avon west of Churchill Bridge, is allowing the city to promote itself as a centre for innovation capable of attracting businesses in the creative and hi-tech...

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Rapid expansion on the cards at Fascia Graphics as it joins high-growth scheme

March 6, 2014
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Rapid expansion on the cards at Fascia Graphics as it joins high-growth scheme

Specialist manufacturer Fascia Graphics aims to double its turnover in just four years with the support of a Government-backed scheme for high-growth firms.  The Chippenham-based firm has recruited six apprentices under the GrowthAccelerator programme, a unique service led by some of the UK’s most successful growth specialists, to spur its expansion. Fascia, a market...

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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bath’s micro-chip innovation

February 26, 2014
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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Bath’s micro-chip innovation

Bath’s world-class expertise in micro-electronics could play a crucial role in the recently-announced Smart Cities Trade Mission to China later this year. The West of England boasts the world’s second-largest cluster of micro-chip design expertise outside of California’s Silicon Valley. The Bath area is home to leading-edge chip design firms such as Picochip, now...

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Higher sales lead to strong rebound in confidence for the West’s small manufacturers

February 25, 2014
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Higher sales lead to strong rebound in confidence for the West’s small manufacturers

Further evidence of recovery among small and medium-sized West manufacturers emerged today with figures showing ‘significant’ growth over the past six months and plans for increased investment this year. The results, from the latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer survey, show 64% of firms increased sales in the second half of last year. At...

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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

February 24, 2014
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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

Bath businesses will next week get a rare chance to meet trade experts from the British Embassies in the US and Canada and explore transatlantic export opportunities on a one-to-one basis. The event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Bristol on Wednesday, March 5, is the latest ‘meet the expert’ event to be...

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Bath’s bright future as hub for creativity and innovation outlined by city’s property experts

February 19, 2014
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Bath’s bright future as hub for creativity and innovation outlined by city’s property experts

Bath is about to get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a modern business centre that will position the city at the leading edge for creativity and innovation. The Bath Quays development sites – on either side of the River Avon near the city centre – will give the city a unique chance to attract...

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