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More fears over looming skills shortages as another survey predicts strong employment growth

August 11, 2014
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More fears over looming skills shortages as another survey predicts strong employment growth

Further evidence of an impending skills shortage among West firms that could threaten to derail the economic recovery has emerged from a report predicting the strongest jobs growth since 1998. The national survey by accountants BDO shows businesses’ hiring intentions rose sharply last month to surpass their pre-recession figure and reach their highest level...

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Lights, camera, innovation: Smartphone promo film puts science park in the frame

August 11, 2014
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Lights, camera, innovation: Smartphone promo film puts science park in the frame

Bristol & Bath Science Park, with its state-of-the-art innovation centre, has again been used as the setting for a film promoting advanced technology. The Science Park, based between the two cities at Emersons Green and backed by the University of Bath, stars in a promotional film for the new Samsung Galaxy S5, which tells...

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Alliance Pharma’s £22m prescription for further growth through acquisition

August 7, 2014
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Alliance Pharma’s £22m prescription for further growth through acquisition

Alliance Pharma, the highly-acquisitive speciality pharmaceutical company, has around £22m on tap to add to its growing portfolio of branded medicines and treatments, it said this week. The undrawn funds are available in its bank facility, the Chippenham-based firm announced in a pre-close trading update to the London Stock Exchange ahead of its interim...

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Avon Rubber overcomes impact of strong pound with raft of orders in the US

August 6, 2014
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Avon Rubber overcomes impact of strong pound with raft of orders in the US

A strong order intake from the US, including contracts worth £25m with the Pentagon, has helped manufacturer Avon Rubber overcome the impact of the strong pound. The firm, whose core respirator products are used by the military and emergency services, also benefited from buoyant orders for its dairy industry products, which are used by...

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Orders up at engineering group Rotork but sterling’s strength pushes down half-year profits

August 5, 2014
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Orders up at engineering group Rotork but sterling’s strength pushes down half-year profits

The strong pound has hit profits at Bath-based specialist engineering group Rotork, taking the shine off a record half-year order intake and increased activity in many of its markets. First-half pre-tax profit at the group, which makes high-value valves controls and actuators for the global oil and gas industry, fell by 3.3% to £61.5m...

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Bath innovators take centre stage at Barclays’ prestigious London business showcase

July 31, 2014
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Bath innovators take centre stage at Barclays’ prestigious London business showcase

Four pioneering Bath firms have showcased their innovation to a large group of senior business and technology directors at Barclays’ global headquarters in London. The four fledgling businesses were among six chosen by SETsquared – the business hub supported by the University of Bath – to represent its groundbreaking innovation. The event was part...

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Bath Business Blog: Colin Skellett, chair, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

July 25, 2014
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Bath Business Blog: Colin Skellett, chair, West of England LEP. What’s the big deal with our Growth Deal?

By Colin Skellett, Chair, West of England LEP Since the Government announcement a couple of weeks ago of the local growth deals awarded to England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), there have been a lot of big numbers bandied about. Unless you’re close to the deals, the figures and the fuss may seem a...

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West proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

July 25, 2014
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West proves fertile ground for investment by foreign businesses

A strong performance by the West of England in attracting business investment from overseas has helped the UK achieve the highest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, new figures show. There were 27 new investment projects by overseas companies in 2013/14 across the area covered by West of England...

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Swedish industrial group snaps up specialist glue firm ALH Systems

July 11, 2014
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Swedish industrial group snaps up specialist glue firm ALH Systems

Specialist adhesives firm ALH Systems has been sold to expanding Swedish industrial giant Indutrade. ALH, based at Westbury, has annual sales of £6m and employs 37 staff. It supplies formulated polyurethane and epoxy encapsulants, adhesives, sealants and potting compounds to the gas, construction and electronics sectors. ALH will become part of Indutrade’s Special Products...

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Top tech lawyer chosen to fire up would-be female engineers at Dragons’ Den-style event

July 11, 2014
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Top tech lawyer chosen to fire up would-be female engineers at Dragons’ Den-style event

Bath law firm Withy King’s intellectual property and technology expert Jessica Bent has been selected to join the judging panel of a new Dragons’ Den-style competition aimed at aspiring female engineers in the South West. Jessica, pictured, a partner with the firm, will help judge the entries to the Women with Bright Ideas competition,...

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