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Strong bounce back by businesses points to steady growth in 2014

December 16, 2013
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Strong bounce back by businesses points to steady growth in 2014

Business confidence is running at its highest level for more than three years as the recovery gathers pace and firms put austerity behind them at last. Manufacturers in particular are upbeat about their prospects going into the new year, according to the latest Business Trends report by accountants BDO. Optimism among manufacturers, driven by...

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What’s the big idea? Bath firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

December 16, 2013
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What’s the big idea? Bath firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

Ideas on the best way to create sustainable jobs and growth across the West of England are being invited from Bath firms. The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) today launches a six-week public consultation on its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) – a blueprint for growth over the next six years. The Government has challenged England’s...

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Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

December 10, 2013
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Key appointment will help small West firms win share of buoyant offshore wind market

The Manufacturing Advisory Service has appointed a supply chain specialist in the South West to ensure that manufacturers gain a significant share of the lucrative opportunities presented by the UK’s burgeoning offshore wind market. Nick Kirsop-Taylor, pictured, will help firms tap into the recently-launched £20m GROW:OffshoreWind service that supports companies looking to break into...

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Surprise decline in exports from region prompts fresh action to get West firms to trade overseas

December 6, 2013
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Surprise decline in exports from region prompts fresh action to get West firms to trade overseas

Efforts to get more South West firms to export are being stepped up after new figures showed the first fall in overseas sales from the region for more than a year. Exports by value dropped by 3.3% in the third quarter to £3.32bn, sparked by a fall-off in h a fall in trade within...

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Cameron’s China trade delegation delivers boost for Bath and Moulton bikes

December 4, 2013
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Cameron’s China trade delegation delivers boost for Bath and Moulton bikes

Bath’s most famous visitor attraction and one of the area’s most innovative businesses are benefitting from the Prime Minister’s high-profile visit to China as head of the UK’s largest trade delegation to the fast-growing country. The city’s Roman Baths have signed up as a founding member of VisitBritain’s China Welcome Charter which could put...

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Suppliers start to benefit from renewed strength in region’s manufacturing sector

December 2, 2013
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Suppliers start to benefit from renewed strength in region’s manufacturing sector

The West of England’s strength in the automotive and aerospace sectors is creating strong conditions for smaller firms in their supply chains with most expecting to increase staffing and investment over the next three months. According to the latest Manufacturing Outlook survey published today by manufacturers’ organisation EEF and accountancy and business advisory firm...

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£5m solar power research centre to be based at Bath University

November 27, 2013
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£5m solar power research centre to be based at Bath University

The University of Bath is to become a major UK research base for sustainable solar power technology, adding to its world-class academic credentials and boosting the West of England’s reputation as the country’s leading hub for green technologies. The university will house one of two national centres for doctoral training geared towards investigating solar...

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Most West manufacturers enjoy sales growth but remain cautious on future prospects

November 26, 2013
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Most West manufacturers enjoy sales growth but remain cautious on future prospects

Sales have increased for more than half the West’s small to medium-sized West manufacturers over the past six months, with just over a third also experiencing an increase in inquiries and orders. The upbeat picture emerges from the Manufacturing Advisory Service’s latest Barometer, which also reveals a slight rise in the number of companies...

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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

November 22, 2013
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Far-reaching LEP plan puts West of England’s innovation at heart of growth agenda

An ambitious plan is being drawn up to harness Bath and the West of England’s creativity and innovation to potentially create more than 100,000 jobs over the next 17 years. The emphasis will be on five key sectors spanning digital to aerospace, and in which the area is already strong, to drive growth and...

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Avon Rubber bounces back with strong recovery in annual profits

November 20, 2013
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Avon Rubber bounces back with strong recovery in annual profits

Bosses at Wiltshire manufacturer Avon Rubber today said their strategy to accelerate investment in new products, technologies, systems and people was paying off as they unveiled significant increases in revenues, operating margins and profits. Annual pre-tax profits at the Melksham-based group, best known for its respirators, increased to £14m from £11m on revenues up...

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