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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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Buildings of the future to be tested at pioneering University of Bath research centre

July 11, 2014
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Buildings of the future to be tested at pioneering University of Bath research centre

The University of Bath is to open an innovative research centre that will play a leading role in developing low carbon construction materials for use in the buildings of the future. The £1m project, called HIVE, will be the first of its kind in the UK. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research...

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Bath Rugby signs up Dyson as new main sponsor

July 10, 2014
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Bath Rugby signs up Dyson as new main sponsor

Innovative appliance firm Dyson is to become Bath Rugby’s new title partner for the next two seasons, it was announced this morning. The partnership is the first of its kind for Malmesbury-based Dyson, best known for its pioneering bagless vacuum cleaners. The firm said the time was right to support a world-class local team...

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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

July 7, 2014
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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

Business West, the organisation that runs the Bath Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the allocation of £86.2m of Government investment to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs in the area. But it said the city’s business community still needed to make sure future funding was secured under the Local Growth Deal to secure long-term...

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From broadband to robots: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

July 7, 2014
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From broadband to robots: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

The Government has announced funding of £86.2m for the West of England under its Local Growth Deal. This money is for projects to start in 2015/16 and 2016/17. The key projects to benefit will be: Terabit West – £15m A world-first project to ensure that the West is positioned at the forefront of groundbreaking,...

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£86m for West of England economy to create thousands of jobs – but Bath’s Innovation Quay misses out

July 7, 2014
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£86m for West of England economy to create thousands of jobs – but Bath’s Innovation Quay misses out

The Bristol and Bath area is to receive £86.2m of Government funding to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs. The investment, under the Government’s first Local Growth Deal, will go to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to spend on key economy-boosting projects. In the Bath area these will include a...

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