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Investment manager taken on at BGF in the West as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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Investment manager taken on at BGF in the West as it looks to fund more high-growth businesses

The South West office of BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Thames Valley and working with them to achieve their growth plans....

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New corporate tax manager appointed by Monahans for its Bath office

August 18, 2014
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New corporate tax manager appointed by Monahans for its Bath office

Accountancy firm Monahans has appointed Stephanie Hurst to the position of corporate tax manager based in its Bath office. Stephanie specialises in business and corporate tax, research & development relief, mergers, acquisitions and business restructuring and will provide expert advice to Monahans’ clients. She qualified as Chartered Tax Advisor in 2013 and joins Monahans,...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 17, 2014
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Monday 18 August Interims: Amlin, Bovis Homes, Clarkson, Coalfield Resources, Polypipe AGM: Northern Bear EGM: Chariot Oil & Gas Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 19 August Interims: Cairn Energy, CRH, H&T Group, Mears Group, John Menzies, Persimmon, TT Electronics, Wood (John) Final: BHP Billiton Trading Statement: Imperial Tobacco AGM: Castings Economics: Consumer price index,...

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Saracens chairman Nigel Wray joins star tech investors backing Bath IT innovator Cloud Direct

August 15, 2014
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Saracens chairman Nigel Wray joins star tech investors backing Bath IT innovator Cloud Direct

Bath-based IT services company Cloud Direct has secured £1.5m of equity funding from three of the UK’s highest-profile investors, including Saracens Rugby Club chairman Nigel Wray. The investment is the cloud broker’s third so far this year and takes its total funding to £2.74m. It will accelerate its sales and marketing, allow it open...

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Upmarket used car dealer drives into new market with SsangYong car franchise

August 15, 2014
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Upmarket used car dealer drives into new market with SsangYong car franchise

Minerva Bath, the premium used car dealership, has agreed an exclusive franchise arrangement to sell Korean-built SsangYong cars. The move, which is Bathford-based Minerva’s first entry into the new car market since opening just over a year ago, brings a lesser-known marque to the Bath area. SsangYong, South Korea’s oldest and fourth-largest auto manufacturer,...

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Bath’s Combe Grove Manor Hotel stays open as parent company enters administration

August 15, 2014
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Bath’s Combe Grove Manor Hotel stays open as parent company enters administration

The parent company of luxury hotel group The Hotel Collection, which owns Bath’s Combe Grove Manor Hotel, has gone into administration. UK Group of Hotels, which operates 21 hotels across the UK, called in administrators Duff & Phelps to help re-finance the business. The move followed the end of the firm’s banking facilities in...

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Bath media group Future looks ahead with restructured content and marketing team

August 15, 2014
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Bath media group Future looks ahead with restructured content and marketing team

Future, the Bath-based magazine and website group, has named the team that will develop its content and marketing strategy as its root-and-branch restructuring continues. The team, under the leadership of content & marketing director Nial Ferguson, pictured, is responsible for creating and developing Future’s brands, audiences and market expertise across its games, technology, music,...

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Good Energy powers ahead with new customers despite mild winter

August 14, 2014
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Good Energy powers ahead with new customers despite mild winter

Strong customer growth, particularly for gas, has helped Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier Good Energy overcome a reduction in demand caused by the mild winter. Increased marketing and business improvements should also strengthen its position at the forefront of the independent renewable electricity supply and generation sector, it said in a trading update for the...

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Withy King’s summer of sport nets £13,000 for RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal

August 14, 2014
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Withy King’s summer of sport nets £13,000 for RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal

Staff at law firm Withy King in Bath have raised more than £13,000 for the Royal United Hospital’s Forever Friends Appeal through their ‘summer of sport’ Since March they have been walking, cycling and climbing to raise funds to help the appeal to build a pioneering centre for the hospital. Their fund-raising activities started...

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Barbara Davies takes over vacant chief executive role at West of England LEP

August 12, 2014
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Barbara Davies takes over vacant chief executive role at West of England LEP

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed Barbara Davies as its new chief executive. The LEP’s former head of place and infrastructure, Barbara Davies, pictured, has been acting as interim director since former chief executive Paul Wilson quit six weeks ago. Barbara has worked at the LEP, which is tasked with...

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