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Specialist tile firm’s sales climb sharply as more builders make light work of its roofing products

March 30, 2015
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Specialist tile firm’s sales climb sharply as more builders make light work of its roofing products

Sales at Metrotile UK, the Chippenham-based steel roofing tile firm, rose by nearly a third last year as more builders and developers rejected traditional tiles in favour of its lightweight, cost-saving products. The 32.8% year-on-year growth took sales to just over £7.1m in the year to the end of January. Annual pre-tax profits fell...

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EEF’s South West Manufacturing Dinner secures sponsorship from Lloyds Bank

March 30, 2015
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EEF’s South West Manufacturing Dinner secures sponsorship from Lloyds Bank

Lloyds Bank is to sponsor this year’s South West Manufacturing Dinner hosted by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. The flagship event – now in its third year – is a celebration of the region’s dynamic and flourishing manufacturing and engineering sectors.  It was established to encourage networking, greater collaboration and the sharing of new ideas...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

March 29, 2015
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Monday 30 March Interims: James Halstead, Quadrise Fuels International Finals: AA, Al Noor Hospitals, Central Asia Metals, Instem, Miton, Outsourcery, Plant Health Care, Polymetal International, XL Media Trading statement: Compass EGM: Serco Economics: Net consumer credit, Net lending secured on dwellings, Mortgage approvals, M4 money supply Tuesday 31 March Finals: Chesnara, e-Therapeutics, InternetQ, Kingfisher,...

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Warning of ‘flat’ year at IT group SciSys triggers share price fall

March 27, 2015
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Warning of ‘flat’ year at IT group SciSys triggers share price fall

Shares in specialist IT group SciSys continued to fall today after its chairman warned that its performance this year would be “flat”. Dr Mike Love, pictured, who co-founded the Chippenham-based group, admitted the business faced challenges last year but insisted its 2014 financial results, announced yesterday, had been “solid”. Pre-tax profits doubled last year...

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Firm goes back to nature to develop innovative bio-composite building

March 27, 2015
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Firm goes back to nature to develop innovative bio-composite building

Environmentally conscious manufacturing firm dl bio composites has launched its first low-carbon product – a portable building made from a natural bio-composite of hemp, cork or balsa wood and a vegetable-based resin.    Called the deepee, it is the brainchild of Jeremy Charlesworth, technical director at Frome-based dl bio composite, part of his Dobulous...

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National construction award nomination for recently opened Bath Spa Uni academic building

March 27, 2015
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National construction award nomination for recently opened Bath Spa Uni academic building

Bath Spa University’s new academic building has been shortlisted in the Project of the Year (between £10m – £50m) category at the Construction News Awards 2015. Known as Commons, the state-of-the-art academic building which opened last summer was built by construction group Skanska. It has a range of facilities, including 1,800 sq m of...

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Bath Business Blog: Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP. Increase growth, productivity and innovation in your business

March 27, 2015
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Bath Business Blog: Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP. Increase growth, productivity and innovation in your business

By Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP Businesses in our region continue to face the challenge of a skills gap, impacting on growth and stifling productivity and future innovation. However, how can we ensure that the skill demands of the business community can be met now and in the future? The...

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Challenging year hits financial performance at Alliance Pharma

March 27, 2015
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Challenging year hits financial performance at Alliance Pharma

Annual sales and profits have fallen slightly at Chippenham speciality pharmaceutical company Alliance Pharma in what its chairman described as a “challenging year”. Revenues were down by 4% to £43.5m on lower sales of two of its portfolio of branded treatments in the period to December 31. As a result, pre-tax profits came in...

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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

March 26, 2015
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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

Business Showcase South West 2015, the biggest event of its kind in the region, is preparing to welcome businesses from the Bath area among the hoped-for 3,000 delegates in just under two months’ time. The event attracted more than 1,700 pre-event delegate registrations for its inaugural show last year. This year it has been...

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Specialist LEP fund sparks growth for 222 West of England businesses

March 25, 2015
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Specialist LEP fund sparks growth for 222 West of England businesses

More than 800 jobs have been created in 222 businesses over the past year through the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Growth Fund. The £10m-plus handed out by the fund has enabled the wide range of businesses to gain training, attract investment and carry out research and development as well as create...

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