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Destination development expert’s arrival widens Colliers’ service offering in South West

August 15, 2017
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Destination development expert’s arrival widens Colliers’ service offering in South West

Commercial property specialist Colliers International’s South West office has added expertise in developing leisure destinations to its range of services following the appointment of an associate director who has worked with clients such as London’s Olympic Park, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Trust. Matt Hyslop, who has more than 10 years’...

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Sparks fly between green energy rivals as meeting date is set to resolve power battle

August 14, 2017
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Sparks fly between green energy rivals as meeting date is set to resolve power battle

Renewable energy firm Good Energy today formally called on its shareholders to reject a move by arch-rival Ecotricity to put two directors on its board as it announced the date of special meeting to resolve their increasingly bitter power struggle. Chippenham-based Good Energy’s board used a note to shareholders alerting them of the meeting...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 14, 2017
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Monday 14 August Interims: Clarkson Tuesday 15 August Final: Hargreaves Lansdown Interims: RIT Capital partners, Sirius Minerals, Home Depot, Urban Outfitters Wednesday 16 August Interims: Admiral Group, Hochschild Mining, Balfour Beatty, CLS Holdings, Staples, Target, Cisco Systems Thursday 17 August Final: Rank Group Interims: Kaz Minerals, Hikma Pharma, Marshalls, Gap, Walmart Trading update: Kingfisher Friday 18 August Interims: Deere...

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Regional director appointment bolsters Lloyds’ commitment to mid-tier businesses

August 10, 2017
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Regional director appointment bolsters Lloyds’ commitment to mid-tier businesses

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has strengthened its support for medium-sized businesses in the West of England with the appointment of a new regional director. Andrew Kemp, pictured, joins the bank’s mid-markets team having previously led its acquisition finance loan management team in London. He brings with him more than 25 years of experience in...

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Sale to larger rival helps Keynsham timber merchant grow its branches

August 10, 2017
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Sale to larger rival helps Keynsham timber merchant grow its branches

Keynsham-based timber and sheet materials specialist Avon Plywood has been acquired by larger competitor Sydenhams in a deal handled by legal experts from Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King. Avon Plywood, which was established in 1983 as an importer of wood-based materials and timber into Bristol, is now one of the UK’s largest suppliers...

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Bath Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Modest growth ahead as uncertainty weighs on businesses

August 10, 2017
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Bath Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Modest growth ahead as uncertainty weighs on businesses

By Donna Kehoe, Bank of England agent for the South West of England I always enjoy the conversations I have each day with those running businesses, charities and other organisations here in the South West. These discussions provide an up-to-the-minute insight into what’s really happening in the economy across the UK. And at the...

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BBC journalist tech deal is good news for SCISYS following German acquisition

August 9, 2017
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BBC journalist tech deal is good news for SCISYS following German acquisition

The roll-out of a next-generation news management system by the BBC to thousands of its journalists has boosted Chippenham-based specialist IT group SCISYS following its acquisition of the German firm behind the technology. Munich-headquartered Annova had a 12-year contract with the BBC to supply its OpenMedia software when SCISYS paid €11.35m (£9.64m) upfront in...

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Thrings’ specialist residential property expertise earns it entry into elite group of law firms

August 8, 2017
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Thrings’ specialist residential property expertise earns it entry into elite group of law firms

Regional law firm Thrings, which has an office in Bath, has joined an elite group of legal practices that have been independently recognised for the high-quality advice they offer to residential property leaseholders. Just a handful of South West law firms are members of the influential Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP), the professional...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 6, 2017
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Monday 7 August   Interims: Navigator Holdings, Plus500, Telit Communications, Ultra Electronics   AGM: Tanfield   Economics: Halifax house prices   Tuesday 8 August   Interims: Clarke (T), Intercontinental Hotels, IWG, Mereo Biopharma, Morgan Sindall, Paddy Power Betfair, Polypipe, Quarto, Rotork, SIG, Standard Life, Synthomer, TP ICAP, Worldpay, Zotefoams   Final: Hargreaves Services   Trading...

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‘Elegant and luxurious’ boutique B&B sold to experienced Bath hoteliers as market remains strong

August 4, 2017
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‘Elegant and luxurious’ boutique B&B sold to experienced Bath hoteliers as market remains strong

Bath-based hoteliers Tim and Ros Forester have acquired the city’s luxury boutique bed and breakfast Dorian House in a deal backed by NatWest and with advice from Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King. The couple, who previously owned Bath’s Duke’s Hotel, bought the historic 13-bedroom property, pictured, for an undisclosed sum through their new...

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