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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 4, 2015
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Monday 4 May Bank holiday: nothing scheduled Tuesday 5 May Interim: Aberdeen Asset Management Trading statements: Glencore, Greene King, HSBC, Indivior AGMs: BG, Bioquell, Burford Capital, Macfarlane, Pentair, Randgold Resources, Spirent Communications, Stratex International Economics: Markit/CIPS UK construction – purchasing managers' index, Halifax house prices Wednesday 6 May Interims: Imperial Tobacco, Sage Finals: boohoo.com,...

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GDP slowdown makes it vital politicians focus on growth ahead of election, says Business West

May 1, 2015
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GDP slowdown makes it vital politicians focus on growth ahead of election, says Business West

Business West, the organisation behind Bath Chamber of Commerce, has called on all political parties contesting next week’s General Election to focus on policies that promote growth in the light figures showing a slowdown over the past three months. It said the official GDP statistics published earlier this week, which revealed first-quarter growth fell...

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Chief executive credited with transforming Avon Rubber to step down

May 1, 2015
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Chief executive credited with transforming Avon Rubber to step down

Avon Rubber chief executive Peter Slabbert, who is credited with helping transform the business into a global manufacturing innovator, is to leave later this year. Confirmation of his resignation after 15 years at Avon – seven of them as chief executive – came as the group posted another strong set of financial results which...

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Efficiences help AB Dynamics drive ahead with 30% profit rise

May 1, 2015
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Pre-tax profits accelerated by 30% to £1.51m at AB Dynamics, the Bradford on Avon-based automotive equipment manufacturer, as it benefited from a new robot assembly unit and improved margins. The profit rise was achieved on a 13% increase in to £7.56m for the six months to February 28 – a period when it also...

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West of England entrepreneurs want next government to invest in region’s road, rail and air links

May 1, 2015
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The next government’s top priority must be to invest in the country’s infrastructure, according to a survey of fast-growth entrepreneurial businesses across the South West. Some 31% taking part in the survey for accountants EY put  road, rail and air links at the top of their wish lists followed by investment in improving broadband...

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Family fun day at Bath Racecourse to benefit Jessie May children’s hospice

May 1, 2015
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Family fun day at Bath Racecourse to benefit Jessie May children’s hospice

Bath Racecourse hosts the Big Bank Holiday Family Fun Day on Monday in aid of the Jessie May children’s hospice – the charity providing nursing care at home for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. As well as a full day’s racing with seven races, there will be a range of events for...

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Bath firms to help city’s creativity take root in the fantastical Forest of Imagination

May 1, 2015
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Bath firms to help city’s creativity take root in the fantastical Forest of Imagination

A group of Bath area firms and organisations are to transform the city’s historic Queen Square into a temporary fantastical landscape and outdoor gallery for a four-day contemporary arts event. The Forest of Imagination, which runs from May 15-18, will showcase Bath’s often hidden creativity and the outdoor gallery – ‘a gallery without walls’...

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Five key reasons to attend Business Showcase South 2015

May 1, 2015
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Five key reasons to attend Business Showcase South 2015

Organisers of next month’s Business Showcase South West have come up with five compelling reasons for Bath business people to attend what will be the biggest event of its kind in the region The event, on May 14 and 15 at Colston Hall, in Bristol, will celebrate the best in innovation, creativity and enterprise...

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Bath BID outlines vision to businesses as it looks to build on ‘remarkable success’

April 30, 2015
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Bath’s Business Improvement District (BID) has been “a remarkable success story”, generating 3.5 times more income than predicted when its original business plan was drafted ahead of its 2011 launch. This message was delivered by chief executive Andrew Cooper to BID levy payers at an event to update them on its progress over the...

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Investment operations and compliance manager joins Epoch Wealth Management

April 30, 2015
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Investment operations and compliance manager joins Epoch Wealth Management

Bath-based Epoch Wealth Management has strengthened its compliance team with the appointment of Alan Henderson as investment operations and compliance manager. Mr Henderson, pictured, has been working in financial services since 2004 and has specialised in compliance matters for the last eight years. He joins Epoch from Lansdown Place Financial Management in Bristol where...

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