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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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New boss for Andrews Property Services as its growth continues

July 25, 2014
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New boss for Andrews Property Services as its growth continues

Andrews Property Services (APS), the fast-growing asset management division of Keynsham-based Andrews Estate Agents, has promoted Sue-Ellen Hodges to head the business. Having started her career at Andrews on a temporary basis four-and-a-half years ago, Sue-Ellen, pictured, quickly became assistant head at APS, before most recently becoming its interim head to cover a colleague’s...

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More expansion on cards at Bath-based vets group after it secures new equity funding

July 25, 2014
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More expansion on cards at Bath-based vets group after it secures new equity funding

Fast-growing Bath-based national veterinary group Independent Vetcare (IVC) is set for further expansion following investment by US and UK equity investor Summit Partners. Summit has bought out August Equity, which backed IVC’s launch in 2011 when three veterinary companies in Bath, Bristol and Hertfordshire merged. It has since taken on more than 40 groups,...

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Publisher Future offloads more titles as cost-cutting gathers pace

July 25, 2014
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Publisher Future offloads more titles as cost-cutting gathers pace

Bath-based media group Future today continued its major restructuring with the sale of another batch of titles to reduce debt. The firm today confirmed it had exchanged contracts to offload its auto titles and Triathlon Plus magazine to Kelsey Publishing for up to £2.9m. The move follows the £24m sale of most of Future’s...

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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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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

July 25, 2014
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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half and intake of new orders

Specialist software and IT group SciSys has pointed to further growth as it continues to recover from tough conditions last year in its core markets. In a trading update for the six months to June 30 – and prior to it entering its close period – directors said the first half of 2014 had...

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New round of LEP growth funding opens to back expanding Bath firms and create jobs

July 23, 2014
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New round of LEP growth funding opens to back expanding Bath firms and create jobs

Ambitious Bath businesses with growth potential are being encouraged to apply for a new round of funding from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The latest opportunity follows on from two previous successful rounds operated under the West of England Growth Fund scheme and through which nearly 300 businesses across the area...

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Professional group vice-president role for founder of Somerset cosmetic medicine business

July 22, 2014
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Professional group vice-president role for founder of Somerset cosmetic medicine business

Dr Beatriz Molina, founder of Somerset-based aesthetic medicine company Medikas, has been appointed vice-president of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BACM). Dr Molina, who launched the business in Street in 2005 and opened a Bath clinic in 2011, is known as an international expert and speaker on non-surgical cosmetic medicine. BCAM aims to...

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Learning disability group selected as Bath Building Society’s first charity of the year

July 22, 2014
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Learning disability group selected as Bath Building Society’s first charity of the year

Bath Building Society has chosen its first charity of the year – Bath Gateway Out and About, which provides help and support to people aged 18-plus with a learning disability. It is also one of nine charities and community groups sharing £7,000 from the society’s Annual Charity Awards scheme. A further four organisations have...

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Bath solicitor one of youngest to take up role on specialist Law Society committee

July 21, 2014
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Bath solicitor one of youngest to take up role on specialist Law Society committee

A solicitor from law firm Withy King's Bath office has become one of the youngest to be appointed to the Law Society’s Wills and Equity Committee. With just two years’ post qualification experience, Holly Mieville-Hawkins, pictured, is already making a name for herself as an expert in the field of Court of Protection work....

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