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Region firmly on path to growth say business leaders despite unemployment inching up again

September 17, 2014
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Region firmly on path to growth say business leaders despite unemployment inching up again

Unemployment has edged back up again in the South West, new figures show today, but business leaders say the recovery is firmly on track and firms are planning to recruit more workers. Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the period from May to July show unemployment rose marginally in the...

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Canadian firm takes control of Bristol Airport after it buys out co-owner

September 17, 2014
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Canadian firm takes control of Bristol Airport after it buys out co-owner

Bristol Airport has a new owner following a deal announced today in which a Canadian pension fund bought out the airport’s Australian co-shareholder. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which already held a 50% stake in the airport, acquired the remaining 50% from Australian asset manager Macquarie Group. The airport, the UK’s ninth busiest, is recovering...

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SciSys lands Mars rover software contract worth €2m

September 16, 2014
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SciSys lands Mars rover software contract worth €2m

IT innovator SciSys has secured a €2m (£1.59m) order to develop software for the next Mars rover as part of the European Space Agency’s 2018 mission to the red planet. The Chippenham-based firm, which has its roots in the space industry, will work on the vehicle visual localisation flight software (VISLOC) responsible for self-localising...

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Circuit judge appointment for Bath silk who led HM Revenue’s case against celebrity tax dodgers

September 15, 2014
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Circuit judge appointment for Bath silk who led HM Revenue’s case against celebrity tax dodgers

Peter Blair, the QC from Bath who helped bring tax-avoiding celebrities such as Gary Barlow to book, has been appointed by the Queen as a circuit judge. Mr Blair, pictured, the head of Bristol’s Guildhall Chambers for the past eight years, will try civil and criminal cases at Swindon law courts from October 1....

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Would Scottish independence weaken the West – or bring us more powers from Westminster?

September 15, 2014
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With the outcome of Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum on a knife edge, commentators have started to ask what impact an independent Scotland would have on business here in the West of England. James Durie, executive director of Business West, peers into the unknown . . . Read every pundit’s verdict on the potential fall-out...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

September 15, 2014
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Monday 15 September Interims: Bond International Software, MP Evans, Quixant, SimiGon, Sphere Medical, Telit Communications Finals: Avanti Communications, Monitise, Mysale Group AGMs: Fastnet Oil & Gas, Rockhopper Exploration EGM: Action Hotels Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 16 September Interims: Christie Group, IQE, Lidco, Porta Communications, Silence Therapeutics, TLA Worldwide Finals: Craneware, Galliford Try, Pan...

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Timely rebrand for clocking-in system firm that is now expanding into hi-tech products

September 12, 2014
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Timely rebrand for clocking-in system firm that is now expanding into hi-tech products

Access-to-Time, the Midsomer Norton-based company that helped revolutionise the way that businesses monitor and pay their staff, has rebranded as part of an expansion programme. The firm, whose sales have doubled in the past, has relaunched itself under the name Chronologic following a move into a range of new product and service areas. Established...

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Epoch PA Helen gets ready for her charity trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

September 12, 2014
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Epoch PA Helen gets ready for her charity trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

Helen Witcombe, a personal assistant at Bath-based Epoch Wealth Management, is preparing to scale Africa’s highest mountain in support of children with life-limiting conditions. Helen, pictured, will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise much-needed funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). Her epic adventure will involve travelling to Tanzania next month where she will spend...

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Waste pioneer heads to United Arab Emirates on high-powered trade delegation

September 12, 2014
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Innovative waste management firm Advetec has today joined 10 other fast-growing UK businesses on an international trade mission to Abu Dhabi and Dubai to showcase their products and services. Radstock-based Advetec’s pioneering equipment transforms waste into soil or fuel for energy production and is already used across Europe, the US, India, Africa, South America...

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Bath Ales’ Gem bitter sparkles in global beer awards as it strikes gold

September 11, 2014
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Bath Ales’ Gem bitter sparkles in global beer awards as it strikes gold

Brewer and pub operator Bath Ales’ flagship beer, Gem, has won one of the most prestigious international brewing awards. The International Beer Challenge considers more than 500 brews from 30-plus countries. As well as receiving a Gold Medal, Gem also scooped the highly-coveted trophy for its category – the Best Ale up to 5% abv – in the view of...

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