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Bath’s The Agency lifts top prize in prestigious marketing industry awards

April 24, 2014
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Bath’s The Agency lifts top prize in prestigious marketing industry awards

The Agency, the Bath-based planning, creative, technology and media firm, has won a prestigious Grand Prix at the RAR Awards – the industry’s most coveted accolade. The Agency, whose clients include the British School of Motoring, BT and Del Monte, received the award – one of only two presented each year – at a...

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West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

April 24, 2014
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West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

A trade mission to China to help unlock opportunities for small and medium-sized West businesses has been announced by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) South West. While China is well known as the world’s fastest-growing major economy, with growth rates averaging around 10% over the past 30 years, and the largest exporting nation, it...

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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

April 24, 2014
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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

The West of England’s food and drink businesses are increasingly upbeat about their prospects despite concerns over the price of raw materials and energy and the impact of this winter’s floods. Most also believe that being based in this region is a major plus, according to a new survey. The research by leading business...

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Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems on track for further growth as global demand accelerates

April 24, 2014
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Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems on track for further growth as global demand accelerates

Specialist engineering firm Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems is take on more than 20 permanent workers at its Melksham factory as demand for its innovative products increases around the world. The firm employs 360 people at the site making a wide range of train parts such as advanced braking, monitoring and control systems for railway operators...

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Glasto joins Brunel, Banksy and The Beatles among ‘England’s finest’

April 22, 2014
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Glasto joins Brunel, Banksy and The Beatles among ‘England’s finest’

Glastonbury Festival has been named among England’s greatest achievements in a list based on votes by the public. The world-famous festival, first staged at Michael Eavis’ Worthy Farm near Pilton in 1970, stars in a Hall of Fame showcasing England’s finest alongside an eclectic mix of individuals, objects, places and events which range from...

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Family law reforms will help avoid ‘harmful and stressful’ court battles, says top Bath lawyer

April 22, 2014
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Family law reforms will help avoid ‘harmful and stressful’ court battles, says top Bath lawyer

Bath law firm Stone King has welcomed the establishment of a new Family Court as part of sweeping reforms to the family justice system announced today, particularly a much bigger emphasis on mediation. John Brownrigg, pictured, who heads the firm’s family law and mediation team – which comprises five mediators – said the changes...

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Trio of new commercial property lawyers boosts team at Thrings

April 22, 2014
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Trio of new commercial property lawyers boosts team at Thrings

Commercial law firm Thrings, which has an office in Bath, has recruited three specialist solicitors to advise its fast-growing portfolio of commercial property clients. Partner Edward Jackman, associate Iain Mason and solicitor Natalia Sokolov join the firm to further strengthen its commercial property and construction offering. Edward arrives from Oxfordshire-based commercial law firm Brookstreet...

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Promotions for two staff at West office of business funder BGF

April 21, 2014
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Promotions for two staff at West office of business funder BGF

BGF, the independent company established to help Britain’s growing businesses, has promoted two members of its West-based investment team. Ned Dorbin has been promoted to investment director and Edwin Davies to investment manager.  The BGF investment team in Bristol, which covers the South West of England and South Wales and is led by regional director...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 21, 2014
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Tuesday 22 April Final: Randall & Quilter Trading statement: Genel Energy AGMs: Genel Energy, Progressive Digital Media Wednesday 23 April Interims: Associated British Foods, Avacta, Fenner, Smiths News Final: Mobile Tornado Group Trading statements: Amec, Arm, Biome Technologies, Carpetright, Creston, Hammerson, Moneysupermarket.com, Petra Diamonds, Record, Reed Elsevier, Spirent Communications, Sports Direct International, STV AGMs:...

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Export Week gives hundreds of West firms advice on doing business overseas

April 17, 2014
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Export Week gives hundreds of West firms advice on doing business overseas

Around 300 businesses attended events across the South West last week to learn about international business opportunities and the support available to reach new customers around the world.   A series of nine UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) events were held across the region as part of Export Week. Building on previous events, Export...

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