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Warning of ‘flat’ year at IT group SciSys triggers share price fall

March 27, 2015
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Warning of ‘flat’ year at IT group SciSys triggers share price fall

Shares in specialist IT group SciSys continued to fall today after its chairman warned that its performance this year would be “flat”. Dr Mike Love, pictured, who co-founded the Chippenham-based group, admitted the business faced challenges last year but insisted its 2014 financial results, announced yesterday, had been “solid”. Pre-tax profits doubled last year...

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Firm goes back to nature to develop innovative bio-composite building

March 27, 2015
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Firm goes back to nature to develop innovative bio-composite building

Environmentally conscious manufacturing firm dl bio composites has launched its first low-carbon product – a portable building made from a natural bio-composite of hemp, cork or balsa wood and a vegetable-based resin.    Called the deepee, it is the brainchild of Jeremy Charlesworth, technical director at Frome-based dl bio composite, part of his Dobulous...

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National construction award nomination for recently opened Bath Spa Uni academic building

March 27, 2015
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National construction award nomination for recently opened Bath Spa Uni academic building

Bath Spa University’s new academic building has been shortlisted in the Project of the Year (between £10m – £50m) category at the Construction News Awards 2015. Known as Commons, the state-of-the-art academic building which opened last summer was built by construction group Skanska. It has a range of facilities, including 1,800 sq m of...

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Bath Business Blog: Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP. Increase growth, productivity and innovation in your business

March 27, 2015
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Bath Business Blog: Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP. Increase growth, productivity and innovation in your business

By Adam Powell, director of skills, West of England LEP Businesses in our region continue to face the challenge of a skills gap, impacting on growth and stifling productivity and future innovation. However, how can we ensure that the skill demands of the business community can be met now and in the future? The...

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Challenging year hits financial performance at Alliance Pharma

March 27, 2015
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Challenging year hits financial performance at Alliance Pharma

Annual sales and profits have fallen slightly at Chippenham speciality pharmaceutical company Alliance Pharma in what its chairman described as a “challenging year”. Revenues were down by 4% to £43.5m on lower sales of two of its portfolio of branded treatments in the period to December 31. As a result, pre-tax profits came in...

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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

March 26, 2015
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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

Business Showcase South West 2015, the biggest event of its kind in the region, is preparing to welcome businesses from the Bath area among the hoped-for 3,000 delegates in just under two months’ time. The event attracted more than 1,700 pre-event delegate registrations for its inaugural show last year. This year it has been...

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Specialist LEP fund sparks growth for 222 West of England businesses

March 25, 2015
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Specialist LEP fund sparks growth for 222 West of England businesses

More than 800 jobs have been created in 222 businesses over the past year through the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Growth Fund. The £10m-plus handed out by the fund has enabled the wide range of businesses to gain training, attract investment and carry out research and development as well as create...

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Withy King to mark World Intellectual Property Day with free clinics in Bath

March 25, 2015
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Withy King to mark World Intellectual Property Day with free clinics in Bath

Free advice clinics for businesses with intellectual property (IP) issues are being staged by Bath law firm Withy King’s technology and media team to mark World Intellectual Property (IP) Day. The global event, on April 26, is run by the World Intellectual Property Organisation to raise awareness of the importance of innovation and creativity...

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Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

March 24, 2015
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Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

Bath firms are being urged to act quickly to secure the last few exhibition stands at the ‘early bird’ rate for Business Showcase South West 2015, the region’s biggest business exhibition. The event, which is expected to attract 3,000 delegates, is being staged at Colston Hall in Bristol on May 14 and 15. Last...

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Workshop will show how to gain media coverage through effective public relations

March 23, 2015
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Workshop will show how to gain media coverage through effective public relations

Bath business journalist-turned-PR consultant Paul Mullins will be teaching firms how to secure valuable media exposure at a forthcoming workshop. The founder of PR and digital content agency Sandusky Media Consultants is running his Promote your business with PR workshop at the Somer Valley Enterprise Park in Paulton on April 16. Mr Mullins, pictured,...

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