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Industrial Strategy unveiled to harness potential of West of England’s innovation and creativity

July 22, 2019
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Industrial Strategy unveiled to harness potential of West of England’s innovation and creativity

The first-ever industrial blueprint for the West of England has been launched with the aim of building on the area’s unique creativity, collaboration and ingenuity to secure sustainable growth. Among ideas suggested in the strategy are connecting researchers, businesses and residents through a Global Centre of Innovation Excellence to focus the area’s innovative strengths...

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Bath Business News photo gallery: Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year Awards

July 5, 2019
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The Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards celebrated best business practice, with the winners demonstrating the breadth and depth of talent in the region’s boardrooms. Winners ranged from the West of England’s largest bus operator to a recycling firm behind a state-of-the-art waste handling centre and a fast-growing recruitment. The...

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Future’s shares on the up after it points to better-than-expected annual results

July 1, 2019
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Future’s shares on the up after it points to better-than-expected annual results

Shares in Bath-based media group Future climbed by more than 10% earlier this week after it said its full-year results were likely to be higher than expected. The group, whose UK titles include TechRadar, PC Gamer and Guitar World, made the announcement in a trading update to shareholders.  It said the strong performance had...

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Technology festival launched to create joined-up showcase of region’s tech strength

July 1, 2019
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Technology festival launched to create joined-up showcase of region’s tech strength

Bath firms are being urged to take part in a new showcase of the West of England’s world-class tech sector. Bristol Technology Festival, which will run from November 2 to 10, aims to raise the profile of the region’s tech sector locally, nationally and internationally and bring together a wide range of existing and...

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Linking with Chinese opinion leaders key to attracting more tourists to Bath, city firms are told

June 28, 2019
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Linking with Chinese opinion leaders key to attracting more tourists to Bath, city firms are told

Hotels and hospitality businesses in Bath are being urged to do more to attract more Chinese tourists.  While the number of visitors from China and other South East Asian countries has steadily increased over recent years, the Bristol and West of England China Bureau believes more can be done by businesses in the city...

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The SPARKies are back next week – with Bath’s top tech talent hoping to shine on the night

June 21, 2019
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The SPARKies are back next week – with Bath’s top tech talent hoping to shine on the night

The leading lights of Bath’s tech scene go head-to-head with rivals from Bristol and across the West of England next week at the region’s top sector-specific awards. The SPARKies – which are staged by TechSPARK, the information hub for all things tech in Bristol, Bath and the West of England – recognise the businesses...

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Rapid-growth Bath spectacle firm ‘eyes £170m stock market listing’

June 21, 2019
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Rapid-growth Bath spectacle firm ‘eyes £170m stock market listing’

Fast-growing Bath eyewear design house INSPECS could float on the London Stock Exchange with a value of around £170m, according to reports. The firm, recently named as the ‘number 1 business to watch’ in a ranking of the UK’s best-performing private companies, has appointed broker Peel Hunt to advise it on a potential listing...

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Bath firms battle it out to claim title of city’s netball champs and raise cash for Dorothy House Hospice

June 20, 2019
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Bath firms battle it out to claim title of city’s netball champs and raise cash for Dorothy House Hospice

The Bath office of regional law firm Mogers Drewett has raised more than £2,000 for Dorothy House Hospice by hosting its second annual charity netball tournament. Eight teams from city-based businesses took part in the event, which was supported by Team Bath Netball and hosted in the University of Bath’s sports training village.  Each...

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Canadian tech giant’s surprise £79m takeover bid for SCISYS approved by directors

June 14, 2019
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Canadian tech giant’s surprise £79m takeover bid for SCISYS approved by directors

Specialist IT group SCISYS looks set to be taken over by Canadian tech giant CGI in an approved offer that values it at nearly £79m. The surprise cash offer, which has been unanimously accepted by the Chippenham-headquartered group’s directors, was revealed to shareholders this morning in announcement on the London Stock Exchange.  At 254.15p,...

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Bus firm MD picks up top director award for driving transformation in his business

June 14, 2019
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Bus firm MD picks up top director award for driving transformation in his business

The managing director of First West of England, the largest bus operator in and around Bath, has been named as the South West’s top large company director. James Freeman, who has worked for First West of England for nearly five years, won the Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year award for...

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