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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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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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Bath takes its UK-leading strength in technology to heart of London’s Tech City

July 21, 2014
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Bath takes its UK-leading strength in technology to heart of London’s Tech City

Bath’s thriving digital cluster – and one of its leading up-and-coming businesses – have been championed to an audience of national investors at a Tech City UK event in London. Bath, along with Bristol, was one of five tech clusters from across the UK to be invited to present at the Tech City UK...

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Bath architects Feilden Clegg Bradley in running for Stirling Prize with Manchester Art School project

July 18, 2014
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Bath architects Feilden Clegg Bradley in running for Stirling Prize with Manchester Art School project

A major extension to the Manchester School of Art by Bath architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has been selected as one of six projects shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize, the UK’s most prestigious architectural award. The extension to the progressive Manchester School of Art, which began life in the 1830s, provides an engaging...

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Bath media group Future warns its financial turnaround is still some way off

July 16, 2014
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Bath media group Future warns its financial turnaround is still some way off

Shares in troubled Bath publisher Future fell this week after it admitted its major restructuring and job cuts would not turn around its finances until at least its next financial year. In an interim management statement released to the London Stock Exchange, it said it was making “good progress” with its transformation programme, which...

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Planning practice Nash Partnership lands another award for its Cheltenham regeneration scheme

July 11, 2014
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Bath-based planning and design practice Nash Partnership has landed another award for its major urban regeneration project in Cheltenham. Hot on the heels of it winning a national Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Award, the St Pauls scheme scooped another RTPI accolade – this time for the South West region. The scheme, a consultation-led...

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Bath Rugby signs up Dyson as new main sponsor

July 10, 2014
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Bath Rugby signs up Dyson as new main sponsor

Innovative appliance firm Dyson is to become Bath Rugby’s new title partner for the next two seasons, it was announced this morning. The partnership is the first of its kind for Malmesbury-based Dyson, best known for its pioneering bagless vacuum cleaners. The firm said the time was right to support a world-class local team...

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Bath media group Future appoints ex-Tesco finance boss as it continues to cut costs

July 9, 2014
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Bath media group Future appoints ex-Tesco finance boss as it continues to cut costs

Tesco’s former financial controller Richard Haley is to join Bath-based media group Future as its chief financial officer and company secretary. Mr Haley, pictured, who takes up his new role on October 1, is currently finance director for Tesco Extras UK. The announcement of his appointment comes as Future, best known for its computer...

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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

July 7, 2014
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Business West welcomes Local Growth Deal funding but says more investment must follow in future

Business West, the organisation that runs the Bath Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the allocation of £86.2m of Government investment to accelerate economic growth and create 5,000 jobs in the area. But it said the city’s business community still needed to make sure future funding was secured under the Local Growth Deal to secure long-term...

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