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Bath hospitality firms dominate line-up of finalists in top regional tourism awards

January 21, 2022
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Bath hospitality firms dominate line-up of finalists in top regional tourism awards

Some of Bath’s top hotels, restaurants and hospitality businesses will battle it out next month in the region’s most prestigious tourism awards scheme.   The Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards, now in their sixth year, will reward excellence and resilience in what has been another difficult year for the sector.  Bath area businesses dominate...

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Bristol Airport to invest £2.6m in upgrading its passenger departure lounge

January 20, 2022
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Bristol Airport to invest £2.6m in upgrading its passenger departure lounge

A major redevelopment of Bristol Airport’s airside departure lounge is due to start on Monday. The £2.6m, three-month project, which will create dozens of jobs, aims to improve the shopping and dining experience for passengers before they board their flights.  The lounge’s retail units will get a facelift while the WHSmith store is to...

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BGF South West office invests record £115m in high-growth business in 2021

January 20, 2022
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BGF South West office invests record £115m in high-growth business in 2021

Investments by the South West team of growth finance group BGF passed the £100m mark for the first time last year as it continued its strong run of funding ambitious businesses. The team injected £115m of equity into firms in 2021 – a 72% increase on 2020’s total and more than three times that...

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Hybrid working here to stay, research shows, but most firms are struggling to make it a success

January 20, 2022
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Hybrid working here to stay, research shows, but most firms are struggling to make it a success

More than nine in 10 of mid-market businesses in the South West have adopted hybrid or remote working as a way of overcoming the impact of the pandemic – but many are struggling to make it a success, according to a new survey. Research by accountancy firm Grant Thornton reveals 92% of the region’s...

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Sensory room opened at Bristol Airport to help passengers with autism

January 14, 2022
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Sensory room opened at Bristol Airport to help passengers with autism

Bristol Airport has become only the second in the UK to open a purpose-built sensory room for passengers with autism, dementia or cognitive impairment. The room, pictured, provides a safe, private and interactive space where users with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) can feel relaxed when in unfamiliar surroundings.  Made by specialist US firm Fun &...

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Bath astronomer William Herschel gets star billing in events marking 200th anniversary of his death

January 13, 2022
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Bath astronomer William Herschel gets star billing in events marking 200th anniversary of his death

A 12-month long series of events is to be staged in Bath this year to mark the bicentenary of the death of astronomer William Herschel, best known for discovering Uranus while living in the city.   The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £64,000 to Bath Preservation Trust, which owns the city’s Herschel Museum of...

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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

January 13, 2022
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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

Nearly three-quarters of tech firm executives in the South West put purpose before profits while just under 80% prioritise relationships over success, according to a new survey. The region also boasts a far higher number of female tech entrepreneurs than the national average – 36% against 22% for the UK as a whole, the...

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Fourth acquisition in the frame for Inspecs as it eyes further global expansion

January 7, 2022
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Fourth acquisition in the frame for Inspecs as it eyes further global expansion

Bath-based glasses designer and manufacturer Inspecs Group has hit the acquisition trail for the second time in a month with the takeover of a Swedish eyewear firm.   The £6.2m deal to buy Stockholm-based Ego Eyewear comes four weeks after Inspecs snapped up German spectacle frame distributor BoDe Design Vertriebs for €1.76m (£1.51m).  The...

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Experienced retail industry executive takes over as chair of Bath charity Designability

January 6, 2022
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Experienced retail industry executive takes over as chair of Bath charity Designability

Designability, the Bath charity that enables disabled people to live with greater independence, has officially welcomed its new chair of trustees.   Jerry Marwood, pictured, has taken on the role at a time when the charity is expanding across the UK and widening access to its products, including the unique Wizzybug powered wheelchair, which...

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Promotions to associate architect for Nash Partnership pair as practice continues to expand

January 6, 2022
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Nash Partnership, the Bath-headquartered planning, architecture, heritage and placemaking consultancy, has promoted two of its team members to associate.   Architects Laura Mitchell and Richard Mather-Jones have been with the practice since 2012 and 2016 respectively.  Richard, pictured right, has extensive knowledge of 3D modelling, particularly using Revit software and BIM methodology in the...

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