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Bath to take its bid for rare World Heritage ‘double-listing’ to UNESCO this month

January 17, 2019
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Bath to take its bid for rare World Heritage ‘double-listing’ to UNESCO this month

Bath’s bid for a rare double listing as a World Heritage site – a move that would give its tourism industry a major boost – is to be made later this month. The idea has been floated by The Great Spas of Europe – a collection of 11 spa towns and cities across Europe,...

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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

January 16, 2019
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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

The “overriding priority” for both the government and Parliament must be to avoid a no deal Brexit following last night’s overwhelming defeat of the Prime Minister’s deal, the region’s largest business organisation said today. Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, said firms in the region now found themselves “facing the unwelcome prospect...

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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

January 14, 2019
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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

Nearly 40% of West of England business owners back a second Brexit referendum while just one in 10 is confident the government will secure a good deal for the UK, according to the region’s largest business survey. Worryingly, more than 40% of the senior managers and directors taking part did not know whether their...

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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

January 14, 2019
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National acclaim for West of England project to encourage scale-up businesses

An innovative scheme encouraging and supporting Bath scale-up businesses has been praised by industry experts as a role model for other parts of the country.   The ScaleUp Institute, a company which aims to make the UK the best place in the world to develop a thriving business, said the West of England Growth...

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CBI leader urges govt to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to West of England

January 11, 2019
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CBI leader urges govt to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to West of England

The director-general of the CBI used a visit to the West of England on Friday to warn that a no deal Brexit would hit its manufacturing and services industries hard as well as scuppering vital export deals. Speaking to a gathering of senior business figures in Bristol, Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured, urged the government to...

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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

January 8, 2019
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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

Countdown presenter Nick Hewer is to host this year’s South West Fair Trade Business Awards. Nick, pictured, who was also Sir Alan Sugar’s former right-hand man on The Apprentice, is a long-running supporter of ethical business and a patron of The Fairtrade Foundation. He will help present the awards – now in their seventh...

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Chance for Bath firms to shape future of skills in the region as shortages begin to hit

January 4, 2019
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Chance for Bath firms to shape future of skills in the region as shortages begin to hit

Bath area firms are being urged to take part in the region’s largest survey on skills shortages as the issue once again becomes one of the most critical factors for the West of England economy’s continued success. The survey – conducted by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation – is being held as...

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Region’s first events industry showcase MEET South West launches registrations

January 4, 2019
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Region’s first events industry showcase MEET South West launches registrations

Registration is now open to hear industry leaders share their insight and guidance at MEET South West, the region’s first dedicated exhibition and conference showcase. Delegates at the event, at We The Curious in Bristol on January 30, will have access to experts offering authoritative insight from a variety of event industries from professional...

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Unique chance for anyone working in automation to take part in pioneering creative tech project

January 3, 2019
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Unique chance for anyone working in automation to take part in pioneering creative tech project

A groundbreaking project supporting the expansion of creative technology in the West of England is seeking people working in the field of automation to apply for one of 24 paid fellowships. The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN), a £6.5m government-backed initiative supported by four of the region’s universities including Bath Spa, is entering...

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Bath’s Novel Wines co-founder to judge prestigious international awards

January 3, 2019
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Bath’s Novel Wines co-founder to judge prestigious international awards

The CEO of Bath-based online mail order firm Novel Wines, Ben Franks, has been chosen to be one of the judges for the 2019 edition of the London Wine Competition (LWC). Award-winning wine journalist Ben, pictured, co-founded the firm nearly three years ago to make the wine market a more exciting place to shop. ...

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