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Six new members bring more diverse backgrounds and experiences to LEP board

October 17, 2019
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Six new members bring more diverse backgrounds and experiences to LEP board

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has refreshed its board – and addressed a major gender imbalance – by recruiting six new business leaders to help it shape the economic future of the region. The six senior businesses leaders – five of them women – work across a range of sectors and...

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Children of family-owned firms’ founders must earn their place in the boardroom, survey reveals

October 17, 2019
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Children of family-owned firms’ founders must earn their place in the boardroom, survey reveals

The days of the South West’s family-owned firms automatically being passed on to their founders’ offspring are long gone, with few now believing in a right to succession, according a new survey. Instead, most owners want to ensure their offspring are qualified to take over on merit not blood ties and should only gain...

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Bath Rugby players convert apples into cider for special drink to celebrate Thatchers partnership

October 16, 2019
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Bath Rugby players convert apples into cider for special drink to celebrate Thatchers partnership

Apples picked by Bath Rugby players from trees at the club’s Farleigh House training ground have been used to make a special edition cider by Thatchers to mark the renewal of their sponsorship deal. The 2019/20 rugby campaign marks an eighth year of partnership between the club and the fourth-generation Somerset cidermakers.  The trees...

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Pioneer of gender in tech to inspire new generation at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

October 14, 2019
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Pioneer of gender in tech to inspire new generation at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

The woman who ran a female-only software business in the 1960s and strived to change the gender makeup of the technology sector is set to inspire a new generation of women in business as the annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to the West of England this week. Dame Stephanie Shirley, now 85, pictured...

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Time running out for firms to benefit from Green Business Grants

October 10, 2019
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Time running out for firms to benefit from Green Business Grants

The deadline is looming for Bath’s small and medium-sized businesses to apply for grants to help them improve their energy efficiency by reducing bills and protect against future price rises. A £1m fund has been set up by the West of England Combined Authority through which businesses across the region can apply for a...

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Free essential cyber security workshop for Bath’s small businesses

October 9, 2019
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Free essential cyber security workshop for Bath’s small businesses

Bath businesses looking to protect their systems and data from cyber breaches and attacks can find out more at a free workshop next week. Business growth consultancy Cool Ventures has teamed up with Avon and Somerset Police’s cyber security team to stage the event called Essential Cyber Security for Small Businesses on Tuesday.  Insurance...

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Green light for SCISYS’ £79m takeover by Canadian tech group

October 2, 2019
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Green light for SCISYS’ £79m takeover by Canadian tech group

Specialist IT group SCISYS’s £78.9m acquisition by Canadian tech giant CGI has been given the go-ahead by UK competition watchdogs. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it had decided not to refer the deal to a phase 2 investigation based on the information available to it.  The CMA launched its merger inquiry on...

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Investment puts Bath digital map pioneer on road to success

September 20, 2019
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Investment puts Bath digital map pioneer on road to success

Bath-based digital map and data platform firm Living Map is en route for strong growth after receiving investment of £2.6m to enable it to launch a new software package. The move will enable its technology to be adopted by a much wider audience, including large indoor venues such as airports, retail sites, hospitals and...

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SCISYS takeover on course for completion as its half-year results show ‘solid’ performance

September 20, 2019
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SCISYS takeover on course for completion as its half-year results show ‘solid’ performance

Specialist IT group SCISYS expects its £79m acquisition by Canadian tech giant CGI to be completed before the end of this year it said this week as it revealed a 2% increase in half-year revenues. Directors at the Chippenham-headquartered group, which supplies innovative software and IT services to the space, government, media, commerce and...

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Marketing director joins Bath agency Rally as it gears up for further growth

September 20, 2019
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Marketing director joins Bath agency Rally as it gears up for further growth

Bath-based digital agency Rally has celebrated its fifth anniversary by appointing Sammy Burt as its marketing director. Rally was founded by marketing campaign experts Ali Meredith and Cam Brewer alongside digital guru Russ Back in 2014 and quickly delivered successes for its clients.  It now employs 15 people and has become the lead agency...

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