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Experienced sales and marketing director takes up membership role at Business West

January 9, 2023
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Experienced sales and marketing director takes up membership role at Business West

Business West, the organisation behind Bath Chamber of Commerce, has appointed Emma Carter as its new membership director. Emma, pictured, started work at 16 after the Thames Valley Chambers of Commerce visited her school to talk about modern apprenticeships.  At 18 she was selling memberships for the chamber and now, 24 years later, she has...

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New Year’s Honours recognition for Bath area business and charity figures

January 6, 2023
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New Year’s Honours recognition for Bath area business and charity figures

The achievements of business figures from the Bath area along with those from the not-for-profit sector have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for 2023. Toby Sutton and Jack Churchill, pictured, co-founders of tech innovator Scanning Pens, which produces pens that help dyslexic children and adults to read, received OBEs for services to international trade...

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Buoyant South West firms shrug off the economic gloom to enter 2023 on a confident note

January 6, 2023
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Buoyant South West firms shrug off the economic gloom to enter 2023 on a confident note

Confidence among South West businesses continued to rise in December after a surprise recovery the previous month – with firms ending the year in a rare upbeat mood. The latest monthly Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking reveals firms reported higher confidence in their own business prospects month-on-month, up 15 percentage points at 34%.  Taken alongside their optimism in the economy, up 10...

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National award recognises Bath’s ‘stimulating and engaging’ Forest of Imagination festival

January 6, 2023
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National award recognises Bath’s ‘stimulating and engaging’ Forest of Imagination festival

Bath’s Forest of Imagination contemporary arts and architecture festival, which brings together many of the city’s creatives, has won a prestigious national award. The annual pop-up event for all ages, now in its 10th year, topped the ‘one off activity – children’ category of the Inspire Future Generations (IFG) Awards.  The festival, which brought...

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Bike storage firm looking to unlock new markets after Bath mentor steps in to provide key advice

January 5, 2023
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Bike storage firm looking to unlock new markets after Bath mentor steps in to provide key advice

A Bath construction specialist is helping identify new markets for an award-winning cycle storage business after it was hit by Brexit red tape and the economic downturn. Dan Grimshaw, pictured right, who lives in Hinton Charterhouse and owns London-based design and construction firm Beam Development, is mentoring entrepreneur Andrew Lang, whose business Cycloc is...

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Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa to pop the cork on exclusive hot air balloon and champagne experiences

January 5, 2023
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Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa to pop the cork on exclusive hot air balloon and champagne experiences

Guests at Bath’s Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa will be able to take to the skies and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city as part of a luxury hot air balloon experience and package starting this spring. After soaring high above Bath’s famous landmarks, guests will be able to relax with a glass...

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Group that champions region as a FinTech powerhouse boosted by advisory board appointments

January 5, 2023
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Group that champions region as a FinTech powerhouse boosted by advisory board appointments

FinTech West, the advisory body for the region’s burgeoning financial technology industry, has appointed two new members to its advisory board in a move to help mobilise more firms in the sector in the South West. The appointments of PwC director Katharine Adlard and NatWest senior relationship manager Louis Spencer, pictured, will enable FinTech West to...

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Bath landscape consultants to help shape Singapore’s new highly sustainable science centre

January 4, 2023
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Bath landscape consultants to help shape Singapore’s new highly sustainable science centre

Bath-based landscape architecture practice Grant Associates is to co-design a new ‘living laboratory’ science centre in Singapore 10 years after it helped create the city-state’s world-renowned Gardens by the Bay. The 101-hectare (250-acre) gardens in central Singapore have become a national icon, boasting the largest glass greenhouse in the world, while its Supertrees, 18...

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This year will be tough – but we need to stress the positives of our powerful region, says Business West

January 4, 2023
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This year will be tough – but we need to stress the positives of our powerful region, says Business West

The boss of the South West’s largest business group has urged firms to ‘stay positive’ this year in the face of huge challenges. Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce – also said companies could benefit in 2023 by being based in an innovative region at the...

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Business support experts team up to offer free HR advice to small firms

December 16, 2022
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Business support experts team up to offer free HR advice to small firms

Outsourced human resources consultancy The HR Dept is partnering with small business support specialist Cool Ventures to provide free advice for Bath firms under a regional business initiative. The scheme, which runs until next March, provides a range of free business support to SMEs and individuals based in Bath & North East Somerset and  South Gloucestershire needing...

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