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Property agents slash £3m off asking price of prestigious country house hotel closed during pandemic

December 10, 2021
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Property agents slash £3m off asking price of prestigious country house hotel closed during pandemic

The sale price of one of the top country house hotels in the Bath area has been reduced by more than £3m - with property agents now marketing the closed-down venue for £6m.   Grade I listed, four-star Ston Easton Park near Shepton Mallet, which has 20 individually styled bedroom suites and seven reception...

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Future pledges to protect the planet, make the internet safer and improve diversity in new strategy

December 10, 2021
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Future pledges to protect the planet, make the internet safer and improve diversity in new strategy

Bath-based specialist media group Future has launched a strategy to build a more sustainable future for its “communities and planet”, taking in issues ranging from mentoring disadvantaged young people widening the diversity of its workforce to creating a safe internet and aiming for net zero greenhouse gas emissions.   The firm, whose content reaches...

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Inspecs looks ahead to more growth after buying German glasses distributor

December 9, 2021
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Inspecs looks ahead to more growth after buying German glasses distributor

Bath-based glasses designer and manufacturer Inspecs Group has made its third acquisition in 18 months, snapping up a German spectacle frame distributor for €1.76m (£1.51m).   Inspecs said buying BoDe Design Vertriebs, which also distributes Inspecs products in Holland, Austria and Switzerland, further reinforced its strategy of developing strategic distribution of its products to...

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Truespeed co-founder quits as CEO as firm gets ready for new phase of expansion

December 7, 2021
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Truespeed co-founder quits as CEO as firm gets ready for new phase of expansion

The co-founder and CEO of Bath-based broadband provider Truespeed has stepped down from his role with immediate effect.   Evan Wienburg, pictured, who was one of the three original investors in the business when it launched in 2014, said he will now be pursuing a new challenge.    He said he felt now was the...

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Four new South West ambassadors for the IoD as it strengthens its regional team

December 7, 2021
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Four new South West ambassadors for the IoD as it strengthens its regional team

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed four ambassadors for the South West to ensure its members remain at the heart of its operations in the region. The quartet of experienced business leaders – Katherine Piper, Alex Chikhani, Peter Doyle and John Rotherford – will enable greater connectivity between IoD South West’s 1,200 members...

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Partnership launched to stop unsold food from Bath firms going to waste

December 2, 2021
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Partnership launched to stop unsold food from Bath firms going to waste

Bath’s hospitality and catering businesses are being given a new weapon in the fight against food waste while also helping them become more sustainable. Visit West, the destination management organisation that covers the city through its Visit Bath brand, has teamed up with with Too Good To Go to launch the service.  The Too...

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Future looks forward to even stronger growth as acquisitions lift annual profits to new high

November 30, 2021
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Future looks forward to even stronger growth as acquisitions lift annual profits to new high

Shares in Bath-based specialist media group Future soared by nearly 16% this morning after it revealed a 107% increase in pre-tax profits on the back of a strong performance in the US and a string of takeovers.   It also forecast further solid growth next year as its reaps the rewards of these deals. ...

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Govt culture recovery funding helps Bath heritage buildings battle back from impact of pandemic

November 29, 2021
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Govt culture recovery funding helps Bath heritage buildings battle back from impact of pandemic

Some of Bath’s most historic buildings are to get fresh investment to attract more visitors under a government heritage scheme.   Bath Preservation Trust, which operates four visitor attractions including No.1 Royal Crescent, pictured, has received just under £445,000 from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to help it face the ongoing challenges...

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Grand total for laptop scheme launched to help schoolchildren study at home during lockdown

November 29, 2021
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Grand total for laptop scheme launched to help schoolchildren study at home during lockdown

A scheme set up to bridge the digital divide by getting laptops to schools, charities and individuals who do not have access to technology has celebrated sending out 1,000 devices.   Wiltshire Digital Drive was born from the success of a laptop recycling project started by Westbury-based Priority IT during lockdown. The scheme recycled...

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Tower of London ‘Superbloom’ project for Grant Associates to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year

November 29, 2021
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Tower of London ‘Superbloom’ project for Grant Associates to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year

Bath landscape architecture practice Grant Associates is to help turn the Tower of London’s moat into a vibrant sea of more than 20m flowers to help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.   The ‘Superbloom’ project, one of scores across the country to mark 70 years since the Queen came to the throne, will transform the moat...

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