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Bath area directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

March 18, 2014
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Bath area directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

Directors in firms across Bath and Somerset have less than two weeks to enter the region’s top business awards that recognise boardroom excellence and enterprise. The South West Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards 2014 are open to anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation – they do not have...

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Innovative Bath tech firm targets £17m AIM flotation

January 16, 2014
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Innovative Bath tech firm targets £17m AIM flotation

Bath-based tech firm Actual Experience is planning a £17m listing on the London Stock Exchange in what one of its advisers has already called potentially the best float of 2014. The firm works with more than 40 blue-chip businesses including Cisco, Ofcom and Accenture, to improve their digital supply chains through leading-edge analytics. It...

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Bath’s top tourism events create 500-plus jobs and generate nearly £44m for city, figures show

December 18, 2013
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Bath’s top tourism events create 500-plus jobs and generate nearly £44m for city, figures show

More than 500 jobs were created in Bath’s tourism industry over a nine-month period as a result of campaigns run by Bath Tourism Plus working with the Bath Business Improvement District, new figures show. The campaigns, which took place between June 2012 and February this year, generated £43.7m in consumer spending on trips to...

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What’s the big idea? Bath firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

December 16, 2013
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What’s the big idea? Bath firms urged to come up with suggestions to spark jobs and growth

Ideas on the best way to create sustainable jobs and growth across the West of England are being invited from Bath firms. The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) today launches a six-week public consultation on its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) – a blueprint for growth over the next six years. The Government has challenged England’s...

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ACE appointment strengthens global insurer’s position in South West

December 15, 2013
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ACE appointment strengthens global insurer’s position in South West

Property insurance group ACE has appointed Ian McFadyean as business development manager for the South West and Wales as it continues to invest in its UK regional offices. In the newly-created role, Ian, pictured, will be responsible for developing new and existing business across the region as well as managing broker relationships.  Ian, who has...

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Business development manager takes up regional post at finance group Lombard

December 12, 2013
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Business development manager takes up regional post at finance group Lombard

Asset finance provider Lombard has appointed Paul Jenkins as business development manager for its South West and South Wales regions. Paul, pictured, who will be based in Bristol and report to director of asset finance David Connolly, will draw on his extensive experience in the vehicle rental sector to help businesses grow through investment....

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Autumn Statement: Property industry reaction

December 5, 2013
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Autumn Statement: Property industry reaction

The property industry expressed concern over plans to charge capital gains tax on foreign residential investors from April 2015, but has welcomed the Chancellor’s decision to at least consult on the proposals before their introduction. The British Property Federation (BPF) had warned the Treasury that the tax hike would raise little money and risked...

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Autumn Statement: Reaction to pension changes

December 5, 2013
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Autumn Statement: Reaction to pension changes

The Chancellor confirmed in his Autumn Statement that the State pension age will rise to 68 in the mid-2030s and 69 in the late 2040s. Mark Packham, head of pensions for accountants PwC in the West of England, said: “Linking the State pension age to life expectancy means we could easily see people having...

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Freehold property deal steers MOT centre into second decade

December 4, 2013
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Freehold property deal steers MOT centre into second decade

Melksham firm The Riverside MOT testing centre has marked 10 years in business by buying the freehold of its 1.77-acre site on the outskirts of the town. The move, which secures the business’s future, is the result of a £180,000 finance deal secured through Barclays and the Government-backed funding for lending scheme. Established in...

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New role at Chase de Vere will build on its professional partnerships

November 13, 2013
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Chase de Vere, the Bath-headquartered national firm of Independent Financial Advisers, has appointed Darren Pearce to the newly-created role of head of high net worth relationships. Darren has been an Independent Financial Adviser at Chase de Vere for 11 years, working regularly alongside some of the pre-eminent firms of tax professionals and lawyers. He...

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