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Trade minister praises West of England’s strength in attracting inward investment

July 24, 2015
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Trade minister praises West of England’s strength in attracting inward investment

The West of England’s ambitions to attract more inward investment and boost its level of exports were highlighted this week with the visit of trade and investment minister Lord Francis Maude. Lord Maude met a cross section of small and medium-sized firms and recent investors in the area along with representatives from engineering giant...

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‘Building excellence’ award for cottages designed by Bath architects Aaron Evans

July 24, 2015
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Bath architecture firm Aaron Evans has won a regional ‘building excellence’ award for a pair of cottages in Newton St Loe – the first family homes to be built in the village since 1949. The design topped the Best Small New Housing Development category in the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) West of England...

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Bath charity race day boosts Children’s Hospice South West

July 24, 2015
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Bath charity race day boosts Children’s Hospice South West

Keynsham-based specialist building contractor Dribuild – the premium sponsor of Bath Racecourse’s winning post – has raised more than £17,000 for the Children’s Hospice South West from the course’s Summer Afternoon Raceday meeting. The meeting on Wednesday – specially organised to support the hospice, the company’s charity of the year – may now become...

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Work starts on upgrade of Chippenham’s Neeld Hall

July 24, 2015
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Work starts on upgrade of Chippenham’s Neeld Hall

Chippenham’s Grade II-listed Neeld Hall is being transformed into a modern community and arts centre in a refurbishment project led by Swindon construction firm Beard. The firm is working with Chippenham Town Council and Bristol-based Quattro Design Architects on the design-and-build scheme on the hall, which was built in 1850 as an extension to...

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Support our independents to avoid us becoming a clone town, says Chippenham BID

July 23, 2015
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Support our independents to avoid us becoming a clone town, says Chippenham BID

Chippenham residents and visitors to the town are being urged to support its privately owned shops as part of national Independent Retailer Month. Nearly half the retail units in the town are independently owned – reflecting a growing trend across the South West in particular for smaller, locally owned stores to set up and...

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Councils’ first step towards gaining devolved powers welcomed by Business West

July 17, 2015
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Councils’ first step towards gaining devolved powers welcomed by Business West

Business West, the organisation that runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, has welcomed moves by the West of England’s four councils to work together to gain more powers from the Government under its devolution agenda. The leaders of Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils and Bristol’s elected mayor have...

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Bath Abbey’s innovative £19.3m Footprint project benefits from sponsored walkers’ feat

July 17, 2015
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Bath Abbey’s innovative £19.3m Footprint project benefits from sponsored walkers’ feat

A 140-mile walk from Bath to London has raised more than £15,000 to help preserve and reinvigorate Bath’s historic Abbey for future generations. The seven-day trek was organised in aid of Footprint, the £19.3m development scheme to repair the Abbey’s collapsing floor, install an eco-friendly heating system using Bath’s hot springs and create additional...

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Hunt for new Bath BID boss starts as founding chief executive Andrew Cooper announces his departure

July 15, 2015
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Hunt for new Bath BID boss starts as founding chief executive Andrew Cooper announces his departure

Bath Business Improvement District (BID) chief executive Andrew Cooper – who has been at its helm since its launch in 2011 – is to leave to take up a similar role in Leeds, it was announced today. Mr Cooper, pictured, will be joining the newly launched Leeds Business Improvement District – the UK’s third...

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University of Bath-led global automotive research centre revealed as part of Science Park expansion

July 14, 2015
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University of Bath-led global automotive research centre revealed as part of Science Park expansion

Ambitious plans for a new international automotive research centre led by the University of Bath have been revealed. The facility at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, along with more space for growing businesses and improved training provision for the UK composites sector, have been announced by a newly created steering committee set up to...

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Director appointed to head DTZ’s new town planning team in the South West

July 13, 2015
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Director appointed to head DTZ’s new town planning team in the South West

Property agents DTZ has recruited Chris Hays to head a new town planning team that will provide consultancy services across the South West. His role will involve developing DTZ’s town planning profile and portfolio in the region and nationally. A chartered town planner with 16 years’ experience, Chris, pictured, is also a member of...

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