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Owners serve up £1m refurb for Bath’s County Hotel as Martin Blunos puts it on the culinary map

August 29, 2014
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Owners serve up £1m refurb for Bath’s County Hotel as Martin Blunos puts it on the culinary map

Bath’s County Hotel is to get a £1m refurbishment as it looks to build on its new-found reputation as a haven for food lovers. The 20-bedroom luxury hotel’s owner, entrepreneur Barry Hurley, brought Bath-born celebrity chef Martin Blunos, pictured, back to his home city earlier this year when it opened Blunos Fish Restaurant at...

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Property deal puts car dealership on the road to further growth

August 21, 2014
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Property deal puts car dealership on the road to further growth

Chippenham Motor Company is to accelerate its expansion plans after acquiring the freehold of its headquarters on the town’s Bumpers Farm industrial estate. The firm, established in 1996, bought the 29,000 sq ft building for what it described as a “significant seven figure sum”. Funding was provided by Barclays. Chippenham Motor Company supplies thousands...

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Grant Associates seeks more work in Asia after strengthening its Singapore office

August 20, 2014
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Grant Associates seeks more work in Asia after strengthening its Singapore office

Bath-based landscape architecture firm Grant Associates is expanding its presence in Singapore to meet growing demand for its services across Asia and Australia. The firm, which is involved in Singapore’s dramatic £500m Gardens by the Bay project, has recruited four more staff to the office adding international expertise and experience to the existing team led...

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Bath’s Combe Grove Manor Hotel stays open as parent company enters administration

August 15, 2014
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Bath’s Combe Grove Manor Hotel stays open as parent company enters administration

The parent company of luxury hotel group The Hotel Collection, which owns Bath’s Combe Grove Manor Hotel, has gone into administration. UK Group of Hotels, which operates 21 hotels across the UK, called in administrators Duff & Phelps to help re-finance the business. The move followed the end of the firm’s banking facilities in...

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Barbara Davies takes over vacant chief executive role at West of England LEP

August 12, 2014
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Barbara Davies takes over vacant chief executive role at West of England LEP

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed Barbara Davies as its new chief executive. The LEP’s former head of place and infrastructure, Barbara Davies, pictured, has been acting as interim director since former chief executive Paul Wilson quit six weeks ago. Barbara has worked at the LEP, which is tasked with...

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£8.6m terminal extension unveiled for Bristol Airport as it looks to bring back direct US flights

August 12, 2014
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£8.6m terminal extension unveiled for Bristol Airport as it looks to bring back direct US flights

Bristol Airport has announced a £8.6m extension of its terminal – the first major expansion of the building since it opened in 14 years ago. The scheme forms the latest stage of a large-scale, phased development at the airport which will lift capacity from 6m to 10m passengers a year. Bosses also hope it...

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Lights, camera, innovation: Smartphone promo film puts science park in the frame

August 11, 2014
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Lights, camera, innovation: Smartphone promo film puts science park in the frame

Bristol & Bath Science Park, with its state-of-the-art innovation centre, has again been used as the setting for a film promoting advanced technology. The Science Park, based between the two cities at Emersons Green and backed by the University of Bath, stars in a promotional film for the new Samsung Galaxy S5, which tells...

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First showpiece office scheme for 20 years would be ‘gamechanger’ for Bath

August 7, 2014
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First showpiece office scheme for 20 years would be ‘gamechanger’ for Bath

Bath could get its first major office development for more than 20 years if a scheme described as a “gamechanger” gets the go-ahead. Plans for the 113,000 sq ft grade A office scheme have been submitted to Bath & North East Somerset Council by developer Edinburgh-based Ediston Real Estate and Europa Capital, the London-based...

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LSH targeting South West’s public sector for growth following strategic appointment in region

August 5, 2014
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LSH targeting South West’s public sector for growth following strategic appointment in region

Commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) is expecting further growth for its West-based public sector division following the appointment of Jaime Blakeley-Glover as regional director. Jaime, pictured, who joined LSH in 2011, takes on the role alongside his current national position of consultancy director within public sector services. LSH has recruited seven staff...

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Victory for Bath Rugby’s temporary expansion plan at The Rec

August 1, 2014
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Victory for Bath Rugby’s temporary expansion plan at The Rec

Bath Rugby’s bid to increase capacity at the Rec for the next two seasons has been given the green light by council planners. Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council approved the club’s temporary planning application which raises capacity in the stadium by 2,000 to 14,000 for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons. The scheme...

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