Technology

Free event aims to help Bath’s small firms understand the sustainability agenda

August 18, 2021
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Free event aims to help Bath’s small firms understand the sustainability agenda

Bath small business owners uncertain about why sustainability, net zero and climate change are relevant to their day-to-day operations are being invited to a special event next month. Staged by Britain’s biggest business representation group, The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), ‘What is net zero and why is it important to my SME business?’...

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Storm of protest as pharma firm Vectura’s directors back £1bn bid from makers of Marlboro cigarettes

August 13, 2021
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Storm of protest as pharma firm Vectura’s directors back £1bn bid from makers of Marlboro cigarettes

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has been urged to block the £1bn takeover of specialist inhaler firm Vectura by tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI). Directors at Vectura, which has its roots in a spin-out from the University of Bath, last night recommended the Marlboro cigarette maker’s offer, unleashing a storm of protest from dozens of...

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Bristol Airport and easyJet launch partnership to trial pioneering ways of making flying greener

August 13, 2021
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Bristol Airport and easyJet launch partnership to trial pioneering ways of making flying greener

Low-cost airline easyJet has teamed up with Bristol Airport to use it as a test-bed to trial ways of decarbonising its operations and reduce waste. The airline, the airport’s largest operator accounting for about half of all its flights, said the partnership would involve a series of trials using the latest cutting-edge technology and...

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Investment and arrival of experienced chair puts Bath FinTech on road to expansion

August 13, 2021
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Investment and arrival of experienced chair puts Bath FinTech on road to expansion

Bath-based specialist software firm Dancerace is looking ahead to a period of strong growth after receiving investment and appointing a tech sector serial entrepreneur as chairman. The firm, which was launched in 1992, develops software for the receivables, trade and asset-based finance market.  It also offers training, consultancy and support services to help its...

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Survey shows most firms are heeding climate change warnings – but one-in-five have done nothing

August 10, 2021
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Survey shows most firms are heeding climate change warnings – but one-in-five have done nothing

Nearly 70% of South West firms see climate change as a core business factor for them, according to a landmark survey of companies’ attitudes to the key issue – but, alarmingly, 21% have so far taken no action despite mounting concern over its impact. Just under half (46%) of the businesses that consider climate...

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Designability searches for new chair to champion its mission of using technology for independent living

July 30, 2021
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Designability searches for new chair to champion its mission of using technology for independent living

The hunt has started for a new chair for Designability, the Bath charity that has been providing its unique Wizzybug wheelchairs free of charge to very young disabled children since 2011.  Designability, which began life in 1968 as the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering, has helped more than 300,000 disabled children and adults live with...

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Half of region’s tech firms now doing better than in pre-Covid times, survey reveals

July 29, 2021
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Half of region’s tech firms now doing better than in pre-Covid times, survey reveals

The South West’s tech businesses have bounced back strongly from the pandemic, according to a new survey, with more than half saying they are now performing better than their pre-Covid levels. Some 96% of tech firm leaders, including founders and directors, said they were optimistic about the future with high levels of confidence for...

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Pioneering Bath firms could miss out under Govt’s new Innovation Strategy, warns Metro Mayor

July 29, 2021
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Pioneering Bath firms could miss out under Govt’s new Innovation Strategy, warns Metro Mayor

The government’s new Innovation Strategy, which aims to turbo charge the UK’s most pioneering businesses, will fall flat unless its key decisions are devolved to the regions, according to West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris. In his latest broadside against what he sees as over control by Westminster, the Labour mayor said there...

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Intensive digital marketing bootcamps launched to help close Bath’s skills gap in the sector

July 29, 2021
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Intensive digital marketing bootcamps launched to help close Bath’s skills gap in the sector

Bootcamps for people looking for new and additional skills to embark on a career in marketing or business development are to be launched across the West of England – and employers are being urged to get involved to help the students. Supported by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and run in partnership...

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Bath Business Blog: Rob Brown, tax partner, Milsted Langdon. Changes to taxation seem increasingly likely

July 28, 2021
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Bath Business Blog: Rob Brown, tax partner, Milsted Langdon. Changes to taxation seem increasingly likely

To date, the government has spent more than £372bn on the nation’s response to Covid-19 and while much of the financial support on offer is due to end in a few months’ time, the spiralling costs have had a heavy hit on the public finances. That is why we are calling on taxpayers to...

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