Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

January 15, 2021
Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has broken with its traditional method of recruiting for its board to take on three new non-executive directors. The £10m turnover group, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, said the move was designed to access a wider talent pool that represented the full range of the region’s...

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All change on Bath’s buses as chauffeur group boss joins First West of England as MD

January 15, 2021
All change on Bath’s buses as chauffeur group boss joins First West of England as MD

A former executive of one of the world’s largest chauffeuring businesses is to take over as managing director of First West of England, the company running most of Bath’s buses. Doug Claringbold will succeed James Freeman, who retires on March 31 after six years in the role. Doug, pictured, has spent more than 20 years...

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‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for Bath to get a clean, green mass transit scheme

January 15, 2021
‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for Bath to get a clean, green mass transit scheme

Ambitious plans to develop sustainable transport routes around Bath to persuade commuters to leave their cars at home, including a new high-frequency link with Bristol, have come a step closer following a £1.5m investment. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) said the money would be used to identify options for a ‘high-frequency mass...

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US approval of its asthma treatment delivers boost for Vectura

January 14, 2021
US approval of its asthma treatment delivers boost for Vectura

Directors at specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura expect its 2020 financial results to be better than they expected following approval of its latest asthma treatment in the US. The firm will also benefit from millions of dollars in royalties and damages paid by pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) following a US court case over infringement while...

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Free information sessions to be offered by Stone King during Family Mediation Week

January 14, 2021
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The Bath office of law firm Stone King is staging free information sessions as part of next week’s Family Mediation Week. The sessions aim to highlight a process that helps couples separate and divorce as amicably as possible while considering the needs of any children.  Mediation is voluntary and helps couples work out arrangements...

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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

January 14, 2021
Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

Regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance has strengthened its board again with a non-executive director appointment as it prepares for its new chair to take up her role. The arrival of Chris Butters, pictured, who has considerable non-executive director and senior executive experience, comes ahead of Christine Allison taking over from current chair Malachy...

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