Alliance Pharma ready to hit acquisition trail again with £20m fund, shareholders are told

May 21, 2014
Alliance Pharma ready to hit acquisition trail again with £20m fund, shareholders are told

Specialised pharmaceutical firm Alliance Pharma has told shareholders it is continuing to look for acquisition targets on which to spend some of its £20m-plus war chest. The Chippenham-based firm, which buys underperforming drugs brands and realises their potential through investment, has an acquisition bank facility of more than £20m. In January it acquired thyroid...

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LEP calls on small business to help launch qualification that meets their skills needs

May 21, 2014
LEP calls on small business to help launch qualification that meets their skills needs

Small and medium-sized firms from the Bath area are being asked to help develop a business management qualification that directly meets their needs. The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is in discussions with UWE Bristol (University of the West of England) and other groups to create an academic course that teaches a...

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Accountants leader launches plea at West annual dinner urging Govt to do more to help SMEs

May 20, 2014
Accountants leader launches plea at West annual dinner urging Govt to do more to help SMEs

The incoming president of the UK’s leading accountancy body has told the West business community that more needs to be done to support small and medium-sized firms. Speaking at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales’ (ICAEW) annual regional dinner last week, Arthur Bailey said the organisation will step up its support...

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Innovate and export to taste future success, West food firms told at major conference

May 19, 2014
Innovate and export to taste future success, West food firms told at major conference

West food businesses must embrace innovation and explore new markets for export if they are to succeed, a major conference was told. The topics formed the two key themes at the Future of Food event staged by accountants Smith & Williamson at yogurt maker Yeo Valley’s headquarters in Blagdon, near Bristol. Food production is...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 19, 2014
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Monday 19 May Interims: Innovation, ITE, Shaftesbury Finals: Babcock International, Cranswick, e2v technologies, Mitie Trading statements: Alent, Chesnara, DRS Data & Research Services AGMs: Alent, Bioquell, Datalex, DRS Data & Research Services, Ensco EGMs: Picton Property Income, RPC Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 20 May Interims: Driver, Greencore, Paragon Group of Companies, Renew, Topps...

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Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant chain to spice up Bath’s food scene with outlet in city

May 16, 2014
Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant chain to spice up Bath’s food scene with outlet in city

Bath’s standing as a city for food lovers will be further strengthened next month when Bristol-based Caribbean restaurant chain Turtle Bay opens. The group is moving into part of the former Duck Son and Pinker music store site on Bridge Street. It is spending £900,000 converting the 5,000 sq ft space into a 150-seat restaurant...

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