SME funder 1pm looking for new business after securing £2.5m from its banks

April 9, 2014
SME funder 1pm looking for new business after securing £2.5m from its banks

Shares in Bath-based 1pm, which provides finance to small and medium-sized businesses, climbed by nearly 8% yesterday after it announced a £2.5m expansion of its business and released an update trading statement. The firm said it had negotiated additional bank finance made up of a new £2m facility and a £500,000 increase to an...

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Top tourism quality award makes it a hat-trick for Roman Baths

April 9, 2014
Top tourism quality award makes it a hat-trick for Roman Baths

The Roman Baths have been rated by visitors as one of the UK’s best tourism attractions for the third year in a row. Tourists travelling with Dublin-based coach holiday firm CIE Tours International awarded the Roman Baths one of the company’s coveted UK Merit Awards of Excellence for the quality of its visitor experience. ...

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West firms back EU membership – but many want looser ties, Business West survey shows

April 8, 2014
West firms back EU membership – but many want looser ties, Business West survey shows

More than three-quarters of West firms want the UK to stay in the European Union with half saying membership has a positive impact on their business, according to a major survey of business opinion in the region. However, 16% of firms believe membership is bad for their business and the same percentage think the...

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Determination and attitude – Karren Brady shares her recipe for business success

April 8, 2014
Determination and attitude – Karren Brady shares her recipe for business success

Businesswoman Karren Brady this week outlined her six key ingredients for successful entrepreneurs at The Business Showcase South West – the unique regional event championing the region’s innovation and enterprise. Admitting that she had rarely met a business leader who displayed all six, she said anyone running a business needed to have some of...

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West businesswomen reject boardroom quotas and ‘glass ceiling’ theory, survey shows

April 8, 2014
West businesswomen reject boardroom quotas and ‘glass ceiling’ theory, survey shows

Less than a quarter of businesswomen in the West of England believe a ‘glass ceiling’ is impeding their career, according to the results of a new survey released today. At the same time just over half reject the idea, recommended by some business groups, of mandatory targets for women in the boardroom. The findings...

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Recovery prompts manufacturers to plan investment in new kit to meet growing demand

April 7, 2014
Recovery prompts manufacturers to plan investment in new kit to meet growing demand

The West’s small to medium-sized manufacturers are set to go on an investment spree to meet the expected increase in demand sparked by the economic recovery, a new survey shows. Four in five firms in the sector plan to buy new capital equipment over the next year, with the average spend likely to be...

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