Lloyds strengthens commercial banking team with new appointment

February 12, 2014
Lloyds strengthens commercial banking team with new appointment

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, the division that supports mid-market businesses and large corporates, has further strengthened its West operation with the appointment of Daniel Tregunna as relationship director.  Daniel will be part of the bank’s 25-strong mid-markets team, which supports a wide network of businesses with annual turnover in excess of £25m, providing financial...

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£4m fund launched to boost innovation among West businesses

February 12, 2014
£4m fund launched to boost innovation among West businesses

Innovative businesses in the Bath area working on pioneering research and development projects can apply for financial help through a £4m innovation fund launched today by the University of the West of England (UWE). Grants of between £25,000 and £150,000 will be available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as large companies...

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IT director joins accountancy firm Old Mill as it steps up investment

February 11, 2014
IT director joins accountancy firm Old Mill as it steps up investment

Accountants and financial planners Old Mill have recruited their first IT director in a move that reflects the firm’s significant on-going investment in its IT systems and infrastructure. Highly-experienced IT specialist James, pictured, will head Old Mill’s existing three-man IT team across its five West Country offices, including Wells and Melksham. The 41-year-old previously...

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Growth funding for six of the best of Bath’s fledgling hi-tech, digital and IT firms

February 10, 2014
Growth funding for six of the best of Bath’s fledgling hi-tech, digital and IT firms

Six Bath hi-tech firms have received investment totalling nearly £400,000 from a regional growth fund to help them develop their pioneering products. The businesses – Neighbourly, Clean Energy, Citeab, Tivarri, Envolve Technologies and CloudFind – are based at the city’s SETsquared centre, which supports small, fast-growing innovative businesses, mainly in the hi-tech sector. Centre...

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Rapid economic growth forecast as business optimism reaches highest level for 22 years

February 10, 2014
Rapid economic growth forecast as business optimism reaches highest level for 22 years

Optimism among UK businesses reached its highest level since 1992 in January, pointing to rapid economic growth over the coming six months, according to a major new survey. Manufacturers are particularly upbeat about their prospects and the overall high confidence levels among businesses are likely to lead to strong employment growth as firms take...

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Skills Junction portal puts businesses on right road to access training information

February 9, 2014
Skills Junction portal puts businesses on right road to access training information

A web portal that brings together all the training providers in the South West for the first time has gone live. Skills Junction, developed by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Skills team, was launched last week at a conference in Bristol for educators, skills providers, employers and careers advisers. The move...

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