Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 17, 2014
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Monday 18 August Interims: Amlin, Bovis Homes, Clarkson, Coalfield Resources, Polypipe AGM: Northern Bear EGM: Chariot Oil & Gas Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 19 August Interims: Cairn Energy, CRH, H&T Group, Mears Group, John Menzies, Persimmon, TT Electronics, Wood (John) Final: BHP Billiton Trading Statement: Imperial Tobacco AGM: Castings Economics: Consumer price index,...

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Saracens chairman Nigel Wray joins star tech investors backing Bath IT innovator Cloud Direct

August 15, 2014
Saracens chairman Nigel Wray joins star tech investors backing Bath IT innovator Cloud Direct

Bath-based IT services company Cloud Direct has secured £1.5m of equity funding from three of the UK’s highest-profile investors, including Saracens Rugby Club chairman Nigel Wray. The investment is the cloud broker’s third so far this year and takes its total funding to £2.74m. It will accelerate its sales and marketing, allow it open...

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Upmarket used car dealer drives into new market with SsangYong car franchise

August 15, 2014
Upmarket used car dealer drives into new market with SsangYong car franchise

Minerva Bath, the premium used car dealership, has agreed an exclusive franchise arrangement to sell Korean-built SsangYong cars. The move, which is Bathford-based Minerva’s first entry into the new car market since opening just over a year ago, brings a lesser-known marque to the Bath area. SsangYong, South Korea’s oldest and fourth-largest auto manufacturer,...

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Bath’s Combe Grove Manor Hotel stays open as parent company enters administration

August 15, 2014
Bath’s Combe Grove Manor Hotel stays open as parent company enters administration

The parent company of luxury hotel group The Hotel Collection, which owns Bath’s Combe Grove Manor Hotel, has gone into administration. UK Group of Hotels, which operates 21 hotels across the UK, called in administrators Duff & Phelps to help re-finance the business. The move followed the end of the firm’s banking facilities in...

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Bath media group Future looks ahead with restructured content and marketing team

August 15, 2014
Bath media group Future looks ahead with restructured content and marketing team

Future, the Bath-based magazine and website group, has named the team that will develop its content and marketing strategy as its root-and-branch restructuring continues. The team, under the leadership of content & marketing director Nial Ferguson, pictured, is responsible for creating and developing Future’s brands, audiences and market expertise across its games, technology, music,...

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Good Energy powers ahead with new customers despite mild winter

August 14, 2014
Good Energy powers ahead with new customers despite mild winter

Strong customer growth, particularly for gas, has helped Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier Good Energy overcome a reduction in demand caused by the mild winter. Increased marketing and business improvements should also strengthen its position at the forefront of the independent renewable electricity supply and generation sector, it said in a trading update for the...

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