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Winning experience for Bath tech firm that spun out of London university

June 20, 2014
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Winning experience for Bath tech firm that spun out of London university

Bath-based tech firm Actual Experience has won a top award for its spin out from London’s Queen Mary University. The firm, which improves digital supply chains for major firms through leading-edge analytics, was co-founded by Queen Mary academic Jonathan Pitts and businessman Dave Page, pictured below, in 2009 and floated on the London Stock...

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£170m refinancing package puts Wincanton in fast lane for further growth

June 20, 2014
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£170m refinancing package puts Wincanton in fast lane for further growth

Chippenham-based logistics group Wincanton has refinanced its main banking facility for a further five-year term to support its growth ambitions. The refinancing, provided by HSBC, RBS, Barclays, Lloyds and AIB and announced today in a statement to the London Stock Exchange, includes a new £170m facility, which the group said had improved pricing.  ...

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European ‘wellness tourism’ experts head to Bath for major conference

June 20, 2014
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European ‘wellness tourism’ experts head to Bath for major conference

Bath will play host to representatives of a Europe-wide project set up to help develop and promote wellness and well-being in spa and tourism destinations. The European Weldest project stages its next key, three-day meeting in the city between Wednesday and Friday. The previous meeting was held in Berlin. Set up two years ago,...

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Govt. pledges to invest further £200m in high-growth businesses

June 19, 2014
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Govt. pledges to invest further £200m in high-growth businesses

Ambitious Bath area businesses can bid for a share of a £200m investment pot – the latest phase of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF). Firms applying for round six of the RGF, launched this week by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, will be following in the footsteps of businesses such as Somerset luxury...

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Top corporate lawyer joins Bath firm Stone King to strengthen its business team

June 19, 2014
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Top corporate lawyer joins Bath firm Stone King to strengthen its business team

Law firm Stone King, which has an office in Bath, has appointed experienced corporate lawyer Miguel Pereira to its expanding business team. Miguel, pictured, joins from London, Oxford and Cardiff firm Lewis Silkin, where he was a partner in the corporate team. Although his main focus is in mergers and acquisitions and general corporate...

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Buying consortium on the lookout for the West’s best brands to sell in China

June 19, 2014
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Buying consortium on the lookout for the West’s best brands to sell in China

West businesses making or supplying upmarket products are today getting an opportunity to meet buyers from China purchasing consortium Hi Lifestyle when they visit the region. Hi Lifestyle is looking for partners to help it satisfy ever-growing demand in China for high-end products, particularly those regarded as aspirational or with strong luxury brands. While...

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Sunny start for Good Energy’s Dorset solar farm

June 18, 2014
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Sunny start for Good Energy’s Dorset solar farm

Good Energy, the fast-growing, Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier, has started producing and exporting electricity to the national grid from its first solar farm in Dorset. The 5MW site is Good Energy’s first solar farm and will generate enough electricity for around 1,300 homes. Planning permission for the site was received at the end of...

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Vietnamese sustainable university campus project won by Bath’s Grant Associates

June 18, 2014
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Vietnamese sustainable university campus project won by Bath’s Grant Associates

Bath-based landscape architecture firm Grant Associates is to help design a new university in Vietnam after teaming up with US architects to win an international competition. Grant Associates is working with Boston-based Machado and Silvetti Associates on the project for the Vietnamese-German University Campus in Binh Duong Province. The university is a unique collaboration...

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Strong employment growth triggers prospect of new skills shortages

June 16, 2014
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Strong employment growth triggers prospect of new skills shortages

The number of businesses expecting to recruit more staff has almost returned to the pre-recession levels of 2007 new figures released today show. But while the data is welcome news for job seekers, some business analysts are warning that it could signal looming skills shortages. The latest Business Trends report by accountants and business...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

June 16, 2014
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Monday 16 June Finals: Majestic Wine, RM2 International, Sirius Real Estate AGMs: Central Asia Metals, CPPGroup, Planet Payment, President Energy Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 17 June Interim: Crest Nicholson Finals: Ashtead, Consort Medical, Daisy, Record, Trifast Trading statements: JD Sports Fashion, Whitbread AGMs: Networkers International, Petropavlovsk, Premier Farnell, Whitbread Economics: Consumer price index,...

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