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Corporate social responsibility on the menu at Chamber annual dinner

March 28, 2012
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Bath area firms are being urged to take a fresh look at corporate responsibility to society and social change by attending Bristol Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner  tomorrow evening. Responsibility will be the main topic with guest speaker Big Issue joint founder John Bird MBE unlikely to pull any punches. Mr Bird was born...

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Support for Govt’s new planning approach

March 28, 2012
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Business West has welcomed the Government’s simplified National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The new framework aims to make streamline the planning process, allowing sustainable developments to go ahead quicker and so trigger much-needed economic growth. Phil Smith, managing director of the lobbying and business services organisation, which includes Bath Chamber of Commerce, said: "There...

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Big-hearted lawyers raise funds for children’s hospice

March 28, 2012
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Alexa Garner, CHSW, Roman Kubiak, Withy King, Kate Fisher, CHSW

Bath-based law firm Withy King has made Children’s Hospice South West one of its chosen regional charities for this year – and has already donated nearly £4,000. Children’s Hospice South West was the country’s second children’s hospice when founded in 1991 and now has three hospices supporting families across the South West, providing a...

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Bath firms urged to support city’s talented youngsters through LEP’s skills bank

March 28, 2012
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An initiative aimed at nurturing the talent and skills of the thousands of young people who graduate from Bath each year has been launched by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The Graduate Talent initiative has been developed by the LEP in partnership with the area’s four universities – Bath Spa University,...

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Mail price rise ‘very disappointing’

March 28, 2012
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The decision by Ofcom to lift the price controls on Royal Mail has disappointed the managing director of Radstock-based CFH Total Document Management, Dave Broadway.   The Royal Mail is being allowed to set the price of first-class and business mail – and this resulted yesterday in the announcement of a record price rise...

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State-of-the-art press puts print specialists Fascia at cutting edge

March 23, 2012
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Fascia Graphics, the Chippenham-based specialist print firm, has become the first UK manufacturer to invest in a new state-of-the-art press made by Japanese firm Sakurai. The Sakurai MS80-SD will boost Fascia’s performance, energy efficiency and lower its carbon emissions. Fascia, the market leader for the production of membrane keypads and graphic overlays in the...

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Inaugural health fair to showcase local businesses

March 22, 2012
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The Cotswolds’ first annual health fair, set up by Malmesbury-based chiropractor Emma Newby and the town’s Chamber of Commerce, will raise funds for Bath’s Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, which opened last summer. Emma’s daughter was saved by Bath’s previous neonatal unit in 2009 and she is determined to raise as much money as...

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Budget 2012: Business reaction

March 21, 2012
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Chancellor George Osborne opened his Budget by saying it would “unashamedly back business". But did he succeed? Here are the views of a range of business leaders and professionals. Paul Bennett, managing director of specialist printer Fascia Graphics, Chippenham: “The incorporation of National Insurance and Income Tax, relaxation of employment laws and the pledge...

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Budget 2012: At a glance – other announcements

March 21, 2012
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INCOME TAX 50p top rate of tax cut to 45p from April 2013 Personal income tax allowance raised to £9,205 from April 2013 New general anti-tax avoidance rule to be introduced Age-related allowances to be removed for new pensioners from April 2013 and replaced with a single personal allowance for all Allowances for those...

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Budget 2012: At a glance – business-related measures

March 21, 2012
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SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS Corporation tax cut to 24% from next month and to 22% by 2014 Consultation on simplifying the tax system for small firms with a turnover of up to £77,000 Support for £150m of tax increment financing to help councils promote development Additional £270m for the Growing Places fund Tax relief for...

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