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Innovator Good Energy in running for coveted PwC West of England Business Award

June 9, 2014
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Innovator Good Energy in running for coveted PwC West of England Business Award

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based green energy pioneer, is among the six finalists competing for the coveted title of West of England Business of the Year. Previous winners of the award, now in its 26th year and staged by international accountants PwC, read like a who’s who of the West’s most-respected companies, including Dyson, MITIE...

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Royal recognition for Bath’s tech pioneers with Buckingham Palace reception

June 8, 2014
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Royal recognition for Bath’s tech pioneers with Buckingham Palace reception

Some of Bath’s leading tech entrepreneurs visited Buckingham Palace earlier this week for a special reception with the royal family to recognise the sector’s powerful economic contribution. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were joined at the event by The Duke of Cambridge, The Duke of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and The...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

June 8, 2014
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Monday 9 June Finals: Falkland Island Holdings, Latchways AGMs: Hansteen Holdings, Straight, Synairgen EGMs: Centaur Media, Straight Tuesday 10 June Interims: Gooch & Housego, Pressure Technologies Finals: Carclo, CML Microsystems, Oxford Instruments, Park Group, Phoenix IT, Sepura Trading statements: Asos, Spirit Pub Company AGMs: DDD Group, Gem Diamonds, Iofina, London & Associated Properties, Plethora...

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Cream of Bath’s tourism businesses showcased in city’s first events, hospitality and tourism awards

June 7, 2014
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Cream of Bath’s tourism businesses showcased in city’s first events, hospitality and tourism awards

The best of the Bath area’s tourism businesses have been recognised at the inaugural Bath Events, Hospitality and Tourism Awards (BEHTA). The 20 winners were presented with their awards in front of an audience of more than 200 industry figures and sponsors at a glittering black tie ceremony at Bath’s historic Assembly Rooms. Lucknam...

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Bath Business Blog: Nick Sturge, SETsquared. Why it’s vital to get the Chairman Thing right

June 6, 2014
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Bath Business Blog: Nick Sturge, SETsquared. Why it’s vital to get the Chairman Thing right

By Nick Sturge, centre director, SETsquared and Vice-chair, High-Tech Sector Group, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Having worked with nearly 300 high-tech start-up businesses – some for just an hour, some for several years – and having done a start-up myself, I've watched, very carefully, how leadership develops and evolves over the life...

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Minister’s visit puts SciSys’ innovation in the spotlight

June 6, 2014
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Minister’s visit puts SciSys’ innovation in the spotlight

Trade and investment minister Lord Livingston has been given a glimpse of the innovation and global ambitions of specialist software firm SciSys on a visit to its Chippenham headquarters. The firm, which develops bespoke IT services and integrated systems in a range of sectors including space and defence, is looking to grow its international...

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Business West welcomes Queen’s Speech pledges to help for small firms and boost infrastructure

June 6, 2014
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Business West welcomes Queen’s Speech pledges to help for small firms and boost infrastructure

Measures announced in Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech to help small and growing businesses and speed up infrastructure projects have been welcomed by Business West, the organisation behind that runs Bath Chamber of Commerce. It also praised the Coalition Government for promising a relatively small number of new Bills in its final year before the General...

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Cost-cutting drive puts Wincanton back on the road to profits growth

June 6, 2014
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Cost-cutting drive puts Wincanton back on the road to profits growth

Annual profits at Wincanton, the Chippenham-based logistics group, accelerated by more than a fifth to £25.6m in the year to the end of March as its cost reduction measures began to take effect. The 20.2% increase in underlying pre-tax profits was achieved on a 1.1% rise in revenues to just under £1.1bn. Sales in...

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Cider brands looking to bag more summer sales with box packaging

June 6, 2014
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Cider brands looking to bag more summer sales with box packaging

Shepton Mallet Cider Mill is aiming to meet spiralling demand for specialist ciders by selling three of its brands in bag-in-a-box packaging. Somerset Snuffler, Natch Special, and Somerset Tree Shaker are the first ciders the firm has produced in this way. The firm aims to capitalise on this summer’s ‘cider season’ and the surge...

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Pentagon’s $33m mask order boosts Avon Rubber

June 6, 2014
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Pentagon’s $33m mask order boosts Avon Rubber

Wiltshire-based specialist manufacturer Avon Rubber has won an order worth $33m (£19.6m) from the US Department of Defense (DoD) for 135,000 of its M50 protection masks. The order is an extension of an earlier contract with the Pentagon under which Melksham-based Avon has supplied the masks for use by the US armed forces and...

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