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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

April 7, 2014
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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

West businesses will hear how to unlock their potential by looking east for trade opportunities at an event in the region later this week. The UK Asia Business Council (UKABC) brings its regional roadshow to Bristol on Friday, giving an oversight of South East Asia’s markets and rounding off Export Week. Organised in conjunction...

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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

April 7, 2014
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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

Tickets are still available for The Business Showcase South West 2014, the region’s newest and most-exciting business event, which takes place in tomorrow. The unique showcase at Bristol’s historic Colston Hall celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and sustainability through speeches, discussions, exhibitors and networking opportunities. The powerful line-up of speakers includes...

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FDs to get update on whistle-blowing and public sector change from Grant Thornton experts

April 7, 2014
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FDs to get update on whistle-blowing and public sector change from Grant Thornton experts

Whistle-blowing and the opportunities arising from public sector change are the themes for accountancy and financial advice firm Grant Thornton’s latest FD Club meeting this week. The event, on Thursday at Grant Thornton’s regional office in Bristol, will hear from Fred Brown, the firm’s director of forensic and investigation services team in the region,...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 6, 2014
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Monday 7 April Finals: Action Hotels, Nasstar, Good Energy Group, Waterlogic AGM: XP Power Tuesday 8 April Interim: Matchtech Finals: InternetQ, Netplay TV Trading statement: Victrex AGMs: Porvair, Telecity EGM: Synety Group Economics: Industrial production, Manufacturing output, NIESR GDP estimate (March) Wednesday 9 April Final: Evraz Trading statement: WS Atkins AGMs: Admiral Group, Law...

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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

April 4, 2014
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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

Exporting in the digital age and advice for female entrepreneurs considering growing their business overseas are among the topics to be covered in the West as part of Export Week. Starting on Monday, the week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets.  UK Trade...

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‘Conservative’ bank lending still holding back small firms, Cable says on visit to West

April 3, 2014
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‘Conservative’ bank lending still holding back small firms, Cable says on visit to West

Small firms such as those putting the West of England in the vanguard of UK innovation still lack adequate access to finance, Business Secretary Vince Cable admitted today on a visit to the region. He said he was determined to get the high street banks to lend more to businesses while also encouraging less...

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Innovator’s cool idea for cocktail ice lollies gets warm reception from Bath’s hospitality sector

April 3, 2014
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Innovator’s cool idea for cocktail ice lollies gets warm reception from Bath’s hospitality sector

Bar worker-turned-entrepreneur Crispin Shingler is hoping for a long hot summer to lick his innovative start-up business into shape. Bath-based Coba Cocktails makes and sells cocktail ice lollies – and Crispin is already gaining interest from wedding planners, party organisers, bars and corporate events for his unique products. Crispin, a former event planner and...

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West’s logistics industry drives ahead as confidence returns but concerns remain over low margins

April 3, 2014
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West’s logistics industry drives ahead as confidence returns but concerns remain over low margins

Confidence has accelerated in the South West’s logistics sector as the economy continues to recover, according to a new survey – but pressure on margins remains a challenge. The region’s logistics firms signalled a bounce back in confidence last year after tough trading conditions in 2012. Now, in the latest UK Logistics Confidence Index...

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Bath Uni to add £4m world-class maths training centre

April 3, 2014
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Bath Uni to add £4m world-class maths training centre

A major new academic centre to train the mathematicians of the future is to be opened at the University of Bath after it received Government funding of £4m. The Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics at Bath (SAMBa) is among 22 across the UK aimed at boosting postgraduate training in a wide...

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£4m order boost for Software Radio Technology but it warns of annual loss

April 3, 2014
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£4m order boost for Software Radio Technology but it warns of annual loss

Software Radio Technology (SRT), the specialist marine identification and tracking technology firm which has issued two profits warnings this year, has landed a multi-million pound order from a US customer. The Midsomer Norton firm said the $6.75m (£4.1m), 12-month order is for its AIS technology, which provides constantly-updated data on the identity and movement...

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