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Railway stations on track to lead charge towards green motoring

February 3, 2014
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Railway stations on track to lead charge towards green motoring

Electric vehicle charging points are to be installed at railway stations in the Bath area as part of a campaign to promote low-carbon motoring. Train operator First Great Western (FGW) has been awarded £315,000 to install the chargepoints at 44 of its 210 stations, including Frome, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Pewsey, Warminster and Westbury. Bath Spa...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

February 2, 2014
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Monday 3 February Final: Rangold Resources, SThree Trading statements: Creston, Future, Mitie AGM: Future EGM: Darty Economics: Hometrack housing survey, Purchasing managers' index – manufacturing, Halifax house prices Tuesday 4 February Interims: Alumasc, Kofax Finals: ARM Holdings, BG, BP, Low & Bonar, Ocado, St Modwen Properties Trading statements: Electrocomponents, TalkTalk Telecom, Victrex AGMs: Numis...

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Good Energy appoints new directors as it powers ahead with growth strategy

January 31, 2014
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Good Energy appoints new directors as it powers ahead with growth strategy

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier, has appointed experienced insurance industry finance director Denise Cockrem as its chief financial officer. Ms Cockrem, who takes up the post on May 1, is currently UK & Western Europe Finance director at multinational insurance group RSA. Prior to joining RSA in 2006 she was finance director...

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Future looks to grow digital audience with stake in global website and blogging group

January 29, 2014
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Future looks to grow digital audience with stake in global website and blogging group

Bath-based international media group Future has acquired a 35% stake in Handpicked Media, which represents more than 500 independent websites and blogs, reaching more than 3.5m unique users a month in the UK and 6m globally. The link-up provides Future with access to London-based Handpicked’s roster of influential blogs and independent sites across a...

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Bath Boules festival names law firm Withy King as headline sponsor

January 29, 2014
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Bath Boules festival names law firm Withy King as headline sponsor

Law firm Withy King will be headline sponsor of this year’s Bath Boules which takes place over the summer and raises money for local charities. Businesses and residents are being urged to rally their colleagues, family and friends and enter teams in the tournament. Team tickets go on sale on March 12 and will...

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Government business rate package dismissed as ‘a sticking plaster’ as pleas for full reform gather pace

January 29, 2014
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Government business rate package dismissed as ‘a sticking plaster’ as pleas for full reform gather pace

Calls for a full-scale shake-up of business rates continued unabated today despite the Government pledging a £415m package of relief for small firms. The West of England’s largest business group Business West, which runs the Bath Chamber of Commerce, said while it welcomed the announcement, it amounted to little more than “a sticking plaster”...

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Family-owned Bath gym firm set for a healthy future as it celebrates 30 years in business

January 29, 2014
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Family-owned Bath gym firm set for a healthy future as it celebrates 30 years in business

Bath gym Baskervilles Gymnastics and Leisure, which was launched by two former school teachers, is celebrating 30 years in business, during which it has encouraged more than 22,000 youngsters to get involved in gymnastics. And supported by Barclays, the firm is looking forward to more success having recently expanded its premises to create a...

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New chair of Bath and Wiltshire Institute of Directors pledges to help young entrepreneurs

January 29, 2014
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New chair of Bath and Wiltshire Institute of Directors pledges to help young entrepreneurs

Legal practice director Jane Bishop is the new chair of the Bath and Wiltshire branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD). An existing committee member, Jane, pictured, joined law firm Bonallack and Bishop’s Salisbury office in 2003 in after 13 years in senior management in the health service, latterly as directorate manager for surgery and cancer care at Salisbury District Hospital....

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Komedia Bath’s café earns top billing as ‘vegan-friendly’ venue

January 29, 2014
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Komedia Bath’s café earns top billing as ‘vegan-friendly’ venue

The Arts Café at Bath comedy venue Komedia has been named as one of the UK’s top five vegan-friendly cultural venues. The accolade has been made by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the UK-based charity dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals. The cafe has a strong ethical...

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Profits and turnover rise at law firm Thrings as it targets key sectors

January 29, 2014
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Profits and turnover rise at law firm Thrings as it targets key sectors

Turnover at law firm Thrings, which has an office in Bath, rose by 4% to £21.5m in the year to last April, it has revealed. Profits increased by 12% to £4.9m. The firm, which also has offices in Bristol, Swindon and London, has 51 members and employs 305 people, 180 of them fee-earners. Managing...

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