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Recruitment headaches mount for West of England businesses as skills shortages show no signs of easing

July 5, 2024
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Recruitment headaches mount for West of England businesses as skills shortages show no signs of easing

Nearly seven in 10 West of England firms have struggled to recruit staff over the past three months, particularly for skilled manual/technical and professional/managerial roles, according to a major new survey. Despite this problem, 79% of firms are looking to take on full-time workers and just under half are offering permanent positions, the latest Quarterly...

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Bath Business Blog: Business against Poverty. How corporate philanthropy can deliver a competitive edge for business

July 3, 2024
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Bath Business Blog: Business against Poverty. How corporate philanthropy can deliver a competitive edge for business

Registered charity People against Poverty set up its business community – Business against Poverty (BaP) – more than15 years ago. It offers purpose-led donor organisations a network to link up with a vibrant and engaged community of like-minded businesses and impact positively on extreme poverty in six countries, including the UK.  People against Poverty...

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Alliance Pharma claims it has prescription for growth after recent audit and leadership headaches

June 25, 2024
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Alliance Pharma claims it has prescription for growth after recent audit and leadership headaches

International healthcare group Alliance Pharma has said new product development and increased marketing will lead to growth in the medium term as it seeks to draw a line under a troubled period. Shares in the Chippenham-headquartered the firm, which owns a portfolio of products ranging from anti-dandruff shampoo to stomach ulcer treatments, have fallen...

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Bath firms urged to commit to flexible and nature-based summer fundraiser for city youth charities

June 25, 2024
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Bath firms urged to commit to flexible and nature-based summer fundraiser for city youth charities

Two Bath youth charities are inviting businesses based in the area to get involved in a new outdoor fundraising challenge. The Big BaNES 100k runs until 27 September to support life-changing young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing services delivered by Mentoring Plus and Off The Record Bath & North East Somerset.  The challenge invites fundraisers...

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Major annual conference will look at how Bath can have a cleaner, greener and fairer future

June 14, 2024
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Major annual conference will look at how Bath can have a cleaner, greener and fairer future

The Bath Business Conference is to return for a third year in October with the theme of ‘better business in Bath'. Organiser Bath BID (Business Improvement District) describes the event as being a great opportunity for businesses in the city to come together and “share the challenges of becoming part of a cleaner, greener,...

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Batteries that can harvest green electricity from the soil developed by University of Bath start-up

June 10, 2024
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Batteries that can harvest green electricity from the soil developed by University of Bath start-up

A spin-out company from the University of Bath is looking to plug into a new form of sustainable power by creating a battery that recharges itself when placed in soil. Start-up Bactery has developed bacteria-powered batteries – or ‘Bacteries’ – which harvest green energy by taking advantage of natural processes that occur in soil-based microorganisms.  As...

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Inspecs’ share price in the frame as it warns of tougher outlook for sales and earnings this year

June 10, 2024
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Inspecs’ share price in the frame as it warns of tougher outlook for sales and earnings this year

Shares in Bath-headquartered eyewear firm Inspecs remained under pressure today after its warning last week of a fall in revenue and earnings. The group, which designs and makes a wide range of spectacles, lenses and frames for worldwide sale, said its financial results for the first half of its current financial year would trail...

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More new routes for easyJet as its 18th Bristol Airport-based aircraft takes to the skies this summer

June 6, 2024
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More new routes for easyJet as its 18th Bristol Airport-based aircraft takes to the skies this summer

Low-cost airline easyJet has launched its largest-ever flight schedule from Bristol Airport after adding another aircraft to its fleet based there. The airline, already the largest operator from Bristol, now has 18 aircraft based permanently at the airport serving 72 routes in 26 countries.   Later this month easyJet will launch flights for the first time...

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Key themes of integrity, values and purpose in leadership to be explored at high-profile Bath event

May 31, 2024
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Key themes of integrity, values and purpose in leadership to be explored at high-profile Bath event

Senior figures from the worlds of business, sport and charity will share their perspectives on leading with integrity and purpose at an event hosted by the University of Bath’s School of Management. Taking place in The Forum in central Bath on Wednesday 3 July, Leadership Dialogues @Bath is organised by world-renowned leadership experts Dr Margaret Heffernan...

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Soft touch screens developed by University of Bath team set to revolutionise digital devices

May 30, 2024
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Soft touch screens developed by University of Bath team set to revolutionise digital devices

Scientists working at the University of Bath have developed a soft and highly flexible touch screen with the potential to radically change the way people use their digital devices for shopping, banking, health and gaming. The screen becomes softer or stiffer in direct response to the user’s touch, pictured – so before buying online,...

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