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Go.Compare stays on song with strong performance to ease impact of weaker revenues at Future

May 17, 2024
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Go.Compare stays on song with strong performance to ease impact of weaker revenues at Future

A strong performance by its UK price comparison business Go.Compare helped Bath-headquartered global media group Future overcome tougher market conditions for its core magazine and website businesses. The group, whose titles include Country Life, Marie Claire UK and Classic Rock, reported a 30% slump in pre-tax profits to £46.6m for the half-year to 31 March...

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Bath Preservation Trust retains King’s patronage – more than 50 years after he first became involved

May 17, 2024
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Bath Preservation Trust retains King’s patronage – more than 50 years after he first became involved

King Charles III has confirmed his wish to retain his royal patronage of Bath Preservation Trust, the organisation that promotes the celebration of the city’s history and heritage. The announcement comes a year after His Majesty’s coronation and following a detailed review of patronages held by the royal household.  In 1973 Bath Preservation Trust...

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New Bath Spa University Chancellor praises its students’ ‘sheer grit and determination’

May 16, 2024
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New Bath Spa University Chancellor praises its students’ ‘sheer grit and determination’

Bath-based former BBC News anchor Sharanjit Leyl has been appointed as Bath Spa University’s first female chancellor and only the second in its near 20-year history. Sharanjit, pictured, who was officially ‘installed’ at a celebration event in the grounds of the university’s Newton Park Campus, will act as an ambassador for it on the...

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Bath architects’ Chelsea Flower Show-winning garden takes root at the University of Bristol

May 16, 2024
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Bath architects’ Chelsea Flower Show-winning garden takes root at the University of Bristol

A Gold medal-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden designed by landscape architects from Bath-based Grant Associates has been rebuilt in Bristol. The Chinese-inspired garden, pictured, the first produced by the firm for the world-famous show, has been gifted to the University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden by Guangzhou, Bristol’s sister city.  Known as ‘the city between...

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Automotive group Redde Northgate accelerates its growth ambitions after new brand gets green light

May 16, 2024
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Automotive group Redde Northgate accelerates its growth ambitions after new brand gets green light

Shareholders in Redde Northgate, the mobility and automotive services group that includes Bath-based specialist vehicle accident management firm Redde, have overwhelmingly backed its name change. Some 99.58% of votes at its AGM were in favour of switching to ZIGUP – a brand the group says better reflected its strategy and ambition.   The group, formed...

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New specialist fund for Bath’s army of artistic freelancers aims to boost city’s creative sector

May 15, 2024
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New specialist fund for Bath’s army of artistic freelancers aims to boost city’s creative sector

Freelancers working in Bath’s creative sector can access grants of up to £2,000 to develop their skills or create new work. The payments have been made available under a special £200,000 fund launched by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA).  With freelancers making up 47% of workers in the region’s world-leading creative industries...

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Shaggy dog story gives guests at accountancy group’s annual dinner some food for thought

May 10, 2024
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Shaggy dog story gives guests at accountancy group’s annual dinner some food for thought

Ultra-athlete Dion Leonard, who runs distances of 250-plus miles in some of the world’s toughest conditions, has told West of England business leaders they too can overcome huge challenges – if they are determined. Dion, pictured, was guest speaker at accountancy body ICAEW West of England's annual dinner.  He entertained the audience with his life...

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Festival of Nature to host staff awaydays and roundtables as it seeks to involve Bath businesses

May 10, 2024
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Festival of Nature to host staff awaydays and roundtables as it seeks to involve Bath businesses

Bath firms are being urged to link up with the UK’s biggest nature festival taking place in the city next month, when they will be able to get involved in a host of activities. Among events targeted at businesses during the 21st annual Festival of Nature will be roundtables on biodiversity and creative industries, nature-focused...

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Substantial increase in South West business optimism flagged up by third survey in less than two weeks

May 8, 2024
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Substantial increase in South West business optimism flagged up by third survey in less than two weeks

Another business survey has pointed to a dramatic bounce back in confidence among South West firms as the outlook on inflation and interest rates improves. Results of the quarterly survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) show optimism levels soared by 40 percentage points to their highest level since October 2021.  As a...

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Mogers Drewett workshop will give firms chance to ‘Move On Up’ in Mental Health Awareness Week

May 7, 2024
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Bath-based legal and financial planning firm Mogers Drewett is to host a special HR event next week to highlight the important relationship between physical activity and mental wellbeing at work. Called Move On Up, the workshop is being staged on 16 May as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2024.  It is aimed at leaders...

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