‘Significant’ profits and sales growth at Future sends its shares to record high

Shares in Bath-based global media group Future leapt above the 500p mark last week for the first time in the company’s history after it reported strong sales and profits growth for the half year to the end of March. Pre-tax profits at the highly acquisitive publisher more than doubled to £7m compared to the same period last year on revenues

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Bath’s tech pioneers to be showcased at city’s sixth Digital Festival

Bath businesses, IT experts and digital pioneers will be taking a step into the future when the city’s Digital Festival returns later this year.  After the success of 2017’s event, plans are already in the pipeline for another exciting five days of talks, activities, workshops and more as the World Heritage City is taken over by digital gurus and techies.

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‘Breakthrough’ campaigns promised by Bath agency Ready following re-positioning

Creative agency Ready has unveiled a fresh positioning and launched a new sub-division as it looks to clarify its offering to new and existing clients.   The Bath-based agency will focus on what it calls ‘breakthrough’ promotional and tactical campaigns for consumer brands.  According to co-founder Shane Carnell-Xu, this means original tactical ideas that cut through the noise to deliver standout

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Bristol ‘among frontrunners’ to land Channel 4 HQ, research says, as city submits its bid

The bid to persuade Channel 4 to open its new headquarters in Bristol has been officially submitted today as research revealed the city is a frontrunner in the race. Bristol’s bid is accompanied by a short film and brochure focussing on the city’s diversity and reputation for being unorthodox and rebellious as well as its rich cultural heritage and established

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Bristol’s iconic Hobbs fashion show returns – with target to raise £10,000 for homeless charity

A long-running Bristol fashion show – and the second largest event of its kind outside London – makes an eagerly-awaited return next month, with all proceeds going to help the city’s homeless. The Hobbs Show has been hosted by leading Bristol hair salon HOBBS since 1997. The 10 events over the years, which have combined fashion, performance and music, have

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Groupon pays £47.2m to snap up pioneering Bristol firm behind Vouchercloud and Giftcloud

Bristol-based discount and loyalty platform Cloud Savings Company, which operates the Vouchercloud and Giftcloud brands, has been taken over by global e-commerce giant Groupon in a deal worth £47.2m. Vouchercloud is a voucher platform with 55m annual visits from 11 countries, while digital gift card market Giftcloud is a digital gifting app and website.  Chicago-based Groupon, which described Vouchercloud as

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Bath agency designs city’s new destination marketing website in break with industry tradition

VisitBath, the city’s destination marketing body, has gone against tourist industry norms by using a local agency to design its new website. The organisation brought in small independent Bath agency Touchpoint Design to build the site, pictured below, rather than, as previously, use a large national outfit.  Touchpoint, which collaborated with VisitBath last year on its new brand identity, pictured

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