Novia Financial, Visit Bath and Bath Balloons team up for Balloon launch

  • Author : Novia Financial
  • Date : 1 Aug 2017

Novia Financial and Visit Bath are delighted to have teamed up with Bath Balloons to launch a new luxury balloon to fly the skies of the city and its surrounds.

Operated by Bath Balloons, this new Novia Financial Visit Bath craft (G-NFVB) is scheduled for its inaugural flight in August, with the launch taking place outside the iconic Royal Crescent hotel. The balloon will operate for the remainder of the 2017 flight season up to 2020, which includes participation in the Bristol International Balloon fiesta (the largest event of its kind in Europe) and the 2017 Bath Christmas Market.

Bath Balloons have been flying from Royal Victoria park since 1988 and work alongside Bristol Balloons as a part of Ballooning Network Ltd. Which is Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved and said to have an excellent safety record, with a strong reputation for quality of service. It is also a member of the BABO (The British Association of Balloon Operators).

Leslie Redwood, Head of Business Development and Partnerships at Visit Bath commented: “We are delighted to work with our esteemed partners Novia Financial and Bath Balloons on this exciting new initiative for Bath and region. This hot air balloon is an icon for the city – a stunning physical representation of the power and synergies created by strong organisations co-operating and working together for the benefit of our beautiful city and surrounds – Visit Bath are honoured to support Novia Financial and Bath Balloons as we all continue to all do great things in and around our stunning World Heritage Site City of Bath and area, for the benefit of Visitors, Residents and Businesses alike.”

Bill Vasilieff, CEO at Novia Financial said: “We are absolutely thrilled in to be partnering with Bath Balloons and Visit Bath by supporting local initiatives in this very exciting new venture. Ballooning provides a unique opportunity to view the surrounding area from a totally different perspective and with launches planned across the stunning countryside over the magnificent Georgian city of Bath, we are very much looking forward to getting off the ground.”

Nic Amor, Managing Director of Bath Balloons (and pilot) noted: “Bath Balloons are very pleased to be involved in this new and exciting collaborative venture with Novia Financial and Visit Bath. The pilots and crews are looking forward to making ‘Victor Bravo’ a regular feature ascending serenely over the Bath skyline and soaring further afield, delivering a classic ballooning experience and promoting our wonderful balloon sponsors.”

If you see G-NFVB over the Bath sky line do post to Twitter with #NFVBballoon – we would love to share your photo!

For further information, please contact:
Pippa Russell Novia Financial
Tel: 07740933120

Leslie Redwood
Visit Bath
Tel: 07855 309158

Bath Balloons 01225 466888
Facebook: bath.balloons
Twitter: @BathBalloons

Notes to Editors:
Novia Financial plc launched to market in October 2008 to provide a comprehensive wealth management service or ‘full wrap platform’ for investment Advisers and their clients and now has approximately £7bn worth of assets under administration. Novia provides a transparent pricing structure as well as access to a wide range of product wrappers, an all-encompassing suite of portfolio management tools, and access to an extensive range of investments including direct equities, traditional authorised funds both onshore and offshore, exchange traded products such as ETFs and ETCs, as well as Cash Deposits, Structured Products and an integral Cash Facility.

The core operating system is provided by Australian-based GBST that has been developing software solutions for fund administration and financial services since 1996, and for wrap solutions since 1999. GBST include more than 60 of the world’s leading banks, stockbrokers and fund managers on its systems. In 2016, it reported a revenue of AU$108.1 million and an EBITDA of AU$17.2million. The comprehensive suite of portfolio management tools is powered by Financial Express that also provides the data for the platform.

The Novia team, based in Bath, is led by Bill Vasilieff – joint cofounder of Selestia. Novia, as an independent proposition, has substantial financial backing from a combination of private individuals and corporate organisations. The board is chaired by Sir Anthony Cleaver (former Chairman and Chief Executive of IBM in the UK). Other members include John Beaumont, non-executive, who has held a number of non-executive roles in major public organisations and several technology startups, David Royds (non executive and investor), Bill Vasilieff, Novia’s CEO, and Paul Parry, Novia’s CFO. Novia Financial plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reg. No. 481600).

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