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Top-quality office space giving Bath’s city centre market biggest boost for years, reports show

January 27, 2023
Top-quality office space giving Bath’s city centre market biggest boost for years, reports show

Bath’s office market is enjoying a period of very positive growth, according to new research from property agents in the city, as new high-quality space has become available. As a result, headline rents – which reached a record £36 per sq ft in 2022 – are expected to rise further to £38 per sq...

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Series of surveys point to gloomy outlook for South West firms as trading conditions remain tough

January 27, 2023
Series of surveys point to gloomy outlook for South West firms as trading conditions remain tough

Confidence among the South West’s small businesses has plunged to the lowest level since the country emerged from Covid lockdowns, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly confidence report from the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) reveals that fears of inflation, falling consumer demand and the general cost of doing business left optimism...

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New approach at Time Finance helps it clock up its strongest-ever lending figures

January 27, 2023
New approach at Time Finance helps it clock up its strongest-ever lending figures

Time Finance, the Bath-headquartered alternative lender, has hailed as a success a change in strategy which shifted its focus to core lending products from its own resources. As a result, its lending book reached an all-time high of more than £150m at the end of November.  The turnaround at the firm, which specialises in...

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Sales begin to recover at Avon Protection as it looks ahead to new chapter of growth

January 27, 2023
Sales begin to recover at Avon Protection as it looks ahead to new chapter of growth

Revenues at Avon Protection, the defence manufacturing group, edged ahead by 6% in the past three months on higher sales of its body armour, it said today in a trading update. The Melksham-based group, which specialises in protective gear, masks and breathing equipment for the military and first-responder markets, also said it had a strong...

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Inspecs’ vision of a brighter future this year sparks dramatic recovery in its share price

January 26, 2023
Inspecs’ vision of a brighter future this year sparks dramatic recovery in its share price

Shares in Inspecs, the Bath-headquartered spectacles designer and manufacture, soared by more than 50% after it said cost cutting and efficiencies brought in late last year and a stronger order book were paying off. The group suffered a tough end to 2022 following a warning over future sales and the resignation of its chair,...

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Bath Business Blog: Trish Watkins, senior associate, Goughs Solicitors. The importance of ‘Update Your Will Week’

January 26, 2023
Bath Business Blog: Trish Watkins, senior associate, Goughs Solicitors. The importance of ‘Update Your Will Week’

Did you know that eight of out 10 parents in the South West have no legal guardian in place to care for their children in the event of their deaths? And did you know that social services or the courts can step in to decide what happens to your children, should you die without...

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