Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy New Year from Bath Business News

December 30, 2011
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Bath Business News wishes all its readers, advertisers and supporters a happy, and prosperous, 2012. During our first few months we have become essential reading for many thousands of business people in the unique city of Bath and its surrounding towns. Over that time we have covered the stories that matter most to Bath...

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Bath firms urged to enter UK’s first Fairtrade Business Awards

December 30, 2011
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Bath businesses with a conscience are being urged to enter the UK’s first Fairtrade business awards. The awards, staged in Bristol and sponsored by The Co-Operative, will highlight and promote efforts being made by firms across the West of England to incorporate Fairtrade into their business. The Fairtrade Business Awards, which are being supported...

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Bath housing market defies gloom to achieve rare rise in property values

December 30, 2011
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House prices in Bath have defied the slump and risen faster than those in almost all other UK towns and cities, new figures show today. Property values in the city rose by 5% in 2011, according to latest research by building society Nationwide. While that is a relatively small increase compared to housing boom...

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Agent brought in to promote three prime city centre shop units

December 30, 2011
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Bath & North East Somerset Council has appointed commercial property agents Williams Gunter Hardwick to let retail units in the historic city’s main shopping thoroughfare. The Bristol-based Williams Gunter Hardwick team is working with the council’s property services department and joint agents Carter Jonas to fill two prime units on Stall Street. It is...

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Business West announces five priorities for a positive 2012

December 30, 2011
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Five priority areas to boost the West of England’s economy in 2012 have been highlighted by Business West, the area’s lobbying and advice group. It has pledged to lobby hard for businesses in the area – with its priorities being promoting exports, boosting transport, tackling youth unemployment, reaping the benefits of local procurement opportunities,...

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We need a new vision for growth to secure a bright future, says CBI chief

December 30, 2011
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A concerted effort is needed to tackle the serious imbalances which sparked the UK’s legacy of debt and faltering growth, CBI Director-General John Cridland says today in his New Year message. While there are no quick fixes for the UK economy, this offers the best chance of securing a better, brighter future for all...

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The workplace in 2012: The potential challenges and how to handle them

December 29, 2011
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With rising unemployment, continued wage freezes and further job losses, the world of work in 2012 will be a challenging place for both employers and employees. James Crass, South West director of employment relations organisation Acas, has pinpointed four likely workplace issues. Here he explains what is behind these potential flashpoints and gives some...

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Bath Rugby stars kick-start £50,000 children’s appeal

December 29, 2011
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Bath Rugby players past and present have launched a £50,000 appeal to boost the work of the Bath Rugby Foundation next year. David Flatman, Danny Grewcock and Matt Perry have pledged their support to help raise funds and promote the Foundation, which was established in 2003 to work with local children from all backgrounds,...

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Bath firms missing out on help with research costs, survey shows

December 29, 2011
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Many West entrepreneurs are missing out on Government-funded help with research and development costs, with just one in 20 claiming the tax relief in the region and 15% unaware it exists. Research and development (R&D) tax relief is potentially available to any business carrying out technological advancements in products or processes, although this can...

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Online Christmas shopping boom triggers new demand for warehouses

December 28, 2011
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A major online retailer is poised to sign a deal for a large distribution warehouse in the West, part of a growing trend on the back of the dramatic rise in internet shopping this Christmas. Commercial property specialists Colliers International has witnessed similar developments across the country as shoppers increasingly hunt bargains on the...

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