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Business festival promises to bring Bath firms together virtually to boost city’s recovery

July 3, 2020
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Business festival promises to bring Bath firms together virtually to boost city’s recovery

Bath is to stage its first virtual business festival to help firms in the city start to bounce back from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Taking place on July 22, Bath Business Festival (BBF) will celebrate the city’s business offering as well as giving its firms a unique chance to meet, learn, share,...

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Avon Rubber on takeover trail following £180m disposal of its milking equipment division

July 3, 2020
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Avon Rubber on takeover trail following £180m disposal of its milking equipment division

Specialist manufacturer Avon Rubber has sold its historic dairy industry business for £180m, leaving it to grow its larger protective equipment division through strategic acquisitions. Melksham-based Avon Rubber’s Milkrite InterPuls division, which has been bought by Swedish group DeLaval, is a world leader in producing milking equipment for the farming industry. The division had...

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Waitrose home delivery contract gives Wincanton poll position in fast-growing market

July 3, 2020
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Waitrose home delivery contract gives Wincanton poll position in fast-growing market

Logistics company Wincanton has struck what it has called a ‘transformational’ deal with supermarket group Waitrose to create a customer fulfilment centre for its online grocery deliveries. In a first for the industry, Chippenham-headquartered Wincanton, which has worked with Waitrose for 20 years, will develop and operate the centre to handle 25,000 deliveries a...

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Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

July 3, 2020
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Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

Business confidence has bounced back stronger in the South West than any other part of the UK, according to a new survey – but many firms remain gloomy and one in 10 expects to stay closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The monthly Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking had shown a huge...

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Power of mediation increasingly used to help heal family conflict triggered by pandemic

July 3, 2020
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Power of mediation increasingly used to help heal family conflict triggered by pandemic

Lawyers trained in mediation at Bath-headquartered national law firm Stone King have been helping a growing number of people with relationship difficulties caused by the Covid-19 lockdown. The firm said mediation – a procedure by which parties discuss disputes with an impartial trained mediator to help reach a settlement – has become increasingly helpful...

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Social distancing measures in place at Apex Hotel as it prepares to throw doors open again

July 2, 2020
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Social distancing measures in place at Apex Hotel as it prepares to throw doors open again

Bath’s Apex Hotel is taking bookings ahead of reopening later this month with social distancing and other measures in place to safeguard guests. The 177-bed, £50m hotel is one of four hotels in the 10-strong national Apex chain due to come out of lockdown on July 20.  Apex said the reopening date – around the...

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Business West initiative selected to help UK food and drink firms bounce back by selling overseas

July 2, 2020
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Business West initiative selected to help UK food and drink firms bounce back by selling overseas

A coronavirus business bounce-back campaign to encourage UK food and drink producers to break into overseas markets is being spearheaded by the South West’s largest business organisation. Hampers full of British artisan food and drink are being sent all over the world as part of the Business West-led campaign, which was chosen by government...

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Thrings continues recruitment drive with two senior appointments

July 2, 2020
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Thrings continues recruitment drive with two senior appointments

Regional law firm Thrings has appointed two senior associates - succession and tax expert Gavin Smith and commercial property specialist Natalie Day – to advise the firm’s fast-growing portfolio of land development and private wealth clients. Gavin, who joins Thrings’ Bath office, advises on all aspects of private client law, including succession and estate planning, tax,...

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Financial resilience programme launched to prepare small firms for post Covid-19 business life

July 2, 2020
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Financial resilience programme launched to prepare small firms for post Covid-19 business life

Bath’s small businesses are being offered the chance to get free help to manage their finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to a new programme launched by West of England Mayor Tim Bowles. The accountancy support programme is being delivered in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and...

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Plea for Bath manufacturers to take part in survey to reveal impact of pandemic three months on

July 1, 2020
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Plea for Bath manufacturers to take part in survey to reveal impact of pandemic three months on

With the grim toll of the coronavirus pandemic on manufacturing jobs becoming clearer, firms in the sector in Bath are being urged to share how they are coping with the huge challenges by taking part in a key survey. The results of the last quarterly Manufacturing Barometer survey of England’s small and medium-sized manufacturers...

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