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Bath Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. How we are supporting the economy

May 15, 2020
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Bath Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. How we are supporting the economy

The Bank of England’s role is to maintain UK monetary and financial stability by keeping inflation sustainably low and ensuring that the financial system can serve the people of the UK in bad times as well as good. To achieve these aims through the Covid-19 crisis we have put in place a package of...

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‘Strong fundamentals’ of industrial market will help it bounce back from Covid-19 crisis, says report

May 15, 2020
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‘Strong fundamentals’ of industrial market will help it bounce back from Covid-19 crisis, says report

Take-up in the West of England’s industrial property market will be hit by the Covid-19 pandemic but should bounce back quickly, according to a forecast by one of the region’s top property agencies. Colliers International says the fundamentals of the market remain strong – and even now deals are being done.  Take-up in Bristol...

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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

May 14, 2020
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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

Each week Bath accountancy firm Pearson May and Bath Business News team up to bring you the top national finance stories. This week we look at more issues linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Employers’ guidance on reopening workplaces  Government states “workplaces must be safe and Covid-secure”. Find out here if this applies to your...

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Bath Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

May 14, 2020
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Bath Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most important for businesses. Many businesses have suffered a massive shock to income, and furloughing has offered an ability to keep outgoings to a minimum,...

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Pearson May Financial Update: A round-up of the coronavirus support schemes

May 14, 2020
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Pearson May Financial Update: A round-up of the coronavirus support schemes

In our article last month, we set out some of the emergency measures which the government had introduced to financially support businesses and individuals adversely affected by the outbreak of Covid-19, writes Pearson May partner Matthew Rutter. As the situation changes almost daily in some respects, it can be hard to keep up with...

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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

May 12, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to October will be a “huge relief” to firms in the West of England, according to the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, said its research showed the scheme, launched by Mr Sunak, pictured, in March,...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 11, 2020
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Monday May 11 Finals: Amryt Pharma, Novacyt Interim: Diploma, RDI REIT Trading announcements: Centrica, Hiscox Tuesday May 12 Finals: Inspecs Group, Land Securities, Vodafone Interims: Numis Corp, Treatt Economic announcements: GDP (preliminary), Index of services, Industrial production, Balance of trade, Manufacturing production Wednesday May 13 Final: British Land Interims: Compass Group, Sage Group, Stock...

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Bath finance firm joins government’s Covid-19 business loan scheme

May 7, 2020
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Bath finance firm joins government’s Covid-19 business loan scheme

1pm, the Bath-based specialist finance provider, has been accredited to take part in the government scheme to help firms trade through the coronavirus pandemic following a campaign to widen it to non-bank lenders. 1pm had said that while lenders like itself provided a third of all UK consumer credit and a third of funding...

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Hospitality industry urged to join hotelier’s appeal to give hero carers a break

May 7, 2020
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Hospitality industry urged to join hotelier’s appeal to give hero carers a break

The owner of a luxury hotel group is looking for hoteliers and hospitality partners to join a new fundraising initiative for NHS staff and carers to give them much-deserved breaks once the Covid-19 crisis eases. The care4carers appeal is the brainchild of Nick Dent, owner of the Original Collection group of hotels based at...

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£15 print-your-own laboratory-grade microscope developed by University of Bath team

May 7, 2020
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£15 print-your-own laboratory-grade microscope developed by University of Bath team

University of Bath academics have designed a 3D-printed precision microscope that will enable laboratories across the world to analyse samples and detect diseases for a fraction of the cost of traditional commercial versions.   The OpenFlexure Microscope, pictured, is a fully automated, laboratory-grade instrument with motorised sample positioning and focus control – and can...

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