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Change at the top at Quartet Community Foundation as CEO Sue Turner leaves

September 17, 2020
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Change at the top at Quartet Community Foundation as CEO Sue Turner leaves

Quartet, the community foundation covering Bath and the West of England, has appointed its philanthropy director Ronnie Brown as interim CEO following the departure of Sue Turner. Sue, pictured, who has led the organisation for more than five years – a period in which she helped  more than double its endowment to £50m – has...

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Experienced business growth consultant joins Bath acceleration hub as entrepreneur-in-residence

September 16, 2020
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Experienced business growth consultant joins Bath acceleration hub as entrepreneur-in-residence

The Advanced Engineering Business Acceleration Hub has appointed Sean Devane as entrepreneur-in-residence based at Bath’s world-leading SETsquared business incubator. The role was previously held by Brian Prescott, who earlier this year took over as centre director at the University of Bath’s SETsquared Innovation Centre.  The Advanced Engineering Business Acceleration Hub (AEBAH) is a three-year...

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Scheme launched to help firms tackle issue of mental health at work as Covid-19 crisis takes its toll

September 16, 2020
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Scheme launched to help firms tackle issue of mental health at work as Covid-19 crisis takes its toll

A support programme to assist Bath area firms in responding to mental health concerns in the workplace, particularly those arising from Covid-19, has been launched. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is investing in the two-year Thrive at Work West of England programme, which aims to address key mental health issues affecting businesses’...

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Fund launched to help innovative Bath firms bring their ideas to life

September 11, 2020
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Fund launched to help innovative Bath firms bring their ideas to life

Bath businesses looking to get cutting-edge ideas off the drawing board and into reality can apply for funding under a new scheme. The Business Innovation Fund – a three-year programme managed by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) – will provide funding of either £20,000 or £50,000 for projects in a range of...

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Survey shows gloomy South West firms ready to axe jobs as demand fails to recover

September 3, 2020
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Survey shows gloomy South West firms ready to axe jobs as demand fails to recover

Firms in the South West are among the most pessimistic in the UK about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with many expecting to shed jobs when the government’s furlough scheme ends, according to a new survey. The Lloyds Bank Business Barometer, which takes the pulse of 1,200 firms across England every month, shows...

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Royds Withy King webinar will explore challenges linked to the post Covid-19 workforce

September 3, 2020
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Royds Withy King webinar will explore challenges linked to the post Covid-19 workforce

Major challenges for employers ranging from managing remote staff to changing the way entire organisations work post Covid-19 will be tackled head-on in a webinar to be staged next week by Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King.  Called Workforce of the Future: The New Norm, the event will give insights from practical futurist and...

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Government’s Kickstart scheme will help firms develop young talent, says Business West

September 2, 2020
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Government’s Kickstart scheme will help firms develop young talent, says Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has welcomed the launch today of the government’s Kickstart scheme, which offers subsidised job placements to out-of-work young people. Under the £2bn programme, 16 to 24 year olds claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be able to gain six-month work placements.  The government...

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Investor showcase goes online to give tech and creative firms the chance to pitch for funds

August 28, 2020
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Investor showcase goes online to give tech and creative firms the chance to pitch for funds

Bath tech and creative businesses seeking equity investment of between £100,000 and £2m are being invited to take part in the next Silicon Gorge showcase. Taking place on November 12 as part of Bristol Technology Festival, the event will give up to 12 start-ups or scale-ups the chance to pitch to a virtual room...

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Gloomy West firms start to axe jobs as they count cost of coronavirus on profits

August 21, 2020
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Gloomy West firms start to axe jobs as they count cost of coronavirus on profits

The coronavirus pandemic has hit profits at more than 60% of firms in the West of England – with nearly one-in-seven fearing they will never return to pre-Covid levels of activity, according to the largest business survey in the region. Just under a quarter of firms have, or plan to, axe jobs with a...

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Hard winter for businesses forecast as rents arrears and debts trigger big increase in insolvencies

August 14, 2020
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Hard winter for businesses forecast as rents arrears and debts trigger big increase in insolvencies

A steep rise in corporate insolvencies linked to the coronavirus pandemic is being predicted for this winter – and could start as early as October. New research from insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 indicates that lack of funds to pay their rent is likely to be the biggest cause of firms getting into...

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