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Free employment advice available from Goughs Solicitors’ in its Wednesday Wisdom Webinars

September 2, 2022
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Free employment advice available from Goughs Solicitors’ in its Wednesday Wisdom Webinars

Goughs Solicitors’ series of free online seminars for business owners continues later this month with a session on re-organising a business and running a risk-free redundancy process. The monthly Wednesday Wisdom Webinars, which give up-to-date, relevant and pragmatic employment advice, are led by the firm’s head of employment Rebecca Dennis, pictured. They allow employers the opportunity to tune in to a...

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Unexpected bounce-back in confidence for South West firms in face of soaring inflation

September 2, 2022
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Unexpected bounce-back in confidence for South West firms in face of soaring inflation

Confidence among South West businesses rose in August despite spiralling costs, according to a new survey – making it one of only three UK regions to record a month-on-month increase in optimism. Firms in the region appear to have shrugged off the impact of soaring utility bills, wage increases and a possible recession to register...

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Free HR support on offer to Bath’s small and medium-sized businesses to boost their performance

August 26, 2022
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Free HR support on offer to Bath’s small and medium-sized businesses to boost their performance

Small and medium-sized firms in Bath and across the West of England can get free help on issues such as contracts, performance management and recruitment through a new HR support service. Launched by Business West, the organisation that runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, the service will offer tailored advice for businesses via one-to-one sessions...

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CBI’s flagship South West annual dinner returns in October after two-year gap caused by the pandemic

August 18, 2022
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CBI’s flagship South West annual dinner returns in October after two-year gap caused by the pandemic

Business leaders from across the South West are being invited to a major event in the region’s business calendar, the CBI’s annual regional dinner. The event, which is traditionally a sell-out, is attended by more than 300 senior business figures from across the region – although it has not taken place for the past two years...

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West of England business group in urgent plea to ministers to protect firms from soaring energy bills

August 17, 2022
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West of England business group in urgent plea to ministers to protect firms from soaring energy bills

The government must set out an immediate plan to spur economic recovery, including helping firms pay their spiralling energy bills and easing restrictions on employing overseas workers. The call has come from Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, which fears more firms will be forced to close down unless ministers take action now. ...

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Networking group’s summer barbecue will offer food for thought for Bath’s young professionals

August 12, 2022
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Networking group’s summer barbecue will offer food for thought for Bath’s young professionals

Bath young professionals networking group Unlimited Potential is holding its second networking social later this month with a summer barbecue. The group was launched in June with the aim of bringing together under-35s based in Bath who are contributing to its development as a centre for innovation.  For its summer social BBQ on 25...

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New grants available from the region’s combined authority to help small businesses adapt and grow

August 11, 2022
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New grants available from the region’s combined authority to help small businesses adapt and grow

A £1.5m fund has been launched to help small firms in Bath and across the West of England and their supply chains adapt to the new economic and regulatory landscape. The Business Growth and Adaptions Grants are aimed at helping small to medium-sized enterprises buy new products and equipment to help increase production and...

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Bath firms invited to end-of-summer networking event to find out about doing business in China

August 10, 2022
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Bristol and West of England China Bureau

A regional organisation that helps businesses forge links with China is to host its first event for firms from Bath and Wiltshire. The Bristol & West of England China Bureau was launched in 1998 and has since grown to be the region’s strongest twinning network to support businesses and education organisations while also promoting...

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Profits and revenues under pressure at Rotork, but strong order pipeline promises second-half recovery

August 5, 2022
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Profits and revenues under pressure at Rotork, but strong order pipeline promises second-half recovery

Bath-headquartered global advanced engineering group Rotork is hoping for a recovery in its fortunes in the second half of this year after profits and revenues fell during the first six months. Pre-tax profits fell 12% to £44.6m on revenues down 2.9% to £280m as the group, which manufactures flow control equipment for the global...

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World-leading palm oil alternative to be manufactured at University of Bath after deal with food tech firm

August 5, 2022
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World-leading palm oil alternative to be manufactured at University of Bath after deal with food tech firm

The University of Bath is to start commercial production of a viable alternative to palm oil that could help reduce the huge environmental damage caused by its extraction. UK-based food-tech business Clean Food Group has set up a dedicated laboratory and pilot plant at the university following the acquisition of intellectual property (IP) developed over the...

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