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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

December 11, 2020
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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

Bath firms have slammed government financial support for businesses forced to close during the most recent lockdown as grossly inadequate. Some 54% of West of England businesses that were shuttered during November – including restaurants, cafes and non-essential retailers – said the financial assistance covered less than a quarter of their overheads, a new...

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Export opportunities open up virtually for agri-tech and marine-tech firms

December 11, 2020
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Export opportunities open up virtually for agri-tech and marine-tech firms

Bath area businesses operating in the high-growth agri-tech and marine-tech sectors are being given new opportunities to break into overseas markets by virtually showcasing their products. Agri-tech companies can meet global commercial trade officers from 50 overseas markets on Tuesday at a virtual Meet the Market Expert event.  Organised by the Department for International...

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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

December 8, 2020
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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

A third of South West firms still do not know if they will be impacted by Brexit with less than four weeks to go to the end of the UK-EU transition period, according to a new survey. At the same time 46% are worried that Brexit could have a bigger impact on them than...

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Firms invited to have their say on region’s 20-year planning blueprint

December 4, 2020
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Firms invited to have their say on region’s 20-year planning blueprint

Businesses in and around Bath have less than two weeks to give their views on the type of employment spaces, vital transport links and homes the region needs over the next 20 years. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has already received almost 1,000 responses to the survey it is running on its...

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Website and podcast series capture the creatives who make Bath unique

December 3, 2020
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Website and podcast series capture the creatives who make Bath unique

The hidden makers of Bath – the city’s modern-day creatives, craftspeople, engineers and innovators – are being celebrated on a new website and series of podcasts. The site – madeinbath.co.uk – has been produced by Bath-based brand and design studio Mytton Williams Mytton Williams, following its 2018 book, also called Made in Bath, pictured,...

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Pearson May Financial Update: Festive gifts and virtual Christmas parties

December 2, 2020
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Pearson May Financial Update: Festive gifts and virtual Christmas parties

It is sadly inevitable that this year’s staff Christmas parties will not be the usual get-togethers and businesses will, no doubt, already be looking at more inventive ways to have a festive celebration, be it virtual or with individual gifts, etc. writes Pearson May partner Matthew Rutter. From online cookery classes, virtual pantomimes and streaming...

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Bath Business Blog: Tom Webb, head of corporate, Mogers Drewett. Futureproof your business for 2021

December 2, 2020
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Bath Business Blog: Tom Webb, head of corporate, Mogers Drewett.  Futureproof your business for 2021

Given the unprecedented challenges all businesses have faced over the past six months, there is no doubt that 2021 is going to be an important year. Add to this the UK leaving the EU on December 31 and the uncertainty of more lockdowns and for many businesses 2021 could be a make or break year....

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Business groups warn of bleak winter as Bath prepares for life in Tier 2 when lockdown ends

November 27, 2020
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Business groups warn of bleak winter as Bath prepares for life in Tier 2 when lockdown ends

Bath’s Tier 2 restrictions when it comes out of the national lockdown next week will have a “chilling impact” on its economy, with much of its hospitality sector remaining “frozen” in the vital run-up to Christmas, business groups have warned. Bath Chamber of Commerce group Business West said despite having escaped being put in...

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Profits expected to hold up at Rotork as its main markets start to recover from pandemic

November 27, 2020
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Profits expected to hold up at Rotork as its main markets start to recover from pandemic

Bath-headquartered specialist engineering group Rotork has said it expects to largely shrug off the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and achieve better-than-expected annual profits. In a trading update for shareholders this week the group, which makes specialist valves for the global oil, gas, water and chemical industries, said its performance during the first 10...

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Community spirit of pioneering university campus earns it coveted property award

November 27, 2020
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Community spirit of pioneering university campus earns it coveted property award

The innovative design of Bath Spa University’s Locksbrook Campus has been recognised in a prestigious regional property awards scheme. The campus topped the Heritage Project of the Year category in the 2020 Michelmores’ Property Awards.  Now in their 18th year, the awards recognise the best property and construction schemes across the South West, as well...

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