Finance

UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

January 19, 2021
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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

Bath firms struggling with post-Brexit trade complications are being urged to get expert advice and support by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. With the UK now outside of the European Union as of December 31, businesses must adhere to new rules and regulations when trading with the EU.  As reports emerge of how...

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Bath property developer to sell £124m portfolio as city’s housing market remains resilient

January 15, 2021
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Bath property developer to sell £124m portfolio as city’s housing market remains resilient

A portfolio of 17 properties, including student accommodation blocks and residential schemes in Bath, has been put up for sale for £124m in a sign of the strength of the city’s property market, despite Covid-19. Bath-based developer Rengen said the schemes, which also include sites in Bristol and Worcester, contain 634 bed spaces, most...

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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

January 15, 2021
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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has broken with its traditional method of recruiting for its board to take on three new non-executive directors. The £10m turnover group, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, said the move was designed to access a wider talent pool that represented the full range of the region’s...

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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

January 14, 2021
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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

Regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance has strengthened its board again with a non-executive director appointment as it prepares for its new chair to take up her role. The arrival of Chris Butters, pictured, who has considerable non-executive director and senior executive experience, comes ahead of Christine Allison taking over from current chair Malachy...

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Altus steps up to sponsor top bobsleigh team frozen out of official UK sports funding

January 14, 2021
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Altus steps up to sponsor top bobsleigh team frozen out of official UK sports funding

Bath-based financial services software and consultancy services provider Altus has agreed to sponsor Great Britain’s top bobsleigh crew after being motivated by their enthusiasm and their energy. Team Bobsleigh Brad, which is made up of six world-class athletes and led by Bath-based number one bobsleigh pilot Bradley Hall, finished sixth in the overall world...

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Support sought for group aiming to bridge digital divide made worse by Covid

January 13, 2021
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Support sought for group aiming to bridge digital divide made worse by Covid

Bath area firms are being urged to join a scheme that aims to bridge a digital divide made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic by refurbishing laptops and donating them to disadvantaged families. Wiltshire Digital Drive was launched last year by a group of businesses in Bath and West Wiltshire working on a pro bono...

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Bath Unlimited campaign extended to showcase 21 businesses putting city on the global map in 2021

January 8, 2021
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Bath Unlimited campaign extended to showcase 21 businesses putting city on the global map in 2021

Twenty-one firms that represent Bath’s innovative business culture and talented workforce will be highlighted this year as the city’s Bath Unlimited campaign is stepped up. Bath Unlimited was launched last October to support the city’s Invest in Bath inward investment arm in attracting businesses to the area by celebrating some of its dynamic, successful,...

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Export Academy set up to give Bath firms help selling to overseas markets

January 8, 2021
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Export Academy set up to give Bath firms help selling to overseas markets

Bath’s small businesses can access help and advice to grow internationally through a new, free, post-Brexit programme. The Export Academy involves overseas trade experts from the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosting a series of online workshops and events offering advice and support directly to business owners.  The programme has been designed for businesses...

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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

January 7, 2021
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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. Furlough scheme extended to April  Government-backed loans will also run until March. Click here for details New grants to help hardest-hit firms survive lockdown Treasury confirms grants of up to £9,000 per property are available. Find out...

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Grants for Bath creative firms to work on ‘renewal and recovery’ projects

January 7, 2021
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Grants for Bath creative firms to work on ‘renewal and recovery’ projects

Innovative Bath firms and freelancers with creative technology projects focused on post-Covid renewal and recovery are being invited to apply for grants of between £500 and £5,000. The grants, which total £20,000, are being offered by The Studio at Palace Yard Mews, Bath Spa University’s enterprise and innovation hub, and are aimed at freelancers,...

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