Finance

Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

October 1, 2021
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Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

The South West’s key sectors could suffer irreparable damage unless the government starts to tackle the shortage of workers by easing EU visa restrictions, the region’s business leaders today warned. But even providing temporary visas for jobs such as drivers and food workers would only be a short-term measure and ministers must also come...

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Deadline looming for Mendip-based firms to apply for Covid recovery grants

October 1, 2021
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Deadline looming for Mendip-based firms to apply for Covid recovery grants

Small firms based in the Mendip area that have been hit by the pandemic or Brexit are being urged to apply for revitalisation grants of up to £20,000 before the deadline in less than two weeks. The grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to businesses in the area covered by Mendip District...

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Bath firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

September 30, 2021
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Bath firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

A programme designed to break down barriers and support more disabled people into work is being launched in Bath and across the West of England. Some 100 businesses will receive tailored, targeted disability inclusion training to help them create a more diverse workforce.   The project, part of the Workforce for the Future programme, is...

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Climbing sales put ladder specialist and chess set maker among UK’s fast-growing e-commerce firms

September 30, 2021
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Climbing sales put ladder specialist and chess set maker among UK’s fast-growing e-commerce firms

Two Bath area firms have been named among the 50 fastest-growing e-commerce brands of the ‘pandemic era’. Sales at Frome-based The Regency Chess Company moved ahead by 217% through 2019 and 2020 while they climbed by 199% at specialist ladder company Henchman, based at Seend, near Melksham.  The two appear in the Lightning 50,...

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Former furniture showroom suitable for conversion up for sale with £2.75m price tag

September 30, 2021
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Former furniture showroom suitable for conversion up for sale with £2.75m price tag

A unique building on the outskirts of Bath city centre most recently used as a furniture showroom has been put on the market as a prime investment opportunity. National property agency Carter Jonas is seeking offers in excess of £2.75m for The Depository at on York Place, London Road, pictured.  The firm is selling...

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Bishop Fleming looking to make it third time lucky in national payroll Excellence Awards

September 28, 2021
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Bishop Fleming looking to make it third time lucky in national payroll Excellence Awards

The payroll team at regional accountancy firm Bishop Fleming has been shortlisted in a highly regarded national award scheme for the third year running. The firm, which has an office in Bath, is competing in the ‘Payroll Service Provider of The Year’ category of the National Annual Excellence Awards staged by the Chartered Institute...

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Time Finance CEO ‘cautiously optimistic’ as rebrand puts firm ahead in competitive market

September 24, 2021
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Time Finance CEO ‘cautiously optimistic’ as rebrand puts firm ahead in competitive market

Rebranding last year when the pandemic was at its worst paid off, the CEO of Bath-headquartered specialist lender Time Finance has said as the firm reported higher annual profits and an improved cash position. The new brand for the business, previously known as 1pm, had created a clear identity in a crowded and competitive market and...

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£3m investment by global IT group puts Bath cloud pioneer on path for more growth

September 24, 2021
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£3m investment by global IT group puts Bath cloud pioneer on path for more growth

Bath-headquartered cloud services company Cloud Direct is poised for further expansion after receiving a £3m strategic investment from international IT group Crayon. Listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, Crayon Group employs more than 2,000 people in 35 countries. The deal gives it an unspecified minority stake in Cloud Direct, one of the UK’s leading...

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Bath Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

September 23, 2021
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Bath Uni-backed SETsquared incubator grows with Cardiff University joining as sixth member

SETsquared, the globally acclaimed, University of Bath-supported business incubator, has expanded with the addition of Cardiff University. Cardiff has become the sixth member of the partnership, which has been named three times as the world’s number one university business incubator.  SETsquared was set up in 2002 by a small group of research-intensive universities in...

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Business West hoping its Great British food export platform tastes success in global Chamber awards

September 22, 2021
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Business West hoping its Great British food export platform tastes success in global Chamber awards

A scheme originally set up by regional group Business West to help food firms from across the South West sell abroad is competing for a prestigious international award. The online platform’s aim was initially to close the exporting gap with other UK regions.  Now rebranded as The Great British Food Programme, it has evolved...

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