Green/sustainable business

New round of funding opens for innovative firms aiming to meet challenges of Covid-19

September 25, 2020
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New round of funding opens for innovative firms aiming to meet challenges of Covid-19

Bath businesses looking to innovate and address new challenges that have arisen from Covid-19 can apply for funding from a £1m recovery fund set up by UWE Bristol. Following on from a successful first round, the university has launched the second round of funding for its Digital Innovation Fund, which is open to small...

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Success on a plate for food and drink firms as global markets link-up goes virtual

September 25, 2020
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Success on a plate for food and drink firms as global markets link-up goes virtual

Food and drink producers from Bath and its surroundings had the opportunity to meet commercial trade officers working across the world this week at the first-ever virtual Meet the Market Expert event. Some 80 businesses booked meetings with more than 50 global trade officers representing 40-plus countries. In total more than 450 meetings took...

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan: National business reaction

September 24, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan: National business reaction

Measures in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan have been welcomed as “bold steps” and “a shot in the arm” for industry by the UK’s leading business groups. The CBI said it would save hundreds of thousands of viable jobs while the British Chambers of Commerce said it would help many companies hold on...

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Bath business reaction

September 24, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Bath business reaction

The Winter Economic Plan announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday may help stave off mass unemployment, but it failed to target support to those sectors that need it most, according to the West of England’s largest business organisation. Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, along with other business groups, had urged Mr...

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Key points

September 24, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Key points

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled his Winter Economy Plan to help businesses and their employees as Covid-19 continues to have a devastating impact. The key points are:  A Jobs Support Scheme for employees will replace the furlough scheme, which effectively paid people not to work. Under this new scheme, businesses will pay employees for...

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Protect firms and their workers, Business West urges, as Govt brings in raft of new restrictions

September 22, 2020
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Business West, the organisation behind Bath Chamber of Commerce, today called for a comprehensive support package for firms hit by the latest coronavirus measures. With the number of cases of Covid-19 rising again – promoting a new raft of restrictions on businesses – Business West urged the government to take action to protect jobs...

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Event: Chance for food and drink firms to go online to meet global market experts

September 21, 2020
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Event: Chance for food and drink firms to go online to meet global market experts

Food and drink producers from Bath and its surroundings will have an opportunity to meet commercial trade officers working across the world tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, at the first-ever virtual Meet the Market Expert event. It is being organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT) in conjunction with the Great British Food Programme...

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Latest lockdown restrictions force TEDxBath organisers to postpone it to next spring

September 17, 2020
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Latest lockdown restrictions force TEDxBath organisers to postpone it to next spring

Next month’s TEDxBath, which would have been the largest staged so far in the city, has been put back to next spring as a result of the latest lockdown measures. Organisers said they had arrived at the decision reluctantly but will go ahead with a TEDxBath Countdown – a free virtual event in partnership...

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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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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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