Green/sustainable business

Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

July 3, 2020
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Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

Business confidence has bounced back stronger in the South West than any other part of the UK, according to a new survey – but many firms remain gloomy and one in 10 expects to stay closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The monthly Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking had shown a huge...

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Business West initiative selected to help UK food and drink firms bounce back by selling overseas

July 2, 2020
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Business West initiative selected to help UK food and drink firms bounce back by selling overseas

A coronavirus business bounce-back campaign to encourage UK food and drink producers to break into overseas markets is being spearheaded by the South West’s largest business organisation. Hampers full of British artisan food and drink are being sent all over the world as part of the Business West-led campaign, which was chosen by government...

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Financial resilience programme launched to prepare small firms for post Covid-19 business life

July 2, 2020
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Financial resilience programme launched to prepare small firms for post Covid-19 business life

Bath’s small businesses are being offered the chance to get free help to manage their finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to a new programme launched by West of England Mayor Tim Bowles. The accountancy support programme is being delivered in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and...

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Good Energy powers ahead in electric vehicle market by increasing stake in Zap-Map app

June 25, 2020
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Good Energy powers ahead in electric vehicle market by increasing stake in Zap-Map app

Clean energy group Good Energy has taken effective control of Zap-Map, the popular app for the UK’s 300,000 electric vehicle (EV) drivers in which it bought a minority stake last year. Chippenham-based Good Energy snapped up a 12.9% share in Zap-Map’s parent company Next Green Car in March last year for just over £1m...

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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

June 25, 2020
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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

An online service promising impartial financial advice for Bath firms on funding options has been launched by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. According to Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, its Finance Hub will be free from confusing jargon or any hard sell, enabling businesses to decide what sort of...

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Better train services signalled for Bath commuters as MetroWest rail project is extended

June 25, 2020
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Better train services signalled for Bath commuters as MetroWest rail project is extended

More frequent train services in the Bath area are a step closer following the expansion of a major project aimed at improving rail links and easing overcrowding across the West of England. The MetroWest scheme proposed by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) – which includes Bath & North East Somerset Council –...

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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

June 23, 2020
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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

Business groups have cautiously backed the reduction of many coronavirus lockdown restrictions announced earlier this week by the Prime Minister. But they also warned that other measures to boost the economy were still needed to avoid widespread business failures and job losses.  In a major boost to the West of England’s vital tourism and...

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Job losses, cash-strapped firms and furloughed staff. Grim picture of pandemic’s toll on West of England

June 19, 2020
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Job losses, cash-strapped firms and furloughed staff. Grim picture of pandemic’s toll on West of England

Unemployment has soared by 145% in the West of England since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to figures published today, with just nearly 40,000 people claiming jobless benefits. At the same time, around 22% of the region’s workforce – 132,600 people – have been furloughed while job vacancies have fallen sharply, down...

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Bath buildings shortlisted for prestigious RIBA regional award

June 12, 2020
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Three buildings from the Bath area – a new university campus, a community hub and an architects’ office – are in the running for a major regional architecture award. Bath Spa University’s Locksbrook Campus, the community hub at the city’s Mulberry Park housing development and architecture firm Stonewood Design’s office in Corsham are among...

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£1m fund launched to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

June 12, 2020
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£1m fund launched to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

Small and medium-sized Bath businesses investing in digital innovation to address challenges arising from Covid-19 can access grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 under a new scheme started by UWE Bristol. The university’s £1m Digital Innovation Fund is aimed at helping firms ranging from start-ups and micro businesses to more established organisations as they...

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