Green/sustainable business

Survey shows most firms are heeding climate change warnings – but one-in-five have done nothing

August 10, 2021
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Survey shows most firms are heeding climate change warnings – but one-in-five have done nothing

Nearly 70% of South West firms see climate change as a core business factor for them, according to a landmark survey of companies’ attitudes to the key issue – but, alarmingly, 21% have so far taken no action despite mounting concern over its impact. Just under half (46%) of the businesses that consider climate...

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Share And Repair expands into bigger premises as its ‘mend it, don’t end it’ message gains traction

August 6, 2021
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Share And Repair expands into bigger premises as its ‘mend it, don’t end it’ message gains traction

Bath’s innovative Share And Repair Shop has relocated to a larger site in the city centre – a move that will enable it to expand its services. Share and Repair aims to improve the environment for everyone by changing behaviours. At the same time it is seeking to build a community that offers opportunities...

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First birthday gives Second Mountain chance to strengthen its commitment to ethical business

August 5, 2021
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First birthday gives Second Mountain chance to strengthen its commitment to ethical business

Bath boutique comms agency Second Mountain Communications has marked its first birthday by becoming a gold member of the Business against Poverty movement and pledging funds to sink a borewell in India. The consultancy, which was established during the first national lockdown and launched last August, specialises in helping purpose-driven companies and ethically-focused businesses with...

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Fraud soared as criminals used pandemic to target vulnerable firms and individuals, research shows

August 5, 2021
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Fraud soared as criminals used pandemic to target vulnerable firms and individuals, research shows

Professional criminals took advantage of the unprecedented conditions caused by the pandemic to con businesses and individuals across the South West out of millions of pounds, new figures show. According to accountancy group KPMG latest Fraud Barometer, cases reaching the region’s courts in the first half of this year soared by more than three...

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Green light for sustainable conversion of The Min into luxury hotel and spa

August 5, 2021
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Green light for sustainable conversion of The Min into luxury hotel and spa

Work on transforming Bath’s former Royal Mineral Water Hospital into a luxury hotel with spa facilities is to start soon following council approval of revised plans for the high-profile site. Singapore-based hotel investor Fragrance UK, which acquired the Grade II* listed building in 2018 for £21.5m, said its 160-bedroom scheme would support biodiversity on...

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Council calls on traders to make this year’s Bath Christmas Market a real cracker

August 5, 2021
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Council calls on traders to make this year’s Bath Christmas Market a real cracker

Artisan makers and independent caterers from across the South West are being invited to apply for pitches at Bath’s iconic Christmas Market – which for the first time in its 20-year history will run for 25 days. Pitches with options on 11, 14 and 25-day trading are available while the market’s organisers are also offering...

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Another top award nomination for regeneration of derelict former council office block

August 4, 2021
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Another top award nomination for regeneration of derelict former council office block

The transformation of a former 1960s council office building into high-end apartments has been shortlisted for a second prestigious property award in as many months. Riverside View, pictured, in Keynsham had been derelict for three years when Bath & North East Somerset Council’s specialist housebuilding company Aequus took possession following the relocation of council staff.  The...

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Pearson May Financial Update: Pros and cons of electric company cars

August 3, 2021
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Pearson May Financial Update: Pros and cons of electric company cars

Despite the potentially high personal tax charge, many employees still enjoy and prefer the convenience of being offered the use of a company car by their employer and this can also be the case for owner-managed businesses where the directors choose to run their cars through their companies, writes Pearson May partner Matthew Rutter....

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Boost for Bath’s health tourism industry as city does the double with second World Heritage listing

July 30, 2021
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Boost for Bath’s health tourism industry as city does the double with second World Heritage listing

Bath’s tourism sector and its heritage conservation are set for a timely shot in the arm following the city achieving its second World Heritage listing. Bath, along with 10 other historic spa towns, secured the much-coveted UNESCO status as members of the ‘Great Spa Towns of Europe’. The decision by the 44th UNESCO World...

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Designability searches for new chair to champion its mission of using technology for independent living

July 30, 2021
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Designability searches for new chair to champion its mission of using technology for independent living

The hunt has started for a new chair for Designability, the Bath charity that has been providing its unique Wizzybug wheelchairs free of charge to very young disabled children since 2011.  Designability, which began life in 1968 as the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering, has helped more than 300,000 disabled children and adults live with...

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