Green/sustainable business

Business support funding keeps garden centre group trading despite being forced to close

May 1, 2020
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Business support funding keeps garden centre group trading despite being forced to close

A family-owned garden centre group which celebrates its half-century this year is continuing to trade through the coronavirus crisis after securing funding from Barclays under the government’s business support scheme. Whitehall Garden Centres, which has its headquarters at Lacock, near Chippenham, was forced to close its three outlets at what would have been a...

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Coronavirus update: Welcome for government’s ‘bounce back’ loans for small firms

April 28, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Welcome for government’s ‘bounce back’ loans for small firms

Business organisations have welcomed new measures by the government to help small firms survive the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting the fact that around half are being rejected for loans under the existing scheme. Business West, the organisation that runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, said Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured, had listened to complaints from struggling small...

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£1m boost for crisis-hit independent fitness providers from MoveGB’s streaming service

April 24, 2020
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£1m boost for crisis-hit independent fitness providers from MoveGB’s streaming service

Bath-based fitness subscription firm MoveGB has generated more £1m for the fitness, yoga and dance instructors across the country since launching its lockdown-inspired Move At Home service. In less than a month more than 40,000 classes have been streamed through the service and the number of classes and providers continues to grow by the...

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Bath’s crisis-hit charities receive emergency cash aid from Quartet’s Coronavirus Response Fund

April 24, 2020
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Bath’s crisis-hit charities receive emergency cash aid from Quartet’s Coronavirus Response Fund

Bath charities helping the city cope with the coronavirus crisis are benefiting from a share of more than £400,000 handed out in just a month by the West of England’s community foundation. Some £413,000 has been given in grants by Quartet since March 23. From a standing start, its Coronavirus Response Fund has helped...

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Coronavirus update: Bath firms enter 2.6 Challenge to raise much-needed funds for Julian House

April 24, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Bath firms enter 2.6 Challenge to raise much-needed funds for Julian House

Three Bath businesses are taking on the national 2.6 Challenge in aid of city charity Julian House to help people experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus crisis. Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King, The Royal Crescent Hotel and advanced analytics company Actual Experience have signed up for the challenge, which takes place this Sunday, April...

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Coronavirus update: Survey shows many West firms ‘looking into the abyss’ as pandemic hits sales

April 23, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Survey shows many West firms ‘looking into the abyss’ as pandemic hits sales

Fewer than one in six West of England firms believe they will be able to cope if the coronavirus crisis lasts for more than six months, according to the results of the first major survey highlighting the impact of the pandemic on the region’s businesses. More than 70% of firms have already suffered a...

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Coronavirus update: New task force will aim to shape West of England’s post-pandemic economy

April 22, 2020
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Coronavirus update: New task force will aim to shape West of England’s post-pandemic economy

A taskforce bringing together businesses, universities and the West of England’s local authorities is being set up to ensure the region’s economy recovers as quickly as possible from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The new group will also represent the region in discussions with central government to make sure its needs are heard...

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Coronavirus update: Support for government’s Future Fund scheme to help innovative firms survive

April 21, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Support for government’s Future Fund scheme to help innovative firms survive

The government’s £1.25bn funding package to support innovative start-ups and research-intensive firms impacted by the coronavirus pandemic has been welcomed by business and civic leaders in the West of England. The measures include a Future Fund – a new £500m loan scheme for high-growth firms – and £750m of targeted support for small and...

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Coronavirus update: Crisis-hit Bath firms receiving support funding – but many could be missing out

April 17, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Crisis-hit Bath firms receiving support funding – but many could be missing out

More than 740 businesses in the Bath area have received urgent support grants from Bath & North East Somerset Council totalling £11m to help them stave off the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The council’s Invest in Bath business support team worked throughout the Easter weekend to continue processing applications for the central government-funded...

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Coronavirus update: Community foundation comes to aid of crisis-hit Bath charities

April 16, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Community foundation comes to aid of crisis-hit Bath charities

Small charities in Bath have received much-needed finance from an emergency fund set up by region’s community foundation to help them cope with spiralling demand as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Quartet Community Foundation, which covers Bath and across the West of England, has distributed more than £250,000 to local charitable organisations since...

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