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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

May 18, 2020
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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is launching a series of expert webinars and virtual networking events to help small firms bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The webinars will address key practical issues and challenges facing firms as lockdown measures are eased while the online networking sessions will enable...

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Bath Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

May 14, 2020
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Bath Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most important for businesses. Many businesses have suffered a massive shock to income, and furloughing has offered an ability to keep outgoings to a minimum,...

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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

May 12, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to October will be a “huge relief” to firms in the West of England, according to the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, said its research showed the scheme, launched by Mr Sunak, pictured, in March,...

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Pair of senior appointments boost Thrings’ private client offering

May 5, 2020
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Regional law firm Thrings has strengthened its private wealth team in Bath by appointing Kathryn Bew and Jermaine Smith as senior associate and associate respectively. A specialist in family law, Kathryn, pictured right, has more than 26 years’ experience of advising UK-based and international clients and also offers non-adversarial approaches to the resolution of...

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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

May 3, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses in the West of England has been highlighted again in the results of two more surveys – with one showing two-thirds of firms suffered a fall in orders while the second reveals productivity is down at 80% of the region’s small manufacturers. Unsurprisingly, confidence levels...

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Bath private client head takes over as chair at Stone King in firm-wide round of promotions

May 1, 2020
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Bath private client head takes over as chair at Stone King in firm-wide round of promotions

Bath-headquartered national law firm Stone King has appointed a new chair along with a raft of promotions in practice areas ranging from employment to property. Head of private client sector Alison Allen, pictured, who is based in its Bath office, takes over as chair from Ann Phillips, a London-based partner in the firm’s charity...

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Century-old foodservice firm successfully offloads parts of business despite Covid-19 crisis

April 30, 2020
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Century-old foodservice firm successfully offloads parts of business despite Covid-19 crisis

A long-established family-run foodservice firm has overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sector by selling parts of its business. Midsomer Norton-based L&F Jones, which trades as Jones Food Solutions, disposed of its wholesale and butchery divisions to a Devon-based food supplier, allowing it to concentrate on its core hotel and convenience...

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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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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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