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Business festival promises to bring Bath firms together virtually to boost city’s recovery

July 3, 2020
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Business festival promises to bring Bath firms together virtually to boost city’s recovery

Bath is to stage its first virtual business festival to help firms in the city start to bounce back from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Taking place on July 22, Bath Business Festival (BBF) will celebrate the city’s business offering as well as giving its firms a unique chance to meet, learn, share,...

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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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Inclusive publishing workshop provides the spark for Bath Spa students to complete e-book

June 30, 2020
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Inclusive publishing workshop provides the spark for Bath Spa students to complete e-book

Students at Bath Spa University studying for an MA in Children’s Publishing have teamed up with inclusive children’s publisher Knights Of to create an e-book edition of a debut novel. A Kind of Spark by neurodivergent Scottish author Elle McNicoll tells the story of 11-year-old Addie’s campaign for a memorial of the witch trials...

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Bath’s universities plug into digital project aiming to put South West at the leading edge of screen media

June 26, 2020
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Bath’s universities plug into digital project aiming to put South West at the leading edge of screen media

Both of Bath’s universities are to play key roles in a major new project aimed at making the South West an international trailblazer in screen-based media. The MyWorld initiative could generate more than 700 jobs across the region through new digital formats and technologies, creating innovative experiences across fiction, documentary, games, and live performance. ...

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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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Virtual conferencing introduced at Bath’s Apex Hotel as it looks to post-lockdown events market

June 25, 2020
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Virtual conferencing introduced at Bath’s Apex Hotel as it looks to post-lockdown events market

The Apex City of Bath Hotel has installed virtual conferencing technology as it prepares to reopen following the easing of the coronavirus lockdown. The hotel, which houses the city’s largest purpose-built conference and events facilities, believes the future of the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) industry is based on increased use of technology...

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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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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

June 23, 2020
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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

A surprise fall in the number of corporate insolvencies could herald the ‘calm before the storm’, the South West branch of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 has warned. Figures published by the Insolvency Service show a 30% drop in companies going bust at the height of the coronavirus crisis in May compared to...

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