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Business groups call for more support for firms as Johnson unveils roadmap out of lockdown

February 22, 2021
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The South West’s largest business organisation has said many of its members will be “disappointed” with the government’s roadmap for taking England out of national lockdown. Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, said following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement in the House of Commons this afternoon the onus was now on ministers...

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Future shares soar to record high after it says profits should be much better than expected

February 19, 2021
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Future shares soar to record high after it says profits should be much better than expected

Shares in rapid-growth Bath media group Future soared above £21 for the first time in its history today as it said its full-year profits are likely to be much higher than expected. The highly acquisitive group, whose titles span TechRadar, PC Gamer and Country Life, also updated shareholders on its latest deals, including the...

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Jobs boom at Lovehoney as global lockdowns trigger big rise in sales of its pleasure products

February 19, 2021
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Jobs boom at Lovehoney as global lockdowns trigger big rise in sales of its pleasure products

A surge in sales of sex toys during the pandemic has resulted in retailer Lovehoney taking on an additional 70 staff at its Bath headquarters. The firm – which was launched, appropriately, from a bedroom in the city in 2002 – has enjoyed a whopping 200% sales boost in many of its overseas markets...

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Bath’s the star again as TV detectives McDonald & Dodds return to the small screen

February 18, 2021
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Bath’s the star again as TV detectives McDonald & Dodds return to the small screen

Fresh from its starring role in hit TV period drama Bridgerton, Bath will provide the backdrop for the return of contemporary detective series McDonald & Dodds later this month. The first three episodes of McDonald & Dodds, which starred Tala Gouveia and Jason Waktins, pictured, as mismatched detectives, were a big hit with viewers when screened a...

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Inspecs focuses on sustainability with new range of industry-leading biodegradable glasses

February 18, 2021
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Inspecs focuses on sustainability with new range of industry-leading biodegradable glasses

Bath-based spectacles designer and manufacturer Inspecs has launched its own sustainable range in what it has described as a massive step forward for its industry. The collection, called Botaniq, has been designed by the firm’s in-house technical experts using biodegradable natural, recycled and recyclable material in direct response to consumer demand for sustainable products....

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Support grants worth more than £12m handed to Bath businesses hit by Covid lockdowns

February 18, 2021
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Support grants worth more than £12m handed to Bath businesses hit by Covid lockdowns

Nearly 2,000 businesses across Bath and North East Somerset forced to close as a result of the third national lockdown have received more than £12m in support grants. Bath & North East Somerset Council had processed 1,825 applications by Wednesday of last week, paying out a total of  £11m in support grants and £1.4m...

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Fast-growing Truespeed promises full fibre broadband for its home city as it expands across South West

February 12, 2021
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Fast-growing Truespeed promises full fibre broadband for its home city as it expands across South West

Bath-based broadband provider Truespeed has started rolling out its ultrafast network in its home city for the first time after nearly seven years providing rural areas and market towns with full fibre connectivity. The firm, based on Lower Bristol Road, was launched in 2014 by three investors fed up with poor broadband in their homes...

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Media innovators sought for unique programme exploring future of publishing

February 12, 2021
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Media innovators sought for unique programme exploring future of publishing

Bath media firms looking at ways of engaging with emerging tech can apply for funding under a scheme designed to explore future content creation and distribution. The Amplified Publishing Pathfinder project offers funding ranging from £5,000 each for six industry partners to £12,000 each for six fellowships to give organisations the time, space and...

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Bath craft brewery toasts huge sales increase with coveted award win

February 12, 2021
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Bath craft brewery toasts huge sales increase with coveted award win

A 250% increase in online sales last year has earned Bath craft brewery Electric Bear Brewing a coveted award based on votes by satisfied customers. The Brassmill Lane brewery, whose brands include Zorbing pale ale and Mixtape lager, collected the Feefo Gold Trusted after making and distributing 120,000 cans of beer during what has...

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Bath to benefit from innovative scheme that uses live-streaming tech to link events in different cities

February 11, 2021
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Bath to benefit from innovative scheme that uses live-streaming tech to link events in different cities

Bath’s pandemic-hit meetings and events industry is to get free access to a pioneering scheme that allows events staged in different cities to link up through live-streaming technology. Nationwide initiative Hybrid Event Solutions UK (HESUK) has been launched by the convention bureaus covering England’s main cities – including the recently-launched regional body that promotes...

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