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Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

June 9, 2020
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Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

A new support programme has been set up to help Bath firms whose employees’ mental health and wellbeing have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is investing £100,000 to develop Thrive West, which aims to address some of the key mental health issues businesses say their employees...

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Help for small firms to bounce back from the impact of coronavius by boosting their online presence

June 5, 2020
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Help for small firms to bounce back from the impact of coronavius by boosting their online presence

A new programme to help Bath’s small businesses improve their digital presence has been launched by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) as it expands its Growth Hub to help firms bounce back from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Trading Better Online programme has been developed in partnership with regional tech...

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Stay-at-home shoppers double sales at Cox & Cox during lockdown

June 5, 2020
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Stay-at-home shoppers double sales at Cox & Cox during lockdown

Sales at online homewares retailer Cox & Cox have more than doubled since the coronavirus outbreak as consumers are forced to spend more time at home. The Frome-based firm, which sells a range of lighting, rugs, textiles and indoor and outdoor furniture, has also chalked up record traffic to its website.  Substantial growth was...

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Deadline looming for grants of up to £5,000 for some firms hit by impact of Covid-19

June 5, 2020
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Deadline looming for grants of up to £5,000 for some firms hit by impact of Covid-19

Bath firms based in shared offices or flexible workspaces, as well as B&Bs and guest houses, have only a few days left to apply for a grant up to £5,000 from a special business support grant. The Small Business Grants Discretionary Fund was established to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak but...

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Mostly Media launches life insurance sector disruptor with TV ad campaign

June 4, 2020
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Mostly Media launches life insurance sector disruptor with TV ad campaign

A new life insurance company aiming to disrupt the market has appointed media planning and buying agency Mostly Media to handle its launch. Primas Life has been co-founded by Grant Fowler – chief executive officer and senior solicitor at Harris Fowler, one of the UK’s top firms of personal injury solicitors.  The company aims...

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Remotely funny: Bath Spa Uni students’ course humour creates lockdown laughter show

June 4, 2020
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Remotely funny: Bath Spa Uni students’ course humour creates lockdown laughter show

A group of Bath Spa University students have created a comedy show to lift the gloom of lockdown – conceiving, writing, filming and editing it while working remotely and with social distancing measures in place. Titled Pulling the Strings, the 30-minute improvised programme has been made by students from the university’s BA (Hons) Film,...

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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

June 4, 2020
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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

An eight-point checklist to help owner-managers deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their businesses has been launched by the South West arm of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3. The organisation’s members, who include insolvency practitioners, lawyers, and turnaround and restructuring experts, work with business owners to mitigate and resolve financial...

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New finance chief for Future as it integrates £140m acquisition of rival TI Media

June 2, 2020
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New finance chief for Future as it integrates £140m acquisition of rival TI Media

Rachel Addison has been appointed to Bath media group Future’s board as chief financial officer as part of its successful acquisition of magazine group TI Media, which completed in April. Future said Rachel, pictured, who became TI Media’s chief finance officer two years ago, had a proven track record in driving, developing and delivering...

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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

May 29, 2020
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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe blow to confidence levels among South West firms – with the region now the UK’s least optimistic, according to the gloomy results of another survey. Overall confidence slumped by 16 points during the past month to minus 51% – an unenviable record for Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking’s...

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Covid-19 ‘lifeline’ support scheme for Bath’s creative firms extended

May 28, 2020
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Covid-19 ‘lifeline’ support scheme for Bath’s creative firms extended

Bath creative businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic are being offered extra support, including grants to spend on mentoring and specialist training. The additional help is being made through the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) Creative Scale Up programme. The scheme is already providing online peer and mentoring support to help businesses respond...

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