Property

Search starts for new chair of the Institute of Directors’ South West region

June 15, 2021
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Search starts for new chair of the Institute of Directors’ South West region

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is recruiting a new chair to lead its South West region as the role’s current holder Muir Macdonald comes to the end of his three-year term this autumn. The successful candidate will act as the voice for regional directors, working alongside a dedicated team at the IoD to build on...

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Bath Business Blog: Zoe Thomas, partner and head of real estate tax, Smith & Williamson. Losing the offshore advantage

June 15, 2021
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Bath Business Blog: Zoe Thomas, partner and head of real estate tax, Smith & Williamson. Losing the offshore advantage

In recent years, the tax landscape for property investors has changed dramatically, perhaps no more so than when it comes to non-resident capital gains tax (NRCGT). Indeed, most tax benefits that derived from having non-resident status have now been eliminated and with the new surcharge for SDLT of 2% from April 1 this year,...

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£25m project to future-proof Bath’s digital infrastructure with a full fibre network gets underway

June 11, 2021
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£25m project to future-proof Bath’s digital infrastructure with a full fibre network gets underway

Work to bring better connectivity within the reach of almost every home and business in Bath has started – with CityFibre, the UK’s largest independent full fibre platform, breaking ground in the city. CityFibre is investing £25m in a network that it says will future-proof Bath’s digital needs for generations to come. Along with...

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Bath poised to follow Barcelona by winning a rare World Heritage double listing

June 11, 2021
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Bath poised to follow Barcelona by winning a rare World Heritage double listing

Bath is another step closer to gaining a rare second World Heritage listing for its international importance to spa culture and architecture in a move that would give its tourism industry a much-needed boost.  The city is a member of Great Spas of Europe, a group of 11 spa towns across seven countries that...

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South West shrugs off impact of Covid-19 to attract more overseas firms

June 11, 2021
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South West shrugs off impact of Covid-19 to attract more overseas firms

Investment by foreign businesses into the South West rose last year despite the pandemic in contrast to a fall for the UK as a whole. According to a new report by accountancy group EY, the South West achieved a 6.7% increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in 2020 – up by two to...

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Apprenticeship Levy payers urged to support scheme that boosts training in small firms

June 10, 2021
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Apprenticeship Levy payers urged to support scheme that boosts training in small firms

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris is calling on employers to help increase the number of apprenticeships in the region. With an estimated £4m to £8m of unused Apprenticeship Levy funds returned to the Treasury each year, Mayor Norris is calling for apprentice levy-paying employers to give their unused funds to a new scheme called Share to Support.  Administered...

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Wessex Water follows up success of its poo-powered bus with a pair of fertiliser-fuelled trucks

June 10, 2021
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Wessex Water follows up success of  its poo-powered bus with a pair of fertiliser-fuelled trucks

Two sewage and food waste-powered trucks bought by Bath-based utility group Wessex Water will hit the roads this summer, ushering in a transport revolution that could potentially slash greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. The vehicles, pictured, which follow in the tyre tracks of Wessex Water’s pioneering ‘poo bus’, have been converted from...

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Free business training to help Bath’s small firms recover from impact of pandemic

June 9, 2021
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Free business training to help Bath’s small firms recover from impact of pandemic

Small businesses in Bath and North East Somerset can access a free business support service to help them grow and reach their full potential. The BANES Business Support Service is designed to help firms through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond by providing the support they need to adapt, recover and adjust to a changing...

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Plea to PM ahead of G7 Summit to pave way for more sustainable business amid global climate crisis

June 8, 2021
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Plea to PM ahead of G7 Summit to pave way for more sustainable business amid global climate crisis

The region’s largest business group has urged the Prime Minister to help create a more sustainable future for business at this weekend’s G7 summit in Cornwall. The British Chambers of Commerce South West (BCCSW) – which includes Bath Chamber of Commerce parent group Business West – has written to Boris Johnson ahead of the global...

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No.1 Royal Crescent re-opens with chance to eavesdrop on life and times of its Georgian residents

June 4, 2021
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No.1 Royal Crescent re-opens with chance to eavesdrop on life and times of its Georgian residents

Bath’s most prestigious address – No.1 Royal Crescent – has re-opened with a new immersive experience that allows visitors to see how life was lived in Georgian Bath.  Using an innovative mix of digital projections and sound featuring actors, the story of one family living in the house shortly after it was built in the...

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