Property

Six new members bring more diverse backgrounds and experiences to LEP board

October 17, 2019
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Six new members bring more diverse backgrounds and experiences to LEP board

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has refreshed its board – and addressed a major gender imbalance – by recruiting six new business leaders to help it shape the economic future of the region. The six senior businesses leaders – five of them women – work across a range of sectors and...

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Time running out for firms to benefit from Green Business Grants

October 10, 2019
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Time running out for firms to benefit from Green Business Grants

The deadline is looming for Bath’s small and medium-sized businesses to apply for grants to help them improve their energy efficiency by reducing bills and protect against future price rises. A £1m fund has been set up by the West of England Combined Authority through which businesses across the region can apply for a...

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Curo lands funding to build hundreds of affordable homes across West of England

October 10, 2019
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Curo lands funding to build hundreds of affordable homes across West of England

Bath-based housing association Curo is to invest £25m of government money in building 340 affordable homes in the West of England over the next five years. It has formed a strategic partnership with Homes England to deliver the much-needed housing supported by the West of England Combined Authority, which includes Bath & North East...

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Singapore investment group to reveal project to transform The Min into luxury hotel and spa

October 4, 2019
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Singapore investment group to reveal project to transform The Min into luxury hotel and spa

Ambitious plans to convert Bath’s Royal Mineral Water Hospital into an upmarket hotel and spa are to go on show to the public for the first time. Singapore-based hotel investor Fragrance Group acquired the redundant Grade-II*-listed Min, pictured, from the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust in January last year for £21.5m.  The...

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Entire workforce at estate agents Andrews helps raise £20,000 for global charity

September 26, 2019
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Entire workforce at estate agents Andrews helps raise £20,000 for global charity

A year of fundraising at estate agency and lettings group Andrews – including staging special Halloween and Valentine’s Day events – raised nearly £20,000 for an international charity providing support for carers. The entire 500 strong staff of Keynsham-headquartered Andrews supported the efforts – with its network of 50 branches and head offices taking...

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National group snaps up Bath townhouse hotel as it targets expansion into key markets

September 26, 2019
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National group snaps up Bath townhouse hotel as it targets expansion into key markets

A four-star hotel in Bath has been sold for £4.1m to a national operator in a move that gives it its first outlet in the city. Privately owned Henrietta House, a four-star Georgian townhouse hotel on Henrietta St, has become part of Axcel Hospitality, joining more than 20 venues in the Croydon-based group spread...

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Bath Chamber of Commerce signs global pact to ‘take bold action’ over climate change

September 20, 2019
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Bath Chamber of Commerce signs global pact to ‘take bold action’ over climate change

The organisation behind Bath Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with more than 450 chambers across the world to sign up to an international agreement to tackle climate change. Business West, which also runs the Bath & North East Somerset Initiative, said its commitment to the International Chambers of Commerce Chambers Climate Coalition showed...

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Property developer builds its portfolio with funding for Wiltshire housing scheme

September 20, 2019
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Property developer builds its portfolio with funding for Wiltshire housing scheme

Construction firm Stonewood Builders, which specialises in high-specification refurbishment, conversion and new build projects, is continuing to grow after securing funds to build 38 homes. Castle Combe-based Stonewood is to build the two, three, four, and five-bed houses – 10 of them affordable – on land it has acquired in Great Somerford, near Chippenham. ...

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CBRE appoints new regional head of valuations

September 18, 2019
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CBRE appoints new regional head of valuations

Richard Crane has joined the regional office of global real estate advisory firm CBRE as a director in its valuations team covering the South West and South Wales. Richard, pictured, is responsible for investment valuations across all sectors of commercial property on behalf of institutional clients such as asset management investment firm Columbia Threadneedle. ...

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Renewable electricity deal major step on journey towards carbon neutral status, says Bristol Airport

September 13, 2019
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Renewable electricity deal major step on journey towards carbon neutral status, says Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has switched to a 100% renewable electricity supply in what it described as “a significant step towards reducing its carbon footprint”. Under the three-year agreement with Danish global renewable energy supplier Ørsted, the airport’s annual electricity use of 17m kWh will be powered entirely by renewable sources. Electricity is the largest contributor to...

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