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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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Job losses, cash-strapped firms and furloughed staff. Grim picture of pandemic’s toll on West of England

June 19, 2020
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Job losses, cash-strapped firms and furloughed staff. Grim picture of pandemic’s toll on West of England

Unemployment has soared by 145% in the West of England since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to figures published today, with just nearly 40,000 people claiming jobless benefits. At the same time, around 22% of the region’s workforce – 132,600 people – have been furloughed while job vacancies have fallen sharply, down...

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Bath Business Blog: Interaction. How to prepare your office so your employees can return to work safely

June 19, 2020
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Bath Business Blog: Interaction. How to prepare your office so your employees can return to work safely

With the lockdown easing and more businesses re-opening, the workplace psychologists and designers at Interaction have developed an in-depth guide to help companies prepare for their return to the office safely, confidently and responsibly.    Safely It doesn’t need to be complicated. But you do need to be thorough. It starts with following government and HSE guidance, developing policies and communications....

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Historic Wells to join the digital age as work starts on installing city’s fast broadband network

June 18, 2020
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Historic Wells to join the digital age as work starts on installing city’s fast broadband network

Rural broadband provider Truespeed has started to build its network in Wells – with a pledge to present the historic city with gigabit-capable broadband connectivity in time for Christmas. The Keynsham-based firm got the green light at the start of this month. The goal is to connect people who have signed up to Truespeed’s...

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Bath student wins award after Women in Property SW decides the show must (virtually) go on

June 16, 2020
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Bath student wins award after Women in Property SW decides the show must (virtually) go on

A University of Bath civil engineering student is to represent the South West at the national Women in Property Student Awards after the regional heat was staged virtually. Lobbying and networking organisation Women in Property South West decided not to let social distancing get in the way of its 2020 Student Awards.  Families, friends...

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£1m coronavirus interuption loan secures bakery group’s future as it prepares to reopen outlets

June 12, 2020
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£1m coronavirus interuption loan secures bakery group’s future as it prepares to reopen outlets

A bakery chain based near Bath is to reopen its 45 branches after securing £1m in funding through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). The Cornish Bakery, which has its headquarters at Paulton and an outlet in Abbey Churchyard in Bath, closed the doors of its bakeries to customers on March 23 and...

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Bath buildings shortlisted for prestigious RIBA regional award

June 12, 2020
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Three buildings from the Bath area – a new university campus, a community hub and an architects’ office – are in the running for a major regional architecture award. Bath Spa University’s Locksbrook Campus, the community hub at the city’s Mulberry Park housing development and architecture firm Stonewood Design’s office in Corsham are among...

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Wincanton launches group-wide drive towards positive change on mental wellbeing

June 12, 2020
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Wincanton launches group-wide drive towards positive change on mental wellbeing

Logistics company Wincanton has partnered with charity Mates in Mind to provide all its employees with support and guidance on mental health. The Chippenham-based group said the move was part of the ongoing commitment to support its 17,700 workers, including 4,000-plus drivers, with their mental wellbeing and was an important step towards breaking the...

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