Property

Hotel complex for sale after 110-year-old parent company collapses into administration

April 9, 2021
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Hotel complex for sale after 110-year-old parent company collapses into administration

The long-established company behind a hotel, health club and golf course near Bath has gone into administration as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The 45-bedroom Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel, pictured, in Midsomer Norton has become the latest victim of the devastating impact of Covid-19 on  the hotel, retail, and leisure markets.  Family...

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Bath BID looks to help city bounce back from Covid after ballot backs it for five more years

April 8, 2021
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Bath BID looks to help city bounce back from Covid after ballot backs it for five more years

Bath’s Business Improvement District (BID) is to put a new business plan in place to help the city recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic after receiving backing for another five-year term. Based on four key strategic themes – a Welcoming City, a Smart City, a Connected City, and a Successful City –...

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Link-up with major financial services group means Andrews can build its mortgage offering

April 8, 2021
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Link-up with major financial services group means Andrews can build its mortgage offering

Property group Andrews has substantially boosted its mortgage business by joining the Openwork Partnership, an organisation with more than 4,200 financial advisers across the UK. Under the agreement Keynsham-headquartered Andrews will be able to widen its client offering to include holistic wealth advice.  It said the move would help it deepen client relationships and diversify income...

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Drive towards eCommerce during pandemic puts Wincanton on road to better-than-expected growth

April 8, 2021
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Drive towards eCommerce during pandemic puts Wincanton on road to better-than-expected growth

Logistics group Wincanton is expanding its eCommerce capacity to meet soaring demand as it continues to benefit from changes in shopping and distribution due to Covid-19. The Chippenham-based group is to lease a 528,000 sq ft, state-of-the-art, automated eFulfilment facility in Northamptonshire – its second following the acquisition of one in Warwickshire last year. ...

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Pearson May Financial Update: Extensions to Covid support schemes

April 6, 2021
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Pearson May Financial Update: Extensions to Covid support schemes

With the continued success of the vaccine rollout, hopefully we all have cause to look forward to a brighter few months ahead of us. However, it is clear that the financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic will continue to be felt for many months and years to come, writes Pearson May partner Matthew Rutter....

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Bath Business Blog: West of England Combined Authority. Protect growth and find new opportunities with Intellectual Property

April 5, 2021
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Bath Business Blog: West of England Combined Authority. Protect growth and find new opportunities with Intellectual Property

Did you know that your Intellectual Property (IP) assets can be integral to the growth and sustainability of your business? When properly managed, the value of your IP can far outweigh physical assets, accounting for over 70% of your business’s value. One of the biggest misconceptions we hear about is business owners thinking they don’t own or use any...

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MJ Church invests in new plant to meet heavy demand, thanks to £1.1m Lloyds Bank loan

April 2, 2021
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MJ Church invests in new plant to meet heavy demand, thanks to £1.1m Lloyds Bank loan

A seven-figure bank loan has set MJ Church, one of the South West’s largest civil engineering, earthworks and waste management contractors, on the road to more growth. The Marshfield-headquartered firm has used the £1.1m from Lloyds Bank to buy four new articulated Volvo dumper trucks, increasing its 25-strong fleet in response to rising demand...

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Queen Square’s pulling power lures firms to historic office buildings

April 2, 2021
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Queen Square’s pulling power lures firms to historic office buildings

A second historic office building on the edge of Bath’s Queen Square has become fully let as demand for prime commercial space in the city centre continues to grow. Northumberland House, pictured, on the corner of Northumberland Buildings and Barton Street and overlooking the iconic square, is now full following a deal with Bath...

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New South West CBI chair says it can “act as agent of positive change” as region emerges from pandemic

March 30, 2021
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New South West CBI chair says it can “act as agent of positive change” as region emerges from pandemic

National business group the CBI has appointed Adrian Bratt, the General Counsel of luxury motorboat manufacturer Princess Yachts, as the next chair of its South West region. Adrian, pictured, who is also a board director at the Plymouth-based firm, takes over from Pennon chief executive Susan Davy, who has held the role since 2018.  CBI...

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£500k boost for scheme aiming to bring empty high street shops back to life

March 26, 2021
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£500k boost for scheme aiming to bring empty high street shops back to life

A project to breathe new life into vacant shops and buildings in high streets across Bath and North East Somerset has been awarded £500,000. Empty retail properties in Bath will be used for creative projects and pop-up businesses, with satellite projects in Keynsham and Midsomer Norton to follow across a two-year programme.  The Vacant...

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