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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

December 11, 2020
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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

Bath firms have slammed government financial support for businesses forced to close during the most recent lockdown as grossly inadequate. Some 54% of West of England businesses that were shuttered during November – including restaurants, cafes and non-essential retailers – said the financial assistance covered less than a quarter of their overheads, a new...

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Growth at the double at construction consulting firm as it builds its team and moves office

December 11, 2020
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Growth at the double at construction consulting firm as it builds its team and moves office

Construction consulting firm Voloco has doubled its workforce and achieved annual sales growth of 80% after expanding its services this year. The firm, which now employs eight staff, also moved to larger offices in Marshfield from its previous serviced accommodation at Aztec West, near Bristol.  Voloco provides bespoke flexible and responsive services such as quantity...

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Environmental agency’s rock solid expertise secures Gibraltar cable car station upgrade

December 10, 2020
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Environmental agency’s rock solid expertise secures Gibraltar cable car station upgrade

Environmental development firm Engain has helped deliver a project to upgrade the iconic cable car station at the top of the Rock of Gibraltar while also protecting its famous Barbary apes and other wildlife. Experts from the Frome-based firm, which specialises in projects involving the environment, ecology and climate change, were called in by...

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Christmas market will unwrap historic buildings on major development site

December 10, 2020
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Christmas market will unwrap historic buildings on major development site

Historic buildings at the centre of a major town centre regeneration scheme will be opened to the public for the first time in more than a decade when the site stages a Christmas market. The owners of Innox Mills, a 10-acre brownfield site in Trowbridge, have teamed up with The Anonymous Travelling Market, the...

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Wincanton cultivates eCommerce business with three-year garden centre group contract

December 10, 2020
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Wincanton cultivates eCommerce business with three-year garden centre group contract

Logistics group Wincanton’s focus on the eCommerce market has landed it another major contract with a multi-channel retailer – the UK’s largest garden centre operator Dobbies. The Scottish firm, which has 68 stores across the UK, is the latest in a stream of retailers to sign up with Wincanton since it adopted a bigger...

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Pair of offices with literary connection in Bath’s iconic Laura Place to go up for auction

December 10, 2020
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Pair of offices with literary connection in Bath’s iconic Laura Place to go up for auction

Two vacant offices in Bath’s Laura Place - one of the main settings in Jane Austen’s final book Persuasion - are to be sold at auction next week. The offices, along with two unoccupied flats in the same three Grade I listed buildings, will go under the hammer with a guide price of £4m-plus.  Acquired by their current...

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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

December 8, 2020
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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

A third of South West firms still do not know if they will be impacted by Brexit with less than four weeks to go to the end of the UK-EU transition period, according to a new survey. At the same time 46% are worried that Brexit could have a bigger impact on them than...

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Bath hit harder than other cities, warns BID, as stores, bars and cafes count cost of Covid-19

December 4, 2020
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Bath hit harder than other cities, warns BID, as stores, bars and cafes count cost of Covid-19

Bath city centre bars, restaurants and shops lost at least £142m during the first national Covid-19 lockdown while the cancellation of its iconic Christmas market will deal the city a further £13.6m blow, new figures reveal. Data provided by credit card company Visa shows that expenditure lost to the hospitality and retail sectors in...

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Airport digital map that stops passengers getting lost set for take off after firm lands investment

December 4, 2020
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Airport digital map that stops passengers getting lost set for take off after firm lands investment

A Bath firm producing digital maps that stop passengers getting lost in busy airports and missing their flights has received further investment to roll out the technology across the world. Living Map, which was founded in 2010 by urban design consultant Tim Fendley and now employs more than 25 people, will also use the...

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Covid-hit independent Bath hotel looks to brighter future after winning pair of major awards

December 3, 2020
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Covid-hit independent Bath hotel looks to brighter future after winning pair of major awards

A Bath boutique hotel has landed two major industry awards at the end of a year during which it suffered a fire just hours after being forced to close in the first national lockdown while its owners also caught Covid-19. The four-AA-star, 29-room hotel Queensberry Hotel was named Independent Hotel of the Year at...

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