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Furniture retailer signs up Wincanton to deliver on its customer service promise

August 28, 2020
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Furniture retailer signs up Wincanton to deliver on its customer service promise

Wincanton, Britain’s largest third-party logistics business, has won a three-year contract to with furniture retailer Dwell, including click-and-collect services in its stores and home deliveries. Under the agreement Chippenham-based Wincanton will also manage store replenishment from the Dwell’s Milton Keynes distribution centre.  Formed in 2003 and owned by DFS since 2014, Dwell sells sofas, dining...

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New team at Georgian pub look to further develop its strong food offering

August 28, 2020
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New team at Georgian pub look to further develop its strong food offering

The new management team at an award-winning historic pub are promising to build on its strong reputation and take its food offering to the next level. Kevin Chandler takes over as head chef of The Methuen Arms in Corsham next week along with new general manager Hannah Liquorish.  Kevin, pictured with Hannah, right and...

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Gloomy West firms start to axe jobs as they count cost of coronavirus on profits

August 21, 2020
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Gloomy West firms start to axe jobs as they count cost of coronavirus on profits

The coronavirus pandemic has hit profits at more than 60% of firms in the West of England – with nearly one-in-seven fearing they will never return to pre-Covid levels of activity, according to the largest business survey in the region. Just under a quarter of firms have, or plan to, axe jobs with a...

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State-of-the-art university campus in running for another two coveted property awards

August 21, 2020
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State-of-the-art university campus in running for another two coveted property awards

Bath Spa University’s Locksbrook Campus is in line to do the treble in regional property awards after being shortlisted for two more accolades. The former furniture factory, pictured, now a multi million-pound, state-of-the-art campus for the university’s art and design students, is in the running in two categories of the 2020 Michelmores Property Awards.  The awards,...

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Government eviction rules still failing landlords, according to Bath property lawyer

August 20, 2020
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Government eviction rules still failing landlords, according to Bath property lawyer

Landlords are being failed by government policy despite the lifting this weekend of restrictions on tenant evictions introduced at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, a top property lawyer claims. Jacqui Walton, pictured, a senior paralegal in Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King’s residential property team, said there was unlikely to be an immediate...

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Pioneering ultra-low energy homes to open in Bath as part of Curo pilot scheme

August 14, 2020
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Pioneering ultra-low energy homes to open in Bath as part of Curo pilot scheme

Bath’s first ultra-energy efficient homes are on course to be opened next month by city-based housing association and housebuilder Curo. Curo is building the four Passivhaus-certified houses, pictured, at its 700-home Mulberry Park development on the former Foxhill MoD site on the outskirts of Bath.  The three-bedroom homes, which form part of a pilot scheme, will be...

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Hard winter for businesses forecast as rents arrears and debts trigger big increase in insolvencies

August 14, 2020
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Hard winter for businesses forecast as rents arrears and debts trigger big increase in insolvencies

A steep rise in corporate insolvencies linked to the coronavirus pandemic is being predicted for this winter – and could start as early as October. New research from insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 indicates that lack of funds to pay their rent is likely to be the biggest cause of firms getting into...

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Region’s hospitality industry ‘will go to the wall’ without more Govt support, expert panel warns

August 7, 2020
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Region’s hospitality industry ‘will go to the wall’ without more Govt support, expert panel warns

The hospitality and leisure sectors across the West of England urgently need more targeted help from the government to avoid devastating closures and job losses, experts today warned. With the sectors employing 40,000 people and contributing £40m to region’s economy, their survival is essential.  Yet many commercial landlords are failing to accept their bar and...

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Financial boost for Bath Quays South from government’s ‘shovel-ready’ building fund

August 7, 2020
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Financial boost for Bath Quays South from government’s ‘shovel-ready’ building fund

Work on Bath’s long-awaited Quays South office development has been given a boost with financial support from a government scheme aimed at getting Britain building in the post-Covid era. The scheme, pictured, which will bring 90,000 sq ft of much-needed grade A and creative office space to the city, is included on a seven-strong list of...

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Incentives for tenants plus panoramic views give Bath office a positive outlook

August 6, 2020
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Incentives for tenants plus panoramic views give Bath office a positive outlook

High-quality office space on the edge of Bath has come onto the market with its agents promising incentives for tenants as attractive as its extensive views over the city. The 2,318 sq ft open plan accommodation, pictured, at Crescent Office Park, just off Rush Hill, has air conditioning, meeting rooms, a kitchen area, shower and WC facilities...

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