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Return of Bath Christmas Market brings much-needed boost to city centre businesses

December 16, 2022
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Return of Bath Christmas Market brings much-needed boost to city centre businesses

Bath’s Christmas Market, which returned this year for the first tiime since 2019, has been described as a “resounding success” by business and tourism chiefs, while Google has revealed it was the second most searched for festive market in the UK. Visitor numbers were up on some days compared to three years ago, while...

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Changes in store for 1980s shopping mall as new agents target wider mix of tenants

December 13, 2022
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Changes in store for 1980s shopping mall as new agents target wider mix of tenants

New occupiers for a shopping centre that changed hands this summer in a multi-million pound deal are being sought by its recently appointed property agency – with an emphasis on restaurant, leisure and health operators. National property consultancy Carter Jonas was taken as the sole leasing agents for the Emery Gate centre in Chippenham,...

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Bath tourism and hospitality venues strike gold to give city successful night at regional sector awards

December 9, 2022
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Bath tourism and hospitality venues strike gold to give city successful night at regional sector awards

Businesses and venues from Bath’s tourism and hospitality industries have again landed an armful of accolades at a regional awards ceremony. The Roman Baths and Pump Room, Lucknam Park & Spa and No.15 by GuestHouse, Bath were among the top winners at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards, with a number of first-time entrants also...

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Coveted hotel industry ‘Oscar’ recognises ‘truly caring nature’ of Bath hotel chef

December 8, 2022
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Coveted hotel industry ‘Oscar’ recognises ‘truly caring nature’ of Bath hotel chef

Bath’s only Michelin-starred chef, Chris Cleghorn of the Olive Tree Restaurant, has been named the Hotel Restaurant Chef of the Year at the hotel industry ‘Oscars’, the Hotel Cateys. The prestigious awards celebrate the UK’s most successful hotel operators and their employees and are the industry’s only truly independent benchmark of operational excellence, with...

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Good Energy powers into fast-growing heat pump market by snapping up installation firm

December 7, 2022
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Good Energy powers into fast-growing heat pump market by snapping up installation firm

Heat pump installation firm Igloo has been snapped up by 100% renewable electricity provider Good Energy as it continues to look for growth opportunities in other green energy markets. The Chippenham-headquartered group, which also part owns electric vehicle charge point mapping app Zap-Map, is paying £1.75m for Igloo.  It said the takeover “represented a...

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£4m departure lounge upgrade takes off at Bristol Airport as it continues to recover from pandemic

December 2, 2022
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£4m departure lounge upgrade takes off at Bristol Airport as it continues to recover from pandemic

Work on a £4m redevelopment of Bristol Airport’s departure lounge has started as passenger numbers continue to approach pre-pandemic level. The airport, which this summer claimed to have the fastest recovery of any in the UK, said the scheme would improve the pre-flight shopping and dining experience for passengers with enhanced facilities to its...

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Surprise bounce back in confidence for region’s firms last month despite mounting economic gloom

December 1, 2022
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Surprise bounce back in confidence for region’s firms last month despite mounting economic gloom

Confidence levels among South West firms about their prospects and those of the UK economy have unexpectedly increased, according to a new survey – although optimism remains far lower than it did just months ago. While confidence fell by four percentage points during October to minus 4%, last month it picked back up to plus 5%...

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Bath designer behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay hails their iconic status 10 years after opening

November 30, 2022
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Bath designer behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay hails their iconic status 10 years after opening

The founder of a Bath-based landscape architecture practice responsible for the design of Singapore’s world-renowned Gardens by the Bay has revisited it to attend its 10th anniversary celebrations. Grant Associates director Andrew Grant RDI, who led on the design of the iconic project, joined the President of the Republic of Singapore and government ministers...

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Rainforest charity and solar firm team up to help save endangered habitat of ‘Paddington bears’

November 30, 2022
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Rainforest charity and solar firm team up to help save endangered habitat of ‘Paddington bears’

Bath-based charity Rainforest Concern has signed up renewable energy contractor Solarsense as a partner to help it protect rare habitat in the Tropical Andes. For every square metre of rooftop solar panels installed by Clevedon-based Solarsense in the coming year, it will sponsor 10 times the square metreage in the rainforest, which is home...

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Free workforce development support for Bath businesses to prepare for the future

November 29, 2022
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Free workforce development support for Bath businesses to prepare for the future

Firms in the Bath can ensure they are fit for the future by taking advantage of free support on offer under a Workforce for the Future programme. Staged by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, Workforce for the Future provides fully funded, tailored and in-depth support for firms with fewer than 250 employees to...

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