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Chance to influence council’s new transport policy as it aims to drive most petrol and diesel cars off road

August 20, 2021
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Chance to influence council’s new transport policy as it aims to drive most petrol and diesel cars off road

New proposals to help cut car use and reduce its environmental and health impacts in Bath and North East Somerset, including encouraging more walking and cycling, are to go out to consultation. Bath & North East Somerset Council has taken the upcoming update of the Local Plan – the blueprint for the area’s future...

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Bath firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

August 18, 2021
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Bath firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted a wave of innovation among businesses in Bath and across the South West, with nearly half saying they pivoted their operations to survive. According to a new Lloyds Bank survey, 46% of firms in the region they were forced to become more creative and innovative in finding new areas of...

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West of England can lead UK’s hydrogen revolution, says regional business group

August 18, 2021
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West of England can lead UK’s hydrogen revolution, says regional business group

The government’s long-awaited strategy for the UK’s burgeoning hydrogen sector – which it says could create thousands of sustainable jobs and unlock billions of pounds of investment – has been welcomed by the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, believes the West of England can be a powerhouse...

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Free event aims to help Bath’s small firms understand the sustainability agenda

August 18, 2021
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Free event aims to help Bath’s small firms understand the sustainability agenda

Bath small business owners uncertain about why sustainability, net zero and climate change are relevant to their day-to-day operations are being invited to a special event next month. Staged by Britain’s biggest business representation group, The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), ‘What is net zero and why is it important to my SME business?’...

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Confidence levels high among region’s small firms as they continue to recover from pandemic

August 13, 2021
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Confidence levels high among region’s small firms as they continue to recover from pandemic

The South West’s small and medium-sized businesses are among the UK’s most confident when it comes to their prospects and the wider economy, according to two new surveys. The latest regional survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) reveals that small business owners in the region are the country’s most optimistic for profit...

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Council vows to give more vacant shops new lease of life as retail meltdown hits city centre

August 13, 2021
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Council vows to give more vacant shops new lease of life as retail meltdown hits city centre

More empty shops are being repurposed as part of a project to breathe new life into Bath city centre as the retail sector continues to grapple with the twin impacts of the pandemic and the rise of online shopping. Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Vacant Units Action Project finds new uses for void...

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CBRE bolsters its South West planning and development team with new appointment

August 11, 2021
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CBRE bolsters its South West planning and development team with new appointment

The regional planning and development team at global real estate advisor CBRE has been strengthened with the appointment of Isabel Keppel as associate director. Isabel, pictured, has more than 11 years’ experience in planning. She began her career at engineering consultancy Arup in Bristol before moving to London to work for AECOM and then CBRE...

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Survey shows most firms are heeding climate change warnings – but one-in-five have done nothing

August 10, 2021
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Survey shows most firms are heeding climate change warnings – but one-in-five have done nothing

Nearly 70% of South West firms see climate change as a core business factor for them, according to a landmark survey of companies’ attitudes to the key issue – but, alarmingly, 21% have so far taken no action despite mounting concern over its impact. Just under half (46%) of the businesses that consider climate...

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Fraud soared as criminals used pandemic to target vulnerable firms and individuals, research shows

August 5, 2021
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Fraud soared as criminals used pandemic to target vulnerable firms and individuals, research shows

Professional criminals took advantage of the unprecedented conditions caused by the pandemic to con businesses and individuals across the South West out of millions of pounds, new figures show. According to accountancy group KPMG latest Fraud Barometer, cases reaching the region’s courts in the first half of this year soared by more than three...

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Green light for sustainable conversion of The Min into luxury hotel and spa

August 5, 2021
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Green light for sustainable conversion of The Min into luxury hotel and spa

Work on transforming Bath’s former Royal Mineral Water Hospital into a luxury hotel with spa facilities is to start soon following council approval of revised plans for the high-profile site. Singapore-based hotel investor Fragrance UK, which acquired the Grade II* listed building in 2018 for £21.5m, said its 160-bedroom scheme would support biodiversity on...

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