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£1m fund launched to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

June 12, 2020
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£1m fund launched to help firms innovate to meet challenges of the coronavirus crisis

Small and medium-sized Bath businesses investing in digital innovation to address challenges arising from Covid-19 can access grants of between £10,000 and £40,000 under a new scheme started by UWE Bristol. The university’s £1m Digital Innovation Fund is aimed at helping firms ranging from start-ups and micro businesses to more established organisations as they...

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Bounce-back from Covid-19 could bring new investment to region’s commercial property market

June 11, 2020
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Bounce-back from Covid-19 could bring new investment to region’s commercial property market

The West of England’s commercial property market could receive an unexpected boost from the coronavirus pandemic as London-based occupiers look to the regions to cut costs, according to one of the sector’s top economists. Dr Walter Boettcher, UK chief economist at global commercial property services company Colliers International, said that while many investors viewed...

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UK quarantine rules hitting Bath’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

June 11, 2020
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UK quarantine rules hitting Bath’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has joined bodies representing business, education and employment in urging the government to rethink its controversial quarantine rules for travellers arriving in the UK. In an open letter to the home, foreign and transport secretaries, Business West, UK Hospitality, Universities UK and others argue that it was...

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Designer menswear retailer welcomes ‘lifeline’ of Business Interruption Loan Scheme

June 11, 2020
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Designer menswear retailer welcomes ‘lifeline’ of Business Interruption Loan Scheme

One of the West of England’s largest independent men’s fashion retailers is surviving the coronavirus lockdown after securing government-backed bank funding from Barclays.  Peasedown St John-based John Anthony has been forced to close its five outlets, which sell designer menswear, pictured, including its store on Bath’s High Street. While it has been able to...

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Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

June 9, 2020
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Programme launched to support employees’ mental health during Covid-19 crisis

A new support programme has been set up to help Bath firms whose employees’ mental health and wellbeing have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is investing £100,000 to develop Thrive West, which aims to address some of the key mental health issues businesses say their employees...

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Help for small firms to bounce back from the impact of coronavius by boosting their online presence

June 5, 2020
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Help for small firms to bounce back from the impact of coronavius by boosting their online presence

A new programme to help Bath’s small businesses improve their digital presence has been launched by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) as it expands its Growth Hub to help firms bounce back from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Trading Better Online programme has been developed in partnership with regional tech...

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Online consultation gets underway on ‘transformational’ proposals for Bath’s Quays North area

June 5, 2020
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Online consultation gets underway on ‘transformational’ proposals for Bath’s Quays North area

The public is getting the chance to go online to view – and comment on – Bath’s planned Quays North development, which is poised to transform a high-profile site on the edge of the city centre. The project will regenerate the area around the Avon Street car park site with 176,292 sq ft of...

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Deadline looming for grants of up to £5,000 for some firms hit by impact of Covid-19

June 5, 2020
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Deadline looming for grants of up to £5,000 for some firms hit by impact of Covid-19

Bath firms based in shared offices or flexible workspaces, as well as B&Bs and guest houses, have only a few days left to apply for a grant up to £5,000 from a special business support grant. The Small Business Grants Discretionary Fund was established to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak but...

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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

June 4, 2020
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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

An eight-point checklist to help owner-managers deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their businesses has been launched by the South West arm of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3. The organisation’s members, who include insolvency practitioners, lawyers, and turnaround and restructuring experts, work with business owners to mitigate and resolve financial...

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Wiltshire care home deal completed by Royds Withy King despite impact of Covid-19

June 2, 2020
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Wiltshire care home deal completed by Royds Withy King despite impact of Covid-19

Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King has helped a regional care provider group acquire of an eighth care home despite the deal completing during the coronavirus lockdown. The firm, a leading provider of legal services to the social care sector, acted for Swindon-based Coate Water Care in the transaction to buy the home in...

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