Technology

Business festival promises to bring Bath firms together virtually to boost city’s recovery

July 3, 2020
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Business festival promises to bring Bath firms together virtually to boost city’s recovery

Bath is to stage its first virtual business festival to help firms in the city start to bounce back from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Taking place on July 22, Bath Business Festival (BBF) will celebrate the city’s business offering as well as giving its firms a unique chance to meet, learn, share,...

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Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

July 3, 2020
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Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

Business confidence has bounced back stronger in the South West than any other part of the UK, according to a new survey – but many firms remain gloomy and one in 10 expects to stay closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The monthly Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking had shown a huge...

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Financial resilience programme launched to prepare small firms for post Covid-19 business life

July 2, 2020
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Financial resilience programme launched to prepare small firms for post Covid-19 business life

Bath’s small businesses are being offered the chance to get free help to manage their finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to a new programme launched by West of England Mayor Tim Bowles. The accountancy support programme is being delivered in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and...

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Bath’s universities plug into digital project aiming to put South West at the leading edge of screen media

June 26, 2020
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Bath’s universities plug into digital project aiming to put South West at the leading edge of screen media

Both of Bath’s universities are to play key roles in a major new project aimed at making the South West an international trailblazer in screen-based media. The MyWorld initiative could generate more than 700 jobs across the region through new digital formats and technologies, creating innovative experiences across fiction, documentary, games, and live performance. ...

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Good Energy powers ahead in electric vehicle market by increasing stake in Zap-Map app

June 25, 2020
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Good Energy powers ahead in electric vehicle market by increasing stake in Zap-Map app

Clean energy group Good Energy has taken effective control of Zap-Map, the popular app for the UK’s 300,000 electric vehicle (EV) drivers in which it bought a minority stake last year. Chippenham-based Good Energy snapped up a 12.9% share in Zap-Map’s parent company Next Green Car in March last year for just over £1m...

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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

June 25, 2020
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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

An online service promising impartial financial advice for Bath firms on funding options has been launched by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. According to Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, its Finance Hub will be free from confusing jargon or any hard sell, enabling businesses to decide what sort of...

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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

June 23, 2020
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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

Business groups have cautiously backed the reduction of many coronavirus lockdown restrictions announced earlier this week by the Prime Minister. But they also warned that other measures to boost the economy were still needed to avoid widespread business failures and job losses.  In a major boost to the West of England’s vital tourism and...

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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

June 23, 2020
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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

A surprise fall in the number of corporate insolvencies could herald the ‘calm before the storm’, the South West branch of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 has warned. Figures published by the Insolvency Service show a 30% drop in companies going bust at the height of the coronavirus crisis in May compared to...

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Growth is just the ticket for travel industry disruptor as it lands first major investment

June 19, 2020
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Growth is just the ticket for travel industry disruptor as it lands first major investment

Bath-based travel tech start-up Tickitto has booked itself onto a period of expansion after receiving $700,000 (£563,850) in funding. The firm, which aims to help travel retailers access tickets to events and travel-related experiences through one single connection, will to use the money from the pre-seed round to scale its engineering team and build...

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Historic Wells to join the digital age as work starts on installing city’s fast broadband network

June 18, 2020
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Historic Wells to join the digital age as work starts on installing city’s fast broadband network

Rural broadband provider Truespeed has started to build its network in Wells – with a pledge to present the historic city with gigabit-capable broadband connectivity in time for Christmas. The Keynsham-based firm got the green light at the start of this month. The goal is to connect people who have signed up to Truespeed’s...

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