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Coming next week from Bath Business News – the Coronavirus Knowledge Hub

April 3, 2020
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Coming next week from Bath Business News – the Coronavirus Knowledge Hub

As the city’s leading independent online business news provider, Bath Business News is stepping up during these challenging times to ensure that Bath remains a successful, innovative and forward-looking business hub. Next week we will launch the Bath Business News Coronavirus Knowledge Hub, a unique source of essential news, information and advice as the...

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Coronavirus update: Think carefully before taking advantage of Govt-backed crisis loans, says accountant

April 3, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Think carefully before taking advantage of Govt-backed crisis loans, says accountant

A top accountant is warning Bath firms hit by the coronavirus crisis not to rush into seeking financial help through the government’s newly-amended package of business support. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced changes to the measures yesterday amid widespread criticism that they were not assisting enough businesses and that some banks were putting too many...

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Coronavirus update: Business confidence falls as firms start to feel impact of pandemic

April 1, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Business confidence falls as firms start to feel impact of pandemic

Three-quarters of South West firms were hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the first two weeks of March, according to a new survey which also shows the outbreak has triggered a marked fall in businesses confidence in the region. Lloyds Bank’s Business Barometer – a monthly survey of more than 1,000 companies carried out...

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Coronavirus update: Business West welcomes new insolvency and red tape measures

March 30, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Business West welcomes new insolvency and red tape measures

The latest moves by the government to support businesses, including relaxing the insolvency laws and removing some red tape, have been given the thumbs up by the region’s largest business organisation. Business West described the measures, announced by Business Secretary Alok Sharma on Friday evening, as sensible steps that would help protect companies weakened...

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Bath Business Blog: Coronavirus – the latest help for businesses. By Jon Miles, tax director, Richardson Swift

March 27, 2020
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Bath Business Blog: Coronavirus – the latest help for businesses. By Jon Miles, tax director, Richardson Swift

The UK government’s reaction to the coronavirus pandemic and its financial support for businesses has been ramping up daily. But Jon Miles, tax director of Bath-based chartered accountancy firm Richardson Swift, says that while the headlines may seem clear cut, the detail of how to claim any assistance is still to be released in...

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Bath Business Blog: Isabel Thompson, Warner McCall Resilience. Cyber security guidance for remote working during Covid-19

March 27, 2020
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Bath Business Blog: Isabel Thompson, Warner McCall Resilience. Cyber security guidance for remote working during Covid-19

In these challenging times, it’s sad to learn that cyber criminals are only increasing their activity as they look to capitalise on the Covid-19 crisis, writes Isabel Thompson, commercial director at cyber security and resilience firm Warner McCall Resilience. With the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) issuing warnings of such activity on a daily...

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Coronavirus update: Government ‘lifeline’ for self-employed welcomed by business groups

March 27, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Government ‘lifeline’ for self-employed welcomed by business groups

Business organisations have backed government help outlined last night to support the self-employed and sole traders affected by coronavirus, describing them as a lifeline for around 5m people. The measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured below, provide a grant worth 80% of profits up to a cap of £2,500 a month and are targeted...

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Coronavirus update: Website launched with expert advice to help firms trade through the crisis

March 26, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Website launched with expert advice to help firms trade through the crisis

Bath businesses needing up-to-date information, advice and guidance to help them trade in the current unprecedented market conditions are being encouraged to turn to a new web portal launched by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. Called Trading Through Coronavirus, it aims to help businesses navigate their way through the crisis by enabling...

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Coronavirus update: Government’s lockdown measures welcomed by business groups

March 24, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Government’s lockdown measures welcomed by business groups

National business organisations have welcomed the government’s drastic measures putting the country into virtual lockdown in a bid to combat the rapid spread of coronavirus. The CBI said the action presented “great challenges” while the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said it made it even more vital that support for businesses was delivered quickly. ...

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Coronavirus update: Business Link and South West TUC call for stronger regional response to crisis

March 23, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Business Link and South West TUC call for stronger regional response to crisis

The South West TUC and Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, have jointly welcomed the latest government measures to tackle the economic and jobs crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. But in a joint statement they slammed the regional response as “too slow . . . fragmented and inconsistent” and called for further...

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