Rise of ‘touch deprivation’ during lockdown inspires Bath designer to launch ‘cosy comforter’ firm

October 23, 2020
Rise of ‘touch deprivation’ during lockdown inspires Bath designer to launch ‘cosy comforter’ firm

Bath textile and design specialist Annie Lywood has started a business to produce a collection of decorative and cuddly cushions that harness the calming sense of touch. Bonnie Binary, which is backed by Crowdfund and NatWest’s Back Her Business programme, has been launched as ‘touch deprivation’ becomes a major issue due to a lack...

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‘Woke’ Bathonians put city at the top of UK’s progressive league table

October 23, 2020
‘Woke’ Bathonians put city at the top of UK’s progressive league table

Bath has been named as the UK’s ‘most progressive’ city for its residents’ forward-looking approach in areas ranging from recycling to voting. Bathonians also helped their city gain top spot in the 50-strong league table due to their taste for vegan and vegetarian food and ownership of environmentally friendly cars.  The rankings were based...

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Acclaimed ethical business status on the cards for start-up marketing consultancy

October 22, 2020
Acclaimed ethical business status on the cards for start-up marketing consultancy

A marketing consultancy launched earlier this year as the coronavirus pandemic took hold is aiming to become just the second Bath business to gain B Corp accreditaton for its ethical stance. Backpack was started by brand and culture expert Sammy Burt in mid-March following a Covid crisis-linked redundancy.  She reached out to her network of...

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Lender 1pm’s shares dip despite it signalling return to profitable growth

October 22, 2020
Lender 1pm’s shares dip despite it signalling return to profitable growth

Shares in 1pm, the Bath-based specialist small business lender, fell by more than 8% today despite it saying it had bounced back strongly from the earlier impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the business. In a trading update issued ahead of its AGM yesterday, the firm said it had ‘de-risked’ its lending book over...

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Bath Uni’s ‘car-of-the-future’ research centre on track to open next summer despite Covid-19

October 22, 2020
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Construction work on the University of Bath’s £70m motor industry global centre of excellence has shifted up a gear with the handover of vital research areas, despite disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The 13,500 sq m, two-storey building on the Bristol & Bath Science Park – which is still on track to open...

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Pioneering Bath architects help rejuvenate Sydney Harbour site into vibrant new neighbourhood

October 22, 2020
Pioneering Bath architects help rejuvenate Sydney Harbour site into vibrant new neighbourhood

A former industrial wasteland on Sydney’s waterfront has been transformed into a harbour cove and boardwalk based on designs by Bath-based international landscape architecture practice Grant Associates. The Watermans Cove scheme, pictured, aims to revitalise a central part of Australia’s largest city into a world-class, vibrant waterfront precinct.  Thanks to Grant Associates’ pioneering design,...

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