Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

October 1, 2021
Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

The South West’s key sectors could suffer irreparable damage unless the government starts to tackle the shortage of workers by easing EU visa restrictions, the region’s business leaders today warned. But even providing temporary visas for jobs such as drivers and food workers would only be a short-term measure and ministers must also come...

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Deadline looming for Mendip-based firms to apply for Covid recovery grants

October 1, 2021
Deadline looming for Mendip-based firms to apply for Covid recovery grants

Small firms based in the Mendip area that have been hit by the pandemic or Brexit are being urged to apply for revitalisation grants of up to £20,000 before the deadline in less than two weeks. The grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to businesses in the area covered by Mendip District...

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Bath firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

September 30, 2021
Bath firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

A programme designed to break down barriers and support more disabled people into work is being launched in Bath and across the West of England. Some 100 businesses will receive tailored, targeted disability inclusion training to help them create a more diverse workforce.   The project, part of the Workforce for the Future programme, is...

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Climbing sales put ladder specialist and chess set maker among UK’s fast-growing e-commerce firms

September 30, 2021
Climbing sales put ladder specialist and chess set maker among UK’s fast-growing e-commerce firms

Two Bath area firms have been named among the 50 fastest-growing e-commerce brands of the ‘pandemic era’. Sales at Frome-based The Regency Chess Company moved ahead by 217% through 2019 and 2020 while they climbed by 199% at specialist ladder company Henchman, based at Seend, near Melksham.  The two appear in the Lightning 50,...

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Bristol Airport trials electric bus to help deliver on its plan to be Net Zero by the 2030

September 30, 2021
Bristol Airport trials electric bus to help deliver on its plan to be Net Zero by the 2030

Passengers boarding flights at Bristol Airport are travelling between the terminal and their plane by electric bus in the latest trial scheme to reduce its emissions. The airport announced its ambition last month to become Net Zero by 2030. If it is successful, Bristol would be the first UK airport to do so. Bristol said...

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Former furniture showroom suitable for conversion up for sale with £2.75m price tag

September 30, 2021
Former furniture showroom suitable for conversion up for sale with £2.75m price tag

A unique building on the outskirts of Bath city centre most recently used as a furniture showroom has been put on the market as a prime investment opportunity. National property agency Carter Jonas is seeking offers in excess of £2.75m for The Depository at on York Place, London Road, pictured.  The firm is selling...

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