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New West of England Metro Mayor pledges more jobs, better transport and a green recovery

May 14, 2021
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New West of England Metro Mayor pledges more jobs, better transport and a green recovery

Newly elected Labour West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris has vowed to raise the profile of the region on the national and global stage while delivering a green recovery from the impact of the pandemic. Mr Norris, pictured, won on the second round of the election, beating Conservative candidate Samuel Williams by 125,482 to 85,389.  The former MP for Wansdyke (now North...

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Future adds US version of Marie Claire to its portfolio as it looks to grow in women’s lifestyle market

May 14, 2021
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Future adds US version of Marie Claire to its portfolio as it looks to grow in women’s lifestyle market

Bath-headquartered global media group Future has acquired the US version of fashion and beauty publication Marie Claire just over a year after it snapped up the UK title. Marie Claire US, a joint venture between French publisher Marie Claire Album (MCA) and Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar group Hearst Magazines Media, has produced the title...

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Call for Bath firms to take part in UK’s largest ever Race at Work Survey

May 14, 2021
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Call for Bath firms to take part in UK’s largest ever Race at Work Survey

Bath businesses are being urged to join hundreds of employers from across the UK by taking part in the country’s largest survey of race in the workplace. City-headquartered international engineering practice Buro Happold has already signed up to complete the survey, which is being staged by Business in the Community (BiTC), the organisation dedicated to...

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Pioneering all-electric refuse truck puts Bath on road to clean and green commercial waste collection

May 14, 2021
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Pioneering all-electric refuse truck puts Bath on road to clean and green commercial waste collection

One of the world’s first all-electric refuse vehicles will soon be collecting commercial waste from Bath firms following a £500,000 investment by waste management and civil engineering firm MJ Church. The pioneering truck, pictured – the first on the UK’s road – has been built to the Marshfield-based firm’s strict zero emission specification.  That...

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Bath Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. The economy is now recovering rapidly

May 14, 2021
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Bath Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. The economy is now recovering rapidly

The Covid-19 pandemic has been affecting us all for more than a year now. My fellow regional agents and I know that those businesses that rely heavily on being able to have customers visit them in person – for instance, the hospitality and tourism sectors right across the South West – have been particularly...

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Government planning reforms could damage Bath’s unique character, Preservation Trust fears

May 13, 2021
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Government planning reforms could damage Bath’s unique character, Preservation Trust fears

Bath’s historic character could be at risk if changes to the planning system announced in this week’s Queen’s Speech become law, Bath Preservation Trust is warning. It could also lead to poor-quality homes being built around the city without local people having a say, the Trust said.  A new Bill reforming current planning rules...

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Latest promotions mean Royds Withy King beats its 40% target for female partners four years early

May 13, 2021
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Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King has exceeded its aim of having women make up 40% of its partnership by 2025 following its latest round of promotions. Two years ago the firm set a target of achieving a partnership with a ratio of 60%-40% men to women within six years.  With two of its three...

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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

May 13, 2021
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Pearson May weekly financial round-up

Bath accountancy firm Pearson May and Bath Business News team up with each week to bring you the top national finance stories. Deadline approaches for SME Brexit support grant  Lesser publicised grant for the UK’s smaller exporters. Read more here IFS reveals life-cycle patterns in pension saving Could future auto-enrolment increases kick in at key moments in...

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New move by council to clamp down on risk of modern slavery in its supply chain

May 13, 2021
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New move by council to clamp down on risk of modern slavery in its supply chain

Bath & North East Somerset Council is set to get tough with its suppliers to ensure they are doing everything they can to prevent modern slavery. The council already requires companies bidding for contracts to confirm they meet the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Those that can’t are excluded from tendering for...

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South West’s top ranking for innovation hiding its poor skills and low productivity levels, says CBI

May 12, 2021
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South West’s top ranking for innovation hiding its poor skills and low productivity levels, says CBI

The South West is England’s top region for business innovation, according to a new report by the CBI – but it faces challenges over its low productivity and skills gap. The CBI report also reveals that low levels of unemployment and short commuting times compared to other parts of England gives the South West...

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