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Barclays funding helps fast-growing pizzeria group rise to post-Covid challenge with Bath opening

October 19, 2021
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Barclays funding helps fast-growing pizzeria group rise to post-Covid challenge with Bath opening

A chain of family-owned pizza restaurants has expanded into Bath after securing funding from Barclays. Bosco Pizzeria successfully launched its third restaurant in Milsom Place, pictured, and is now due to open in Cheltenham shortly as it bounces back from the impact of the pandemic.  The group is the brain-child of Miles Johnson, whose holiday...

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Founders of collapsed Bath energy supplier Pure Planet slam government’s response to crisis

October 15, 2021
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Founders of collapsed Bath energy supplier Pure Planet slam government’s response to crisis

The founders of Bath-based Pure Planet, which this week became the latest energy supplier to collapse, have hit out at the government over its handling of the crisis. The firm became Britain’s first digital green energy supplier when it was launched in 2015 by some of the UK mobile telecoms industry’s most experienced executive. ...

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Hedging on wholesale prices will help protect us from volatile market, says Good Energy

October 15, 2021
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Hedging on wholesale prices will help protect us from volatile market, says Good Energy

Renewable power supplier Good Energy has said it remains positive over long-term opportunities in the highly volatile UK energy market due to its experience and its hedging policy. The Chippenham-headquartered firm is 90% hedged for the next 12 months, which its chief executive officer Nigel Pocklington insisted would help limit its exposure to soaring...

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Bath security firm looks to unlock bright future after sale to investment firm

October 14, 2021
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Bath security firm looks to unlock bright future after sale to investment firm

Bath-based security, fire and safety systems firm BWS Security is to expand following its sale to an investment company. Established in 1988, BWS supplies, installs, maintains and monitors fire alarms, intruder alarms, CCTV and access control systems for commercial and residential customers, principally across the South West.  It is recognised as a leader in customer service and product innovation...

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Bishop Fleming commits to a better way of doing business as it joins Business in the Community

October 13, 2021
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Bishop Fleming commits to a better way of doing business as it joins Business in the Community

Regional accountancy group Bishop Fleming is to put a new environmental, social and governance strategy at the heart of the firm following it joining the UK’s largest membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. The firm, which has an office in Bath, is undertaking what it called “a thorough, diagnostic process” to implement the strategy.  It...

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Rising costs and labour shortages combine to end post-pandemic rise in business confidence

October 11, 2021
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Rising costs and labour shortages combine to end post-pandemic rise in business confidence

West of England businesses are warning that the economic recovery from the pandemic is at risk due to growing inflationary pressures and worker shortages. A third of the 250-plus firms taking part in the latest quarterly survey by regional business group Business West said they had to increase their prices due to rising input costs. ...

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Pioneering Tech for Growth programme extended to help more firms ramp up their digital activity

October 8, 2021
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Pioneering Tech for Growth programme extended to help more firms ramp up their digital activity

Small businesses in Bath and across the West of England are being offered help to improve their digital presence to enable them to grow. The Tech for Growth programme will match businesses with a consultant and support them with up to four days of hands-on assistance to develop and adopt technology.  The support is...

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Pearson May Financial Update: National Insurance and tax on dividends to rise to fund social care

October 7, 2021
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Pearson May Financial Update: National Insurance and tax on dividends to rise to fund social care

The Prime Minister announced last month that National Insurance contributions (NICs) and the three dividend tax rates will all increase by 1.25% from next April to pay for the social care system in England, writes Pearson May partner Jacqui Bowden. From April 6, the basic rate of dividend tax increases to 8.75% (up from...

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B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

October 6, 2021
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B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has been certified as a B Corporation, joining an elite, forward-looking global community that balances profit with people and the planet. The B Corp movement encourages organisations to take an ethical approach to business to make a positive difference in the world.  To gain its certification, businesses...

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Apprenticeship fund hits £1m mark as large organisations pledge to help small firms develop new talent

October 5, 2021
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Apprenticeship fund hits £1m mark as large organisations pledge to help small firms develop new talent

More than £1m has been pledged by businesses and organisations across the West of England from their unused apprenticeship levy funds to help people in the region develop new skills. The funds have gone to the Share to Support scheme, which was launched earlier this year to create vital apprenticeships for individuals and boost...

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