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Bath Business Blog: Mogers Drewett paralegal Laura Somoza. Delay in new law means couples continue to wait for a ‘no fault’ divorce

June 22, 2021
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Bath Business Blog: Mogers Drewett paralegal Laura Somoza. Delay in new law means couples continue to wait for a ‘no fault’ divorce

The government announcement that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will be delayed by at least six months will disappoint many separated couples seeking to divorce in the most amicable way and with the least impact on their children.  The Act, which was due to come into force in October, will now be...

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Search starts for new chair of the Institute of Directors’ South West region

June 15, 2021
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Search starts for new chair of the Institute of Directors’ South West region

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is recruiting a new chair to lead its South West region as the role’s current holder Muir Macdonald comes to the end of his three-year term this autumn. The successful candidate will act as the voice for regional directors, working alongside a dedicated team at the IoD to build on...

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South West shrugs off impact of Covid-19 to attract more overseas firms

June 11, 2021
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South West shrugs off impact of Covid-19 to attract more overseas firms

Investment by foreign businesses into the South West rose last year despite the pandemic in contrast to a fall for the UK as a whole. According to a new report by accountancy group EY, the South West achieved a 6.7% increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in 2020 – up by two to...

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Apprenticeship Levy payers urged to support scheme that boosts training in small firms

June 10, 2021
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Apprenticeship Levy payers urged to support scheme that boosts training in small firms

West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris is calling on employers to help increase the number of apprenticeships in the region. With an estimated £4m to £8m of unused Apprenticeship Levy funds returned to the Treasury each year, Mayor Norris is calling for apprentice levy-paying employers to give their unused funds to a new scheme called Share to Support.  Administered...

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Free business training to help Bath’s small firms recover from impact of pandemic

June 9, 2021
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Free business training to help Bath’s small firms recover from impact of pandemic

Small businesses in Bath and North East Somerset can access a free business support service to help them grow and reach their full potential. The BANES Business Support Service is designed to help firms through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond by providing the support they need to adapt, recover and adjust to a changing...

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Plea to PM ahead of G7 Summit to pave way for more sustainable business amid global climate crisis

June 8, 2021
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Plea to PM ahead of G7 Summit to pave way for more sustainable business amid global climate crisis

The region’s largest business group has urged the Prime Minister to help create a more sustainable future for business at this weekend’s G7 summit in Cornwall. The British Chambers of Commerce South West (BCCSW) – which includes Bath Chamber of Commerce parent group Business West – has written to Boris Johnson ahead of the global...

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Royds Withy King team sparkles in major laundry business acquisition

June 7, 2021
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Royds Withy King team sparkles in major laundry business acquisition

A cross-sector team from Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King has advised on a major takeover in  the UK laundry equipment businesses. Barnsley-based Wolf Laundry, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of commercial laundry equipment, acquired Brewer & Bunney for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.         Brewer & Bunney, based Redruth, Cornwall, is the...

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Stone King-hosted webinar will highlight how children’s services can be improved

June 3, 2021
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Stone King-hosted webinar will highlight how children’s services can be improved

Bath-headquartered law firm Stone King is staging a free webinar aimed at professionals working in children’s services. Titled Public Benefit Partnerships for Children’s Services, the webinar on July 8 will explore new ways of improving children’s services, based on creating long-term partnerships with social enterprises and charities.  Case studies will be used to demonstrate...

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Family law firm opens Bath office amid huge increase in divorce inquiries

June 2, 2021
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Family law firm opens Bath office amid huge increase in divorce inquiries

Stowe Family Law, the UK’s largest specialist family law firm, has opened an office in Bath, its 16th across the country and third in the West of England. The opening coincides with a 95% increase in the number of people seeking information about divorce from the firm over the past year, triggered by the...

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New chair for Royds Withy King as it introduces new management structure

June 1, 2021
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New chair for Royds Withy King as it introduces new management structure

Mei-Ling Huang has been appointed as chair of Bath-headquartered Royds Withy King in line with a new governance and management structure at the fast-growing law firm. The firm, which employs around 520 people across its offices in Bath, London, Oxford and Swindon, has introduced a board-level partnership committee to oversee its strategic growth and...

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