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Series of surveys point to gloomy outlook for South West firms as trading conditions remain tough

January 27, 2023
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Series of surveys point to gloomy outlook for South West firms as trading conditions remain tough

Confidence among the South West’s small businesses has plunged to the lowest level since the country emerged from Covid lockdowns, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly confidence report from the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) reveals that fears of inflation, falling consumer demand and the general cost of doing business left optimism...

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Inspecs’ vision of a brighter future this year sparks dramatic recovery in its share price

January 26, 2023
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Inspecs’ vision of a brighter future this year sparks dramatic recovery in its share price

Shares in Inspecs, the Bath-headquartered spectacles designer and manufacture, soared by more than 50% after it said cost cutting and efficiencies brought in late last year and a stronger order book were paying off. The group suffered a tough end to 2022 following a warning over future sales and the resignation of its chair,...

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New Fashion Museum will go ahead, vow council bosses, despite levelling-up fund snub

January 20, 2023
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New Fashion Museum will go ahead, vow council bosses, despite levelling-up fund snub

Council chiefs have pledged that Bath’s new Fashion Museum will still go ahead despite the project failing to secure any investment from the government’s ‘levelling-up’ fund. Bath & North East Somerset Council had bid for £20m – more than half the project’s total budget – through the controversial scheme, which has been widely criticised...

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Royal Crescent Hotel draws on contemporary design to give new look to its historic luxury suites

January 20, 2023
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Eleven of the most luxurious suites at Bath’s five-star Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa have been refurbished. The work, masterminded by Paulton-based interior design group Clayton & Company, has created a contemporary, stylish feel while respecting the building’s historic Georgian past and celebrating the classic architecture, grand fireplaces and intricate mouldings, the Grade I listed hotel said.  Each of the suites at the 45-bedroom Georgian...

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Respected eating-out guide praises Bath restaurant and lists it as one of best in the UK

January 19, 2023
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Respected eating-out guide praises Bath restaurant and lists it as one of best in the UK

Bath’s Olive Tree Restaurant has been ranked among the UK’s top 100 best dining establishments in a unique guide. The restaurant, pictured, part of Bath’s multi award-winning Queensberry Hotel on Russel Street, appears at number 90 in the latest Harden’s guide.  The publication, now in its 32nd edition, is now the only UK restaurant...

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Bath Spa University to host bootcamps aimed at overcoming the West of England’s digital skills gap

January 17, 2023
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Bath Spa University to host bootcamps aimed at overcoming the West of England’s digital skills gap

A series of new bootcamps is being introduced by Bath Spa University to help close the biggest skills gaps in the region. The five short courses in areas such as environmental data science and digital skills within the education sector follow an earlier series staged by the university from September 2021 onwards.  More than...

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Milsted Langdon warns firms not to halt their Making Tax Digital preparations, despite another delay

January 15, 2023
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Milsted Langdon warns firms not to halt their Making Tax Digital preparations, despite another delay

Businesses are being encouraged by regional accountancy firm Milsted Langdon to carry on preparing for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax in spite of the announcement of a two-year delay. Milsted Langdon, which has five offices – including one in Bath – said the further changes to the much-delayed MTD initiative by HM...

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Bath academics stage world’s first major research project into the magic of live theatre for audiences

January 13, 2023
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Bath academics stage world’s first major research project into the magic of live theatre for audiences

The University of Bath and Bath Spa University have teamed up on a world-first research project to find out why live theatre can trigger strong emotions in an audience. The pioneering analysis will monitor theatre goers at Bristol Old Vic to reveal the hidden responses their bodies have to the drama unfolding on stage. ...

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New owner of failed craft brewery vows to invest in its distinctive-flavoured range of beers

January 13, 2023
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New owner of failed craft brewery vows to invest in its distinctive-flavoured range of beers

Craft brewery The Wild Beer Co, which ceased trading shortly before Christmas, has been bought out of administration, with its new owner promising to honour the subscriptions and discounts available to its members and former shareholders. Wild Beer, best known for its unusual approach to brewing and the quirky-flavoured beers that came from it, went...

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Bath landscape architecture on a mission to rejuvenate the ‘Hanging Gardens of Basingstoke’

January 12, 2023
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Bath landscape architecture on a mission to rejuvenate the ‘Hanging Gardens of Basingstoke’

A 1970s office building regarded as one of the 15 most important developments of its kind in the UK, is to be given a new lease of life by Bath-based landscape architecture practice Grant Associates. Grade II listed Mountbatten House in Basingstoke was commissioned in 1973 and has since become an icon of the...

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