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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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Building industry group dismisses council’s ‘ground-breaking’ net zero homes move as unworkable

January 26, 2023
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Building industry group dismisses council’s ‘ground-breaking’ net zero homes move as unworkable

A pioneering energy-based net zero housing policy being introduced by Bath & North East Somerset Council has been slammed as ‘undeliverable’ by the building industry’s trade association. The council has become the first in England to successfully adopt the move, which it sees as part of its commitment to tackling the climate emergency.    It...

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Regional growth strategy at Rodgers Leask gathers pace as it takes on new director

January 23, 2023
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Regional growth strategy at Rodgers Leask gathers pace as it takes on new director

National engineering consultancy Rodgers Leask has appointed Dave Bathurst as regional director as it aims to increase its presence in the South West. Dave, pictured, has joined to head the firm’s civil engineering team in Bristol, with Rodgers Leask saying he would be using his extensive international track record of working in different disciplines, sectors...

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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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SouthGate to get two new stores as Bath stays positive in face of retail downturn

January 20, 2023
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SouthGate to get two new stores as Bath stays positive in face of retail downturn

The owners of Bath’s SouthGate shopping centre have hailed the decision by two major retailers to move there as a sign that the city is weathering the icy economic conditions. Fashion retail chain Zara has agreed to open a 32,000 sq ft store in SouthGate, pictured, – the brand’s first outlet in the city...

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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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Price freeze extended by broadband firm Truespeed as households feel chill of economic downturn

January 19, 2023
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Price freeze extended by broadband firm Truespeed as households feel chill of economic downturn

Bath-based broadband provider Truespeed has extended its price freeze and introduced a new ‘basic’ package to support financially vulnerable customers in a move it says will provide some respite from the cost of living crisis. The firm, which is investing heavily to expand its network across the West of England, announced the price standstill last...

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Search begins for the region’s most innovative property projects as top awards return for 2023

January 16, 2023
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Search begins for the region’s most innovative property projects as top awards return for 2023

Regional law firm Michelmores’ property awards – regarded as among the most prestigious in the South West – are returning this year after last being staged in 2021. This year will also mark the 20th anniversary of the contest, which celebrates the best property, development and construction projects in the region and have long-championed sustainability...

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New partner for RWK Goodman as it strengthens its residential property offering

January 16, 2023
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New partner for RWK Goodman as it strengthens its residential property offering

Bath-headquartered law firm RWK Goodman has appointed Sonal Ghelani to its residential property, farms and estates team as a partner. Sonal, who joins from specialist legal claims firm Bolt Burdon Solicitors, has spent the past 15 years dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing in London.  She advises clients from the UK and abroad...

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Revenues edge into reverse at Wincanton as economic slowdown and strikes start to hit deliveries

January 13, 2023
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Revenues edge into reverse at Wincanton as economic slowdown and strikes start to hit deliveries

Logistics group Wincanton today insisted its diverse customer base will help it overcome market turmoil triggered by the cost of living crisis, industrial action and a slowdown in consumer spending. The Chippenham-headquartered group has performed strongly over recent years, benefitting from the huge increase in home shopping during the Covid lockdowns and the switch...

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