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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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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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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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Work gets underway to bring historic Bath lido back to life – with planned summer 2022 opening

May 7, 2021
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Work gets underway to bring historic Bath lido back to life – with planned summer 2022 opening

Restoration has started on Bath’s historic Cleveland Pools following a 17-year community campaign to save the Grade II* listed site. The oldest surviving public lido in the UK, the Cleveland Pools, pictured, were built in 1815 and are now regarded as a nationally significant site.    The restoration project has the support of hundreds of...

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Environmental funds plug into multi-million pound battery storage scheme

May 6, 2021
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Environmental funds plug into multi-million pound battery storage scheme

A £12.7m battery storage project planned for construction alongside one of the UK’s largest solar parks has new owners. The 50MW Sandridge Battery Storage project between Melksham and Bromham has been bought by JLEN, the listed environmental infrastructure fund, and Foresight Solar Fund, which owns the neighbouring 200-acre Sandridge solar park.  The lithium-ion battery...

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Western Gateway strengthens its board with three new members

May 5, 2021
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Western Gateway strengthens its board with three new members

The Western Gateway, the cross-border economic partnership of eight cities either side of the River Severn including Bath, has appointed three new members to its board. They include former Institute of Directors Bristol chair Lhosa DalyLhosa, pictured, who has also been chair of Bristol art gallery Arnolfini. The partnership was launched in November 2019 as the UK’s...

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Historic village inn gets set to make most of al fresco dining boom under new ownership

April 28, 2021
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Historic village inn gets set to make most of al fresco dining boom under new ownership

The new owners of a popular gastropub near Bath are planning to boost its outdoor facilities to take advantage of the shift to al fresco eating and drinking as they prepare to reopen it next month. The leasehold of the 18th century Wheelwrights Arms in Monkton Combe, pictured, has been bought by Richard and Sandra...

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