Technology

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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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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Mayden’s help for charity supporting Bath’s young people recognised in room name

October 8, 2021
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Mayden’s help for charity supporting Bath’s young people recognised in room name

Young people struggling with challenges ranging from bullying and exam stress to suicidal thoughts and bereavement are to receive support in special room named after Bath-based specialist software house Mayden. Charity Off the Record Bath and North East Somerset decided to recognise Mayden’s outstanding support, including introducing its iaptus CYP software earlier this year...

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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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Green light for £62m sale of emergency services IT firm to NEC

October 1, 2021
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Green light for £62m sale of emergency services IT firm to NEC

Outsourcing group Capita is to sell its Secure Solutions and Services business to international IT group NEC in a deal expected to be worth around £62m. Chippenham-headquartered Secure Solutions and Services (SSS) supplies IT to the police, criminal justice, emergency services and critical responder sectors across the world.  These range from control room and...

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Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

October 1, 2021
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Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

The South West’s key sectors could suffer irreparable damage unless the government starts to tackle the shortage of workers by easing EU visa restrictions, the region’s business leaders today warned. But even providing temporary visas for jobs such as drivers and food workers would only be a short-term measure and ministers must also come...

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Deadline looming for Mendip-based firms to apply for Covid recovery grants

October 1, 2021
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Deadline looming for Mendip-based firms to apply for Covid recovery grants

Small firms based in the Mendip area that have been hit by the pandemic or Brexit are being urged to apply for revitalisation grants of up to £20,000 before the deadline in less than two weeks. The grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to businesses in the area covered by Mendip District...

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Bath firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

September 30, 2021
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Bath firms to be given help in getting more disabled people into their workforce

A programme designed to break down barriers and support more disabled people into work is being launched in Bath and across the West of England. Some 100 businesses will receive tailored, targeted disability inclusion training to help them create a more diverse workforce.   The project, part of the Workforce for the Future programme, is...

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Climbing sales put ladder specialist and chess set maker among UK’s fast-growing e-commerce firms

September 30, 2021
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Climbing sales put ladder specialist and chess set maker among UK’s fast-growing e-commerce firms

Two Bath area firms have been named among the 50 fastest-growing e-commerce brands of the ‘pandemic era’. Sales at Frome-based The Regency Chess Company moved ahead by 217% through 2019 and 2020 while they climbed by 199% at specialist ladder company Henchman, based at Seend, near Melksham.  The two appear in the Lightning 50,...

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£3m investment by global IT group puts Bath cloud pioneer on path for more growth

September 24, 2021
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£3m investment by global IT group puts Bath cloud pioneer on path for more growth

Bath-headquartered cloud services company Cloud Direct is poised for further expansion after receiving a £3m strategic investment from international IT group Crayon. Listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, Crayon Group employs more than 2,000 people in 35 countries. The deal gives it an unspecified minority stake in Cloud Direct, one of the UK’s leading...

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