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Institute of Technology success!

16 Apr 2019

The 12 winning bids by colleges and universities, which will share £170m, have been announced by the Department for Education.
The application to create an ‘Institute of Technology’ (IoT) is one of those winning bids and will now progress to the pre-award stage.
The application titled the South West Institute of Future Technologies (SWIFT) will potentially receive £14m of government funding.

University holds networking event

10 Apr 2019

The University of Bath held the city’s first networking event for the automotive industry and the launch of AEBAH. The Automotive Industry Network event took place on Wednesday 13th March at the Apex City of Bath Hotel.

The event – organised by the University of Bath’s Research and Innovation Services (RIS) - was well attended by a range of individuals, businesses and organisations operating both regionally and nationally in the automotive sector and brought together industry and academia to address the latest challenges in the sector.

Barclays £14bn Brexit Fund

9 Apr 2019

A new multi-billion-pound business lending facility has been set up by Barclays in order to pilot SME businesses through the Brexit uncertainty.

Barclays Bank has announced it is establishing a new £14 billion lending fund which forms part of an overarching initiative designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) ‘flourish’ after Brexit.

Focused on building SME resilience during uncertain times, the package of support includes:

£2M eCargo Bike Grant Fund Available

9 Apr 2019

From 01 April 2019 the Energy Saving Trust is encouraging applications for a new £2million fund set up by the Department of Transport to help companies invest in electric cargo bikes to fulfil last mile deliveries.

The eCargo Bike Grant Fund is now live and available to limited companies, sole traders, partnerships, charities and not-for-profit organisations operating across England. It comes as there is increasing interest in electric bikes to facilitate short-distance deliveries, with supermarkets among those already embracing the technology.

Law firm Royds Withy King wins accolade

19 Mar 2019

Bath-headquartered law firm Royds Withy King has been crowned Best Managed Firm at the Managing Partners’ Forum Awards.

The firm, which has offices on Midland Bridge and just off Queen Square, was presented with the award at a ceremony on Tuesday (5 March), beating off competition from four other short-listed legal and financial services practices.

Lovehoney – a local Bath office expansion

19 Mar 2019

With 2018 being the company’s biggest year to date, Lovehoney were keen to invest further in marketing and technology in order to allow the business to raise its profile in new geographies. The company therefore needed to expand their Bath premises and in doing so acquired a 6,000sq ft industrial unit on Locksbrook Road close to the River Avon.

Business rate cuts for 800 Bath and North East Somerset retailers

8 Feb 2019

Up to 800 retailers across Bath and North East Somerset are being invited to apply for a discretionary discount to their business rate bills which could see them cut by a third.

The Government announced in its Autumn Budget that over the next two financial years, 2019/20 and 2020/21, retail premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or less could be awarded a discount of up to one third of their bill.

Trustees wanted by Bath Artists' Studios

4 Feb 2019

Would you like to play a role in the future of Bath Artists’ Studios, the city’s largest and most ambitious community of artists and designers?  This vibrant and innovative Educational Charity is seeking to appoint new Trustees with experience in property, law and human resources to contribute their expertise to the organisation at this critical juncture in its life and history. 


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