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Business rates retention crucial to plugging council funding gaps

Business rates have always been seen by companies as quite simply an extra tax. Hitherto, they have been a tax too far with no sign of any benefit to firms or the local economy. And the venom against...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 23.02.18
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Bath can’t afford to miss out on affordable housing

Lack of modern office space and problems with transport are two elements that are holding back the economy of Bath, and I have written regularly about those obstacles to growth. But there is a third...
Ian Bell
Ian Bell
Business West
Posted on: 22.02.18
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Building a bank that puts people before profit

We all know banking is in trouble. Low levels of trust, the failure to serve the poor and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), ignoring or worsening sustainable development, and public bailouts...
Jules Peck
Jules Peck
Avon Mutual
Posted on: 20.02.18
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Brexit could put Honda plant's future in jeopardy

When a quiet man speaks loudly it means you should listen. Japanese ambassadors are usually scrupulously polite, they raise their concerns in private and in measured terms. That is why we should be...
Matt Griffith
Matt Griffith
Business West
Posted on: 12.02.18
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Pyeongchang on the M4? What a ski centre could do for Swindon

With the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics about to get underway, the sense of anticipation that I get in the run up to the Summer Olympics and Paralympics is not quite there yet. That said I am sure it...
Ian Larrard
Ian Larrard
Business West
Posted on: 08.02.18
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Gigabit broadband – the future is now for Bristol’s creative & digital sectors

As one of the most digitally advanced cities in the UK , Bristol is at the front of the queue when it comes to next generation broadband and mobile data speeds. At present, the average broadband...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 02.02.18
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What is a Business Improvement District (BID)?

Business Improvement Districts (BID) originate from North America, with the first BID being established in Toronto in 1970. The initiative began after a handful of local businesses that saw the...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 01.02.18
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Was Park House in Swindon the birthplace of the NHS?

Famously engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Great Western Railway (GWR) was founded in 1833 and came into service five years later in 1838. Connecting London with the West of England and...
Andrew Wells
Andrew Wells
Business West
Posted on: 30.01.18
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County's ageing population is bad for business

This year has opened with some Gloucestershire companies deciding to throw off the confusion of Brexit and make the badly needed investments in their businesses that they had put on hold. After the...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 26.01.18
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