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Business needs to be empowered to help avert looming unemployment crisis

The unemployment rate has never been higher since records began 50 years ago and is a reminder of the dark days of the jobs crisis during the John Major government back in 1996.
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 19.05.20
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Marvin Rees tackles economic recovery in Zoom address to Chamber & Initiative members

On the day that was dubbed ‘Back to Work Day’ in the media, the Business West Initiative meeting, attended by over 120 of the region’s business leaders, clearly reflected the national shift in tone...
Catherine Frankpitt
Catherine Frankpitt
Strike Communications
Posted on: 19.05.20
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Change in demand for office space as a result of COVID-19 poses a challenge for planners

Bath and North East Somerset Council are currently consulting on adjustments to the Local Plan, the blueprint for the future shape of the district. It sets out broad parameters for things like the...
Ian Bell
Ian Bell
Business West
Posted on: 14.05.20
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Business West responds to ONS Q1 2020 GDP stats

The speed and scale at which coronavirus has hit the UK economy is unprecedented and means that the Q1 decline is likely to be followed by a further, more historically significant, contraction in...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 13.05.20
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is hugely successful but how will it end?

One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘furlough’ scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most...
Matt Griffith
Matt Griffith
Business West
Posted on: 12.05.20
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Business West responds to Sunak announcement on extension of furlough scheme

The extension of the Job Retention Scheme will come as a huge help and a huge relief for businesses in South West England.
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 12.05.20
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PM's 'sketch' for a road map welcome but business needs more

Boris Johnson’s long-awaited state of the nation coronavirus address on television tonight gave some encouragement to business. He said he was encouraging people who cannot work from home to return...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 10.05.20
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Business West response to Boris Johnson statement

ps-brexit.png Commenting on Boris Johnson’s statement, Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West, said: “The Prime Minister has at last given business some hope with his phased plan for...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 10.05.20
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Shared workspace occupants to receive COVID-19 grants following Business West campaign

Businesses in Bristol that had slipped through the cracks of the local council grants scheme because they do not pay business rates directly to the council but to their landlords as a part of their...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 06.05.20
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