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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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Devil in the detail: more clarity is needed to guide business

“Devil’s in detail” was the heading on the Sun’s leader today referring to Boris Johnson’s plan to take us gradually out of the lockdown, now coming up to two months. I had hoped that speaking in the...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 11.05.20
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Unusual opportunities for businesses during lockdown

Lockdown has created a huge range of challenges for business of all sizes. Those that do not qualify as essential businesses may have been forced to close their premises, and others that can stay...
Dakota Murphey
Dakota Murphey
Posted on: 11.05.20
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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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Sustainable transport to be expanded as lockdown eased

Transport secretary Grant Shapps today announced a big boost for cycling and walking as a good news precursor to the prime minister’s proposed road map out of the lockdown tomorrow evening. That...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 09.05.20
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Why your local Chamber of Commerce is more important than ever

The first chamber of commerce was founded in 1599 in Marseille, France as the "Chambre de Commerce”. They met in a room, a chambre, hence chamber, to talk about shared concerns in their businesses...
Phil Bridgeman
Phil Bridgeman
Business West
Posted on: 06.05.20
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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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