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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

May 18, 2020
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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is launching a series of expert webinars and virtual networking events to help small firms bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The webinars will address key practical issues and challenges facing firms as lockdown measures are eased while the online networking sessions will enable...

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‘Strong fundamentals’ of industrial market will help it bounce back from Covid-19 crisis, says report

May 15, 2020
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‘Strong fundamentals’ of industrial market will help it bounce back from Covid-19 crisis, says report

Take-up in the West of England’s industrial property market will be hit by the Covid-19 pandemic but should bounce back quickly, according to a forecast by one of the region’s top property agencies. Colliers International says the fundamentals of the market remain strong – and even now deals are being done.  Take-up in Bristol...

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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

May 15, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough 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 (or furlough scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most important for businesses. Many businesses have suffered a massive shock to income, and furloughing has offered an ability to keep outgoings to a minimum,...

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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

May 12, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to October will be a “huge relief” to firms in the West of England, according to the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative, said its research showed the scheme, launched by Mr Sunak, pictured, in...

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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

May 3, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses in the West of England has been highlighted again in the results of two more surveys this week – with one showing two-thirds of firms suffered a fall in orders while the second reveals productivity is down at 80% of the region’s small manufacturers. Unsurprisingly,...

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Business support funding keeps garden centre group trading despite being forced to close

May 3, 2020
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Business support funding keeps garden centre group trading despite being forced to close

A family-owned Wiltshire garden centre group which celebrates its half-century this year is continuing to trade through the coronavirus crisis after securing funding from Barclays under the government’s business support scheme. Whitehall Garden Centres, which has its headquarters at Lacock, near Chippenham, was forced to close its three outlets at what would have been...

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Industrial space snapped up as panic buying and surge in online sales drive demand

May 3, 2020
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Industrial space snapped up as panic buying and surge in online sales drive demand

Demand for short-term industrial space in the South West surged in March as the impact of Covid-19 spurred retailers and logistics firms to seek extra capacity to meet demand. According to latest research by international property firm Cushman & Wakefield, panic buying by consumers and the growth in online sales sparked by the lockdown...

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Coronavirus update: Welcome for government’s ‘bounce back’ loans for small firms

April 28, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Welcome for government’s ‘bounce back’ loans for small firms

Business organisations have welcomed new measures by the government to help small firms survive the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting the fact that around half are being rejected for loans under the existing scheme. Business West, the organisation that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured, had listened to complaints from struggling...

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Coronavirus update: Survey shows many West firms ‘looking into the abyss’ as pandemic hits sales

April 23, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Survey shows many West firms ‘looking into the abyss’ as pandemic hits sales

Fewer than one in six West of England firms believe they will be able to cope if the coronavirus crisis lasts for more than six months, according to the results of the first major survey highlighting the impact of the pandemic on the region’s businesses. More than 70% of firms have already suffered a...

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Coronavirus update: More than 40,000 firms log on to Business West’s Covid-19 advice portal

April 20, 2020
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Coronavirus update: More than 40,000 firms log on to Business West’s Covid-19 advice portal

More than 40,000 businesses have sought advice and guidance on how they can survive the coronavirus pandemic from a special service set up by Business West, the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. Trading Through Coronavirus, which went live exactly a month ago, provides expert information and guidance to businesses as well as...

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