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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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 27, 2020
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Monday April 27 Finals: Blackbird, Centralnic, Deltax Medical, Lok’nStore, Sig Plc, Spaceandpeople Trading announcement: Mind Gym Tuesday April 28 Finals: Integrated Diagnostic Holdings, Keystone Law, STM group Trading announcements: Shoe Zone, XPS Pensions Economic announcements: Unemployment rate, CBI industrial trends survey Wednesday April 29 Finals: Bank of Cyprus Holdings, Brown N, Destiny Pharma Interim:...

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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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