CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: All pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as Chancellor announces ‘unprecedented’ support for firms

March 20, 2020
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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: All pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as Chancellor announces ‘unprecedented’ support for firms

Pubs, cafes and restaurants must close down this evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a massive package of measures to support businesses and their workers. The government is to pay 80% of wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month, Mr Sunak said.  Companies and organisations...

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Coronavirus update: Interest rates slashed to lowest-ever level of 0.1% by Bank of England

March 19, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Interest rates slashed to lowest-ever level of 0.1% by Bank of England

The Bank of England has cut interest rates to 0.1% – their lowest level ever – as it attempts to deal with the economic fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic. The move is the second emergency cut in just over a week prompted by the outbreak – last week the rate was reduced from 0.75%...

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Business West training scheme in the running for blue-chip national recruitment award

March 18, 2020
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Business West training scheme in the running for blue-chip national recruitment award

A training programme staged by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has been nominated alongside the likes of Apple and Google at a prestigious national awards scheme. Pathways to International Trade, which is in its sixth year, involves talented undergraduate students undergoing an intensive four-day training course in international trade and exporting before...

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Coronavirus update: Chancellor announces emergency measures to support businesses

March 17, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Chancellor announces emergency measures to support businesses

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an emergency £330bn package to support businesses during the coronavirus crisis. Mr Sunak, pictured, said the move was equivalent to 15% of the UK’s GDP and added that if demand was greater than the initial £330bn he would go further and provide as much capacity as required.  Measures include:...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

March 15, 2020
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Monday March 16 Finals: Diaceutics, PJSC Interims: CAP-XX, Ceres Power, Volution Group Tuesday March 17 Finals: ContourGlobal, Gamma Communications, Genel Energy, Harworth Group, Kape Tech, Polypipe, Smart Metering, TI Fluid Systems, Tritax Big Box, Vectura Interims: Litigation Cap, SCS Group, Softcat Economic announcement: Unemployment rate, Claimant Count Wednesday March 18 Finals: Anpario, Cello Health,...

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Spring Budget 2020: Regional property industry reaction

March 11, 2020
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Spring Budget 2020: Regional property industry reaction

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending commitments on major infrastructure projects received the thumbs up from the region’s industry – but the fact that the West of England was again overlooked in favour of the ‘powerhouses’ of the North and Midlands did not go unnoticed. Tim Davis, head of property agents Cushman & Wakefield’s Bristol office,...

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