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Invest In Bath Newsletter - March 2020

We're here for you


The Invest in Bath team are here for you throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. 
As Bath & North East Somerset Council's business support service, we recognise the challenges faced by business during this period and are working hard to keep our community strong during this unprecedented time. See the full package of Government support available to businesses here, and keep up to date with further announcements by visiting: www.investinbath.co.uk/covid19 

We are also working collaboratively with partners such as the Federation of Small Businesses, Chambers of CommerceKeynsham Business Association and Bath Digital Festival to ensure that information is circulated and consistent. Cool Ventures our business support partner is offering free one-to-one business advice sessions that is available remotely.

Stop the spread of COVID-19


On Monday 23rd March the Government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and save lives. All non-essential premises must now close, guidance on which businesses are affected can be found here.

  • Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance. For any queries regarding takeaway and food delivery services please email: public_protection@bathnes.gov.uk.
  • Premises licensed for the sale of alcohol consumption on and off the premises may provide alcohol deliveries - provided they do so within the timings stated on their licence. The sale would be deemed to take place at the point the alcohol was appropriated to the contract/set aside for the customer/loaded on the van for delivery. This does not permit businesses to carry out house to house sales. For any queries regarding the sale of alcohol please email: licensing@bathnes.gov.uk  
For more info go to: https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/planning

Support from Bath BID


Bath Business Improvement District (BID) is working alongside colleagues at B&NES and Visit Bath to ensure that timely and reliable information is provided to BID levy payers to help with decision making and financial planning. Visit the Bath BID website, sign up to its newsletters and follow them on social to be kept up to date with the latest news and information. 

  • The Bath Gift Card is a good option to support local during this time. If you have a gift card due to expire soon, Bath BID will extend it free of charge for later use by emailing: info@bathbid.co.uk
  • Bath BID is also co-ordinating a virtual group discussion with event providers and city businesses to begin to prepare for Bath's Welcome Pack.

Support from Visit Bath


Visit Bath are the Destination Management Organisation for Bath and North East Somerset, and work within the tourism, hospitality and leisure sector. Information with the latest news of postponements or cancellations of events, along with other updates can be found here.
A dedicated page showing local delivery services for food and drink is available; to add your business to this page please contact: Emily McKay at emily.mckay@visitbath.co.uk

Visit Bath also have a dedicated page with links for information specific to the hospitality and leisure industry; both public and business information is being updated daily. For business enquiries, email Kathryn Davis kathryn.davis@visitbath.co.uk.

Free Coaching, Training & Development


Our colleagues in the Future Bright team offer free career coaching, training and support to develop your skills and increase your pay. All conversations are confidential and focus on what you want to achieve; your coach will help you take your next step. Future Bright is open to local residents who are: Aged 19 and over, Living in the West of England Currently in paid work – this can be full-time, part time or anything in between and receiving benefits or tax credits
Our coaches are helping the participants to look for alternative jobs, if needed, during this difficult time. Find out more at: www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/future-bright. Email: Futurebright@bathnes.gov.uk  or call: 01225 395555

Could your business help with the volunteering effort?


Bath & North East Somerset Council is working with 3SG and Virgincare to support communities and the most vulnerable in their own homes. 3SG is recruiting volunteers through its #CompassionateCommunities scheme to offer support to community groups and charities as they work to help elderly or vulnerable people self-isolating.   
 
Almost 2,000 people from across Bath and North East Somerset have already volunteered. You can sign up to be a Compassionate Community Connector and help others in your community, please register your interest if you'd like to get involved.  

Keeping up to date


This is a rapidly evolving situation, please follow our Twitter feed and the Invest in Bath website for key updates. Twitter: @InvestinBath Web: www.investinbath.co.uk

Talk to us. Please do not hesitate to contact Invest in Bath with any questions or issues you may be facing. Email: info@investinbath.co.uk 

See Bath & North Somerset Council updates online by visiting: www.bathnes.gov/coronavirus and follow @Bathnes on Twitter.

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