Dry January is a great opportunity for employers to boost productivity, improve employee wellbeing and bring teams together. There are many benefits to going dry for a month including improved sleep, weight loss and having more energy. Benefits in the workplace include better performance, reduced sick days and lost productivity from alcohol – estimated to cost business £7.3bn each year – and the formation of social ties within teams that aren’t based just around drinking.
Cleveland Bridge, which carries the A36 through Bath, is in need of extensive refurbishment. Surveys have identified that structural components of the bridge are life expired and in need of maintenance, repair or replacement. Due to the extensive nature of the refurbishment and the cost of these works, the council is seeking to secure financial assistance from the Government through the Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund.
There is a new category in Bath & North East Somerset Council's Community Awards this year: Green Business Leader of the Year. This Award will recognise a business who have shown leadership in helping to respond to the climate emergency, contribute to reduced carbon emissions across Bath and North East Somerset in order for the area to be carbon neutral by 2030 or supporting their customers to lead lower carbon lives.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is continuing development of a clean air zone for Bath that will help to reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in the city to within legal limits by 2021 at the latest. This type of air pollution is caused by vehicle emissions.
The council has now decided on a scheme that features a class C clean air zone (CAZ), charging most higher-emission vehicles to drive in the city centre from late 2020. Private cars and motorbikes will not be charged.
Help shape your business to contribute towards a sustainable economy - join the STBAH for their Sustainable Economy event: Regenerating Natural Systems
The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub (STBAH) a programme funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which provides sector specific business support to startups and SMEs, have been running a series of linked events exploring the approaches to creating a sustainable economy.
As part of the West of England Low Carbon Challenge Fund, the West of England Combined Authority has a £1 million Green Business Grants fund to help small and medium sized businesses improve their energy efficiency. This is part of their commitment to achieving clean and inclusive growth.
How much grant is available?
Cashback grants of £1,000-£15,000 per business are available to cover 40% of eligible costs. You can also get a free energy survey if you need one.
A former vacant shop unit in Twerton High Street, Bath has been transformed into a community-led pop-up creative space and workshop for Bath’s Carnival team.
The team will use the space over the next few weeks to work with volunteers and professional artists to make costumes for the July carnival.
The project has been delivered with support from Bath & North East Somerset Council and funded by the West of England Combined Authority as part of the regional ‘Love our High Streets’ pilot which seeks to re-vitalise and re-think the way we use local high streets.
Due to the high levels of office to residential conversion within the Bath City area Bath and North East Somerset Council have implemented an Article 4 Direction.
Following the consultation in May 2018, Bath and North East Somerset Council have implemented an Article 4 Direction on Office to Residential conversations. This direction came into effect on 24th May 2019. The Article 4 Direction removes permitted development rights for change of use from offices to residential within the central area of Bath.
Bath’s own Green Park Brasserie has recently been awarded Gold by the region’s leading food and drink organisation, Taste of the West! Since 1991, Taste of the West’s ethos has always been focussed on quality, integrity and provenance.