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CITYNEWS BATH RUGBY SUCCESS
Bath Rugby has reported a year of revenue growth and increased investment in its 2018 financial statements. The club saw a 7% rise in year-on-year revenue to £19.8m driven by an increase in central income relating to the new four-year domestic broadcast deal with BT Sport which runs through to the 2020/21 season, together with increased corporate and ticketing revenues. bathrugby.com
Komedia Bath – the high-profile, mid-scale venue that operates from a Grade II listed former cinema – has now completed its conversion to being community owned. The venue founders set out to disperse the ownership and control of the business on a community-share basis in 2017. They laid out their vision for the future in a detailed five-year plan, with advice from Dave Boyle, Community Shares and Coops UK, to define the structure of the society. The 69-day campaign run on crowdfunder.co.uk had great backing within the entertainment industry with artists, including Katherine Ryan, Daliso Chaponda, The Hoosiers and Mel Giedroyc, offering video messages of support. Komedia gained 304 investors and backing from Big Society Capital, and exceeded the investment target of £350k, raising a total of £379k. komedia.co.uk/bath
The Bath BID has announced a new scheme aimed at those who live and work in the city, called B-LOCAL and designed for the community of Bath. Some of Bath’s finest food establishments have developed special treats and benefits for local people to enjoy midweek during school term-times. These venues recognise that local people are the backbone of their business and want to find ways to give something extra. Look out for a leaflet or refer to b-localbath.co.uk. Go along with some proof that you live or work in the city and enjoy the benefits of being a local. bathbid.co.uk
FRAMING THE WAY Agriframes, who are sponsoring The Bath Festival, have made a long-term commitment to supporting this flagship city celebration. The company has played a leading part in the garden industry for nearly 50 years, designing and manufacturing structures and garden supports to suit both traditional and contemporary settings. Owned and managed by a Bath-based family, much of their design inspiration is drawn from the iconic architecture of the city. Created by gardeners, the Agriframes’ product range is constantly evolving and now includes coloured and textured finishes as well as a selection of carefully designed
Did You Know? Footfall is highest in the city between 1– 2pm
kitchen garden products developed in response to the growing enthusiasm for produce grown at home in an attractive setting. Managing director, Andrew Downey, who grew up in Bath, said “We are proud to sponsor The Bath Festival Finale Weekend and be part of such a vibrant celebration of our city and the talent it attracts – it is thrilling to be involved and for Agriframes structures to play a part in creating the spectacular festival setting.” Agriframes will be exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show this year. agriframes.co.uk
BATH BUSINESS BAROMETER UPDATE: MARCH 2019
High Street Footfall (Month on month % change)
n Despite the strong winds that Storm Gareth brought in week 11, March netted a further 5.4% increase in footfall for Bath. The last week was the strongest, bringing over 150,000 visitors to the city. March 2019 is also doing better than March 2018, with 5.1% more footfall this year. Sales continues to trend with footfall; week on week, when footfall increases, so, too, do sales.
The Bath Festival returns for its 71st year this May, kicking oﬀ a week of festivities with Party in the City on 17 May. Meanwhile, have you participated in The Theatre Royal’s Great Big Egg Hunt yet? Look for them through to 12 May – there are prizes to be won!
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