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FSB's South West regional chairman Lee Nathan – 'local SME stoicism remains'

Confidence amongst small businesses in the South West continues to fall – but there are some glimmers of positivity for the future.

That is the findings of the latest quarterly report from Britain's biggest business representation group – the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – which reveals that despite extremely difficult trading conditions the South West businesses polled were among the most positive in the country when looking at their future revenue projections. And fully 40 per cent of them expect to grow rapidly in the next 12 months.

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Landlords with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of less than 'E' will receive a letter from Mendip District Council over the next few weeks urging them to ensure their property has an EPC rating of E or above.

They will asked to confirm if works specified in their EPC have been addressed to improve the energy rating otherwise they may be committing an offence of letting a property that does not meet the minimum energy efficiency standards.

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Karen Creffield, Practice Manager at Frome Medical Practice

Frome Medical Practice is today reminding patients that whilst they remain open and available to support them, visits to the Frome Medical Centre without a pre-existing appointment are discouraged.

Practice Manager Karen Creffield said, "We've had fantastic support from the local community since coronavirus first hit us in March. But it's easy for us all to slip back into old habits and we are seeing an increasing number of patients attending the practice without an appointment. We wanted therefore to remind patients of the measures we currently have in place to protect both staff and patients from COVID-19."

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If you have an energy rating of E - that is expect a letter from Mendip

Landlords with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of less than 'E' will receive a letter from Mendip District Council over the next few weeks urging them to ensure their property has an EPC rating of E or above.

They will be asked to confirm if works specified in their EPC have been addressed to improve the energy rating otherwise they may be committing an offence of letting a property that does not meet the minimum energy efficiency standards.

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There to help : Thatcher + Hallam's Laura Ablett

Since the coronavirus arrived in March, the word 'shielding' has become familiar in health care, news reports and indeed everyday life. People who had earlier led ordinary lives, were suddenly told that if they were at a very high risk of severe illness from COVID, then they had to minimise all interactions with others and stay at home. Since the new restrictions came in to force on the 5th November, clinically extremely vulnerable people have been advised once again to take extra precautions where coronavirus is concerned.

Solicitor Laura Ablett is a partner working with the Wills Probate + Tax Planning team at local solicitors Thatcher + Hallam. Laura has long been an advocate of her clients making not only a Will, but also a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), a powerful document that ensures that in the event of the author of the document becoming unable to look after themselves for whatever reason, they have appointed a trusted friend or family to look after their affairs. There are two types of LPA, one that deals with health and care decisions and another that deals with property and finance. However, ever since the original lockdown came in to force back in March, Laura and her colleagues have noticed a new and growing phenomenon.

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Signs like this close to this school over in Writhlington are common: But are there other ways to improve road safety?

As part of Road Safety Week 2020, PCC Sue Mountstevens is encouraging local people to apply for the Road Safety Fund and receive grants of up to £5,000 to support road safety initiatives.

The Road Safety Fund is part of Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust and is generated through speed awareness courses before being invested back into the community to support projects that are tackling road safety. The fund is to support community and voluntary organisations who continue to work hard to keep their roads safe despite the pandemic.

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The road and the pavement alongside this Bath Street address are cordoned off

Somerset Highways is reporting that the centre of Frome will be closed to through traffic for at least another day - although unofficially those working on the building are hoping that this will be the final day it will need to be closed.

Bath Street has been cordoned off from the corner opposite the church to the bottom of Catherine Hill, since Friday, because of concerns about an unstable structure at number 20.

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