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Foster hails Bath entrepeneurial spirit

April 20, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News

In response to Duport’s announcement of record numbers of new company formations in Bath, local MP, Don Foster praises the city’s “burgeoning reputation for business and creativity”.

In research by UK company registrations agents Duport Associates Ltd, it was found that Bath hit a new high for company registrations in March 2012, with a total of 93 new companies.

“To have nearly 100 new businesses start up in just one month is quite amazing. The Coalition Government has provided a wide range of support to new business through schemes such as Business in You and the business mentoring site www.mentorsme.org. The Government has also made significant funding commitments through the Business Finance Partnership and the Regional Growth Fund. I am delighted to see that this has had such a positive impact in Bath” stated Don Foster, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath.

The data, compiled from the official Company Register, showed that Bath was the most popular area in Somerset for company formations in March 2012, breaking the previous record set in September 2003, and reached again in March 2006 with 87 start-ups formed with registered offices in the city.

“You don’t have to dig too deep to see that innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit goes hand in hand with Bath. After all, our city is named after the bathing complex the Romans developed an age ago,” added Mr Foster.

“Bath is quite rightly renowned across the world for its beauty, history and heritage, yet what is often overlooked is that Bath has stayed true to its innovative past and today possesses a burgeoning reputation for business and creativity - these figures highlight this fact.”

Bath has long been a city known for its history, but with a new record of new companies formed in the city, this could be a great sign for Bath’s future prospects.

More money for additional school places in Bath

April 18, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath, News, News.

The Coalition Government has announced that Bath and North East Somerset will get an additional £553,903 this year to relieve the pressure on school places.

This is part of an additional £600m of capital spending in England this year, which is for investment in, for example, extra classrooms. This comes on top of the £800m to address the shortage in pupil places already announced for 2012-13.

Commenting, Don Foster MP said:

“This extra money is great news for children in Bath and the surrounding area. Many more of them will now be able to get into their school of first choice.

“Pressure on our schools has been allowed to continue for too long and each year I am contacted by a number of parents with concerns over school places. As a Liberal Democrat, I am glad the Coalition Government is doing the right thing by putting more money in our schools.

“I know this will be a real help and I will work hard to ensure this money delivers the results needed.”

B&NES Council Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth, Cllr Nathan Hartley welcomed the news:

“This is great news for families in Bath and North East Somerset as extra money for classrooms will mean more of our children can get the school place they deserve. The funding will help our Liberal Democrat led Council ensure every child has a fair start in life, regardless of their background or where they live.”

Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Minister for Children, Sarah Teather said:

“In too many areas, Labour left classrooms bursting at the seams with an unacceptable number of children locked out of their local school.

“There is a pressing need for additional school places and the Coalition Government is doing the right thing by making an extra £600m available this year.

Foster urges Bath schools to apply for summer school funding

April 12, 2023 by Don Foster MP in Don in Bath

Don Foster, MP for Bath has called on local schools to apply for the £50m summer schools fund announced by Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. The deadline for applications from schools is the end of April. It is designed to help up to 100,000 of the most disadvantaged pupils with the transition from primary to secondary school.

Head teachers will be able to design and run summer schools, targeting pupils who will benefit the most. The funding could be used for activities such as:

  • Transitional activities to help familiarise pupils with their new environment. Activities could include meeting teachers, having a tour of the school or learning more about their new curriculum.
  • Additional intensive support in English and mathematics to enable pupils who need it to make progress in these key areas before they start the secondary curriculum, both as catch up and preparation for the new term.
  • Wider enrichment activities such as arts, music and sports activities, trips to theatres and museums, visits to local higher education institutions and employers etc

Commenting, Don said:

“For too long, social background has been a deciding factor in a child’s success in our schools. As a Liberal Democrat, I believe that in a fair society it is a government’s responsibility to close the gulf in achievement between the poorest children and their classmates.

“Evidence shows that disadvantaged children can slip further behind as they move into secondary school. That is why the Coalition Government is doing the right thing by helping heads and governors to build on their own induction arrangements and give these children an extra hand.

“The Liberal Democrats’ commitment to the most disadvantaged children doesn’t stop there. As well as this £50m fund, we are making significant extra funding available through the Pupil Premium.

“This will help schools tackle the inequalities that have been a part of our schools for far too long.

Commenting further, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:

“As any parent knows, the move from primary to secondary school can sometimes be tough. For those who struggle to make the jump, there can be a dip in performance that can last for years.

“We know that those who struggle most are often among the poorest in society, but we also know that just two weeks’ activities and education can help them at this tricky time in their lives.

“Summer schools will give some of the most disadvantaged pupils the chance to swim rather than sink in those first critical weeks of secondary school.

“We want every child to succeed, regardless of their background, and this is a crucial part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to making this happen.”

Headteachers can apply for the funding at: