Much of my week has involved meetings about the local economy including meetings at Bath’s Business Improvement District (BID) and Visit Bath.

I am a BID board member and this week we met to review the BID’s strategy and how it can best serve levy payers and continue with its strong commitment to make Bath a place where businesses and traders can thrive.

Similarly Visit Bath works to promote, not just the city, but the area to domestic and foreign visitors and to support the businesses and services that help make us a world-class destination.

Here in Bath we are fortunate to have many forward-thinking businesses not only when it comes to attracting employment and visitors to the city but also environmentally.

This week around 50 local traders signed up for the water bottle Refill scheme as part of their pledge to help cut down on the use of single-use plastic bottles.

Refill is a national, practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street.

You can now see Refill stickers appearing in Bath’s shops and cafes promoting the scheme which also uses an app to help you find the Refill Stations and collect reward points every time you refill.

And we are also supporting the Refill scheme. The café at the One Stop shop in Lewis House, in Manvers Street, is the first council venue to be added as a Refill station. For more information about the scheme and to find out about the app you can go to  or

After a week of meetings, tonight I am looking forward to a good result when Bath take on Exeter Chiefs which sees Taulupe Faletau and Jonathan Joseph return to the starting line-up in Round 18 of the Aviva Premiership at the Rec.