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Embrace the spirit of Glastonbury to build a stronger region, new ICAEW president tells members

May 30, 2016
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Embrace the spirit of Glastonbury to build a stronger region, new ICAEW president tells members

The newly appointed West of England president of accountancy body ICAEW is to use his term in office to support projects that prepare young people for work, create growth opportunities for all businesses and encourage the wider profession to do more in the local community. Duncan Stratford, a director at leading professional services firm...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 30, 2016
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Monday 30 May Bank Holiday Tuesday 31 May Finals: Evgen Pharma, HaiKe Chemical, Kainos, Renold Trading statement: IG AGMs: Parity, XLMedia  Wednesday 1 June Interim: Fusionex International Finals: Acal, Halfords, LondonMetric Property, Telford Homes Trading statement: Wolseley AGMs: AG Barr, EnQuest, Flowtech Fluidpower, Mears Economics: BRC shop price index, Net consumer credit, Net lending...

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Business Growth Fund marks fifth birthday with commitment to future investments in South West

May 27, 2016
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Business Growth Fund marks fifth birthday with commitment to future investments in South West

The Business Growth Fund (BGF), the UK’s most active provider of growth capital to small and mid-sized businesses, has celebrated its fifth anniversary by increasing its South West team. Set up in May 2011 to fill a funding gap, BGF has since invested nearly £120m in 17 of the South West’s most ambitious companies,...

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Deal with US tech firm puts inhaler pioneer Vectura at forefront of digital health sector

May 27, 2016
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Deal with US tech firm puts inhaler pioneer Vectura at forefront of digital health sector

Asthma and lung disease treatment firm Vectura is to collaborate with a US tech firm to develop a range of innovative inhalers. The Chippenham firm, which makes inhalable dry-powder drugs that treat lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, has agreed a partnership with Propeller Health to use its intelligent sensor technology....

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Former aircraft factory building fully let after landing removals business as tenant

May 26, 2016
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Former aircraft factory building fully let after landing removals business as tenant

A mixed-use scheme on the outskirts of Swindon is now fully let for the first time following the arrival of local removals and storage company A Luckes & Son. The firm has taken the last available unit at Berkeley House on the South Marston Business Park. The large building was originally part of the...

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Acquisitions deliver dose of healthy sales growth for Alliance Pharma

May 26, 2016
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Acquisitions deliver dose of healthy sales growth for Alliance Pharma

Alliance Pharma, the specialty pharmaceutical company, has chalked up annual UK sales growth of 20% as its spate of recent acquisitions pay off. The Chippenham-based firm, which buys underperforming drugs brands and realises their potential through investment, said its eye care product MacuShield and Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powder – a natural remedy for...

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