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Arkell’s-staged training sessions put town’s pub licencees on course for better customer service

October 22, 2014
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Arkell’s-staged training sessions put town’s pub licencees on course for better customer service

The next generation of Swindon’s pub landlords are now ‘licensed to fill’ customers’ glasses with beer after completing the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) personal licence holders course at Arkell’s brewery. The firm is putting training at the core of its pub operations, running the BII Level 1, 2 and 3 personal licence course...

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Arrival of senior surveyor strengthens GVA’s South West office agency team

October 20, 2014
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Arrival of senior surveyor strengthens GVA’s South West office agency team

Property agency GVA has expanded its regional office agency team with the appointment of Alex Riddell as a senior surveyor. Alex, pictured, joins GVA at a time of strong growth for the South West office in Bristol and its office agency team in particular, which has just been placed at the top of the...

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Two solicitors join Thrings’ commercial property team as market recovery spurs growth

October 20, 2014
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Two solicitors join Thrings’ commercial property team as market recovery spurs growth

M4 corridor commercial law firm Thrings, which has its largest office in Swindon, has appointed two solicitors to its fast-growing commercial property team as a result of continued organic growth and a series of new client wins. Associate Steve Schofield and solicitor Beth Nicholls will further strengthen Thrings’ commercial property and construction offering across...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

October 20, 2014
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Monday 20 October Trading statement: McBride AGMs: CPL Resources, McBride Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 21 October Interims: BP Marsh & Partners, Whitbread Final: Asos Trading statements: Arm, GKN, Go-Ahead, InterContinental Hotels, Pentair, Reckitt Benckiser, William Hill AGMs: Ashley House, Leeds Economics: Public sector finances Wednesday 22 October Interims: Home Retail, Ingenious Media Active...

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The LAST WORD: Mary Hoffman, partner, Hoffman Male

October 17, 2014
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The LAST WORD: Mary Hoffman, partner, Hoffman Male

Each week Swindon Business News gives a prominent member of the area’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Mary Hoffman, partner at specialist wills, probate and conveyancing law firm Hoffman Male, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: Film you watched? Last Vegas with Michael Douglas, Robert De...

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Record performance by its travel outlets lifts profits at WH Smith despite decline in high street sales

October 16, 2014
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Record performance by its travel outlets lifts profits at WH Smith despite decline in high street sales

Continuing success in Swindon-based retail giant WH Smith’s outlets in railways stations, airports and motorway services has helped increase annual profits by 9%. The increase to £112m came despite a fall off in sales from its core high street stores which pushed total group sales down by 3% to £1.16bn. The group, which has...

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