West business leader calls for fresh approach to Brexit as May announces she will quit as PM

May 24, 2019
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West business leader calls for fresh approach to Brexit as May announces she will quit as PM

The leader of the region’s largest business organisation has called on the next Prime Minister to end the “drift and lack of direction” in Parliament over Brexit and fix the fundamentals blighting the UK economy. The comments from Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the organisation that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire...

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HELP is at hand for firms from Royds Withy King’s new HR and employment package

May 24, 2019
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HELP is at hand for firms from Royds Withy King’s new HR and employment package

Regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, has launched a legal ‘safety net’ in response to unprecedented demand from human resources professionals and business owners for affordable expert HR and employment advice. Called HELP, the package provides comprehensive legal support to businesses alongside insurance protection against Employment Tribunal claims.  ...

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New partner strengthens Thrings’ growing succession and tax offering

May 22, 2019
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New partner strengthens Thrings’ growing succession and tax offering

Swindon-headquartered regional law firm Thrings has appointed private client, succession and tax specialist Douglas Smith as partner. Douglas, pictured, has more than 30 years’ experience of acting for UK and non-UK domiciliaries on tax planning, preparing wills and trusts, and probate work involving the administration of substantial and complex estates.   He joins Thrings...

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Bouygues UK appoints former Midas boss as its new operations director in the South West

May 21, 2019
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Bouygues UK appoints former Midas boss as its new operations director in the South West

Dave Rowe, former divisional director of South West construction firm Midas Group, has joined Bouygues UK, one of the country’s largest building companies, to lead and develop its projects in the South West. Dave, pictured, held a series of senior positions in both Midas and also ISG for nearly 20 years before joining Bouygues...

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Raft of promotions at Royds Withy King as annual turnover continues to grow

May 21, 2019
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Regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, has announced 20 promotions, including five new partners, along with further annual growth. Turnover at the Bath-headquartered firm, which also has offices in London and Oxford, rose by 6% to just over £38m which it said had been achieved despite increased uncertainty...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 20, 2019
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Monday May 20 Finals: LXI, Mckay Securities, SEC SPA Interims: Cerillion Tuesday May 21 Finals: Assura, Bloomsbury Publishing, Big Yellow Group, Cranswick, Electrocomponents, First Derivatives, Footasylum, Halfords Group, Homeserve, Immedia Group, Scapa Group, Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust, Severn Trent, Warehouse Reit Interims: Greencore Group, Nexus Infrastructure, Premier Veterinary Group, Renew Holdings, Shaftesbury, Topps...

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New chair appointed to The Prince’s Trust regional development committee

May 14, 2019
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New chair appointed to The Prince’s Trust regional development committee

The Prince’s Trust has appointed Andrew Billingham as chair of its South West Development Committee (SWDC). Andrew, who is managing director of YTL Arena Bristol, has been SWDC vice-chair for four years. He will take over from Mike Beesley, the CEO of Bristol-based recruitment group RSG who set up the SWDC in 2015.  The...

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‘Sort out Brexit’ plea to MPs by the Swindon Initiative as economy is helped by stockpiling

May 13, 2019
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‘Sort out Brexit’ plea to MPs by the Swindon Initiative as economy is helped by stockpiling

The Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative has again called on Parliament to resolve Brexit and tackle the UK’s long-term economic challenges after new figures showed that stockpiling by manufacturers ahead of the UK leaving the EU had helped boost growth. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the economy expanded by 0.5% in...

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Airline catering group boss lands chief executive role at Wincanton

May 13, 2019
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Airline catering group boss lands chief executive role at Wincanton

Logistics group Wincanton has appointed a new chief executive following the decision by its current CEO to retire later this year. The Chippenham-headquartered firm, the largest UK business of its kind, said Adrian Colman, its chief executive for the past six years, will step down from its board in October.  He will be replaced...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 12, 2019
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Monday May 13 Finals: Angling Direct, Clearstar Inc., Centralnic Group Interims: Diploma, Wey Education, TBC Bank, Bank of Cyprus Holdings Trading statements: Centrica, Dignity Economic announcement: Halifax House Price Index Tuesday May 14 Finals: Braemar Shipping Services, Concepta, Great Eastern Energy Corp, Land Securities, Premier Foods Interims: EI Group, ITE Group, On The Beach...

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