West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

April 24, 2014
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West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

A trade mission to China to help unlock opportunities for small and medium-sized West businesses has been announced by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) South West. While China is well known as the world’s fastest-growing major economy, with growth rates averaging around 10% over the past 30 years, and the largest exporting nation, it...

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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

April 24, 2014
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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

The West of England’s food and drink businesses are increasingly upbeat about their prospects despite concerns over the price of raw materials and energy and the impact of this winter’s floods. Most also believe that being based in this region is a major plus, according to a new survey. The research by leading business...

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Extra space – plus new clients – for Toinfinity as its growth accelerates

April 23, 2014
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Extra space – plus new clients – for Toinfinity as its growth accelerates

Leading Swindon-based e-commerce specialist Toinfinity is undergoing fast-paced growth having won additional clients, moved to bigger offices and been recruited to offer business coaching to ambitious companies that use the web as a selling tool. Toinfinity is growing so fast that its team are moving one floor down in Windmill Hill, into offices three...

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Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems calls in Swindon recruiter C&D as it stays on track for further growth

April 23, 2014
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Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems calls in Swindon recruiter C&D as it stays on track for further growth

Swindon recruitment firm C&D Group is to help expanding engineering firm Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems take on more than 20 permanent workers at its Melksham factory as demand for its innovative products increases around the world. Knorr-Bremse employs 360 people in Melksham making a wide range of train parts such as advanced braking, monitoring and...

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Support for college’s careers academies earns accolade for recruitment firm Outsource

April 23, 2014
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Support for college’s careers academies earns accolade for recruitment firm Outsource

Swindon-headquartered recruitment company Outsource UK has received the title of Best Employer Contribution by Cirencester College for supporting its career academies.  Outsource, which specialises in IT and engineering, has been involved with the college’s IT and business careers academies programme for several years. The programmes were set up by the college to help bridge...

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Second major Wootton Bassett property deal reflects strengthening market

April 23, 2014
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Second major Wootton Bassett property deal reflects strengthening market

Integrated circuit design firm Swindon Silicon Systems has sold its head office to a London-based investment fund for £4.65m – the latest in a series of commercial property deals around the town and another indication of rapid recovery in the market. The deal transfers ownership of the 34,690 sq ft, two-storey Interface House office...

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Excellence awards recognise Hill Homes’ commitment to quality housebuilding

April 23, 2014
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Excellence awards recognise Hill Homes’ commitment to quality housebuilding

Hills Homes, the Swindon-based housebuilder, is celebrating after one of its latest developments and its site manager tasted success in building awards staged in Somerset. The firm, which builds high-quality housing schemes in Wiltshire and neighbouring counties, was highly commended for its Mendip Gardens scheme in Holcombe, in the category for new housing developments...

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Expansion at the double as window and door supplier finds opening at Kembrey Trade Centre

April 23, 2014
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Expansion at the double as window and door supplier finds opening at  Kembrey Trade Centre

A unit at Swindon’s Kembrey Trade Centre has been let to Same Day Trade Frames, the fast-growing supplier of windows, doors, conservatories, and trade plastics. The move into the 1,610 sq ft Unit 3 doubles Same Day's space at the centre and meets its expansion plans for its Swindon depot, which opened in October...

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Former Brewin Dolphin chairman joins Latchways as non-executive director

April 23, 2014
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Former Brewin Dolphin chairman joins Latchways as non-executive director

Latchways, the Devizes-based specialist safety harnessing firm, has appointed Jamie Matheson, the former chairman of private client investment group Brewin Dolphin, as a non-executive director with immediate effect. Mr Matheson, who left Brewin Dolphin in March last year, is currently a non-executive director of STV, the Scottish broadcaster. He was also a non-executive director...

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Major magazine distribution agreements give Smiths News clear vision to 2020

April 22, 2014
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Major magazine distribution agreements give Smiths News clear vision to 2020

Shares in newly-renamed Swindon-based specialist wholesale group Connect Group – formerly Smiths News – climbed by more than 4% today after it unveiled a 20% increase in half-year pre-tax profits. The profits of £22.1m for the six months ended 28 February 2014 came depsite a small fall in revenue. Today's results came a day...

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