New regional head of business development for Institute of Directors

September 29, 2014
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New regional head of business development for Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors has expanded its team in the South West with the appointment of Hannah Goodenough as head of business development. Hannah, pictured, will be based at the regional headquarters at the Bristol & Bath Science Park and will be responsible for retaining and attracting membership across the South West. She brings significant expertise to the...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

September 28, 2014
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Monday 29 September Interims: Camkids, CityFibre Infrastructure, Gameaccount Network, Globo Finals: DX, Inland Homes, MJ Gleeson Trading statements: Aberdeen Asset Management, Compass AGMs: Aortech International, Aurum Mining, Maple Energy, Namibian Resources, Pinewood Shepperton, Speymill, Trafalgar New Homes Economics: Net consumer credit, Net lending secured on dwellings, Mortgage approvals, M4 money supply Tuesday 30 September...

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Transatlantic trade mission to learn from the best of the Big Apple

September 26, 2014
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Transatlantic trade mission to learn from the best of the Big Apple

Sales expert Alison Edgar has travelled to New York as part of a national business mission for small and medium-sized firms to explore trade opportunities. Alison, pictured, managing director of Chippenham-based Sales Coaching Solutions, has joined more than 60 UK-based small businesses to meet entrepreneurs who are successful in the Big Apple. During the...

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Earl of Wessex officially opens Swindon’s innovative building research centre

September 26, 2014
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Earl of Wessex officially opens Swindon’s innovative building research centre

Swindon’s pioneering research centre to test the energy efficiency of new building materials has been officially opened by Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. Acting in his role as Chancellor of the University of Bath, Prince Edward toured the ground-breaking research facility at the Building Research Park at Wroughton Airfield and met academics and...

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The LAST WORD: Chris Elias, relationship director, Barclays Corporate

September 25, 2014
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The LAST WORD: Chris Elias, relationship director, Barclays Corporate

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 Chris Elias, relationship director Barclays Corporate based at Barclays' Old Town, Swindon, office, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: Film you watched? I honestly can’t remember! But I know...

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New president for Europe, Middle East and Africa takes up role at fibre firm AFL

September 25, 2014
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New president for Europe, Middle East and Africa takes up role at fibre firm AFL

Fibre optic and cable manufacturer AFL, which has its UK headquarters in Swindon, has appointed Phil Edwards as president of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). Mr Edwards, pictured, will be responsible for leading the business strategy and operations in the EMEA region and building the infrastructure needed to support growth for US-owned AFL. Its...

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Guardian News and Media contract extension delivers boost to Connect Group

September 25, 2014
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Guardian News and Media contract extension delivers boost to Connect Group

Connect Group, the specialist Swindon-based distributor formerly called Smiths News, has extended its newspaper wholesaling contract with Guardian News and Media to February 2021. The £63m-per-year contract is equivalent to 7% of the national newspaper distribution market. As a result of the extension, Smiths News has now secured around £1.2bn of revenues per year through...

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Swindon firm which went from selling hammocks to luxury fitted kitchens lands top business award

September 25, 2014
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Swindon firm which went from selling hammocks to luxury fitted kitchens lands top business award

Swindon-based upmarket furniture firm Neptune has been crowned a national winner in HSBC’s Global Connections 2014, which aims to find the country’s most innovative and forward-thinking businesses. Neptune, an international lifestyle brand that designs and manufactures handcrafted furniture and accessories for the home, was one of two winners in the category for companies turning...

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Half-marathon runners get in their stride to raise funds for ‘Swindon Disease’ charity

September 25, 2014
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Half-marathon runners get in their stride to raise funds for ‘Swindon Disease’ charity

Lawyers from Novum Law’s Swindon office joined forces with specialist nurses from the oncology team at the town’s Great Western Hospital (GWH) to raise hundreds of pounds for Mesothelioma UK – the charity supporting victims of asbestos diseases and their families – by running the Bristol Half Marathon. Known as the Swindon Disease due...

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Networking evening to shed light on employment law changes

September 25, 2014
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Networking evening to shed light on employment law changes

One of Swindon’s leading employment lawyers will be on hand to answer questions about recent and imminent changes in legislation at a business networking event in the town next week. Kerrie Hunt, pictured, partner and head of employment at Thrings, will update attendees on a range of key employment law issues including flexible working...

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