The LAST WORD: Martin Dugan, head of operations, VHO

May 29, 2015
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The LAST WORD: Martin Dugan, head of operations, VHO

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 Martin Dugan, head of operations for VHO, which specialises in B2B technology telemarketing, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: Film you watched?  Reservoir Dogs – always love watching a...

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Town’s fortunes to be discussed at Withy King’s Swindon Economic Question Time

May 29, 2015
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Town’s fortunes to be discussed at Withy King’s Swindon Economic Question Time

Law firm Withy King is staging a Swindon Economic Question Time next month with an expert panel offering their insights into the town’s fortunes. Speaking at the event on June 23 – and taking part in the panel session – will be HSBC head of economics Mark Berrisford-Smith, who will highlight the issues and...

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Rural business team at Butler Sherborn boosted by two new recruits

May 28, 2015
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Rural business team at Butler Sherborn boosted by two new recruits

Property specialist Butler Sherborn has strengthened its rural business team in Cirencester with two new appointments. Georgina Bush has joined as senior surveyor and will help support the growth of the team’s professional capability with a wide range of specialist advice in farm, land and property management, while Julie Dawson has arrived to support...

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IT firm Vysiion wins ‘smart hands’ contract with Wiltshire data centre group Ark

May 28, 2015
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Vysiion, the Chippenham-based communications infrastructure and outsourced IT service provider, has secured a deal with Ark Data Centres, the Corsham firm that runs the town’s massive Spring Park IT centre. Under the ‘smart hands’ contract, Vysiion, formerly known as RFL, will provide remote management, custom installations and equipment troubleshooting assistance to Ark using highly-trained...

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Trio of new arrivals spurs further growth at Swindon law firm Francis George Solicitor-Advocate

May 28, 2015
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Swindon law firm Francis George Solicitor-Advocate has continued its growth with three new appointments to its senior team. Kim Thurston has joined as a senior conveyancer, Rebecca Withington has strengthened the probates and wills team, and Miriam Soteriou has been recruited as a litigation paralegal. Kim Thurston, pictured right, who now heads the firm’s...

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New agreement with key Chinese economic hub opens doors for partnerships with Swindon firms

May 28, 2015
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New agreement with key Chinese economic hub opens doors for partnerships with Swindon firms

Swindon firms are being encouraged to establish closer trading partnerships with their counterparts in the South West’s sister region in China following the signing of a major new agreement. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Bristol & West of England China Bureau is aimed at overcoming the difficulties...

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Expansion for region’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs following link-up with Enterprise Nation

May 28, 2015
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Expansion for region’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs following link-up with Enterprise Nation

The West of England-based Festival of Female Entrepreneurs (FFE), which supports women in business, is to be expanded following a link-up with small business network Enterprise Nation. Launched four years ago by Joni Farthing, founder and director of Women Outside The Box, the event has carved a reputation for inspiring speakers, energising advice and...

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Queen’s Speech: EU referendum threatens to overshadow positive measures, says Business West

May 27, 2015
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Queen’s Speech: EU referendum threatens to overshadow positive measures, says Business West

Business West, the organisation that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, has described this week’s Queen’s Speech as ‘bittersweet’, with positive measures counter balanced by risks linked to the EU referendum. The speech, which set out the new Government’s legislative programme for the year ahead, included a number of major measures which will impact...

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Hat-trick of nominations put UTC Swindon top of the class in regional building awards

May 26, 2015
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Hat-trick of nominations put UTC Swindon top of the class in regional building awards

Swindon’s showpiece £10m UTC building has been nominated for three awards in a regional scheme that champions the best construction projects of the past 12 months. The state-of-the-art University Technical College, built on part of Swindon’s original Great Western Railworks, is shortlisted for Best Change of use of an Existing Building or Conversion, Best...

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Swindon group formed to explain impact of major workplace pensions

May 26, 2015
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Swindon group formed to explain impact of major workplace pensions

A group has been set up to raise awareness among Swindon businesses of legislation which demands that employers enrol staff into a workplace pension scheme. The group is affiliated to the Friends of Automatic Enrolment – a national organisation launched by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals to counter the widespread lack of knowledge...

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