New-look Swindon office building proves magnet for small firms

November 28, 2014
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Eight companies have been attracted to a refurbished office building on Swindon’s Groundwell industrial estate since the first phase of its major refurbishment programme was completed. Gemini House, owned by London-based property investment firm Minton Group, now has a new reception area and totally-overhauled communal internal courtyard which have helped transform it into a...

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Swindon motor dealer group Cambria drives up profits on strong UK car market

November 28, 2014
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Continued investment in its dealerships has helped accelerate profits by 33% at Cambria, the Swindon-based franchised motor retailer. The firm, which owns 28 dealerships, representing 45 franchises and 18 brands, including Swindon Motor Park, achieved pre-tax profits of £5.3m on sales up 14 at £450.1m in the year to August 31. And it said...

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Profits leap at Nationwide as it lures customers away from high street banks

November 28, 2014
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Profits leap at Nationwide as it lures customers away from high street banks

Half-year profits have soared by 83% to £606m at Swindon-based Nationwide, the UK’s largest building society, as it continued to win business from high street banks. The results for the six months to September 30 show it opened a new current every 50 seconds, as a result growing its share of the current account...

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Industrial unit offers rare chance to take space on popular trading estate

November 28, 2014
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Industrial unit offers rare chance to take space on popular trading estate

A 20,000 sq ft industrial building on a popular North Wiltshire trading estate has come onto the market. Commercial property agency Kavanaghs has been appointed jointly with Carter Jonas to market the vacant Unit 3 building on the Leafield Industrial Estate in Corsham by commercial property developer HPH. The estate, four miles south of...

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Excalibur boss James Phipps resigns from LEP board

November 28, 2014
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Excalibur boss James Phipps resigns from LEP board

James Phipps, CEO of Swindon-based IT and communications support firm Excalibur Communications, is to step down from the board of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP).    James, pictured, has completed his first term of service with the SWLEP board, having joined in January 2013. He has decided not to commit to a...

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Former Capgemini UK senior vice president takes up HR director role at Nationwide

November 28, 2014
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Former Capgemini UK senior vice president takes up HR director role at Nationwide

Swindon-based Nationwide building society has appointed Ann Brown as HR director. Ann, pictured, was previously UK senior vice president for HR at Capgemini, the global consulting, technology and outsourcing firm. With more than 30 years’ experience in HR, Ann has held HR director and group HR director positions across a range of sectors and...

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Expert to explain crowd funding at business networking meeting

November 28, 2014
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Expert to explain crowd funding at business networking meeting

The spotlight will be turned on crowd funding next week when expert Anthony Lovell de Souza talks to Swindon networking group Business Village. Crowd funding is an emerging online concept, which anyone can use to raise money for a project or idea. In the last four years, more than 170 crowd funding websites have sprung...

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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

November 28, 2014
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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

Stands for The Business Showcase South West – the major business event which celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise – are now on sale and pre-registration for delegates has also gone live. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in April this year, The Business Showcase South West returns...

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PR agency Vox strengthens team with promotion and new appointment

November 28, 2014
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PR agency Vox strengthens team with promotion and new appointment

Swindon-based PR and marketing consultancy Vox has appointed Ellie Caddick as an account executive and promoted Eleanor Collins to account director. Ellie recently graduated from Swansea University with a first-class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. While at university she wrote for the South Wales Evening Post and Waterfront, the university’s newspaper where, as...

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Business groups urge Chancellor to boost economy not play politics in next week’s Autumn Statement

November 27, 2014
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Business groups urge Chancellor to boost economy not play politics in next week’s Autumn Statement

Chancellor George Osborne has been asked to play Santa in next week’s Autumn Statement and give Swindon firms three early Christmas presents – action on business rates, infrastructure and apprenticeships. The wish-list comes from Business West, the organisation that runs the Initiative in Swindon & Wiltshire. It wants to see the Chancellor, pictured, build...

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