Far Eastern promise for Swindon agri-tech firms through Innovate UK’s China trade visit

January 17, 2019
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Cutting-edge agri-tech firms from the Swindon area are being offered the chance to take part in a fully-funded programme to China with the potential to secure lucrative business links. Fifteen companies will be selected by Innovate UK, the government innovation agency, for the programme, which includes an eight-day visit to China from March 9-16....

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SCISYS lauds pre-Brexit office shift again after it lands another EU-funded space contract

January 17, 2019
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SCISYS lauds pre-Brexit office shift again after it lands another EU-funded space contract

Specialist IT group SCISYS has again stressed that moving its parent company from the UK to Ireland to allow it to bid for EU-funded work has paid off by winning a fifth contract in less than a month. The Chippenham-headquartered group SCISYS has been awarded a €1.32m (£1.16m) contract with AIRBUS Defence and Space...

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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

January 16, 2019
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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

The “overriding priority” for both the government and Parliament must be to avoid a no deal Brexit following last night’s overwhelming defeat of the Prime Minister’s deal, the region’s largest business organisation said today. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said firms in the region now found themselves “facing the unwelcome...

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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

January 14, 2019
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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

Nearly 40% of West of England business owners back a second Brexit referendum while just one in 10 is confident the government will secure a good deal for the UK, according to the region’s largest business survey. Worryingly, more than 40% of the senior managers and directors taking part did not know whether their...

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Healthy start to 2019 for Wincanton as it wins Weetabix logistics contracts

January 14, 2019
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Healthy start to 2019 for Wincanton as it wins Weetabix logistics contracts

Logistics group Wincanton has been appointed by The Weetabix Food Company – the food processing firm behind the breakfast cereal – to provide transport, warehousing and packing services. Starting on February 1, the partnership is made up of two separate, five-year contracts.  Chippenham-headquartered Wincanton will take over operating four warehouses where Weetabix products are...

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Swindon Business News Travel – 48:00 hours in Seattle

January 13, 2019
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Swindon Business News Travel – 48:00 hours in Seattle

Seattle is fast becoming one of North America’s leading tech hubs and is home to global giants such as Microsoft and Amazon. It’s also one of the US’s coolest cities. Swindon Business News travel editor ANNE GORRINGE went there on Aer Lingus’ latest transatlantic route – which clears US immigration at Dublin Airport on...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 13, 2019
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Monday January 14 Interims: PageGroup, Citigroup Trading updates: JD Sports Fashion, Dechra Pharmaceuticals Tuesday January 15 Interims: JP Morgan, Wells Fargo Trading updates: Hays, Persimmon, Ashmore, Provident Financial Wednesday January 16 Interims: Bank of America, Goldman Sachs Trading updates: Bovis Homes, Tullow Oil, Cineworld Economic announcement: CPI (December) Thursday January 17 Interims: Morgan Stanley,...

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CBI leader urges govt to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to West of England

January 11, 2019
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CBI leader urges govt to rule out no deal Brexit on visit to West of England

The director-general of the CBI used a visit to the West of England today to warn that a no deal Brexit would hit the its manufacturing and services industries hard as well as scuppering vital export deals. Speaking to a gathering of senior business figures in Bristol, Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured, urged the government to...

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Fourth space contract for SCISYS as new focus on EU orders takes off

January 10, 2019
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Fourth space contract for SCISYS as new focus on EU orders takes off

SCISYS Deutschland, the German arm of the Chippenham-based specialist IT group SCISYS, has landed its fourth space-related contract in as many weeks. The latest deal, with an anticipated contract value of €2.8m (£2.5m), has come from long-term customer the European Space Agency (ESA).  SCISYS, which also supplies its bespoke software systems and support services...

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Honda’s Swindon plant to close for six days to cope with impact of Brexit

January 10, 2019
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Honda’s Swindon plant to close for six days to cope with impact of Brexit

Japanese car giant Honda is to halt production at its Swindon plant for six days in April to stockpile components and help it overcome border disruption after the UK leaves the EU. Honda, which employs 4,000 people at the plant making Civic cars and engines for the global market, said it had been assessing...

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