HSBC funds £0.5m upgrade for Blunsdon House Hotel

July 23, 2014
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HSBC funds £0.5m upgrade for Blunsdon House Hotel

Family-owned Blunsdon House Hotel near Swindon has secured a £500,000 finance package from HSBC to support renovation of its main restaurant and upgrade other areas of the property. The hotel, which dates back to the 1950s and was Wiltshire’s first to gain four stars, is launching the new restaurant – to be called Flame...

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Passenger numbers hit new high at Bristol Airport as airlines map out new routes

July 21, 2014
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Passenger numbers hit new high at Bristol Airport as airlines map out new routes

Bristol Airport has recorded its busiest June ever, handling more than 646,000 passengers during the month. The increase comes as a number of airlines introduce new services to meet growing demand and a new £6.5m central walkway, which opened earlier this month, paves the way for the airport to handle larger, long-haul aircraft. The...

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Space at Melksham’s Avonside Enterprise Park to be marketed by Kavanaghs

July 21, 2014
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Space at Melksham’s Avonside Enterprise Park to be marketed by Kavanaghs

Property consultancy Kavanaghs has been appointed to manage Avonside Enterprise Park in Melksham by EBS Management, part of Charles Stanley Group. The mixed-use scheme includes retail, office, industrial and warehouse space covering 87,000 sq ft of floor space on a 2.54-acre site on the River Avon. Kavanaghs, which has offices in Trowbridge and Melksham,...

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Work starts on £21m Wiltshire College campus in Chippenham

July 21, 2014
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Work starts on £21m Wiltshire College campus in Chippenham

A turf-cutting ceremony has marked the official start of work on Wiltshire College’s new £21m campus in Chippenham. The development is being funded by an award from the Skills Funding Agency and forms part of the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Economic Partnership initiative and Chippenham Vision Master Plan. Existing buildings on the site will...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 21, 2014
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Monday 21 July Interims: Dialight, Michelmersh Brick Finals: Allocate Software, Schroder Real Estate Investment Trading statements: Babcock International, Quindell AGMs: Babcock International, Ensor, Pathfinder Minerals, Quintain Estates & Development EGM: Bowleven Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 22 July Interims: Arm, Beazley, Croda International, McColl's Retail Group, Premier Foods Finals: IG, Versarien Trading statements: Future,...

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Exclusive: Strong recovery for Swindon’s commercial property market, report shows

July 17, 2014
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Exclusive: Strong recovery for Swindon’s commercial property market, report shows

Swindon’s commercial property market is back on track after hitting the buffers during the recession, a major new report shows – with the rail industry providing much of the growth. The latest Market Monitor from property agents Alder King shows a turnaround in fortunes for Swindon, particularly in the key town centre office market....

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Digital marketing offer will help one Wiltshire charity go toinfinity – and beyond – with online support

July 17, 2014
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Digital marketing offer will help one Wiltshire charity go toinfinity – and beyond – with online support

Swindon digital marketing company toinfinity is appealing for registered charities in Wiltshire to apply to receive online support worth £10,000. The firm, based on the Windmill Hill Business Park, will work with its chosen charity for a year to audit its online offering and help it make the most of available digital and online...

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Howard Tenens’ gas station puts Swindon on road to becoming centre for low-carbon fuels

July 17, 2014
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Howard Tenens’ gas station puts Swindon on road to becoming centre for low-carbon fuels

Swindon has taken another step to becoming a major UK centre for alternative, low-emission fuels with the official opening of the country’s largest privately-owned compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling station. The facility at logistics group Howard Tenens’ 25-acre Stratton site was opened by transport minister Stephen Hammond. The group now has four CNG stations...

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Plessey looks to shine in tech lighting market with new European distribution deal

July 17, 2014
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Plessey looks to shine in tech lighting market with new European distribution deal

Hi-tech innovator Plessey has signed a distribution agreement to grow sales of its world-beating lighting technology in Central and Eastern Europe, Italy and Denmark. The semiconductor firm, which was the cornerstone of Swindon’s electronics and microchip industry and still has an office in the town, is developing lighting products using gallium-nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) technology. These...

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Swindon’s GB triathlon hope backed by town’s redheadpr agency

July 17, 2014
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Swindon’s GB triathlon hope backed by town’s redheadpr agency

Swindon public relations firm redheadPR is providing support worth £1,000 to local athlete Kev Tonner as he prepares to represent Great Britain at a major triathlon event next month. He will take part in the 2014 Edmonton ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships having earlier this year won the men’s senior race in his...

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