Commitment to apprenticeships earns CentraHeat place in prestigious UK Top 100 list

January 23, 2017
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Commitment to apprenticeships earns CentraHeat place in prestigious UK Top 100 list

Heating and plumbing firm CentraHeat, based in Royal Wootton Bassett, has received national recognition for its commitment to apprentices. The firm appears in the prestigious Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and which recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices. After a tough selection process the most...

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Survey reveals West property professionals among UK’s most confident

January 22, 2017
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Survey reveals West property professionals among UK’s most confident

Confidence levels among property and construction professionals in Swindon and across the South West are the second highest in the UK, according to a new report from accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson. Only professionals in London and the South East are more optimistic about their prospects, the firm’s annual survey of...

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Deadline looming for entries to the South West Fairtrade Business Awards

January 22, 2017
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Deadline looming for entries to the South West Fairtrade Business Awards

Time is running out for Swindon firms to enter the prestigious South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Applications for the hotly contested awards, which are free to enter, close on January 31. Now in their fifth year, the awards champion organisations across the region that put ethical responsibilities at the heart of their business and demonstrate...

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The LAST WORD: Donna Kehoe, Bank of England South West agent

January 22, 2017
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The LAST WORD: Donna Kehoe, Bank of England South West agent

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the area’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Donna Kehoe, the Bank of England’s South West agent, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: Film you watched? Hail Caesar starring George Clooney. It is always fun to watch...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 22, 2017
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Monday 23 January Final: SThree Trading statement: Petra Diamonds AGMs: easyHotel, Redefine International EGM: Fastjet Tuesday 24 January Interims: IG Group, PZ Cussons Finals: Benchmark Holdings, Blue Prism, Crest Nicholson, Lakehouse Trading statements: Dixons Carphone, easyJet, Genel Energy AGMs: BMR Group, Marston’s, Mitchells & Butlers Economics: Public sector borrowing Wednesday 25 January Final: Staffline...

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Two manager appointments lend strength to Aldermore in the region

January 19, 2017
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Two manager appointments lend strength to Aldermore in the region

Specialist lender Aldermore has made two senior appointments to its growing South West and South Wales team. Jamie Cullen, who takes up the post of field-based residential relationship manager, has 12 years’ experience in financial services with NatWest and TSB, where he worked as a bank manager and area manager for mortgages. More recently,...

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Hope for the best but plan for the worst, Swindon businesses warned after May’s Brexit speech

January 18, 2017
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Hope for the best but plan for the worst, Swindon businesses warned after May’s Brexit speech

Swindon firms should hope for the best but plan for the worst, according to the region’s largest business organisation following Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech yesterday outlining her plans for Brexit. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said while the landmark speech gave some clarity to the government’s intentions over leaving the European Union,...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 14, 2017
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Monday 16 January Trading statements: Ashmore, Ibstock, Rio Tinto AGMs: Kennedy Ventures, Nu-Oil and Gas Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 17 January Final: Elegant Hotels Trading statements: Cairn Energy, City of London Investment Group, Greggs Economics: Consumer price index, Retail price index, Producer prices, House price index Wednesday 18 January Interim: Best of the...

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Associate joins Cushman & Wakefield’s South West office in healthcare sector role

January 12, 2017
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Associate joins Cushman & Wakefield’s South West office in healthcare sector role

International property agency Cushman & Wakefield has appointed experienced healthcare sector specialist Sophia Sham as an associate in its South West office. Sophia, pictured, joins the firm’s UK healthcare advisory team in Bristol. Her arrival further boosts the team, which was formed in April last year and has already valued or advised on assets worth more than...

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Warning not to let a post-Christmas divorce become a business matter as well as a legal one

January 12, 2017
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Warning not to let a post-Christmas divorce become a business matter as well as a legal one

Business owners who fear their marriages are heading for the post-Christmas rocks are being urged to tread carefully as their assets and income will be two of the main negotiating points in any impending divorce. Lawyers traditionally receive around twice the number of divorce inquiries in the first weeks of January compared with other...

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