Serviced office group Regus looking to open more sites in Swindon

July 28, 2014
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Serviced office group Regus looking to open more sites in Swindon

Serviced workplace group Regus plans to increase its presence in Swindon after appointing West-based property consultancy Alder King to search for new sites across the South West and South Wales. The global firm has a base on Swindon’s Windmill Hill Business Park and an ‘express’ centre in the Staples store at Greenbridge among the...

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Jobs axed and holiday bookings at risk as long-established coach firm Hatts goes into administration

July 28, 2014
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Jobs axed and holiday bookings at risk as long-established coach firm Hatts goes into administration

Wiltshire-based specialist coach and holiday tour operator Hatts Coaches has gone into administration with the loss of nearly 90 jobs. Up to 1,000 customers who booked trips with companies in the Hatts group now face an anxious wait to see if they will get refunds or if another firm will take on the bookings....

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Business West welcomes economic bounce back but wants more action to promote further growth

July 28, 2014
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Business West welcomes economic bounce back but wants more action to promote further growth

Business West, the organisation that runs the Swindon Initiative, has welcomed the latest strong Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures as “a shot in the arm for business” but warned more work needed to be done to ensure a sustainable economic recovery. The 0.8% quarterly increase in GDP means the UK economy as a whole...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 28, 2014
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Monday 28 July Interims: Hiscox, JKX Oil & Gas, Reckitt Benckiser, Trinity Mirror, XP Power Finals: Filtronic, Goodwin, Great Eastern Energy, ITM Power Trading statements: Aberdeen Asset Management, Great Portland Estates, National Grid, Petra Diamonds, Ryanair AGMs: Cranswick, National Grid, PeerTV, Polar Capital, Rame Energy Economics: Nationwide house price index Tuesday 29 July Interims:...

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Swindon and Wiltshire prove fertile ground for investment by foreign firms

July 24, 2014
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Swindon and Wiltshire prove fertile ground for investment by foreign firms

A strong performance by Swindon and Wiltshire in attracting business investment from overseas has helped the UK achieve the highest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, new figures show. In the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area, 10 new investment projects were started by overseas companies in...

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Double celebration at specialist marketing firm OATS as it reaches 30th birthday

July 24, 2014
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Double celebration at specialist marketing firm OATS as it reaches 30th birthday

Swindon-based OATS, the pioneering data supplier to the global lubricants industry, is celebrating a double milestone this year with chairman Sebastian Crawshaw chalking up his 20th year in post and the business itself observing its 30th anniversary.   Sebastian, pictured, took over the firm when its founders, two lubricants specialists from Swindon-based Castrol and Esso,...

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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half

July 24, 2014
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SciSys sees further recovery after positive end to first half

Chippenham-based specialist software and IT group SciSys today pointed to further growth as it continues to recover from tough conditions last year in its core markets. In a trading update for the six months to June 30 – and prior to it entering its close period – directors said the first half of 2014...

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Swindon health outsourcing group Synergy targets NHS to help it slash costs

July 24, 2014
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Swindon health outsourcing group Synergy targets NHS to help it slash costs

Synergy, the Swindon-based global firm providing specialist outsourced healthcare support services, is to launch a scheme it claims could generate “significant savings” for the cash-strapped NHS. The firm, which is already a major NHS contractor, will start the new service in September. It says the outsourced hospital sterilisation service will use the latest technology...

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Swindon golf course design firm’s new website tees off – with help from Jazzbones

July 24, 2014
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Swindon golf course design firm’s new website tees off – with help from Jazzbones

Swindon-based mini and adventure golf course design firm HM Adventure Golf’s new highly-flexible website has gone live – the latest online project by branding and graphic design agency Jazzbones. The agency, also based in Swindon, has created a site that showcases HM Adventure Golf’s core skills of planning, designing and constructing innovative courses. HM,...

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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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