South West bucks downward trend in exporting as more firms win sales in overseas markets

September 3, 2015
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South West bucks downward trend in exporting as more firms win sales in overseas markets

Businesses from Swindon and North Wiltshire are helping the South West buck the national trend for exporting, with the value of overseas sales from the region rising while the national figure decreases. Data released today by HM Revenue and Customs shows that the value of UK exports decreased by 2.6% to £285bn in the...

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Busiest month ever at Bristol Airport – as Banksy, rugby and new routes poised to bring more growth

September 3, 2015
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Busiest month ever at Bristol Airport – as Banksy, rugby and new routes poised to bring more growth

Passenger numbers at Bristol Airport soared to a new record of more than three quarters of a million last month as new scheduled services took off and the market for foreign holidays recovered strongly from the recession. Some 768,587 travellers passed through the terminal in August – up 6% on the same month last...

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Acquisitions and new orders put Avon Rubber on track for strong 2016

September 3, 2015
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Acquisitions and new orders put Avon Rubber on track for strong 2016

Wiltshire manufacturing group Avon Rubber is predicting a strong performance next year as its two recent acquisitions and a number of new orders boost earnings. In an update to shareholders, the Melksham-headquartered group – a world leader in products for the protection & defence and dairy industries – said it expects trading in its...

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Financial planning firm paves way for further growth with key appointment

September 2, 2015
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Financial planning firm paves way for further growth with key appointment

Experienced financial planner Russ Haworth has joined Malmesbury-based Proposito as the company lays the foundations for future expansion. Russ, pictured, will work alongside director and financial planner Huw Jones at the firm, which provides bespoke financial planning advice for a range of businesses and individuals. It recently relocated from Malmesbury town centre to larger...

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Project aimed at breaking down barriers between firms and young people supported by Business West

September 1, 2015
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Project aimed at breaking down barriers between firms and young people supported by Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has welcomed an ambitious plan that will put thousands of young people across the country directly in touch with local businesses to improve the quality of careers advice they receive. Under the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) ‘Your Future’ initiative, businesses will link up with schools, colleges...

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Change at the top for PwC in the West as regional chairman Matt Hammond heads to the Midlands

September 1, 2015
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Change at the top for PwC in the West as regional chairman Matt Hammond heads to the Midlands

Accountancy giant PwC has made two key appointments to its West & Wales regional leadership team following Matt Hammond’s move to the Midlands as regional chairman. Katharine Finn has replaced Mr Hammond as regional chair for West and Wales while Lynn Pamment has taken over as senior partner to lead PwC in Cardiff. The...

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Promotion for Swindon-based Alder King valuer

September 1, 2015
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Promotion for Swindon-based Alder King valuer

South West focused property consultancy Alder King has promoted Andrew Cullen, who is based in its Swindon office, to associate.    A registered RICS valuer, Andrew, pictured, joined Alder King’s professional team in 2005. He advises clients across Wiltshire and Gloucestershire on valuation, landlord and tenant and business rates issues.  He has also developed...

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Latchway shares soar as it recommends £124m takeover approach

September 1, 2015
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Latchway shares soar as it recommends £124m takeover approach

Shares in Latchways, the Devizes-based manufacturer of protection equipment for people working at height, soared by nearly 50% this morning after it announced it had received a £124m takeover offer. The bid has been made by MSA UK Holdings, a subsidiary of US-based safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety. In a statement to the London...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 31, 2015
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Monday 31 August Bank Holiday Tuesday 1 September Interims: Snoozebox, STM Trading statement: McColl's Retail AGMs: Energy Assets, Guscio, Redcentric EGM: Max Petroleum Economics: Net consumer credit, Net lending secured on dwellings, Mortgage approvals, Money supply, Markit PMI, manufacturing Wednesday 2 September Interims: Biome Technologies, Concurrent Technologies, Fishing Republic, Johnson Service Group, Vislink Trading...

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The LAST WORD: Chris Brazil, managing director, iDeal Displays

August 28, 2015
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The LAST WORD: Chris Brazil, managing director, iDeal Displays

Each week Swindon Business News gives a prominent member of the area’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Chris Brazil, managing director, iDeal Displays, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: Film you watched? The Hobbit. It’s a truly epic film with many unforgettable battle scenes. It captures...

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