Warning of ‘flat’ year at Wiltshire IT group SciSys triggers share price fall

March 27, 2015
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Shares in specialist IT group SciSys continued to fall today after its chairman warned that its performance this year would be “flat”. Dr Mike Love, who co-founded the Chippenham-based group, admitted the business faced challenges last year but insisted its 2014 financial results, announced yesterday, had been “solid”. Pre-tax profits doubled last year to...

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Latest workplace changes to go under the spotlight at free seminar

March 27, 2015
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Latest workplace changes to go under the spotlight at free seminar

Swindon recruitment firm Field is teaming up with employment law and health and safety specialist Peninsula to stage a free event for employers to help them get to grips with new compulsory workplace changes. The event, at Swindon’s Jurys Hotel on April 23, will look at auto-enrolment, which requires employers to register all qualifying...

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Challenging year hits financial performance at Alliance Pharma

March 27, 2015
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Challenging year hits financial performance at Alliance Pharma

Annual sales and profits have fallen slightly at Chippenham speciality pharmaceutical company Alliance Pharma in what its chairman described as a “challenging year”. Revenues were down by 4% to £43.5m on lower sales of two of its portfolio of branded treatments in the period to December 31. As a result, pre-tax profits came in...

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New finance director appointed to Swindon building group Beard

March 27, 2015
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New finance director appointed to Swindon building group Beard

Regional construction company Beard has appointed chartered accountant Michael McCabe as finance director based at its Swindon office. In his new role, Michael, pictured, will have management responsibility for finance, business systems and procurement for family-owned construction group, which operates across the South of England. Having trained with accountants Price Waterhouse (now PwC), he...

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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

March 26, 2015
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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

Business Showcase South West 2015, the biggest event of its kind in the region, is preparing to welcome Swindon businesses among the hoped-for 3,000 delegates in just under two months’ time. The event attracted more than 1,700 pre-event delegate registrations for its inaugural show last year. This year it has been extended from one...

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Newly-qualified solicitor strengthens Bower & Bailey’s Swindon property team

March 26, 2015
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Newly-qualified solicitor strengthens Bower & Bailey’s Swindon property team

Bower & Bailey Solicitors has expanded its Swindon office with the appointment of Sarah Davis as a qualified solicitor after she successfully completed her two-year training contract with the firm.  Sarah has joined the firm’s property department and will be working on residential and commercial property transactions. Sarah joined Bower & Bailey, which also...

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Withy King Directors’ Briefing

March 24, 2015
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Withy King Directors’ Briefing

In a rapidly changing legal landscape, solicitors at Swindon law firm Withy King highlight a few of the issues business owners and directors need to be aware of in their professional and personal lives. Keep on the right side of Companies House We all know how busy life can be but failure to ensure...

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Profits continue to build at Swindon construction group Beard as it targets higher-margin work

March 24, 2015
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Profits continue to build at Swindon construction group Beard as it targets higher-margin work

Swindon construction group Beard’s profits soared by 47% last year as it bucked the trend in the building industry. Pre-tax profits for the year to December 31 came in at £2.1m against £1.4m in 2013 on turnover up 15% to £88.1m. The family-owned construction group, whose boards have been a familiar sight on building...

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Government’s green light for massive solar energy park capable of powering 12,000 homes

March 24, 2015
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The giant solar energy park planned for the outskirts of Swindon at Wroughton is expected to start producing power this autumn after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave it the go-ahead. The 160,000 panels on the 165-acre site will generate 41MW – enough renewable electricity to power 12,000 homes when fully operational. It will be...

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UK Space Agency uses Swindon as launch pad for mission to boost UK industry

March 24, 2015
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UK Space Agency uses Swindon as launch pad for mission to boost UK industry

The Swindon-based UK Space Agency is to help foster new innovations in space-related technology by funding a programme to encourage more businesses into the sector. The agency, based at North Star, has joined forces with SETsquared – Europe’s top university business incubator programme – to back 40 businesses through its acclaimed entrepreneurship programme. This...

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