Director of commercial banking appointment boosts NatWest’s team in North Wiltshire

August 23, 2016
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Director of commercial banking appointment boosts NatWest’s team in North Wiltshire

NatWest has appointed Andrew Houchin as director of commercial banking for the North Wiltshire and Bath areas. Andrew, pictured, who spent six years in the Army as an Infantry officer, joined NatWest’s parent company RBS in 2011 as a programme manager, overseeing a £2.4m data distribution programme designed to support the improvement of the bank’s...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 19, 2016
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Monday 22 August Interim: Wireless Group EGM: Restore Tuesday 23 August Interims: Cape, Hansteen Holdings, Hostelworld, Persimmon AGMs: Northern Bear, redT energy Economics: CBI trends, selling prices, total orders Wednesday 24 August Interims: Carillion, Costain, Glencore, Gresham Computing, Headlam Group, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Molins, OneSavings Bank, Paddy Power Betfair, Sportech, Xaar, WPP Trading statement: WH Smith AGMs: Collagen Solutions, iomart, James Latham EGM: Cloudcall...

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Chance for growing business to move into modern business park office

August 19, 2016
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Chance for growing business to move into modern business park office

Modern office space on one of the area’s largest business parks has come onto the market. The ground floor of Newbury House on Trowbridge’s White Horse Business Park would make an ideal base for a growing business, according to agents Carter Jonas. The accommodation consists of office space of 2,850 sq ft, a 332...

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Foodbank collection point set up by Swindon law firm to help tackle town’s hidden hardship

August 19, 2016
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Foodbank collection point set up by Swindon law firm to help tackle town’s hidden hardship

Law firm Francis George Solicitor-Advocate has made its Old Town office available as a regular contribution point for the charity Swindon Foodbank. The firm confirmed the arrangement following the success of its foodbank last Christmas and the collection of one tonne of donated food so far this year. Swindon Foodbank helps people struggling to pay for...

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More growth in line for whistleblowing hotline firm following management buyout

August 19, 2016
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More growth in line for whistleblowing hotline firm following management buyout

Expolink, the Chippenham-based contact centre that operates confidential whistleblowing hotlines for major employers, has been acquired from its founders in a management buyout. The firm, which was launched in 1995, employs more than 200 people at its contact centre. Over the past few years it has had an annual growth rate of more than 12%....

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$8m windfall for Vectura as sales of pain relief drug hit new high

August 19, 2016
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$8m windfall for Vectura as sales of pain relief drug hit new high

Strong sales of its Exparel pain relief drug have triggered a $8m (£6.1m) payout for Chippenham-based specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura. Exparel, an injectable single-dose drug used post-surgery, became part of Vectura’s portfolio following its £440m acquisition in March of Skyepharma.  Exparel was initially developed by London-based Skyepharma but its daevelopment was completed by US firm Pacira...

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UK first for Kembrey Park as forklift truck engineer training centre opens

August 19, 2016
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UK first for Kembrey Park as forklift truck engineer training centre opens

The UK’s first dedicated forklift truck engineer training centre has opened in Swindon. The national centre, on the town’s Kembrey Park business park, has been set up to train the next generation of UK forklift truck service engineers as well as giving mature engineers the chance to upgrade their knowledge and keep pace with the...

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Four new arrivals boost PPS Chartered Accountants as expansion gathers pace

August 18, 2016
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Four new arrivals boost PPS Chartered Accountants as expansion gathers pace

Swindon-based accountancy and tax services provider PPS Chartered Accountants has consolidated a near 30% growth over recent months by recruiting four new staff. Joining the firm are accountants Thisara Ranthilake Gedara and Daniele Martini Shayler, bookkeeper Emma Dreano and trainee Lucy Pearce.  Thisara is an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) affiliate and qualified to ACCA P4...

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Major investment firm goes shopping for two Swindon retail units

August 18, 2016
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Major investment firm goes shopping for two Swindon retail units

A Swindon retail scheme has changed hands for nearly £7.2m as the town’s commercial property market continues to attract investors. The 44,600 sq ft retail warehousing scheme – part of the County Road Retail Park, off Ocotal Way – has been bought by London-based UK property investment company Custodian REIT. Its two units are...

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Novum Law recruits five more solicitors as demand for its specialist expertise grows

August 17, 2016
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Novum Law recruits five more solicitors as demand for its specialist expertise grows

Specialist personal injury law firm Novum has continued its expansion by appointing five new solicitors, two of them in its Swindon head office. It is the firm’s highest number of new solicitor appointments since 2014 and reflects growing demand for its expert legal services. Joining the Swindon team are Nayo Kirkpatrick and Rebecca Max,...

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