Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

December 5, 2016
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Monday 5 December Interims: Evgen Pharma, Plastics Capital, Purplebricks, ReNeuron Economics: New car registrations, Official reserves, Markit/CIPS UK services, composite PMI Tuesday 6 December Interims: Ashtead, Consort Medical, Fulcrum Utility Services, Imagination Technologies, iomart, Northgate, Vianet Finals: OMG, On the Beach, RWS, Victrex Trading statements: easyJet, Ultra Electronics, Wolseley AGMs: DX, Graphene Nanochem, Jubilee...

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£24m Bristol Airport terminal extension to be officially opened today

December 2, 2016
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Bristol Airport’s £24m new west terminal extension is due to be officially opened by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling this afternoon as the airport prepares to handle more than 8m passengers next year. The extension will transform the security search process for passengers as well as creating an enlarged baggage reclaim area, customs facilities, more...

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Recruiter Aligra creates new role of operations director to drive further growth

December 1, 2016
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Recruiter Aligra creates new role of operations director to drive further growth

Swindon-based recruitment firm Aligra has appointed Jeremy Barker to the newly created role of operations director. Jeremy, pictured, has worked for Aligra since 2011 and, as head of executive and professional recruitment, played a critical role in driving its growth and service delivery along with the overall excellent performance of his division. Aligra, which...

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Royal accolade for RSM accounts assistant’s support for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award charity

November 30, 2016
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Royal accolade for RSM accounts assistant’s support for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award charity

Jack Townsend, an accounts assistant in national accountancy firm RSM’s Swindon office, has gained royal recognition for his support of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award charity. Jack was presented with a special pin and certificate from HRH The Earl of Wessex during a business breakfast at RSM’s London office to mark the charity’s diamond...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 27, 2016
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Monday 28 November Interims: Kainos, Sirius Real Estate, Trakm8 Holdings Finals: Aberdeen Asset Management, Cerillion AGM: Petra Diamonds Tuesday 29 November Interims: Acal, Cranswick, Digital Barriers, Eckoh, GB Group, Hogg Robinson, IG Design, KCOM, Motorpoint, Park Group, Torotrak, Vp Finals: Countryside Properties, easyHotel, Gooch & Housego, ITE Group, Patisserie Holdings, Shaftesbury, SSP Group, Topps...

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German media software acquisition will bring step-change in growth, says SCISYS

November 24, 2016
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German media software acquisition will bring step-change in growth, says SCISYS

SCISYS, the Chippenham-based specialist IT group, is to acquire German media software firm Annova Systems for up to €27.83m (£23.8m) in a move that will give a strong international boost to its own media & broadcast division. SCISYS said the acquisition, which it is funding mainly from a new bank loan, was expected to be...

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Autumn Statement 2016: Swindon business reaction

November 23, 2016
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The Autumn Statement contained pluses and minuses but nothing earth shattering, according to Dominic Bourquin, tax consultancy partner at regional accountancy firm Monahans, which has offices in Swindon and Chippenham. “On the plus side, anyone over 25 will be due at least a national living wage of £7.50, up by 30p on the current level,...

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Autumn Statement 2016: National business reaction

November 23, 2016
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Business organisation the CBI “warmly welcomed” Chancellor Philip Hammond’s commitments to boost research and development, housing and infrastructure. But it said these must be acted on. Director-general Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured below, said: “The Chancellor has prioritised a pragmatic down payment on future productivity growth.  “His emphasis on R&D, housing and local infrastructure will help...

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Autumn Statement 2016: Business West reaction

November 23, 2016
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Swindon businesses will welcome Chancellor Philip Hammond’s focus on investment in the Autumn Statement, particularly in areas where growth pressures are highest, according to the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. Director Ian Larrard, pictured, described the statement as “a sombre, not flashy, affair” which reflected the national mood of economic and business uncertainty. But he...

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Autumn Statement 2016: Main points

November 23, 2016
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Chancellor Philip Hammond his presented his first Autumn Statement: Here are the main points, as announced: Office for Budget Responsibility says growth this year will be 2.1%, 1.4% next year (down from 2.2%), 1.7% in 2018 (down from 2.1%), 2.1% in 2019/20 (down from 2.1%) and 2% in 2020/21, (down from 2.1%). As expected, the...

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