Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 29, 2020
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Monday November 30 Finals: Barloworld, Tharisa, Zambeef Products Interims: Civitas Social Housing, Discoverie Group, Draper Esprit, Foxtons, Omega Diagnostics group, St James House, Victoria Tuesday December 1 Finals: Gooch & Housego, Hyve Group Interims: Bilby, Ince Group, Iomart, Mercia Asset Management, Sosandar, Tekmar Group Economic announcement: PMI manufacturing Wednesday December 2 Finals: Avon Rubber, Ixico, Residential Secure Income, Stock Spirits...

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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

November 26, 2020
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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

The award-winning Trading Through Brexit service run by Business West has been relaunched to help companies make crucial last-minute adjustments to the way they operate ahead of the end of the UK-EU transition period. Regardless of whether or not a deal is reached between UK and EU negotiators ahead of deadline on December 31,...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Swindon business reaction

November 26, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Swindon business reaction

Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, was disappointed with the lack of capital investment promised by the government for the West of England. Policy manager Claire Ralph said: “Some minor funding has been allocated to the West of England Combined Authority for local transport improvements through the Transforming Cities Fund. “Elsewhere...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: National business reaction

November 25, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: National business reaction

Business groups have welcomed the investment in infrastructure and jobs in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review but said many firms still needed more help from the government. The CBI praised the Chancellor for making “some bold autumn decisions” to power a spring recovery even as the stark forecasts pointed to tough times ahead. But...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Main points

November 25, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Main points

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is delivering his much-anticipated Spending Review, outlining how the government will tackle the huge economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The main points so far are:  The government is spending £280bn on tackling Covid-19 But the Chancellor says: “The economic damage is likely to be lasting.” Forecast for UK borrowing...

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Plea for more help for businesses as government announces new regional tier restrictions

November 24, 2020
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Plea for more help for businesses as government announces new regional tier restrictions

The government has been warned that it cannot “keep switching businesses on and off like a light switch” through Covid-19 related national lockdowns and regional tiers without expecting severe consequences.  Instead, firms need a plan that keeps them, and the economy, open throughout winter and beyond, according to Business West, the organisation that runs...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 23, 2020
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Monday November 23 Finals: Carr’s Group, Cerillion, Daily Mail Interims: Cake Box Holdings, Codemasters Group Holdings, LXI REIT, Mind Gym, NextEnergy Solar, Northern Bear, Sirius Real Estate, Sysgroup, Thruvision Group Tuesday November 24 Finals: Compass Group, Greencore, Ten Lifestyle, Treatt, UDG Healthcare Interims: AO World, CML Microcircuits, Eckoh, Design Group, Pennon, Pets At Home, Record, Severfield, Trifast Trading...

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CBI calls for emphasis on skills, 5G and transport to spur South West’s post-Covid recovery

November 18, 2020
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CBI calls for emphasis on skills, 5G and transport to spur South West’s post-Covid recovery

Boosting skills and developing the physical and digital infrastructure will be vital for South West to build back better from the economic ravages of coronavirus, the CBI said today in a major new report. Called Reviving Regions, the paper highlights long-standing regional inequalities across England which have inhibited growth, opportunity and productivity for generations.  These economic disparities, both...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 15, 2020
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Monday November 16 Final: Diploma Interim: Kainos Group Q3 result: MTI Wireless Edge Tuesday November 17 Finals: easyJet, Focusrite, Genedrive, Petra Diamonds Interims: Adept Technology, Assura, Big Yellow, Experian, Gear4music, Homeserve, Intermediate Capital, Palace Capital, Scapa Group, Schroder Real Estate, System1 Group, Telecom Plus Q3 results: JSC Halyk Bank, Nostrum Oil & Gas Trading announcements: Aggreko, Ocean Outdoor Economic announcements: Claimant count...

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Time has ‘almost run out’ to prepare for Brexit transition on January 1, Business West warns

November 13, 2020
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Time has ‘almost run out’ to prepare for Brexit transition on January 1, Business West warns

Swindon firms trading in Europe have been told that it is ‘almost too late’ if they have not planned for a worst case scenario following the end of the Brexit transition on January 1. The 50-day countdown to that date was on Wednesday and Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, fears many firms...

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