Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

September 5, 2021
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Monday September 6 Finals: Dechra Pharmaceuticals, Pci-Pal, Sylvania Platinum Interims: Belluscura, Vector Capital Economic announcement: PMI construction Tuesday September 7 Finals: Alumasc Group, McBride Interims: Bango, DP Eurasia, Flowtech Fluid, Lamprell, Luceco, Maintel Holdings, MHP Regs, Michelmersh Brick Holdings, Midwich Group, Parsley Box Group, Vistry Group Trading announcements: Safestore, Ted Baker Economic announcements: Retail sales, Halifax house price index Wednesday September...

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Ecotricity offer for rival Good Energy lacking power as owners of just 1.8% shares give their backing

September 5, 2021
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Ecotricity offer for rival Good Energy lacking power as owners of just 1.8% shares give their backing

Green power supplier Good Energy looks to have repelled the latest takeover approach from arch-rival Ecotricity after it emerged that holders of just 1.8% of its shares have accepted the offer. Ecotricity already had 4,169,948 shares in Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy -  equivalent to a 25.1% stake – before pouncing for a fourth time in...

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Use furlough’s final weeks to address any financial issues, insolvency group urges directors

September 3, 2021
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Use furlough’s final weeks to address any financial issues, insolvency group urges directors

A West of England insolvency expert is calling on Swindon’s bosses to make use of the final month of the government’s furlough scheme to plan for the future. Philip Winterborne, who chairs insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 in South West, says directors should review their businesses over the next four weeks and seek...

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Mixed picture on short-term outlook for region’s businesses as confidence levels waver

August 31, 2021
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Mixed picture on short-term outlook for region’s businesses as confidence levels waver

Optimism among South West firms in the economy is increasing as the region continues to recover from the pandemic, according to a new survey, but businesses have become less confident about their own prospects. The latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking shows confidence levels among firms in the South West dropped month-on-month by four...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 30, 2021
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Monday August 30 Bank holiday Tuesday August 31 Interims: AB Ignitis Grupe, Centralnic  Group, Globaltrans Investment Q2 result: Fondul Proprietatea Economic announcement: Consumer credit Wednesday September 1 Final: Arcontech Group Interims: 888 Holdings, Churchill China, Johnson Service, Menzies, Petropavlovsk, PPHE Hotel Group, Uniphar Economic announcements: BRC shop price index, PMI manufacturing Thursday September 2 Final: Barratt Developments Interims: Camellia, Downing Renewables and...

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Wincanton secures extension to long-running supply chain agreement with BAE Systems

August 27, 2021
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Wincanton secures extension to long-running supply chain agreement with BAE Systems

Defence giant BAE Systems has extended its framework agreement with Wincanton, Britain’s largest third-party logistics business, for a further five years. Chippenham-based Wincanton has worked with BAE Systems for 23 years, providing supply chain services across its air sector and UK shipbuilding operations.  Wincanton will continue to provide transport, warehousing, materials management, packing and...

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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

August 25, 2021
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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

Directors in the Swindon area are being invited to enter the top regional awards scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The annual Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards seek to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs in both the public and private sectors.  Award nominations are open to anyone working at director level in...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 23, 2021
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Monday August 23 Interims: BATM Advanced Communications, Acron PJSC Tuesday August 24 Interim: Puretech Health AGMs: Northern Bear, Nuformix, Purplebricks Group Wednesday August 25 Final: Clipper Logistics Interims: Anglo Pacific Group, Costain, Grafton Group Economic announcements: Retail price index, Producer price index Thursday August 26 Final: Hays Interims: Chesnara, CRH, Faron Pharmaceuticals, Glenveagh Properties, Hunting, Macfarlane Group, PJSC Rushydro Trading announcement: Castings Friday...

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Green energy giants’ power struggle heats up with latest approach dismissed as ‘highly opportunistic’

August 20, 2021
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Green energy giants’ power struggle heats up with latest approach dismissed as ‘highly opportunistic’

The takeover battle between renewable power providers Good Energy and Ecotricity became a war of words this week as the arch-rivals became locked in heated exchanges over the merits of the move. Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy has repeatedly rejected Ecotricity’s advances – the latest valuing it at £59.6m.  But yesterday Good Energy chair Will Whitehorn...

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Swindon firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

August 20, 2021
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Swindon firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted a wave of innovation among businesses in Swindon and across the South West, with nearly half saying they pivoted their operations to survive. According to a new Lloyds Bank survey, 46% of firms in the region they were forced to become more creative and innovative in finding new areas of growth. ...

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