Jobless fall welcomed by Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, but it warns of weaknesses in economy

December 17, 2014
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Jobless fall welcomed by Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, but it warns of weaknesses in economy

The Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative welcomed another fall in unemployment today but warned that “fundamental weaknesses” remain in the economy which threaten to hold back recovery. Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show unemployment across the South West fell by 2,000 between August and October, taking the region’s jobless rate down...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

December 15, 2014
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Monday 15 December Interims: Carpetright, Cohort, Scholium Final: Clear Leisure AGMs: Applied Graphene Materials, Conroy Gold & Natural Resources, Karelian Diamond Resources, KEFI Minerals, Kennedy Ventures, Paragon Entertainment, Proactis, Utilitywise EGMs: Bacit, BG Economics: Rightmove house prices, CBI trends, selling prices, total orders Tuesday 16 December Interim: Imagination Technologies Final: Domino Printing Sciences Trading...

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Duke of York makes return visit to UTC Swindon to officially open showpiece college

December 12, 2014
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Duke of York makes return visit to UTC Swindon to officially open showpiece college

Swindon’s University Technical College (UTC) has been officially opened by the Duke of York, who made his second visit to the site in 10 months. His Royal Highness met students, directors, teachers, and business partners of UTC Swindon during his visit and unveiled a commemorative plaque to officially open the college. Also at the...

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Swindon medical supplies firm Vygon joins battle against deadly Ebola virus

December 12, 2014
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Swindon medical supplies firm Vygon joins battle against deadly Ebola virus

Thousands of medical products are being donated by Swindon-based medical and surgical devices supplier Vygon (UK) to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. Vygon has so far has donated more than 7,000 cannulas (tubes) and 600 sterile table covers to Scottish charity Scotia Aid, which works with children...

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Logistics firm on road to further growth after parent group’s £25m buyout

December 12, 2014
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Logistics firm on road to further growth after parent group’s £25m buyout

The parent company of Royal Wootton Bassett-based specialist logistics and installations firm Bishopsgate is looking for further growth after completing a £25m buyout. Bishopsgate is one of three subsidiaries of London-based logistics and removals group Ward Thomas Group, which was founded in 1985 and has annual revenues in excess of £20m. Ward secured a...

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College topping-out ceremony sends message that Chippenham is building for the future

December 12, 2014
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College topping-out ceremony sends message that Chippenham is building for the future

The new Chippenham Campus of Wiltshire College has reached a significant milestone with a traditional ‘topping-out’ ceremony of the £21m state-of-the-art building. The symbolic event, which dates back to ancient times, traditionally marks the end of the initial construction phase of a building’s frame – and in Chippenham Campus’s case it was conducted in...

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Increase in lending leads to six new jobs at Bibby Financial Services

December 12, 2014
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Increase in lending leads to six new jobs at Bibby Financial Services

Bibby Financial Services, the UK’s largest independent invoice finance provider, has boosted its South West sales and operations teams with the appointment of six new staff. The new recruits include four business development managers, a head of operations and a relationship manager. They will be based in its Bristol office and cover a region...

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EasyJet to add another three routes from Bristol Airport next summer

December 10, 2014
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EasyJet to add another three routes from Bristol Airport next summer

Low-cost airline easyJet has announced a further three new routes to add to its growing portfolio of destinations from Bristol Airport. Starting in April and May next year, the airline will fly to Bilbao, Isle of Man and Zante. EasyJet is already the airport’s largest operator and this week’s announcement follows hot on the...

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HMRC targets solicitors to get their tax payments in order

December 10, 2014
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HMRC targets solicitors to get their tax payments in order

Solicitors in Swindon are being urged by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to bring their tax affairs up to date or face tougher penalties. A new UK-wide tax scheme, the Solicitors’ Tax Campaign, is the latest voluntary disclosure opportunity from HMRC that gives specific groups of taxpayers the chance to get their tax affairs...

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DTZ boosts its South West project & building consultancy team with new appointment

December 8, 2014
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DTZ boosts its South West project & building consultancy team with new appointment

International property agency DTZ has appointed Jo Williams as a director in its South West office where she joins its project & building consultancy team. Jo, pictured, joins from national firm Ridge and Partners, where she worked in all aspects of core building surveying. She brings 19 years’ experience with her, including a strong...

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