Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 25, 2015
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Monday 26 January Finals: Porvair, SThree Trading statements: Cranswick, Petra Diamonds Economics: BBA loans for house purchases Tuesday 27 January Interims: PZ Cussons, Mattioli Woods Final: Crest Nicholson Trading statements: British Land, Britvic, Carpetright, easyJet, Greencore AGMs: Alternative Networks, Arria NLG, Britvic, Greencore, Marston's, Servoca Economics: Index of services, GDP (fourth quarter) Wednesday 28...

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Withy King Directors’ Briefing

January 23, 2015
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Withy King Directors’ Briefing

Solicitors at Withy King have the following advice which may be useful to business owners and directors in their professional and private lives. Shareholders’ reserve power It is a long-established principle that, in the absence of specific controls, the board is entitled to govern and exercise its powers without interference from its members. Less...

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Swindon games developer Evil Twin ranked among major players in England’s creative industries

January 23, 2015
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Swindon games developer Evil Twin ranked among major players in England’s creative industries

Swindon-based computer games development company Evil Twin has been named among England’s most creative businesses in a list that also highlights the contribution these firms make to the economy. Evil Twin, which last year won a games industry award for its recently-launched strategic naval combat game Victory at Sea, joins some of the country’s...

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Government turns ignition on new skills boost for car manufacturers

January 23, 2015
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Government turns ignition on new skills boost for car manufacturers

Swindon car manufacturers Honda and BMW are to work with the Government to boost skills across the sector and inspire the next generation of vehicle makers. Business Secretary Vince Cable announced funding of £11.3m earlier this week to kick start the scheme and go alongside a £2.8m cash investment and £16.4m in-kind contributions from...

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Peak performance by Swindon trio will raise funds for town’s TWIGS mental health charity

January 23, 2015
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Peak performance by Swindon trio will raise funds for town’s TWIGS mental health charity

Three intrepid Swindon businessmen will be scaling the heights of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, next week to raise money for one of the town’s charities. The trio – Lee Breakspeare, Haydn Beer, and Paul King – hope to conquer the 5,895 m peak in support of TWIGS, the community garden-based charity which helps people...

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Business leaders welcome jobless fall in South West but warn over rise in youth unemployment

January 23, 2015
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Business leaders welcome jobless fall in South West but warn over rise in youth unemployment

The latest drop in unemployment has been welcomed by business groups – but they warned that the pace of the fall has slowed and urged the Government to do more to help young people into work. Business West, the organisation that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, also questioned the number of part-time and...

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Logistics group Wincanton lands major contract to support shipbuilding at BAE Systems

January 23, 2015
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Logistics group Wincanton lands major contract to support shipbuilding at BAE Systems

Chippenham-based supply chain firm Wincanton has secured a new contract with defence giant BAE Systems to provide full logistics and warehousing services that support its UK shipbuilding operations. Under the long-term agreement, which starts with the outsourcing of all logistics and warehousing at BAE Systems’ sites in Glasgow, Wincanton will operate a central warehousing facility,...

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Global staff development firm lands its own ‘best workplace’ accolade

January 22, 2015
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Global staff development firm lands its own ‘best workplace’ accolade

Chippenham-based learning and development agency RTS has been officially recognised as a great place to work, having been awarded a two-star accreditation by the Best Companies organisation. It is the second time RTS has achieved the accreditation from Best Companies, which assesses a business’s commitment to engaging, recognising and developing its people. The firm,...

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WH Smith says higher profits are in store despite slight fall in sales

January 21, 2015
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WH Smith says higher profits are in store despite slight fall in sales

Swindon-based retail giant WH Smith has shrugged off a 1% drop in sales in the 20 weeks to January 17, saying it was in line with its expectation as it focuses on profitable growth. In a trading update to shareholders, the 1,300-store group again showed mixed fortunes for its two main divisions during the...

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New partner joins EY’s expanding South West tax practice

January 20, 2015
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New partner joins EY’s expanding South West tax practice

Big Four accountancy firm EY has appointed Karen Kirkwood as a partner to lead its South West tax practice as it continues to expand the team. Karen, pictured, has 20 years’ experience providing tax advice to a broad range of companies and private equity backed businesses. She joins  from PwC in London and will...

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