Business Growth Fund marks fifth birthday with commitment to future investments in South West

May 27, 2016
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Business Growth Fund marks fifth birthday with commitment to future investments in South West

The Business Growth Fund (BGF), the UK’s most active provider of growth capital to small and mid-sized businesses, has celebrated its fifth anniversary by increasing its South West team. Set up in May 2011 to fill a funding gap, BGF has since invested nearly £120m in 17 of the South West’s most ambitious companies,...

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Deal with US tech firm puts inhaler pioneer Vectura at forefront of digital health sector

May 27, 2016
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Deal with US tech firm puts inhaler pioneer Vectura at forefront of digital health sector

Asthma and lung disease treatment firm Vectura is to collaborate with a US tech firm to develop a range of innovative inhalers. The Chippenham firm, which makes inhalable dry-powder drugs that treat lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, has agreed a partnership with Propeller Health to use its intelligent sensor technology....

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Former aircraft factory building fully let after landing removals business as tenant

May 26, 2016
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Former aircraft factory building fully let after landing removals business as tenant

A mixed-use scheme on the outskirts of Swindon is now fully let for the first time following the arrival of local removals and storage company A Luckes & Son. The firm has taken the last available unit at Berkeley House on the South Marston Business Park. The large building was originally part of the...

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Acquisitions deliver dose of healthy sales growth for Alliance Pharma

May 26, 2016
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Alliance Pharma, the specialty pharmaceutical company, has chalked up annual UK sales growth of 20% as its spate of recent acquisitions pay off. The Chippenham-based firm, which buys underperforming drugs brands and realises their potential through investment, said its eye care product MacuShield and Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powder – a natural remedy for...

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Roofing firm looking for growth in North of England after appointing regional manager

May 26, 2016
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Roofing firm looking for growth in North of England after appointing regional manager

Lightweight steel roofing company Metrotile UK has appointed David Padmore as regional manager for the North of England. David Padmore, pictured, who has worked in the roofing industry for 32 years, will be responsible for developing business opportunities for the Chippenham-based firm in an area north of Stoke and the Humber and to Scottish...

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Alder King takes the lead in Business Green Week

May 26, 2016
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Alder King takes the lead in Business Green Week

West of England property consultancy Alder King’s Swindon office is to join its other bases in a project to work towards a more sustainable future. The firm is sponsoring this year’s Business Green Week, which encourages firms across the region to become more aware of their impact on the environment and take action to...

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Good Energy generates a profit as it offloads another early-stage solar site to Chinese group

May 25, 2016
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Good Energy generates a profit as it offloads another early-stage solar site to Chinese group

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable energy company, has sold one of its undeveloped solar sites to Chinese PV panel manufacturer Trina Solar as it shifts its focus onto sites that are already generating power. The 4.65MW solar site at Wrotham, near Maidstone, Kent, earn Good Energy a profit of between £430,000 and £480,000 –...

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New regional business development manager joins Aldermore

May 25, 2016
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New regional business development manager joins Aldermore

Specialist lender Aldermore has appointed John McDonnell as a new business development manager in residential mortgages covering the South West and Wales region. John McDonnell, pictured, has worked in financial services for 15 years, most recently as managing director of Stamford Financial Services, where he spent the past seven years. Aldermore group managing director,...

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New regional business banking director appointed by NatWest

May 23, 2016
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New regional business banking director appointed by NatWest

NatWest has promoted Chris Preston to the role of regional managing director – business banking, for the South West and Wales. Chris, pictured, who has worked for NatWest for 30 years, was previously the bank’s South West regional director – business banking. In his new role he will oversee NatWest’s support for businesses with...

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Bus firm boss goes from four wheels to two for European charity tour

May 23, 2016
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Bus firm boss goes from four wheels to two for European charity tour

Director of Swindon transport business Akcess, Mark Kennedy, is swapping his bus for a motorbike and crossing Europe for charity. Mark, pictured, will be travelling across the Continent for two weeks from June 25 with the aim of visiting as many countries as possible. The co-founder and managing director of the Elgin-based community interest...

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