Assistant regional director joins the CBI in the South West

September 18, 2017
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Assistant regional director joins the CBI in the South West

The CBI has appointed Ben Rhodes as its new assistant regional director in the South West. Ben, pictured, joins from the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, where he was chief executive for five-and-a-half years. His responsibilities in the newly created role will include promoting the South West as a great place to invest and...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

September 17, 2017
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Monday September 18 Finals: Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited, City of London Investment Group, Finsbury Food Group, Green Reit, Petra Diamonds Ltd.(DI) Interims: Concurrent Technologies, Ergomed , Learning Technologies Group , M. P. Evans Group, Medica Group , Secure Income Reit , Veltyco Group AGMS: Mercia Technologies , Ormonde Mining Trading announcements: Dairy Crest...

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Marketing expert joins Wincanton as non-exec director

September 15, 2017
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Chippenham-headquartered logistics group Wincanton has appointed former John Lewis and Co-operative Group marketing director Gill Barr as an independent non-executive director. Ms Barr, whose new role becomes effective from today, will also sit on the company’s audit, nomination and remuneration committees. She is also a non-executive director of PayPoint and a trustee director of...

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New regional business centre leader for Allied Irish Bank

September 14, 2017
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New regional business centre leader for Allied Irish Bank

Allied Irish Bank (GB) has appointed James Penman as its business centre leader for the South West region. James, pictured, was previously with Principality Commercial, Bank of Ireland, Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays and has extensive experience working with commercial and corporate customers in the region over the past 15 years. In his...

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Appointments and a promotion boost RBS’s regional structured finance team

September 14, 2017
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Appointments and a promotion boost RBS’s regional structured finance team

RBS has strengthened its regional structured finance team in the South West with two appointments and a promotion. Stefan Gunn and Rebecca Jarrett join as directors and will cover the Thames Valley, Solent and South Wales as well as the South West. Peter Glinn, who joined the bank in 2015 through its apprenticeship programme,...

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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned next month

September 14, 2017
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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned next month

The search is on to find Britain’s female start-up of the Year – with the winner following in the footsteps of two West of England-based businesswomen. The successful entrant will be crowned in Bristol next month following a live pitching session on stage at the annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, which returns to the...

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Jason Donovan to top the bill at this year’s fundraising The Prince’s Trust Red Dinner

September 13, 2017
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Jason Donovan to top the bill at this year’s fundraising The Prince’s Trust Red Dinner

Actor and singer Jason Donovan has today been announced as the headline act for The Prince’s Trust Red Dinner next month, which will raise thousands of pounds for disadvantaged young people across the South West. The platinum award-winning singer and former Neighbours star, pictured, will entertain guests at the black-tie event in Bristol on...

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Swindon Business Blog: Joanna Randall, managing director, Purplefish. What the Bell Pottinger story can teach us about reputation

September 11, 2017
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Swindon Business Blog: Joanna Randall, managing director, Purplefish. What the Bell Pottinger story can teach us about reputation

International PR agency Bell Pottinger – or Bell Rottinger, as it is now being referred to – has had a pretty rough ride over the past few months, culminating last week in being booted out of industry trade body the PRCA for the next five years. But what happened? How does a global PR...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

September 11, 2017
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Monday 11 September Finals: Abcam, K3 Capital Group, 1pm, Seeing Machines Interims: Be Heard Group, Cloudcall Group, Crossrider, Deltex Medical Group, EKF Diagnostics Holdings, HGCapital, John Laing Infrastructure Fund, Luceco, Pennant International. Restore, Starwood European Real Estate Finance, XLMedia Trading statement: Associated British Foods AGMs: Bailey (C.H.), Empyrean Energy, Real Estate Credit Investment Tuesday...

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Valldata acquisition lifts charity services business Woods Group to top of sector

September 8, 2017
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Valldata acquisition lifts charity services business Woods Group to top of sector

The UK’s largest charity services business has been formed following Chippenham-based Woods Group’s acquisition of Melksham specialist outsourcing firm Valldata.  Woods Group is best known for its strengths in raffles, lotteries, print production and payment processing for charities such as the RSPB, National Trust and Motability, while Valldata specialises in fulfilment, payment processing and...

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