Export Week gives hundreds of West firms advice on doing business overseas

April 17, 2014
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Export Week gives hundreds of West firms advice on doing business overseas

Around 300 businesses attended events across the South West last week to learn about international business opportunities and the support available to reach new customers around the world.   A series of nine UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) events were held across the region as part of Export Week. Building on previous events, Export...

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Business West director Clive Wray presented with his OBE by the Queen

April 17, 2014
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Business West director Clive Wray presented with his OBE by the Queen

Clive Wray, the director of public sector contracts at lobbying and advice group Business West, this week received his OBE for services to small businesses and international trade from the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Clive, pictured, has supported small and medium-sized business development in the region for the past 20 years...

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Jobs to go as Triumph announces closure of its outsourced Swindon warehouse

April 16, 2014
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Jobs to go as Triumph announces closure of its outsourced Swindon warehouse

Lingerie firm Triumph International is to close its Swindon distribution centre with the loss of around 70 jobs four years after it outsourced the operation to a major US logistics group. Menlo, part of the giant Con-way group, took over running the warehouse on the Groundwell Industrial Estate, in June 2010. At the time...

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Back to the future – again – for Swindon accountants’ brand new name

April 16, 2014
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Back to the future – again – for Swindon accountants’ brand new name

Accountants Baker Tilly’s Swindon office, which was rebranded from RSM Tenon six months ago following the two firms’ merger, will revert back to the RSM name later this year when Baker Tilly joins the RSM International network. The move is the latest in a long line of name changes for the Westmead office, which...

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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ to make case for innovation at Business Show Swindon

April 15, 2014
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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ to make case for innovation at Business Show Swindon

The keynote speaker at this year’s Business Show Swindon will be Rob Law, inventor of child’s ride-on suitcase Trunki and ‘dragon-slayer’ – he was famously turned down by Dragons’ Den. Entrepreneur and innovator Rob, pictured, whose Bristol-based company Magmatic is now producing a range of children’s products, will speak about the setbacks and learnings...

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Inflation fall is good news but Govt must still act over funding for firms, says Business West

April 15, 2014
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Inflation fall is good news but Govt must still act over funding for firms, says Business West

Business West, the lobbying and advice group that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, welcomed yesterday’s fall in inflation but warned that the Government still needed to do more to support business as it emerges from recession. Managing director Phil Smith said the drop in annual CPI (consumer price index) inflation from 1.7% in...

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Mobile security products business launched by flash memory innovator Cardwave

April 15, 2014
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Mobile security products business launched by flash memory innovator Cardwave

Cardwave, the Devizes-based pioneer in flash memory products used in a wide range of devices including mobile phones, digital cameras and notebook computers, has launched a new division specialising in mobile security products. Headed by new recruit Lee Griffin, it will focus on establishing a network of dedicated partners to promote a new range...

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‘Zero-to-landfill’ commitment gives Hills victory in extension to Army garrison waste contract

April 15, 2014
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‘Zero-to-landfill’ commitment gives Hills victory in extension to Army garrison waste contract

Wiltshire-based Hills Waste Solutions has secured a three-year extension to its contract handling thousands of tonnes of waste a year from five Army garrisons. The Calne-based firm, part of the Hills Group, has retained the work with Aspire Defence Services Limited (ADSL) with effect from the beginning of this month. The contract, which has...

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Bishopsgate moves to buy freehold of its Royal Wootton Bassett HQ

April 15, 2014
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Bishopsgate moves to buy freehold of its Royal Wootton Bassett HQ

Specialist business removals firm Bishopsgate has bought the freehold of its Royal Wootton Bassett head office and warehouse for £2.5m. Property agents say the deal reflects a growing trend for businesses to purchase their buildings rather than rent them, particularly those in prime locations. Bishopsgate, part of the London-based upmarket removals group Ward Thomas...

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Construction group Beard bucks trend as it builds strong financial results

April 14, 2014
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Construction group Beard bucks trend as it builds strong financial results

Regional construction group Beard, which has a major office in Swindon, has continued to outperform the recession-hit building sector with double-digit increases in annual profits and revenues. The family-owned firm chalked up a 21% rise in pre-tax profits to £1.4m in the year to December 31 on revenues up 13% to £77.3m. Against a...

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