Founder’s husband is addition to team at accountancy firm Sunflower as it takes root in Wiltshire

October 24, 2014
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Founder’s husband is addition to team at accountancy firm Sunflower as it takes root in Wiltshire

Accountancy firm Sunflower Accounts has relocated to Wiltshire and taken on the spouse of its founder as it continues to grow. Mark Rickaby joins his wife Steph in running the business, which has moved from Clevedon, near Bristol, to Calne.  Mark supported Steph when she set up Sunflower early last year after many years...

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Major investment to spark new phase of growth for Swindon’s latest hi-tech business

October 24, 2014
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Major investment to spark new phase of growth for Swindon’s latest hi-tech business

Swindon’s newest hi-tech firm, PRP Optoelectronics, has received a multi-million pound investment to develop innovative products at its new plant in the town. The firm announced earlier this month that it is to develop a 100,000 sq ft state-of-the-art design and manufacturing base at Hillmead to make market-leading light emitting diode (LED) technology. The...

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Economic growth welcomed in Swindon but fears remain that recovery could stall

October 24, 2014
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Swindon business leaders today welcomed the latest positive national economic figures but concerns remain that the pace of growth is slowing and further problems could lie ahead. The Office for National Statistics figures show the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.7% in the three months to September – slightly weaker than the...

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New arrivals Sensata supports Royal Wootton Bassett’s Remembrance Charity Ball

October 24, 2014
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New arrivals Sensata supports Royal Wootton Bassett’s Remembrance Charity Ball

IT services firm Sensata, which earlier this year relocated from Swindon to Royal Wootton Bassett, is cementing its links in its new home town by becoming the headline sponsor for the Royal Wootton Bassett Remembrance Charity Ball. The ball, organised by the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town, is at The Wiltshire Hotel...

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Lottery pay-out will help Swindon social enterprises gain access to much-needed European funding

October 24, 2014
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Lottery pay-out will help Swindon social enterprises gain access to much-needed European funding

Community First, Swindon and Wiltshire’s rural community council, has been awarded nearly £10,000 to help social enterprises and the voluntary sector access European funding. It will work with the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and other partners to run training workshops, set up a knowledge hub and bring together European funding experts...

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Swindon business forum aims to get town’s businesses connected

October 24, 2014
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Swindon firms will get the chance to learn about new opportunities, network and attend workshops next month when the Building Business Connections Forum takes place in the town. The forum has been created to provide business owners and decision makers with an opportunity to meet new suppliers and network with Swindon’s growing business community. It...

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Swindon firms urged to get on the fast track to success by entering export markets

October 24, 2014
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Swindon firms urged to get on the fast track to success by entering export markets

The countdown to UK Trade & Investment's (UKTI) sixth Export Week has started with Swindon firms being urged to get on the fast track to success as the event brings the world to the region. Organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in conjunction with partners and business organisations and taking place between November...

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Monahans webinar will give step-by-step guide on health and safety laws

October 24, 2014
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Monahans webinar will give step-by-step guide on health and safety laws

Monahans, the regional accountancy firm with its main office in Swindon, continues its series of webinars next month with a look at health and safety. Debbie Anstis, the firm’s health and safety consultant, will give a step-by-step guide on how to review health and safety systems and what firms need to consider to ensure...

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Arkell’s-staged training sessions put town’s pub licencees on course for better customer service

October 22, 2014
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Arkell’s-staged training sessions put town’s pub licencees on course for better customer service

The next generation of Swindon’s pub landlords are now ‘licensed to fill’ customers’ glasses with beer after completing the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) personal licence holders course at Arkell’s brewery. The firm is putting training at the core of its pub operations, running the BII Level 1, 2 and 3 personal licence course...

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Arrival of senior surveyor strengthens GVA’s South West office agency team

October 20, 2014
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Arrival of senior surveyor strengthens GVA’s South West office agency team

Property agency GVA has expanded its regional office agency team with the appointment of Alex Riddell as a senior surveyor. Alex, pictured, joins GVA at a time of strong growth for the South West office in Bristol and its office agency team in particular, which has just been placed at the top of the...

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