Pioneering Swindon firms secure LEP growth funding to put town on map for innovation

August 29, 2014
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Pioneering Swindon firms secure LEP growth funding to put town on map for innovation

Some of the Swindon area’s most innovative small firms are sharing hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding to create new jobs and help them reach their business potential. The money comes from the third tranche of the £750,000 Gateway for Growth programme, which has been co-ordinated by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise...

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New-look water tower demonstrates UTC Swindon’s high ambitions for town’s engineering future

August 29, 2014
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New-look water tower demonstrates UTC Swindon’s high ambitions for town’s engineering future

Part of Swindon’s proud industrial heritage has been given a new lease of life by the town’s soon-to-open University Technical College (UTC). The iconic water tower, which forms part of the UTC’s historic Bristol Street site on the edge of the Railway Village, has been newly restored ahead of the opening of the college...

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Vectura’s pioneering asthma inhaler gets green light for use in another new market

August 28, 2014
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Vectura’s pioneering asthma inhaler gets green light for use in another new market

An innovative inhaler for patients with asthma developed by Chippenham-based specialist drug firm Vectura has secured its first approval in Latin America. The green light from Mexico’s Health Authority follows similar go-aheads in four European countries and South Korea for the AirFluSal Forspiro device, pictured, which can also be used to treat chronic obstructive...

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Swindon translation firm Dialogue gives Jamie’s posh chips and lamb lollipops an international flavour

August 28, 2014
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Swindon translation firm Dialogue gives Jamie’s posh chips and lamb lollipops an international flavour

Staff at Swindon-based language services firm Dialogue have been getting their tongues around some tasty translations after winning a contract to work on the menus for overseas branches of Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italian restaurants. Dialogue is working with the award-winning chef-turned-entrepreneur’s team to translate the highly-individualised menus for new restaurants in Hong Kong, Istanbul,...

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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

August 28, 2014
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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

The Swindon-based Technology Strategy Board, the Government body that aims to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation, has changed its name to Innovate UK The organisation, based at North Star, started to use the new branding this month and will continue to change its signage, printed material and events and conference...

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Tax boost to lift annual earnings at Swindon’s Connect Group

August 28, 2014
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Tax boost to lift annual earnings at Swindon’s Connect Group

Connect Group, the Swindon-based specialist distributor formerly known as Smiths News, today said it expected its full-year earnings to be higher than expected thanks to a boost from tax credits. The group, which distributes newspapers, magazines, books and education and health supplies across the UK, told shareholders that tax credits for last year would...

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Women in business award nomination for Begbies Traynor regional head caps busy year

August 28, 2014
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Women in business award nomination for Begbies Traynor regional head caps busy year

Business rescue and recovery specialist firm Begbies Traynor’s regional managing partner Julie Palmer has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. Julie, pictured, who heads up a network of 12 offices including one recently opened in Swindon, is in the running for The Business Magazine’s Women in Business 2014, Woman of the Year Award...

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Step in the right direction for newly-qualified Baker Tilly Swindon associate director

August 28, 2014
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Step in the right direction for newly-qualified Baker Tilly Swindon associate director

Zoe Martin, an associate director at national accountancy firm Baker Tilly’s Swindon office, has achieved The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) diploma after passing all her exams. The diploma, a specialist private client qualification which recognises expertise in the fields of trusts and estates, is already held by Zoe’s Swindon office colleagues...

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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

August 26, 2014
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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

West firms will be able to learn about commercial opportunities in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies when the British Ambassador to South Korea visits the region next week. Scott Wightman will be joined by CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea, David Lee, at the free event staged by UK Trade...

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Sales coaching firm founder recruits her former boss as first employee

August 26, 2014
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Sales coaching firm founder recruits her former boss as first employee

Sales expert Lou Elliott has become the first employee of growing sales and customer service training firm Sales Coaching Solutions. Lou was headhunted for the job by the Chippenham company’s managing director Alison Edgar, who knows about Lou’s background in sales and customer service as she was previously Alison’s boss. The pair met more...

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