Halfords appoints Wincanton to run its national distribution network

July 1, 2015
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Halfords appoints Wincanton to run its national distribution network

Wincanton, the Chippenham-based logistics group, has won a major contract with car parts and bike retail chain Halfords to be sole operator of its national transport contract. Under the contract, which goes live this summer, Wincanton will operate more than 80 vehicles distributing Halfords products from its base in Coventry, as well as five...

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Two more solar farms get green light from Good Energy

June 30, 2015
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Two more solar farms get green light from Good Energy

Wiltshire renewable electricity group Good Energy is to commission two more solar farms, it announced today. The Chippenham-based firm said it would add the 5MW sites to its existing four solar farms, taking its total generating capacity to 30MW – enough to serve more than 7,000 homes. Planning approvals for the new sites at...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

June 28, 2015
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Monday 29 June Interim: Porvair AGMs: Advanced Oncotherapy, Anglo-Eastern Plantations, Ariana Resources, Asia Resource Minerals, Baron Oil, Beowulf Mining, Energiser Investments, Globo, Kemin Resources, Savanah Petroleum, Tiger Resource Finance, Trans-Siberian Gold, Trinity Exploration & Production, Vianet, Volvere EGMs: Castleton Technology, Direct Line Insurance Economics: Net consumer credit, Net lending secured on dwellings, Mortgage approvals,...

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‘Golden week’ for UK economy but growth is likely to slow, Swindon Question Time hears

June 26, 2015
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‘Golden week’ for UK economy but growth is likely to slow, Swindon Question Time hears

The economy has just enjoyed “almost a golden week” with falling unemployment, rising wage increases and low inflation, Swindon business leaders heard at an Economic Question Time hosted by law firm Withy King. But HSBC head of economics Mark Berrisford-Smith told the event that while the UK was performing markedly better than virtually all...

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Nationwide’s responsible approach to business puts it in running for coveted national award

June 26, 2015
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Nationwide’s responsible approach to business puts it in running for coveted national award

Swindon-based Nationwide has again been recognised as one of the UK’s most responsible businesses in a prestigious awards scheme run by Business in the Community (BITC). The building society is a finalist in the organisation’s annual Responsible Business Awards, which celebrate organisations that are transforming their communities and in turn their businesses to create...

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Key industry role for founder of Swindon’s C&D Recruitment

June 26, 2015
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Key industry role for founder of Swindon’s C&D Recruitment

Swindon-based recruitment firm C&D’s managing director Karen Davison-Renouf has been appointed as a member of industry body the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) council. Karen, pictured, is one of six new members elected at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting last week and one of four non-executive directors. The REC is committed to raising standards...

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World’s first for Good Energy as it plugs into Bristol’s local currency

June 26, 2015
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World’s first for Good Energy as it plugs into Bristol’s local currency

Wiltshire renewable electricity firm Good Energy has become the world’s first energy company to accept a local currency after allowing customers to pay their energy bills using Bristol Pounds. The Chippenham-based firm, which supplies 100% renewable electricity to homes and businesses across the UK, said the move underlined its commitment to sustainability. The Bristol...

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Production of Honda’s latest hot hatch to bring welcome boost to its Swindon plant

June 26, 2015
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Production of Honda’s latest hot hatch to bring welcome boost to its Swindon plant

The first production model of Japanese car giant Honda’s new Civic Type-R hot hatch will roll off its Swindon assembly line next week – giving the plant another boost after several years of job losses and cutbacks. A ceremony on Thursday to mark the start of production of the hotly anticipated car, pictured, will...

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Swindon business figures to take to the saddle for 12-hour static charity cycle challenge

June 26, 2015
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Swindon business figures to take to the saddle for 12-hour static charity cycle challenge

Swindon independent estate agents Castles Residential Sales & Lettings is to host a 12-hour static cycling challenge to raise money for The Salvation Army and support local GB triathlete Kev Tonner. Kev, who will compete at the 2015 Geneva ETU Triathlon European Championships, will take part in the challenge at Castle’s Commercial Road office...

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AstraZeneca senior director to take up chief executive role at drugs group Vectura

June 26, 2015
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AstraZeneca senior director to take up chief executive role at drugs group Vectura

Specialist drug development group Vectura has appointed a senior director of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca as it new chief executive, replacing Chris Blackwell, who steps down next week after 12 years in the role. James Ward-Lilley joins Chippenham-based Vectura, which licences its innovative technology for the treatment of airways diseases to other pharmaceutical companies, on...

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