Jobs boost as West manufacturers ramp up production and investment

March 2, 2015
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Jobs boost as West manufacturers ramp up production and investment

Manufacturing companies across the West of England have increased output and investment over recent months, resulting in new jobs and a brighter outlook than most other regions of the UK. The upbeat picture emerged from a major survey published today which also showed the slump in the oil price has had little impact so...

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Swindon Designer Outlet’s latest expansion in running for best regional building award

March 2, 2015
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The £35m extension to Swindon’s Designer Outlet shopping centre has been named among the region’s best new buildings.  The project has been shortlisted in the ‘building conversation’ category of the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) South West awards, putting it head to head with major schemes across the region. The 50,000 sq ft...

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Good Energy powers up third solar farm with two more in the pipeline

March 2, 2015
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Good Energy powers up third solar farm with two more in the pipeline

Good Energy, the Chippenham renewable energy firm, has started generating electricity from its latest solar farm, the 5MW Rook Wood scheme near Royal Wootton Bassett. The 25-acre site near Marlborough Road will supply enough electricity to power around 1,100 homes, bringing the number of solar farms developed and operated by Good Energy to three...

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Top recruitment industry figure joins Outsource UK as it looks for further growth

March 2, 2015
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Top recruitment industry figure joins Outsource UK as it looks for further growth

Swindon-based specialist recruitment firm Outsource UK has appointed the former managing director of the UK’s second-largest staffing business as its chief operating officer. Nick Dettmar, pictured, joins from Impellam Group, which operates across the UK, North America, Asia Pacific and mainland Europe. He has 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry with extensive expertise...

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Thrings boosts presence in London corporate market with new partner appointment

March 2, 2015
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Thrings boosts presence in London corporate market with new partner appointment

West of England commercial law firm Thrings, which has its largest office in Swindon, has strengthened its corporate offering to domestic and international clients with the appointment of Jonathan Morris as partner. Jonathan, pictured, is a highly-experienced corporate solicitor with more than 10 years’ experience of working with businesses listed on the London Stock...

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Senior planner appointment strengthens Savills’ regional team

March 2, 2015
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Senior planner appointment strengthens Savills’ regional team

Savills has appointed Chloë Clark as senior planner covering the South West. Chloë, pictured, who qualified as a chartered town planner in 2012, joins Savills from Hunter Page Planning in Cheltenham. Chloë has experience of a range of residential and commercial development projects, as well as urban regeneration and rural conversion schemes for a variety...

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Business Showcase South West 2015 signs up Barclays as latest blue-chip sponsor

March 2, 2015
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Business Showcase South West 2015 signs up Barclays as latest blue-chip sponsor

Barclays has become the latest blue-chip company to sponsor Business Showcase South West 2015 – the region’s biggest business exhibition which returns for a second year in May. Barclays joins First Great Western and Enterprise Rent-a-car in sponsoring the event staged again at Bristol’s Colston Hall. Swindon businesses are being urged to make the...

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Wincanton delivers innovation to win extension to Magnet transport contract

March 2, 2015
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Wincanton delivers innovation to win extension to Magnet transport contract

Magnet, the UK’s largest kitchen and joinery specialist, has renewed its national home delivery and transport contract with Chippenham-based logistics group Wincanton in a long-term deal. The agreement means Wincanton will continue to transport products from Magnet’s Darlington manufacturing plant to its UK-wide customers via strategic distribution sites, along with its two-man home delivery...

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Withy King rises up Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For rankings

March 2, 2015
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Withy King rises up Sunday Times’ Best Companies to Work For rankings

Law firm Withy King, which has offices in Swindon and Marlborough, has been ranked 42nd in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For in 2015 – up from 58th position last year. The firm’s ranking was revealed at an awards ceremony held in London last week and published in a...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

March 1, 2015
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Monday 2 March Interim: Swallowfield, Thorntons Finals: Alent, Amlin, British Polythene Industries, Dialight, FBD Holdings, HellermanTyton, Hiscox, Intertek, Keller, PPHE, Senior, Trinity Mirror, Ultra Electronics EGM: Dunelm Economics: Consumer credit, Net lending secured on dwellings, Mortgage approvals, Manufacturing data, M4 money supply Tuesday 3 March Interims: Ashtead Group, Clinigen, ISG Finals: Barclays, Costain, Devro,...

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