Agents link up to build on their commercial property expertise

June 27, 2016
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Agents link up to build on their commercial property expertise

Wiltshire estate agency and auction firm Strakers has teamed up with experienced commercial property agent Huw Thomas to offer a more dedicated service to its clients. The agreement has been triggered by Strakers commercial surveyor Andrew Martin taking a step back from commercial property transactions to concentrate on the firm’s growing development and auctions...

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New principal appointed to lead Swindon College

June 27, 2016
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New principal appointed to lead Swindon College

Swindon College has appointed Steve Wain as its new principal and chief executive to take over from Andrew Miller, who retires at the end of August. Steve Wain, pictured, is currently principal of Shrewsbury College, where for the past four years he has led it through a period of revival, including significant changes to...

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Hobsons Choice’s Swindon showroom lands top bathroom industry award

June 27, 2016
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Luxury kitchen and bathroom firm Hobsons Choice has won the prestigious 2016 BKU Bathroom Showroom of the Year Award for its Swindon showroom. The firm was presented with the award at a glittering ceremony staged in London’s iconic Globe Theatre. The showroom at County Park on Shrivenham Road, was established in 1977 and has...

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Share offer generates £1.3m for Good Energy to power further growth

June 27, 2016
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Green energy supplier Good Energy has raised £3.1m from its latest share offer as it aims to increase its number of customers five-fold by 2020. Good Energy said the majority of the 2,000 individual applications for shares were from its customers. Funds raised through the share offer will be used to boost Good Energy’s...

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Company of the Year and Customer Service titles go to Good Energy at top green awards

June 27, 2016
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Company of the Year and Customer Service titles go to Good Energy at top green awards

Renewable energy firm Good Energy is celebrating after triumphing at one of the UK’s leading green awards. The Chippenham-based firm, which supplies 100% renewable electricity and ‘green’ gas, secured the Company of the Year and Customer Service Recognition titles at the 2016 British Renewable Energy (REA) Awards. Good Energy managing director David Brooks said:...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

June 26, 2016
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Monday 27 June Interim: Porvair Final: Omega Diagnostics AGMs: Anglo Asian Mining, Anglo-Eastern Plantations, Baron Oil, Coms, Curtis Banks, Eland Oil & Gas, Surgical Innovations, Velox3 Tuesday 28 June Interims: Benchmark Holdings, Blue Prism Group, Ocado Finals: BCA Marketplace, Carpetright, Cohort, IS Solutions, Northgate, ULS Technology AGMs: Anpario, Ariana Resources, CentralNic Group, Eden Research,...

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Brexit: Swindon firms hammered by stock market fall-out

June 24, 2016
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Brexit: Swindon firms hammered by stock market fall-out

Millions of pounds were again wiped off the value of Swindon and Wiltshire firms quoted on the London Stock Exchange today as the market turmoil triggered by Friday’s Brexit result continued into this week. Having suffered heavily on Friday, listed firms’ hopes of a more sober day today were dashed as soon as the...

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BREXIT: Result could put Swindon back on fast-track for growth, says property expert

June 24, 2016
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Brexit could trigger a renaissance for the UK manufacturing sector – with Swindon well-placed to benefit, according to the town’s long-established commercial property agency Whitmarsh Lockhart. James Lockhart, pictured, partner at long-running, claimed leaving the constraints of the EU could deliver the long hoped for improvements in UK productivity. In comments that go against...

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Brexit: Economic impact

June 24, 2016
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Brexit: Economic impact

The referendum result has had an immediate economic impact with sterling suffering its worst ever fall. The pound slumped by 10% to its lowest level since 1985. The Bank of England issued a statement saying it was “monitoring developments closely” and would take “all necessary steps” to support monetary stability amid fears that the...

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Brexit: National business reaction

June 24, 2016
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Brexit: National business reaction

Business organisation the CBI, which had lobbied hard for the UK to remain in the EU, called for “strong and calm leadership” from the Government to ensure economic stability as Brexit kicks in. Director-general Carolyn Fairbairn described the vote as a “momentous turning point” in the country’s history. “The country has spoken and it’s...

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