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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Two solicitors join Thrings’ commercial property team as market recovery spurs growth

October 20, 2014
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Two solicitors join Thrings’ commercial property team as market recovery spurs growth

M4 corridor commercial law firm Thrings, which has its largest office in Swindon, has appointed two solicitors to its fast-growing commercial property team as a result of continued organic growth and a series of new client wins. Associate Steve Schofield and solicitor Beth Nicholls will further strengthen Thrings’ commercial property and construction offering across...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

October 20, 2014
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Monday 20 October Trading statement: McBride AGMs: CPL Resources, McBride Economics: Rightmove house prices Tuesday 21 October Interims: BP Marsh & Partners, Whitbread Final: Asos Trading statements: Arm, GKN, Go-Ahead, InterContinental Hotels, Pentair, Reckitt Benckiser, William Hill AGMs: Ashley House, Leeds Economics: Public sector finances Wednesday 22 October Interims: Home Retail, Ingenious Media Active...

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The LAST WORD: Mary Hoffman, partner, Hoffman Male

October 17, 2014
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The LAST WORD: Mary Hoffman, partner, Hoffman Male

Each week Swindon Business News gives a prominent member of the area’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Mary Hoffman, partner at specialist wills, probate and conveyancing law firm Hoffman Male, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: Film you watched? Last Vegas with Michael Douglas, Robert De...

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Record performance by its travel outlets lifts profits at WH Smith despite decline in high street sales

October 16, 2014
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Record performance by its travel outlets lifts profits at WH Smith despite decline in high street sales

Continuing success in Swindon-based retail giant WH Smith’s outlets in railways stations, airports and motorway services has helped increase annual profits by 9%. The increase to £112m came despite a fall off in sales from its core high street stores which pushed total group sales down by 3% to £1.16bn. The group, which has...

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Small manufacturers urged to reap rewards of UK’s £60bn nuclear power programme

October 16, 2014
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Small manufacturers urged to reap rewards of UK’s £60bn nuclear power programme

Swindon’s small and medium-sized manufacturers were today urged to take advantage of a new scheme which could help them win contracts from the UK’s rapidly-developing £60bn civil nuclear new build programme. The link-up between the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) will allow these firms to measure...

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From flipcharts to smartphones – RTS’s road to 25 years of success in auto industry staff development

October 16, 2014
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From flipcharts to smartphones – RTS’s road to 25 years of success in auto industry staff development

Specialist learning and development consultancy RTS Group is celebrating 25 years in business – a quarter of a century in which the tools of its trade have progressed from flipcharts to online technology. The Chippenham-based group began life as a niche agency aimed at serving the training and development needs of the automotive industry....

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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, Swindon Initiative warns

October 16, 2014
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Fall in unemployment masking ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in the economy, Swindon Initiative warns

The economic recovery may not be as strong as anticipated despite the latest fall in unemployment, Business West, the organisation that runs the Initiative in Swindon & Wiltshire, has warned While welcoming the 1.6% year-on-year drop in the number of people out of work in the South West, Initiative director Ian Larrard, pictured, said...

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Arkell’s to brew remembrance beer to mark 100th anniversary of start of WW1

October 16, 2014
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Arkell’s to brew remembrance beer to mark 100th anniversary of start of WW1

Swindon brewery Arkell’s, the town’s oldest company, is to produce a commemorative beer for the Royal British Legion to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Called Old Contemptible, the mild-type beer will be brewed from an old recipe using only British ingredients and so will be similar to...

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