The LAST WORD: Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation

July 26, 2016
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The LAST WORD: Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation

Each week Swindon Business News gives a prominent business figure the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Emma Jones MBE, founder of small business support group Enterprise Nation and Government Crown Representative for small business, answers our 10 questions.  What was the LAST: Film you watched? The Big Short Book you read? Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh Music you...

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Hills Group puts ethical business at its core by adopting responsible purchasing policy

July 26, 2016
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Hills Group puts ethical business at its core by adopting responsible purchasing policy

Diversified quarrying and building group Hills has committed to conducting its business in a more transparent and ethical manner with the introduction of a responsible purchasing policy.    The move also provides the framework for the Swindon-based group to comply with the recently introduced Modern Slavery Act 2015. Privately owned Hills, whose activities span recycling...

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Top sports nutritionist prepares for ‘toughest race’ with backing from Castles estate agents

July 26, 2016
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Top sports nutritionist prepares for ‘toughest race’ with backing from Castles estate agents

Swindon-based independent estate agency Castles Residential Sales & Lettings is sponsoring nutritionist and performance coach Jamie Richards as he aims to raise £30,000 for SMASH Youth Project, the town’s youth mentoring charity. Castles recently handed over a cheque for £200 – part of its £1,250 sponsorship – to Jamie as he took a break from training for...

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Overseas buyer snaps up new office investment opportunity at Churchward

July 26, 2016
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Overseas buyer snaps up new office investment opportunity at Churchward

A new office in Swindon’s emerging Churchward business hub has been sold to an overseas buyer for more than its £1.55m asking price. The 7,296 sq ft office in Achilles House was last month let to national accountancy firm RSM, enabling it to relocate from its Swindon base at Westmead. The Swindon office of property...

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More growth in store for Wincanton as Co-op extends food logistics contract

July 26, 2016
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More growth in store for Wincanton as Co-op extends food logistics contract

Retail chain the Co-op has delivered a timely boost to Chippenham-based logistics group Wincanton by renewing its food distribution contract for a further five years.  Last week Wincanton bosses told the firm’s AGM that they would closely monitor the impact of the EU referendum decision on the business. While the firm’s clients are now based...

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High-end fashion brand Reiss opens store in Swindon Designer Outlet

July 26, 2016
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High-end fashion brand Reiss opens store in Swindon Designer Outlet

Swindon Designer Outlet has added to its fashion offering with the opening of UK-based fashion brand Reiss’s store. The 2,000 sq ft unit will showcase the best of the brand’s menswear, womenswear and accessories and will create 10 full and part-time job positions.  Reiss was launched by David Reiss in 1971. Its range of timeless pieces,...

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Swindon Business News photo gallery: Thrings Swindon 175 Hooty Party showcases town’s innovation

July 25, 2016
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Swindon Business News photo gallery: Thrings Swindon 175 Hooty Party showcases town’s innovation

Swindon’s role as a centre of innovation was highlighted at a Hooty Party hosted by law firm Thrings as part of its sponsorship of the town’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The event, at the STEAM museum, brought together members of Swindon’s business community to hear more about the celebrations and to gain an insight into...

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Institute of Directors governing body role for its South West regional chairman

July 25, 2016
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Institute of Directors governing body role for its South West regional chairman

The Institute of Directors South West regional chairman Nick Sturge has been appointed to the organisation’s national council as it seeks to ensure that a range of voices from across business are heard as Brexit unfolds. Nick Sturge, pictured, the co-founder and director of Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub, is one of a number of...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 24, 2016
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Monday 25 July Interims: Hammerson, Hiscox, Michelmersh Brick, XP Power Finals: Goodwin, Great Eastern Energy, Tungsten Trading statements: Cranswick, Petra Diamonds AGMs: All Star Minerals, Clear Leisure, Cranswick, Gresham House Strategic, Helical Bar, Independent Resources, Mx Oil, National Grid, Proxama EGMs: British Polythene Industries, Eco City Vehicles, Melrose Industries, Proxama Economics: CBI trends – total orders, selling prices, business optimism ...

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Stronger economy in first half of year fuelled increase in South West deal activity

July 22, 2016
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Stronger economy in first half of year fuelled increase in South West deal activity

Merger and acquisition activity in the South West climbed by 4.3% in the first half of this year as the economy continued to recover and cash-rich businesses hit the takeover trail. However, the total value of 267 deals was down 15% at £3.08bn against the same period in 2015. And some experts are warning...

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