SCISYS tunes into 10-year media tech contract extension with BBC

February 9, 2018
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SCISYS tunes into 10-year media tech contract extension with BBC

The BBC has renewed its contract with SCISYS, the Chippenham-headquartered specialised software and IT services firm, for its world-leading radio technology. The deal extends the BBC’s use of SCISYS Media & Broadcast division’s dira! media asset management platform, pictured, for up to 10 years. The bespoke version of dira! is used by the BBC...

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SafeContractor accreditation recognises commitment to health and safety at SMARTech energy

February 8, 2018
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SafeContractor accreditation recognises commitment to health and safety at SMARTech energy

Energy management firm SMARTech energy has been awarded accreditation for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace. The Corsham-based firm gained the award from Alcumus SafeContractor, a leading third-party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management among contractors. SMARTech energy, founded by Stuart Pearce in 2014, offers...

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Cat charity looking for ‘purrfect’ location for new-style department store

February 8, 2018
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Cat charity looking for ‘purrfect’ location for new-style department store

Cats Protection, the UK’s largest feline welfare charity, is on the prowl across the South West for a suitable location for a major ‘department store’ and donation centre to serve the region. The charity has 120 charity shops nationwide – 19 of them in the South West – with the money raised from them...

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Study will show how Swindon’s manufacturers can help solve the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’

February 8, 2018
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Study will show how Swindon’s manufacturers can help solve the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’

Swindon’s small to medium-sized manufacturers are being urged to have their say in a major research project into productivity in the sector across the UK. Recent economic data has suggested UK industry is starting to solve the so-called ‘productivity puzzle’ with efficiency levels in the sector showing signs of improvement. This comes after years...

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Royds Withy King targets growth in key sectors with clutch of senior hires

February 8, 2018
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Royds Withy King targets growth in key sectors with clutch of senior hires

Regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, has strengthened its business development and marketing team with three senior hires as it seeks to increase its profile and revenues through a new strategy based on industry sectors. The arrival of Kevin Peake as director of business development, marketing and communications,...

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Govt’s ‘fudge’ over Brexit negotiations is harming Swindon firms, says Business West

February 7, 2018
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Govt’s ‘fudge’ over Brexit negotiations is harming Swindon firms, says Business West

The West of England’s largest business organisation today warned the government that its approach to Brexit was “positively damaging” firms in the region. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, is backing an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) calling for clarity on the...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

February 5, 2018
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Monday February 5 Final: Rangold Resources Trading update: Electrocomponents Economic announcement: Service sector PMI (January) Tuesday February 6 Finals: Ocado, BP, St Modwen, BNP Paribas, Munich Re Interims: Hargreaves Lansdown, Chipotle, Disney, General Motors Trading updates: Babcock Wednesday February 7 Final: Rio Tinto, Tullow Oil, Smurfit Kappa, GlaxoSmithKline Interims: Redrow, Tesla Trading updates: Bellway,...

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Pioneering breathalyser firm sold as founder’s anti drink-driving campaign steps up a gear

February 4, 2018
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Pioneering breathalyser firm sold as founder’s anti drink-driving campaign steps up a gear

The Swindon office of corporate finance specialists Watersheds has helped a businessman’s ambition to cut drink-driving accidents by arranging the sale of his company to a major fleet management firm. Former motorsports industry executive David Whittock set up Alcolock GB in 2006 after seeing a niche in the market for a device that could...

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World’s largest label maker snaps up Chippenham firm Fascia Graphics for £6.5m

February 3, 2018
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World’s largest label maker snaps up Chippenham firm Fascia Graphics for £6.5m

Chippenham-based specialist manufacturer Fascia Graphics has been acquired by the UK design arm of CCL Industries, the world’s largest label group, in a $9.3m (£6.58m) deal.   Fascia has grown into the UK’s leading supplier of screen printed labels, membrane keypads and graphic overlays since it was established in 1994.  It operates from a...

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Former Herman Miller ‘blue building’ gets new lease of life as defence warehouse for Wincanton

February 1, 2018
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Former Herman Miller ‘blue building’ gets new lease of life as defence warehouse for Wincanton

Logistics group Wincanton has leased the high-profile former Herman Miller distribution base in Chippenham to fulfil a new defence-related contract on behalf of a leading customer. The 79,000 sq ft building, pictured – a stone’s throw from Wincanton’s Chippenham headquarters – was designed for the iconic office furniture group by leading contemporary architect Sir...

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