Made-in-Swindon Civic Type R races away with hat-trick of BBC TopGear Magazine awards

December 1, 2017
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Made-in-Swindon Civic Type R races away with hat-trick of BBC TopGear Magazine awards

Workers at Honda’s Swindon plant have been praised for helping the Civic Type R win three honours in the coveted BBC TopGear Magazine Car of the Year awards. The Type R – which has a top speed of 169mph and can do the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.7 seconds – picked up the ‘hot...

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Management consultancy RFS’ growth earns it place among the UK’s top 100 for second year

December 1, 2017
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Management consultancy RFS’ growth earns it place among the UK’s top 100 for second year

Swindon-based specialist management consultancy Regulatory Finance Solutions (RFS) has been named among the UK’s 100 fastest-growing private businesses. RFS, which specialises in regulatory and compliance issues for clients such as banks and telecoms firms, appears in the 21st annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table for the second time.  Annual sales growth...

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Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘could deliver boost for Swindon’s economy’

December 1, 2017
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Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘could deliver boost for Swindon’s economy’

Swindon’s economy could benefit from aspects of the government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy, announced this week, two key figures in the town’s business community have said. But there was also disappointment at the lack of detail in some of initiatives and a need for more engagement with the business community.  Ian Larrard, director of the...

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Eden Project partnership sparks move into battery storage market for Good Energy

December 1, 2017
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Eden Project partnership sparks move into battery storage market for Good Energy

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable energy firm, has made its first move into the fast-growing battery storage market through a partnership with the Eden Project. The firm said the move, which will bring environmental and financial benefits to the ‘green’ Cornish tourist attraction, will take it one step closer to its purpose of “powering...

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Anaesthetic gel acquisition to boost Alliance Pharma earnings

December 1, 2017
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Anaesthetic gel acquisition to boost Alliance Pharma earnings

Alliance Pharma, the specialty pharmaceutical company, has acquired the rights to the anaesthetic gel Ametop from global medical firm Smith & Nephew for $7.5m (£5.5m). The Chippenham-based firm, which buys underperforming drugs brands and realises their potential through investment, said the deal would immediate boost its earnings.  Ametop is a topical anaesthetic gel product...

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Family law expert joins Thrings’ Hampshire office as fourth partner

December 1, 2017
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Family law expert joins Thrings’ Hampshire office as fourth partner

Swindon-headquartered legal firm Thrings has appointed a family law expert with more than 20 years’ experience as the fourth partner in its Southampton office. Sally Pike, pictured, is a specialist in all aspects of marriage, civil partnerships, divorce and separation. She joins from Hampshire, Thames Valley and Sussex firm Coffin Mew, where she was...

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Investment banker and healthcare business advisor joins Vectura as non-executive director

November 29, 2017
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Investment banker and healthcare business advisor joins Vectura as non-executive director

Specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura has appointed Juliet Thompson as an independent non-executive director with effect from December 1. Juliet, pictured, will also join the audit committee of the Chippenham-based firm, which makes innovative devices and formulation for inhaled airways diseases.  Juliet has spent around 20 years working as an investment banker and strategic advisor...

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Key appointments bolster Novum Law as demand for its specialist services continues to grow

November 29, 2017
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Personal injury law firm Novum Law has strengthened its team with two key appointments in its Swindon head office. David Lockyer joins as Novum Law’s risk and compliance manager while Stuart Gist arrives as a personal injury solicitor specialising in brain injury. Both previously worked for large Bristol firms.  David, pictured right, an experienced...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 26, 2017
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Monday November 27 Final: Lonmin Tuesday November 28 Finals: ITE, Shaftesbury, Topps Tiles Interim: Cranswick, Pets at Home Trading update: McBridge, Unite Group Wednesday November 29 Finals: Brewin Dolphin, Britvic Interims: Pennon, Telford Homes, Tiffany Thursday November 30 Finals: Marston’s, Daily Mail & General, Grainger Interims: PayPoint, Greene King Trading updates: Go Ahead Friday...

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Budget 2017: Swindon expert reaction. Dominic Bourquin, corporate tax partner, MHA Monahans

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Swindon expert reaction. Dominic Bourquin, corporate tax partner, MHA Monahans

Well, nobody could accuse the Chancellor of setting the world alight. But perhaps we should at least be grateful that most of us haven’t had our fingers burned with this Budget, anyway. The good news for aspirational young house owners – and their parents, who as part of the Bank of Mum and Dad...

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