Firms vow to go green this year as pressure grows to embrace sustainable business

January 3, 2020
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Firms vow to go green this year as pressure grows to embrace sustainable business

Two thirds of small and medium-sized firms in the South West took steps to make their businesses greener last year with roughly the same percentage saying they want to improve their environmental sustainability in 2020. Some 43% believe becoming more environmentally sustainable is important to them while just over a fifth (22%) claim doing...

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New high-capacity fibre network helps office building become magnet for tech

January 3, 2020
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New high-capacity fibre network helps office building become magnet for tech

The owner of a former council office block-turned-tech hub has invested in the latest fibre infrastructure as the building nears full occupancy. Bewley House in Chippenham, pictured, has become a key part of North Wiltshire’s burgeoning tech sector, attracting tenants such as Canadian software company Descartes Systems Group, global technology giant Siemens and international...

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Regional relationship director appointment for Assetz Capital

January 2, 2020
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Regional relationship director appointment for Assetz Capital

Assetz Capital, the specialist small business lender, has appointed Tony Kear as relationship director as it looks to help more firms across the region access growth funding. Tony, pictured, has 34 years’ experience in banking having worked for NatWest and RBS as head of healthcare and financing businesses across the South West.  He most...

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Lloyds director takes up regional ambassador role to spearhead economic growth plan

January 2, 2020
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Lloyds director takes up regional ambassador role to spearhead economic growth plan

Lloyds Banking Group has appointed long-standing director Jeremy Hayward as its ambassador for the South West to help support social and economic prosperity across the region. Jeremy, pictured, will take the lead on delivering the group’s Helping Britain Prosper plan in the region.  The plan, launched in 2014, sets public targets in areas such...

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Corporate tax expert appointed chair for its South region by KPMG

January 2, 2020
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Corporate tax expert appointed chair for its South region by KPMG

International accountancy group KPMG has promoted Andrew Morgan to chair of its South region, a role that gives him responsibility for strategy in an area that covers Swindon and includes its offices in Bristol, Reading, Southampton, Plymouth and Cardiff. Andrew, pictured, succeeds Karen Witton, who has stepped down after four years to focus on...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

December 31, 2019
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Tuesday December 31 AGMs: Leaf Clean, Tetragon Fin Wednesday January 1 Nothing listed Thursday January 2 Economic announcement: PMI manufacturing Friday January 3 Trading announcement: Next Economic announcement: Nationwide house price index  

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Turkish destination added to Bristol network by easyJet as its new route expansion takes off

December 20, 2019
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Turkish destination added to Bristol network by easyJet as its new route expansion takes off

Low-cost airline easyJet is to launch another route from Bristol as it continues to build its network and strengthen its standing as the airport’s dominate carrier. The link to Antalya in Turkey will be the airline’s 73rd destination from Bristol.  Flights will operate three times a week – on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays –...

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BrandSoup: #brandontherun (AKA #branddownunder)

December 17, 2019
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BrandSoup: #brandontherun (AKA #branddownunder)

A particular problem with social media is that it blurs the professional and the personal, the business and the individual – there may be a clear commercial objective to all this tweeting and blogging, but it’s the authentically human voice that makes an account stand out. A business may rightly regard its social media...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

December 15, 2019
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Monday December 16 Final: Chemring Interims: Sports Direct, Studio RET, Fulham Shore Tuesday December 17 Final: Pressure Tech Interim: Smart Metering Economic announcements: Claimant count rate, Unemployment rate, CBI industrial trends survey Wednesday December 18 Economic announcements: Consumer Price Index, Retail Price Index Thursday December 19 Economic announcements: GFK consumer confidence, Retail sales, Bank...

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General Election reaction: Business groups look foward to period of stability

December 13, 2019
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General Election reaction: Business groups look foward to period of stability

Business organisations have welcomed the stability that the resounding Conservative General Election victory will bring – but question marks remain over the kind of Brexit deal a Boris Johnson-led government will strike. Business West, the South West’s largest business group which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, also questioned how much funding for essential...

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