Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 24, 2021
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Monday January 25 Final: Crest Nicholson, SThree Interim: Newmark Security Q3 results: Larsen and Toubro Trading announcements: Plant Health Care, Yamana Gold Tuesday January 26 Interims: PZ Cussons, Quiz Trading announcements: Barr (AG), DP Eurasia, Petropavlovsk, Saga Economic announcements: Claimant count rate, Unemployment rate Wednesday January 27 Final: Redx Pharma Interim: Hargreaves Services Trading announcements: 3i Group, Brewin Dolphin, Tullow Oil Economic announcements: Producer price...

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Record year for BGF’s regional office, despite Covid-19, with investments reaching £67m

January 23, 2021
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Record year for BGF’s regional office, despite Covid-19, with investments reaching £67m

Investment group BGF’s South West team overcame challenges sparked by the coronavirus pandemic to invest a record amount last year. Some £67m was injected into businesses in 2020 – up on the £37m achieved in 2019 and overtaking the previous record of £50m in 2018.  The new investments take BGF’s total funding in the...

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Survey will show how Swindon’s manufacturers are coping with twin impact of Covid and Brexit

January 22, 2021
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Survey will show how Swindon’s manufacturers are coping with twin impact of Covid and Brexit

Small and medium-sized manufacturers in Swindon are being encouraged to have their say on trading beyond Brexit as part of an influential industry survey.  The quarterly Manufacturing Barometer is the UK’s largest survey of its kind and is looking to find out how companies are coping with the early months of life after leaving the...

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Business West calls on government to act now and extend business rates relief for struggling firms

January 21, 2021
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Business West calls on government to act now and extend business rates relief for struggling firms

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to extend business rates relief beyond its March 31 cut-off point to avoid further pressure on firms struggling from lockdown restrictions. The call has come from Business West, the region’s largest business group and the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. Businesses in the retail, hospitality and...

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EY’s new South West managing partner has ambitions to further build brand in region

January 21, 2021
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EY’s new South West managing partner has ambitions to further build brand in region

Karen Kirkwood has been appointed as global accountancy group EY’s new managing partner for the South West and Wales as it continues its growth in the region. Karen, pictured, takes over from Andrew Perkins, who has successfully completed a four-year tenure in the role. He is staying in Bristol as EY’s regional corporate finance partner.  Karen joined EY...

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Covid-19 and Brexit trade hitches deliver boost for Wincanton as home shopping booms

January 20, 2021
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Covid-19 and Brexit trade hitches deliver boost for Wincanton as home shopping booms

Shares in Chippenham-based logistics group Wincanton soared by just under 14% this morning after it said it was benefiting from the major switch to home shopping caused by Covid-19 restrictions as well as from moving coronavirus testing kits around the country. The group is also working with the government to provide logistics services at some...

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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

January 19, 2021
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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

Swindon firms struggling with post-Brexit trade complications are being urged to get expert advice and support by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. With the UK now outside of the European Union as of December 31, businesses must adhere to new rules and regulations when trading with the EU.  As reports emerge of how...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 17, 2021
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Monday January 18 Final: AFH Financial Group AGM: Craven House Capital Tuesday January 19 Final: Watkin Jones Interims: Knights Group Holdings, Time Finance, U and I Group Trading announcements: Etalon Group, Experian, Henry Boot, Kier, Premier Foods, Rio Tinto Wednesday January 20 Interim: Van Elle Holdings Trading announcements: Antofagasta, BHP Group, Burberry, Cairn Energy, City of London Investment Group, CMC Markets,...

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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

January 17, 2021
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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

Regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance has strengthened its board again with a non-executive director appointment as it prepares for its new chair to take up her role. The arrival of Chris Butters, pictured, who has considerable non-executive director and senior executive experience, comes ahead of Christine Allison taking over from current chair Malachy McReynolds. ...

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US approval of its asthma treatment delivers boost for Vectura

January 17, 2021
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US approval of its asthma treatment delivers boost for Vectura

Directors at Chippenham-based specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura expect its 2020 financial results to be better than they expected following approval of its latest asthma treatment in the US. The firm will also benefit from millions of dollars in royalties and damages paid by pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) following a US court case over infringement while...

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