Buoyant SCISYS says it has ‘mitigated Brexit risks’ with parent company move to Ireland

January 25, 2019
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Buoyant SCISYS says it has ‘mitigated Brexit risks’ with parent company move to Ireland

A flurry of new business won by its space division in December gave specialist IT and software group SCISYS a better-than-expected end to 2018, it said in a trading update today.   The Chippenham-headquartered group landed a series of contract wins with an aggregate value of £23m during the month. That bolstered its order...

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CBI warns of ‘devastating’ impact of ‘no deal’ Brexit on South West’s economy

January 22, 2019
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CBI warns of ‘devastating’ impact of ‘no deal’ Brexit on South West’s economy

Leaving the EU without a deal would be ‘devastating’ for the South West’s economy, hitting the region’s output by a staggering £13bn a year, the CBI warned today. As Prime Minister Theresa May continues to refuse to rule out a ‘no deal’ Brexit if her deal is not approved by Parliament, business groups have...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 20, 2019
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Monday January 21 Interim: William Hill Trading updates: AVEVA Tuesday January 22 Interims: easyJet, BHP Billiton, UBS, IBM, Johnson & Johnson Trading updates: Cairn Energy, Close Brothers, Dixons Carphone, Pets at Home Economic announcement: Employment data: Claimant count (December), unemployment rate (November, average earnings (November) Wednesday January 23 Interims: Antofagasta, Fresnillo, Procter & Gamble,...

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Pressure grows on Bristol Airport to increase capacity after annual passenger numbers soar again

January 18, 2019
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Pressure grows on Bristol Airport to increase capacity after annual passenger numbers soar again

Bristol Airport’s passenger numbers rose sharply again last year – up by 6.2% to 8.6m – as it prepares to avoid hitting full capacity within less than three years. Annual traffic through the airport’s terminal is limited to 10m passengers under its current planning permission. Continued growth forecast this year will take passenger numbers...

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MEET South West announces full line-up of inspirational speakers

January 18, 2019
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MEET South West announces full line-up of inspirational speakers

The full speaker line-up for MEET South West, the region’s first dedicated exhibition and conference showcase, has been revealed, promising insight from a diverse range of event industry figures. The event, at We The Curious in Bristol on January 30, brings together 13 speakers across three stages offering authoritative presentations from professional development to...

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Hat-trick of contract renewals for Wincanton as it drives supply chain performance

January 17, 2019
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Hat-trick of contract renewals for Wincanton as it drives supply chain performance

Logistics group Wincanton has secured contract renewals with three of its existing major customers – Asda, British Sugar and Lucozade Ribena Suntory. With Asda, Chippenham-headquartered Wincanton will provide dedicated transport and warehousing for the next three years, extending their relationship to 16 years.  The renewal continues Wincanton’s operations at four key Asda sites –...

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Far Eastern promise for Swindon agri-tech firms through Innovate UK’s China trade visit

January 17, 2019
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Cutting-edge agri-tech firms from the Swindon area are being offered the chance to take part in a fully-funded programme to China with the potential to secure lucrative business links. Fifteen companies will be selected by Innovate UK, the government innovation agency, for the programme, which includes an eight-day visit to China from March 9-16....

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SCISYS lauds pre-Brexit office shift again after it lands another EU-funded space contract

January 17, 2019
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SCISYS lauds pre-Brexit office shift again after it lands another EU-funded space contract

Specialist IT group SCISYS has again stressed that moving its parent company from the UK to Ireland to allow it to bid for EU-funded work has paid off by winning a fifth contract in less than a month. The Chippenham-headquartered group SCISYS has been awarded a €1.32m (£1.16m) contract with AIRBUS Defence and Space...

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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

January 16, 2019
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‘No deal’ must be ruled out, urges Business West, as it warns of rising anger among firms over Brexit

The “overriding priority” for both the government and Parliament must be to avoid a no deal Brexit following last night’s overwhelming defeat of the Prime Minister’s deal, the region’s largest business organisation said today. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said firms in the region now found themselves “facing the unwelcome...

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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

January 14, 2019
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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

Nearly 40% of West of England business owners back a second Brexit referendum while just one in 10 is confident the government will secure a good deal for the UK, according to the region’s largest business survey. Worryingly, more than 40% of the senior managers and directors taking part did not know whether their...

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