Business West to help Swindon firms cut through confusion as end of UK’s Brexit transition looms

October 25, 2020
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Business West to help Swindon firms cut through confusion as end of UK’s Brexit transition looms

Swindon firms are being urged to prepare now for the end of the Brexit transition period on January 1 next year, despite many questions of how it will work in practice remaining unanswered. The government has launched a campaign for businesses with the strapline ‘Time is running out’ as talks with the EU over...

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Royds Withy King helps racing driver’s business gear up for success in the motorsport industry

October 25, 2020
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Royds Withy King helps racing driver’s business gear up for success in the motorsport industry

British Touring Car driver and entrepreneur Josh Cook has been advised by law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, on an acquisition that puts his business in the fast lane for growth. Precision Sixty Six, Josh’s supplier of performance parts for racing cars, which he launched two years ago near Bath, has taken...

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Swindon’s hospitality sector misses out again, says Business West, as new support for firms is announced

October 25, 2020
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Swindon’s hospitality sector misses out again, says Business West, as new support for firms is announced

Business West, the group that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, has welcomed the latest government job and self-employment support measures – but warned that many firms, including those in the Swindons vital hospitality sector, continue to miss out. The new support package was announced last Thursay by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as businesses in...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

October 19, 2020
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Monday October 19 Final: Tristel Tuesday October 20 Finals: Bellway, Softcat, Transense Technologies Interim: TP Group Trading announcement: Luceco Wednesday October 21 Interim: C&C Group Trading announcements: Antofagasta, Segro, William Hill Economic announcements: Retail sales, Producer price index, Public sector net borrowing, Consumer price index, CBI industrial trends Thursday October 22 Q3 results: PJSC Magnit Iron & Steel Works, PJSC Serv Regs,...

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Chance for food and drink firms to sell to Chinese buyers with a taste for made-in-Britain products

October 16, 2020
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Chance for food and drink firms to sell to Chinese buyers with a taste for made-in-Britain products

A scheme to connect Swindon’s food and drink producers with Chinese consumers with an appetite for high-quality British produce has been launched by Business West. The Great British Food Programme, in which Business West is partnering with Regroup China, a digital marketing agency which specialises in driving Chinese cross-border eCommerce sales, will also allow...

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Business groups urge Johnson to continue Brexit talks as he tells them to ‘prepare for a no-deal’

October 16, 2020
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Business groups urge Johnson to continue Brexit talks as he tells them to ‘prepare for a no-deal’

Firms will ‘despair’ over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s comments today that they should prepare for a no-deal Brexit, the region’s biggest business organisation said. Describing the move as “another period of political theatre”, Business West managing director Phil Smith said firms across the West of England were already under unprecedented pressure from the impact...

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More growth for BGF’s regional team with direct origination appointment

October 13, 2020
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More growth for BGF’s regional team with direct origination appointment

Investment group BGF has appointed Georgie Stratton to its growing South West team. Georgie, pictured, has taken up a direct origination role focusing on sourcing new investments and bolt-on acquisitions for portfolio companies across BGF’s Bristol, Reading and Cardiff offices. She joins from the Bristol office of accountancy group PwC, where she spent two-and-a-half years...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

October 12, 2020
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Monday October 12 Interim: E-therapeutics Trading announcements: Argentex Group, Ariana Resources, Cake Box Holdings, Eddie Stobart, Great Portland Estates, Network International, Science Group, The Panoply Holdings, XP Power Tuesday October 13 Finals: Essensys, Nanoco, Netcall Interims: BP Marsh & Partners, Lidco Group, Onthemarket Trading announcement: PJCS Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works Economic announcements: Retail sales, Unemployment rate, Claimant count rate...

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Govt’s travel taskforce welcomed by Bristol Airport as first step towards passenger testing

October 12, 2020
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Govt’s travel taskforce welcomed by Bristol Airport as first step towards passenger testing

Bristol Airport, airlines and regional business leaders have welcomed the government’s decision to launch a global travel taskforce to investigate ways of introducing Covid-19 testing for travellers arriving at UK airports. But there has also been criticism of delays by ministers in getting to this stage when other countries, such as Germany, have already...

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Business West welcomes Chancellor’s latest support measures for firms closed by Covid

October 12, 2020
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Business West welcomes Chancellor’s latest support measures for firms closed by Covid

New support for firms forced to close by law because of coronavirus restrictions by Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been welcomed by Business West, the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. The scheme, under which the government will pay two-thirds of the wages of staff working for these firms, was announced on Friday. It...

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