More growth at Beard Construction as it builds for the future

April 9, 2017
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More growth at Beard Construction as it builds for the future

Annual profits at Swindon-based regional construction group Beard leapt by 41% last year as it continued to win major, high-profile projects. Pre-tax profits reached £4m during the year to December 31 for the first time on turnover up 23% at £136m. The family-owned firm, which celebrates its 125th business anniversary this year, has a current...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 9, 2017
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Monday 10 April Interim: Empiric Student Property Final: Safestay Trading statement: Centamin EGM: Franchise Brands Tuesday 11 April Interims: Applied Graphene Materials, Egdon Resources Final: JD Sports Trading statements: City of London Investment Group, Global Graphics, Vedanta Resources, XP Power AGM: Porvair Economics: BRC like-for-like sales, Consumer price index, Retail price index, Producer prices,...

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Engineering firm beats other bidders to acquire sought-after industrial unit

April 7, 2017
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Engineering firm beats other bidders to acquire sought-after industrial unit

A shortage of quality industrial property in the region led to competitive bidding for a sought-after unit on a popular business park. Family-run metal fabricating firm De Marchi Engineering beat off stiff competition to acquire the long leasehold interest of Unit 1 Bumpers Way in Chippenham after property agents Alder King and Strettons invited...

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Food for thought on marketing to youth at McCann’s first Talks on Toast event

April 6, 2017
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Food for thought on marketing to youth at McCann’s first Talks on Toast event

Today’s young people are interested in – and worried about – much the same as previous generations despite the explosion of social media and on-demand information, according to new research revealed to South West marketers and business leaders. But the way brands can engage with youth has changed dramatically, a global study on youth...

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Search marketing ‘legend’ and SEO pioneer joins All Things Web

April 6, 2017
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Search marketing ‘legend’ and SEO pioneer joins All Things Web

Swindon web marketing company All Things Web has appointed Ammon Johns to further develop its digital agency and grow its footprint across the UK. Ammon, pictured, is widely acclaimed as one of the pioneers of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and recognised as one of the leading voices on organic search by his peers around the...

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Creative Business News puts diversity in the industry centre stage at its official launch

April 6, 2017
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Creative Business News puts diversity in the industry centre stage at its official launch

Diversity in creativity was placed firmly at the top of the agenda as leaders of the West of England’s creative sector gathered to celebrate the official launch of Creative Business News. A joint venture between Swindon Business News and its associated titles in Bristol and Bath and communications agency Purplefish, Creative Business News is the first...

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Power 100 recognition for Wiltshire’s ‘entrepreneur’s godmother’

April 4, 2017
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Power 100 recognition for Wiltshire’s ‘entrepreneur’s godmother’

Sales coach and ‘entrepreneur’s godmother’ Alison Edgar has been named among the UK’s 100 unsung heroes who play an active role in supporting the country’s entrepreneurial community. Alison, pictured right, appears in the latest Power 100 compiled by accountancy and business advice group Smith & Williamson, which champions those whose help shape, support and...

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Smartphones will get smarter – but so will cyber attacks – Deloitte’s tech team tells West businesses

April 2, 2017
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Smartphones will get smarter – but so will cyber attacks – Deloitte’s tech team tells West businesses

West firms have been given a unique glimpse of the top tech themes for this year – and the impact they are likely to have on business – at a special event staged by accountancy firm Deloitte. Ever-greater use of smartphones, digital navigation, machine learning and – on the downside – the growth in cyber crime were outlined...

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New Britvic contract win extends Wincanton’s partnership with soft drinks giant

April 2, 2017
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New Britvic contract win extends Wincanton’s partnership with soft drinks giant

Logistics group Wincanton has signed a contract to run the UK transport operation of Britvic, the leading branded soft drinks business. Under the five-year deal, which will extend the partnership between the two to 29 years, Chippenham-based Wincanton’s will manage more than100,000 deliveries a year for Britvic. It has also renew the contract for...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

April 1, 2017
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Monday 3 April Interim: Avacta Finals: Belvoir Lettings, Christie Group, Filta Group, Luceco Trading statement: Renew Holdings EGMs: Cyanconnode Holdings, IGas Energy Economics: Markit UK PMI manufacturing survey Tuesday 4 April Interims: Asos, Nanoco, Utilitywise Finals: Central Asia Metals, Flowtech Fluidpower, Hydrogen Group, Midatech Pharma, Next Fifteen Communications, Shield Therapeutics, Sprue Aegis, TP Group...

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