Budget 2017: Regional business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Regional business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s support for the tech sector – a vital part of Swindon’s economy – in the Budget have been welcomed by regional business figures. Institute of Directors South West chair Nick Sturge, pictured, said: “We need to build on the strong network of clusters that are already working well in the regions, accelerating growing businesses by...

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Budget 2017: Business West – ‘Chancellor keeps tiller steady as economy sails into headwinds’

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Business West – ‘Chancellor keeps tiller steady as economy sails into headwinds’

Philip Hammond was a “cautious Chancellor doing his best in a tight spot” in the Budget, according to Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the region’s largest business organisation which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. He described Mr Hammond as playing a “weak hand with reasonable competence”, providing enough for his...

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Budget 2017: National business reaction. Some help in challenging times

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: National business reaction. Some help in challenging times

CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn described it as a Budget that balanced support for people on squeezed incomes with vital action to help grow the UK out of austerity. But delivery will be everything. “Against a sombre economic backdrop, the Chancellor gripped the steering wheel on the UK economy. Action on business rates, R&D tax...

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Budget 2017: Swindon business reaction. Our tech and auto sectors could benefit in the long run

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Swindon business reaction. Our tech and auto sectors could benefit in the long run

Swindon businesses could be forgiven for feeling a little left out of the Budget as investment was steered more towards big cities and other regions, according Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative director Ian Larrard. But the town should benefit in the longer term from measures to improve education, skills and the digital economy, he said....

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Budget 2017: Key points

November 22, 2017
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Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented the 2017 Budget. Here are the main points: Economy is ready for challenges that lie ahead Growth forecast is now 1.5% this year, 1.4% next year and 1.3% in 2019/20 against 2% this year, 1.6% next year and 1.7% in 2019. Inflation peaking at 3% in this quarter before...

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Rebrand for Monahans to highlight benefits of its membership of MHA network

November 20, 2017
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Rebrand for Monahans to highlight benefits of its membership of MHA network

Regional chartered accountancy firm Monahans has rebranded as MHA Monahans to underscore the strengths of being part of the national invitation-only MHA network. Monahans, which has eight offices across the West of England including in Swindon, has been the region’s representative for MHA since 2012, enabling it to offer their clients enhanced specialist expertise...

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Chancellor urged by Business West to be brave in the Budget and favour growth over giveaways

November 20, 2017
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Chancellor urged by Business West to be brave in the Budget and favour growth over giveaways

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, today called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to “be brave, but invest in the long term” in Wednesday’s Budget. The group, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said businesses’ patience was wearing thin with a government that was failing to set the foundations of a post-Brexit economy. ...

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South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2018 launched with call to action for Swindon’s ethical firms

November 20, 2017
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South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2018 launched with call to action for Swindon’s ethical firms

Swindon’s ethical organisations – large and small – are being invited to enter the annual South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise the contribution that businesses, organisations and institutes in the region make in support of Fairtrade by buying certified Fairtrade products for the workplace and raising awareness...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 19, 2017
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Monday November 20 Final: Diploma Interim: MITIE Trading update: William Hill Tuesday November 21 Finals: Compass, easyJet, Mitchells & Butlers Interims: Compass, A O World, DeLaRue, Severfield, Telecom Plus, Babcock, Hewlett-Packard Trading updates: Kingfisher, Aggreko, Intertek Wednesday November 22 Finals: Thomas Cook, Sage Interims: United Utilities Economic announcement: Budget Thursday November 23 Interims: Severn...

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Experienced construction industry manager takes up reins at David Wilson Homes South West

November 17, 2017
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Experienced construction industry manager takes up reins at David Wilson Homes South West

The South West division of housebuilder David Wilson Homes has appointed Ian Menham as managing director. Ian, pictured, joins the firm – a division of Barratt Developments, the UK’s largest housebuilder – after more than two years as managing director at from sister business Barratt Homes Southern Counties, based in Guildford.  Ian has spent...

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