GWE protests possible rail project cancellation

August 21, 2008
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Protests over the possible cancellation of a £38m railway improvement scheme have come from a leading business organisation. GWE Business West has spoken out over the proposed dropping of a scheme which would double the rail line from Swindon to Kemble in Gloucestershire. The project would have provided an alternative commuter corridor and eased...

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Eagle Land unveils plans for Swindon development

August 20, 2008
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Plans to create a new 35,000sq ft trade park in Swindon have been unveiled. Bristol-based Eagle Land last week applied for planning permission to build 13 trade and industrial units on a derelict two acre site at the busy Cheney Manor Industrial Estate. The units would be housed in three separate blocks. Contractors from Conlon...

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Swindon signs £200m regeneration deal

August 19, 2008
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The regeneration of Swindon town centre has taken a step forward with the signing of a Development Agreement which will bring more than £200m pounds of private and public sector investment into the town centre, and deliver one of the largest regeneration projects in the South West. Modus Properties has committed to deliver Regent...

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Withy King merges with Oxford law firm

August 18, 2008
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One of Swindon’s leading firms of solicitors has merged with one of Oxford’s most established legal practices. The merger sees Withy King, which has offices in Swindon, Bath, London, Marlborough and Trowbridge, come together with Marshall & Galpin, which has offices in Oxford, Abingdon and Thame. Both firms are well established and recognised for...

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South West charities suffer a from economic downturn and the London Olympics

August 17, 2008
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Individuals and companies are cutting charitable giving, while Lottery funds are being diverted from “good causes” to fund the London Olympics. Charities in the South West face a “double-whammy” impact to their sources of income from the combined effect of economic downturn and the diversion of Lottery money from “good causes” to funding for...

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opportunity for local firms

August 16, 2008
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With the Beijing Olympics having just finished, Business Link has launched an information campaign urging Wiltshire-based firms to look at opportunities presented by the 2012 London Games. The 2012 Olympics will be one of the UK’s biggest commercial opportunities of recent times with contracts worth more than £6bn covering 75,000 projects. Business Link is...

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Semaphore puts on a show for Swindon College student

August 15, 2008
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One lucky arts student from Swindon College School of Art has opened his first professional exhibition of his career at the Marlborough offices of Semaphore, the region’s leading advertising, branding and design agency. Chris Rowland, a student of contemporary illustration, was told he had won the chance to exhibit his work at the Semaphore offices after his...

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Swindon’s hoteliers continue told hold their own

August 14, 2008
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Swindon hoteliers had another steady month in June reporting increases in average room rate and rooms yield according to the latest set of figures from PKF Hotel Consultancy Services. Room rate was the main driver, rising from £60.60 to £63.61 – an increase of 5.0 per cent between 2007 and 2008. Occupancy dipped by 1.2 per...

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Government stealth tax costs council thousands

August 10, 2008
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A government stealth tax on empty shops, offices and warehouses has been a major factor in causing Swindon Council to demolish buildings. The tax is seeing hundreds of thousands of pounds charged to the council in “empty rates”, while local businesses with empty property are also being hit hard. From April this year business...

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Work starts to transform historic locomotive works

August 8, 2008
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Work to transform the former locomotive works of The Great Western Railway in Swindon has now started. Called Smith’s Quarter, work on the exciting mixed-use development follows a multi-million pound deal to regenerate eight acres of land into a thriving, vibrant community. King Sturge, acting for Carillion, sold the land to Thomas Homes which...

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