Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 19, 2018
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Monday August 20 Interims: NMC Health, TBC Bank Tuesday August 21 Final: BHP Billiton Interims: John Wood Group, Persimmon, Charter Court Financial Services, Energean Oil & Gas Wednesday August 22 Interims: Grafton Group, Polymetal, HP Thursday August 23 Interims: Premier Oil, OneSavings Bank, John Laing Group, Playtech, CRH, Phoenix Group, Gap, Dollar Tree, Broadcom...

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More time to get happy as deadline extended for awards that showcase region’s enlightened workplaces

August 16, 2018
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More time to get happy as deadline extended for awards that showcase region’s enlightened workplaces

Forward-thinking Swindon firms that put their staff’s wellbeing front and centre now have more time to enter the South West’s only awards that champion workplace happiness. The deadline for the competition, now in its fourth year, has been extended into next month due to an unprecedented number of entrants.  The South West Happiest Workplace...

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Record fall in EU workers in UK making skills shortages worse, warns Business West

August 14, 2018
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Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, today warned that the record fall in EU nationals working in the UK was hitting British companies.   Some 86,000 fewer people from European Union countries are now employed by UK firms compared to the same period last year, according to the figures from the Office for...

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French connection could generate cross-Channel nuclear sector boost for Swindon firms

August 13, 2018
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French connection could generate cross-Channel nuclear sector boost for Swindon firms

Swindon firms operating in the nuclear sector could benefit from an agreement between industry organisations in South West England and Normandy in France which aims to create jobs, unlock opportunities and attract new investment to both regions. The memorandum of understanding between Nuclear South West and Nucleopolis potentially connects companies with £50bn worth of...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 12, 2018
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Monday August 13 Interims: Clarkson Tuesday August 14 Interims: Antofagasta, John Menzies, esure Economic announcement: Employment data (claimant count, unemployment rate, average earnings) Wednesday August 15 Interims: Admiral, Balfour Beatty, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Cisco Economic announcement: CPI (July) Thursday August 16 Final: Rank Group Interims: Kaz Minerals, Allied Minds, Walmart-Nvidia Trading update: Kingfisher Economic announcement:...

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Manufacturing growth ‘on hold’ in South West as firms stay wary of Brexit impact, says survey

August 8, 2018
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Manufacturing growth ‘on hold’ in South West as firms stay wary of Brexit impact, says survey

Concerns over Brexit are choking off South West SME manufacturers’ export growth as they focus on stabilising their current position, according to a new survey. Fears over the impact of the UK leaving the EU on the sector are combining with an anticipated overall slowdown in sales growth and a struggle to recruit more...

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Thrings advises on Yorkshire head office move by fleet management client

August 6, 2018
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Thrings advises on Yorkshire head office move by fleet management client

Swindon-headquartered regional firm Thrings has helped a division of long-standing client Redde Group acquire a Grade A office building and adjoining land as part of its fast-paced expansion. FMG, the UK’s leading independent provider of fleet incident management and specialist vehicle recovery services, is moving into the 43,000 sq ft headquarters in Huddersfield.  FMG...

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Interest rate rise divides business groups – with IoD calling it ‘ill-judged’ but CBI defending Bank

August 6, 2018
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Interest rate rise divides business groups – with IoD calling it ‘ill-judged’ but CBI defending Bank

Business groups are divided over the need for last week’s 0.25% increase in interest rates by the Bank of England. The move, which took the base rate from 0.5% to 0.75%, is only the only the second time the Bank has hiked the cost of borrowing since the economy crashed 10 years ago.  Most...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 4, 2018
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Monday August 6 Interims: HSBC, Synthomer, UniCredit Trading Updates: easyJet, Wizz Air Tuesday August 7 Final: Hargreaves Lansdown Interims: InterContinental Hotels, Domino’s Pizza, Intertek, Meggitt, Rotork, ICAP, Genel Energy, Avis Budget, Walt Disney, Snap, Hertz Global Trading Update: Pets at Home Wednesday August 8 Interims: Glencore, Prudential, Interserve, Page Group, Stock Spirits, Liberty Global,...

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Breaking: Bank of England increases interest rates by 0.25% to 0.75%

August 2, 2018
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Breaking: Bank of England increases interest rates by 0.25% to 0.75%

Interest rates have been increased from 0.5% to 0.75% by the Bank of England – taking them to their highest level for nearly a decade. It is only the only the second time the Bank has hiked the cost of borrowing since the economy crashed 10 years ago. Most economic commentators were expecting the...

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