Chancellor’s summer economic statement: Regional business reaction

July 8, 2020
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Chancellor’s summer economic statement: Regional business reaction

Measures to address the huge economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic announced this afternoon by Chancellor Rishi Sunak have been welcomed by Business West, the region’s largest business group. Matt Griffith, director of policy at Business West – which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative – described them as impressive but also added that...

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Chancellor’s summer economic statement: Key points . . .

July 8, 2020
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Chancellor’s summer economic statement: Key points . . .

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is making his economic statement in the Commons. He said the government would do “all we can” to help prevent job losses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The main points were:  Government will pay £1,000 to businesses for each furloughed employee they bring back and retain until January. Cut in...

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Promotion for Knight Frank’s South West head of property asset management

July 7, 2020
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Promotion for Knight Frank’s South West head of property asset management

Joanna Crofts, commercial property consultancy Knight Frank’s head of property asset management for South Wales and the South West, has been promoted from associate to partner. Joanna, pictured, joined Knight Frank as a graduate in 2004 and in 2014 joined the property asset management (PAM) team, which manages key industrial, office and retail buildings on...

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Waitrose home delivery contract gives Wincanton poll position in fast-growing market

July 7, 2020
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Waitrose home delivery contract gives Wincanton poll position in fast-growing market

Logistics company Wincanton has struck what it has called a ‘transformational’ deal with supermarket group Waitrose to create a customer fulfilment centre for its online grocery deliveries. In a first for the industry, Chippenham-headquartered Wincanton, which has worked with Waitrose for 20 years, will develop and operate the centre to handle 25,000 deliveries a...

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Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

July 7, 2020
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Gloom lifts slightly as survey shows marked bounce back in business confidence in South West

Business confidence has bounced back stronger in the South West than any other part of the UK, according to a new survey – but many firms remain gloomy and one in 10 expects to stay closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The monthly Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking had shown a huge...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 6, 2020
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Monday July 6 Economic announcements: Halifax house price index, PMI construction Tuesday July 7 Finals: Halfords, JD Sports, Palace Capital Interims: Micro Focus International, RM Trading announcements: Reach, Electrocomponents Economic announcement: Nationwide house price index Wednesday July 8 Finals: Liontrust Asset Management, U and I Group Thursday July 9 Final: Ilika plc, Superdry Interim: Petropavlovsk Q2 result: Page  Trading announcement: Persimmon Economic announcement: RICS housing...

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Business West initiative selected to help UK food and drink firms bounce back by selling overseas

July 2, 2020
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Business West initiative selected to help UK food and drink firms bounce back by selling overseas

A coronavirus business bounce-back campaign to encourage UK food and drink producers to break into overseas markets is being spearheaded by the South West’s largest business organisation. Hampers full of British artisan food and drink are being sent all over the world as part of the Business West-led campaign, which was chosen by government...

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Thrings continues recruitment drive with two senior appointments

July 2, 2020
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Thrings continues recruitment drive with two senior appointments

Swindon-headquartered law firm Thrings has appointed two senior associates - succession and tax expert Gavin Smith and commercial property specialist Natalie Day – to advise the firm’s fast-growing portfolio of land development and private wealth clients. Gavin, who joins Thrings’ Bath office, advises on all aspects of private client law, including succession and estate planning, tax,...

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Pack aimed at easing stress of care home registration launched by Royds Withy King

July 1, 2020
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Pack aimed at easing stress of care home registration launched by Royds Withy King

Regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, has teamed up with a company providing management toolkits for care providers to create a comprehensive care home registration pack. The pack, which will be free to download, includes all the necessary tools to successfully register a new CQC (Care Quality Commission) regulated...

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Plea for Swindon manufacturers to take part in survey to reveal impact of pandemic three months on

July 1, 2020
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Plea for Swindon manufacturers to take part in survey to reveal impact of pandemic three months on

With the grim toll of the coronavirus pandemic on manufacturing jobs becoming clearer, firms in the sector in Swindon are being urged to share how they are coping with the huge challenges by taking part in a key survey. The results of the last quarterly Manufacturing Barometer survey of England’s small and medium-sized manufacturers...

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