New Business West directory offers support and opportunities for firms as Covid and Brexit hit home

October 8, 2020
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New Business West directory offers support and opportunities for firms as Covid and Brexit hit home

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has launched a directory service to help signpost firms to vital advice, opportunities and support services. Back to Business is an evolution of Business West’s highly successful Trading Through Coronavirus platform, which has been visited by more than 100,000 businesses across the South West.  It has been launched...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

October 5, 2020
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Monday October 5 Finals: Mulberry Group, Quadrise Fuels International Economic announcements: PMI services Tuesday October 6 Finals: Smartspace Software, YouGov Interims: Harworth Group, Inspiration Healthcare Economic announcements: Retail sales, PMI construction Wednesday October 7 Interim: Tesco Trading announcements: Phosagro, Sirius Real Estate Economic announcement: Halifax house price index Thursday October 8 Final: Volution Group Interim: Phoenix Global Resources Trading announcements: CMC Markets, Electrocomponents, Motorpoint, Unite...

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More growth for Thrings’ private client team with two new appointments

October 4, 2020
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More growth for Thrings’ private client team with two new appointments

Swindon-headquartered regional law firm Thrings has added further strength and depth to its private client offering with the appointment of two experienced legal specialists. Senior associate Karen Perugini, pictured, right, and solicitor Harriet Burt, left, will work within the firm’s growing succession and tax team.  Karen has 18 years’ experience working as a private client solicitor, most...

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Chance for Bath’s tech-for-good companies to take their offering onto the global stage

October 4, 2020
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Chance for Bath’s tech-for-good companies to take their offering onto the global stage

Tech businesses from Swindon are being invited to apply to join Tech 4 Good South West, a new initiative designed to stimulate international growth and expansion into the US, India and Singapore. The free programme will launch next month and applicants are invited to submit a pitch by next Wednesday, October 7.  With the Global Innovation...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

September 27, 2020
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Monday September 28 Finals: Ceres Power, Morses Club Interims: Avacta, Chesnara, Instem, Reach Tuesday September 29 Finals: Blancco Technology Group, Ferguson, Gateley Holdings, Hotel Chocolat, SCS Group Interims: ADM Energy, Alfa Financial Software, Animalcare Group, Card Factory, Escape Hunt, Fireangel Safety Technology Group, Invinity Energy Systems, Menzies, Mereo Biopharma, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Osirium Technologies, Trans-Siberian Gold, Xlmedia Trading...

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Top lawyer warns that court backlog is hampering landlords despite ban on evictions being lifted

September 27, 2020
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Top lawyer warns that court backlog is hampering landlords despite ban on evictions being lifted

Widespread evictions are unlikely to follow the lifting of Covid-related landlord restrictions, partly due a backlog of cases, a top property lawyer is claiming. Jacqui Walton, pictured, a senior paralegal in the residential property team at regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, said landlords were bound by strict rules designed...

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PwC maintains commitment to recruit young talent to its West office as it looks beyond Covid

September 27, 2020
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PwC maintains commitment to recruit young talent to its West office as it looks beyond Covid

Global accountancy group PwC has taken on 44 new graduate and school leaver recruits in the West of England as it continues to grow its presence across the region. The new joiners will be based in PwC’s regional  office, although owing to the ongoing pandemic they will be onboarded virtually.  The office in Bristol is...

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Success on a plate for food and drink firms as global markets link-up goes virtual

September 27, 2020
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Success on a plate for food and drink firms as global markets link-up goes virtual

Food and drink producers from Swindon and its surroundings had the opportunity to meet commercial trade officers working across the world this week at the first-ever virtual Meet the Market Expert event. Some 80 businesses booked meetings with more than 50 global trade officers representing 40-plus countries. In total more than 450 meetings took place,...

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan: National business reaction

September 24, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan: National business reaction

Measures in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan have been welcomed as “bold steps” and “a shot in the arm” for industry by the UK’s leading business groups. The CBI said it would save hundreds of thousands of viable jobs while the British Chambers of Commerce said it would help many companies hold on...

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Business West response

September 24, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Business West response

The Winter Economic Plan announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak today may help stave off mass unemployment, but it failed to target support to those sectors that need it most, according to the West of England’s largest business organisation. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, along with other business groups, had urged...

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