Royds Withy King dials up WhatsApp to help Covid-19 sufferers with their Wills

May 28, 2020
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Royds Withy King dials up WhatsApp to help Covid-19 sufferers with their Wills

Law firm Royds Withy King is helping seriously ill people with Covid-19 create or update a Will while remaining in strict isolation – via WhatsApp. The firm, which has an office in Swindon, has turned to the mobile video call platform to overcome the difficult – and unprecedented – legal issues around changing Wills...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 24, 2020
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Monday May 25 Bank holiday: Nothing listed Tuesday May 26 Nothing listed Wednesday May 27 Finals: Biffa, British Land, Hibernia REIT, Ramsdens Holdings Interim: Britvic Trading announcement: Provident Financial Thursday May 28 Final: Urban Exposure Interims: Daily Mail & General Trust, Jadestone Energy Trading announcement: IWG Friday May 29 Finals: Urban Logistics REIT, Volvere...

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£1.45m finance deal for Wiltshire medical firm to boost production of Covid-19 test swabs

May 19, 2020
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£1.45m finance deal for Wiltshire medical firm to boost production of Covid-19 test swabs

A Wiltshire medical products manufacturer behind a world-beating specialist swab has secured a £1.45m finance package from Barclays to help the NHS’s Covid-19 testing. Medical Wire & Equipment (MWE), based in Corsham, is expecting to recruit 30 more staff – taking its total workforce to 120 – as it increases production of its virus...

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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

May 18, 2020
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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is launching a series of expert webinars and virtual networking events to help small firms bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The webinars will address key practical issues and challenges facing firms as lockdown measures are eased while the online networking sessions will enable...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 17, 2020
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Monday May 18 Finals: Centamin, LXI REIT Tuesday May 19 Finals: Blackstone/GSO Loan Financing, DCC Interims: Avon Rubber, Greencore Group, Hardide, Imperial Brands, Renew Holdings, Shoe Zone, Topps Tiles, Tritax Eurobox, UDG Healthcare Q1 results: Georgia Healthcare Economic announcements: Unemployment rate, Claimant count rate Wednesday May 20 Finals: Bloomsbury Publishing, Experian, Great Portland, HICL...

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Swindon Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. How we are supporting the economy

May 15, 2020
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Swindon Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. How we are supporting the economy

The Bank of England’s role is to maintain UK monetary and financial stability by keeping inflation sustainably low and ensuring that the financial system can serve the people of the UK in bad times as well as good. To achieve these aims through the Covid-19 crisis we have put in place a package of...

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‘Strong fundamentals’ of industrial market will help it bounce back from Covid-19 crisis, says report

May 15, 2020
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‘Strong fundamentals’ of industrial market will help it bounce back from Covid-19 crisis, says report

Take-up in the West of England’s industrial property market will be hit by the Covid-19 pandemic but should bounce back quickly, according to a forecast by one of the region’s top property agencies. Colliers International says the fundamentals of the market remain strong – and even now deals are being done.  Take-up in Bristol...

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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

May 15, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most important for businesses. Many businesses have suffered a massive shock to income, and furloughing has offered an ability to keep outgoings to a minimum,...

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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

May 12, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to October will be a “huge relief” to firms in the West of England, according to the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative, said its research showed the scheme, launched by Mr Sunak, pictured, in...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 11, 2020
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Monday May 11 Finals: Amryt Pharma, Novacyt Interim: Diploma, RDI REIT Trading announcements: Centrica, Hiscox Tuesday May 12 Finals: Inspecs Group, Land Securities, Vodafone Interims: Numis Corp, Treatt Economic announcements: GDP (preliminary), Index of services, Industrial production, Balance of trade, Manufacturing production Wednesday May 13 Final: British Land Interims: Compass Group, Sage Group, Stock...

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