Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

March 3, 2019
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Monday March 4 Finals: Johnson Service Group, Synthomer, Keller, Rotork Economic announcement: Construction PMI (February) Tuesday March 5 Finals: Intertek, John Laing, Direct Line, BBA Aviation Interim: Ashtead Economic announcement: Services PMI (February) Wednesday March 6 Finals: Legal & General, Michael Page, Aggreko, Just East Thursday March 7 Finals: Cobham, Schroders, Aviva, Spirax-Sarco, Premier...

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New Women in Property chair vows to address diversity and help attract and retain female talent

February 28, 2019
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New Women in Property chair vows to address diversity and help attract and retain female talent

Women in Property, the group that creates opportunities and inspires change for women working in the property and construction industry, has appointed Ros Trotman as its new South West chair. Ros, pictured, is an expert in planning matters in the Bristol office of Swindon-headquartered regional law firm Thrings and has been on Women in...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

February 24, 2019
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Monday February 25 Finals: Hiscox, Bunzl, Reach, Hammerson Interim: Dechra Pharmaceuticals Trading update: Associated British Foods Tuesday February 26 Finals: Croda International, Derwent London, Meggitt, Standard Chartered, Travis Perkins, Persimmon, Drax, Fresnillo Wednesday February 27 Finals: Taylor Wimpey, St James’s Place, Weir Group, Provident Financial, Nichols, ITV, Rio Tinto Interim: Metro Bank Thursday February...

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Non-EU exports worth millions to South West firms at risk if no deal Brexit takes place, warns CBI

February 22, 2019
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Non-EU exports worth millions to South West firms at risk if no deal Brexit takes place, warns CBI

The CBI today issued another dire warning of the likely effects on the South West’s economy of leaving the EU without a deal – the potential loss of global export orders worth millions of pounds. The business organisation highlighted what it said would be the damaging implications of crashing out of the trade deals...

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EasyJet to launch 70th route from Bristol Airport with new Rhodes flights

February 22, 2019
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EasyJet to launch 70th route from Bristol Airport with new Rhodes flights

Low-cost airline easyJet is to introduce a second new route from Bristol Airport in as many months as it continues to bolster its position as the site’s largest operator. Flights to the Greek island of Rhodes will start on June 2, taking to 70 the number of destinations served by easyJet from Bristol. Last...

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New boss in driving seat to steer automotive training agency to further expansion

February 21, 2019
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New boss in driving seat to steer automotive training agency to further expansion

Automotive sector learning and development agency RTS Group has appointed Mark Smith as its new chief executive to drive further growth at the 30-year-old business.   Mark, pictured, joins the firm, based at Notton, near Chippenham, after a career that began in consumer magazines – including editing the official magazines for Arsenal and Liverpool...

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Timeline: Honda in Swindon

February 19, 2019
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Timeline: Honda in Swindon

1980: Honda enters into a venture with State-owned British Leyland (BL) to build cars in the UK, starting a year later with the Triumph Acclaim, body panels for which are made at BL’s plant in Stratton, Swindon. 1985: After negotiations staged in great secrecy, Honda acquires the disued 370-acre former Vickers airfield at South...

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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Industry expert view

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Industry expert view

Warwick Business School professor of strategic management Christian Stadler, an expert on the car manufacturing industry, said the announcement was a huge blow to the British automotive industry – and insisted that Brexit must have been a factor in Honda’s thinking. “The headline figure is currently 3,500 job losses, but thousands more workers across...

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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Full company statement

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Full company statement

Honda released the following statement this morning: “Honda has today announced it will restructure its global manufacturing network. This restructure comes as Honda accelerates its commitment to electrified cars, in response to the unprecedented changes in the global automotive industry. “The significant challenges of electrification will see Honda revise its global manufacturing operations and...

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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Union reaction

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Union reaction

The Unite union, which has members among Honda’s 3,500-strong workforce, described the closure as a “shattering body blow” to UK manufacturing – and laid the blame firmly on the government’s approach to Brexit. It also said it would fight to retain production at the plant.  National officer for the automotive sector Des Quinn said:...

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