Award shortlisting for Swindon consultant working with ‘harder-to-reach’ jobseekers

May 23, 2018
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Award shortlisting for Swindon consultant working with ‘harder-to-reach’ jobseekers

Swindon employment expert Katherine Ashton is in the running for a prestigious national award.   Katherine, pictured, who works as a personal consultant for Working Links, the national organisation providing tailored services to help people maximise their potential, has been shortlisted for the Adviser of the Year award at this year’s ERSA Employability Awards....

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Rural business and landed estates expert promoted to partner at MHA Monahans

May 23, 2018
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Rural business and landed estates expert promoted to partner at MHA Monahans

Regional accountancy firm MHA Monahans has promoted Andrew Perrott to partner specialising in rural businesses and landed estates. Andrew joined the firm’s Swindon office in 2000 as a trainee accountant after a brief spell working at household appliance firm Dyson. Since then he has worked in general practice and audit at MHA Monahans before...

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New direction for Excalibur Communications following management buy-out

May 22, 2018
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New direction for Excalibur Communications following management buy-out

Swindon-based telecoms and IT group Excalibur Communications – one of the town’s fastest-growing companies for many years – has been acquired by its management.  The management buy-out (MBO) team, led by CEO Peter Boucher and supported with funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial, will take a majority stake in the firm.    Former owner...

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Swindon-based Network Rail boss lines up against rivals in South West Director of the Year Awards

May 22, 2018
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Swindon-based Network Rail boss lines up against rivals in South West Director of the Year Awards

The managing director of Swindon-based Network Rail’s Western route is flying the flag for the town in one of the region’s top award schemes for boardroom excellence.  Mark Langman, who has overseen a multi-billion pound upgrade and led the drive to increase safety and reliability of the infrastructure across Network Rail’s West region, is...

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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

May 22, 2018
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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

The managing director of the West of England’s largest business group this week joined more than 50 other chamber of commerce leaders to urge the Prime Minister to take radical action and ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the UK economy. Phil Smith from Business West – the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative –...

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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

May 20, 2018
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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

Lloyds Bank has launched a £100m fund to help small businesses take advantage of supply chain opportunities linked to the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The fund, which opened on Friday, will help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK access discounted lending and become involved in one of UK’s...

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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Swindon next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

May 20, 2018
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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Swindon next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

Swindon businesses are to be helped prepare for the challenges and opportunities that Brexit will bring when an Export for Growth roadshow arrives in the town next month. The day-long Trade Horizons event is one of four being staged across the South West by Business West – the region’s largest business advice group, which...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 20, 2018
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Monday May 21 Nothing listed Tuesday May 22 Finals: Big Yellow, Cranswick, Homeserve, Halfords, Pets at Home Interims: Shaftesbury, Topps Tiles, Hewlett Packard Trading updates: Close Bros, Galliford Try Wednesday May 23 Finals: Severn Trent, Marks & Spencer, Vedanta Resources, Dairy Crest Interims: Britvic, Target Trading updates: Bovis Homes, Hilton Group Economic announcement: CPI...

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Specialist recruiter drives up standards with fifth transport industry accreditation

May 18, 2018
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Specialist recruiter drives up standards with fifth transport industry accreditation

Independent recruitment agency 24-7 Staffing has gained an accreditation for excellence for the fifth consecutive year.   The Chippenham-based firm has held the Driver Agency Excellence (DAE) since the voluntary scheme was set up by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) five years ago to recognise, encourage and promote good practice within the sector.  To...

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New partners and legal director strengthen Thrings’ leadership team

May 16, 2018
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New partners and legal director strengthen Thrings’ leadership team

Thrings, the Swindon-headquartered regional law firm, has appointed three new partners and a legal director as part of its annual round of promotions.   Natalia Sokolov, Robert Barnes and Alice Altounyan increase the size of Thrings’ partnership to 62, while Rebecca Balmforth becomes the firm’s fifth legal director.   Natalia, who works in the...

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