Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

January 17, 2021
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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has broken with its traditional method of recruiting for its board to take on three new non-executive directors. The £10m turnover group, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said the move was designed to access a wider talent pool that represented the full range of the...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 10, 2021
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Monday January 11 Trading announcements: Abcam, Signature Aviation Group AGM: Honye Financial Services Tuesday January 12 Interims: Accrol Group Holdings, Games Workshop Group, Gateley (Holdings) Trading announcements: Ferrexpo, JD Sports Fashion, Nichols, Rathbone Bros, THG Plc, Vistry Group, XP Power AGMs: Carr’s Group, Myanmar Inv International Wednesday January 13 Final: Shoe Zone Interim: Kromek Group Q4 result: PageGroup Trading announcements: Just Eat, Persimmon,...

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Export Academy set up to give Swindon firms help selling to overseas markets

January 8, 2021
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Export Academy set up to give Swindon firms help selling to overseas markets

Swindon’s small businesses can access help and advice to grow internationally through a new, free, post-Brexit programme. The Export Academy involves overseas trade experts from the Department for International Trade (DIT) hosting a series of online workshops and events offering advice and support directly to business owners.  The programme has been designed for businesses...

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Former World Bank lead economist to become next chair of alternative regional lender SWIG Finance

January 6, 2021
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Malachy McReynolds, the chair of regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance, is to step down in March after five years in the role. He will be replaced by Christine Allison, a former lead economist for the World Bank, who has been a non-executive director of SWIG Finance for the past three-and-a-half years. During that...

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New ‘body blow’ for Swindon businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

January 5, 2021
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New ‘body blow’ for Swindon businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

The latest lockdown will be another “body blow” to Swindon firms, coming after the uncertainty caused by Brexit and lost trade in the run-up to Christmas, the region’s biggest business group warned today. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said firms that had survived so far with Covid-related support from the...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 4, 2021
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Monday January 4 Economic announcements: PMI manufacturing, M4 money supply  Tuesday January 5 Trading announcements: Morrison (WM) Supermarkets, Next AGM: Edenville Energy Wednesday January 6 Trading announcement: Greggs Economic announcements: BRC shop price index, PMI services Thursday January 7 AGMs: Cambria Automobiles, Global Petroleum, Ormonde Mining Economic announcement: PMI construction Friday January 8 Final: Intermediate Capital Group Trading announcement: Barratt Developments  

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Pair of new non-exec directors strengthens pharma group Vectura’s board

January 4, 2021
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Pair of new non-exec directors strengthens pharma group Vectura’s board

Chippenham-based specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura has boosted its board with the appointment of two new independent non-executive directors. Jeanne Hecht and Jeanne Thoma took up their roles at the firm, which develops inhalable dry-powder drugs that treat lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, on December 31.  Jeanne Hecht was most recently CEO...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

December 28, 2020
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Monday December 28 Bank holiday: Nothing listed Tuesday December 29 Final: The Fulham Shore AGMs: Altitude Group, China Nonferrous Gold, Grit Real Estate Income Group, Skinbiotherapeutics EGMs: Ethernity Networks, Flutter Entertainment Wednesday December 30 AGMs: Corcel, Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas, Eenergy Group, Nu-Oil & Gas, Plexus Holdings, Quiz, Secure Property Development & Investment, Simigon Economic announcement: Nationwide house price index...

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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

December 23, 2020
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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and has introduced three new steps to help it – and firms across the South West – reach the ambitious target. The organisation, which runs the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative and represents 23,000 businesses across the region,...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

December 21, 2020
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Monday December 21 AGMs: Dotdigital Group, Parkmead Group EGM: IWG Tuesday December 22 AGMs: Alternative Liquidity Fund, Jupiter US Smaller Companies, Mineral & Financial Investments, Mosman Oil and  Gas, Revolution Bars Economic announcements: Public sector net borrowing, Gross domestic product Wednesday December 23 AGMs: Avation, Conroy Gold and Natural Resources, easyJet, Fiske, Karelian Diamond Resources, Kin and Carta, Riverfort...

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