Trio of appointments puts Optimum Professional Services on course for further growth

January 4, 2018
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Trio of appointments puts Optimum Professional Services on course for further growth

Optimum Professional Services, the Swindon-based group formed through the merger last September of accountancy practice Regulatory Accounting and law firm Hoffman Briggs, has continued to expand with three new appointments.   Accountant Michael Blaken has joined Optimum’s accountancy division, supporting the team with its fast-growing client base. Mandy Gibson has also come on board...

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Santa sleigh-pull goes the extra mile to boost Beard’s 125th anniversary charity drive

January 4, 2018
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Santa sleigh-pull goes the extra mile to boost Beard’s 125th anniversary charity drive

Staff from Swindon-based construction firm Beard took to the town’s streets just before Christmas to top off their efforts to pull in £15,000 for local charities in its 125th year of business.    ​A variety of events took place across Beard’s four offices throughout last year to raise £125,000 for good causes – but...

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RTS takes on experienced industry trainer as auto sector heads towards new challenges

January 4, 2018
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RTS takes on experienced industry trainer as auto sector heads towards new challenges

Experienced automotive industry trainer Ashley Wiltshire has joined sector-focused learning and development agency RTS Group as an account director. Ashley, pictured, is well-respected in the sector and brings with him extensive knowledge gained from working in dealerships, manufacturers and vehicle finance. He has also run his own successful training company.  At RTS, which is...

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New South West and Wales regional chairman appointed by British Council for Offices

January 3, 2018
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New South West and Wales regional chairman appointed by British Council for Offices

The British Council for Offices (BCO) has appointed Andrew Heath as chairman of its South West and Wales region. Andrew, pictured, is head of office agency at national property agents Cushman & Wakefield’s Bristol office. He has taken over from former chair of five years Mark Alker Stone, who heads Bristol-headquartered architects AWW’s office...

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Solar farm disposals for Good Energy as it powers up for new growth strategy

January 3, 2018
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Solar farm disposals for Good Energy as it powers up for new growth strategy

Renewable power firm Good Energy has completed the sale of two solar farms as it continues to switch from developing production sites to new opportunities. The Chippenham-headquartered firm, which supplies 100% renewable electricity and green gas to homes and businesses across the UK, recently made its first move into the fast-growing battery storage market...

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Chinese New Year banquet offers cracking opportunities for Swindon firms to establish links with China

January 2, 2018
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Chinese New Year banquet offers cracking opportunities for Swindon firms to establish links with China

Swindon firms considering doing business in China this year – or those already trading there – are being urged to take part in the region’s largest Chinese New Year reception and banquet. Organised by the Bristol & West of England China Bureau, the event brings together business leaders, key figures from the Chinese business...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 1, 2018
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Monday January 1 Bank holiday Tuesday January 2 Trading update: Playtech Economic announcement: Manufacturing PMI (December) Wednesday January 3 Trading update: Next Economic announcement: Construction PMI (December) Thursday January 4 Economic announcement: Services PMI (December) Friday January 5 Trading update: Sports Direct, Clarkson      

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Alliance Pharma shares hit new high after latest acquisition gets green light

December 29, 2017
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Alliance Pharma shares hit new high after latest acquisition gets green light

Specialty pharmaceutical firm Alliance Pharma has completed the acquisition of pesticide-free head lice treatment Vamousse, sending its shares to their highest-ever level.   The Chippenham-based firm, which buys underperforming drugs brands and realises their potential through investment, said the deal – announced on December 4 – had been approved by shareholders in Vamousse’s parent...

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Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative review of 2017: Enough good news to help ease the Brexit hangover

December 22, 2017
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Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative review of 2017: Enough good news to help ease the Brexit hangover

Ian Larrard, director of the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, Business West, looks back at the highs and lows of 2017 for the area.   After a dramatic 2016, many of us were perhaps expecting 2017 to be something like the morning after the night before, and for businesses facing up to the realities of...

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Chippenham office space on offer following extensive refurbishment

December 21, 2017
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Chippenham office space on offer following extensive refurbishment

High-quality office space has come onto the market in Chippenham following an extensive refurbishment of Bewley House.   The 21,485 sq ft town centre building, pictured – the former headquarters of North Wiltshire District Council – was acquired by Bath-based commercial property developer HPH in 2000 and has since become a popular location for...

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