Survey shows region’s high-growth firms adapting to new normal to resume expansion

December 21, 2020
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Survey shows region’s high-growth firms adapting to new normal to resume expansion

More than two-thirds of high-growth firms in the South West plan to continue to expand next year after adapting for a post-Covid world, new research shows. According to the first survey to chart these businesses during the coronavirus pandemic it has created significant barriers to growth for 58% of South West firms, with operational...

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‘Perfect storm’ for manufacturers as survey shows Brexit uncertainty colliding with impact of Covid-19

December 18, 2020
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‘Perfect storm’ for manufacturers as survey shows Brexit uncertainty colliding with impact of Covid-19

Just 2% of the South West’s small to medium-sized manufacturers think Brexit will have a positive impact on their recovery, while more than half admit they still cannot predict how the transition out of the EU will affect their business. And with the UK-EU talks entering their final hours with no sign of a...

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Bristol Airport launches Covid-19 tests for passengers arriving on international flights

December 17, 2020
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Bristol Airport launches Covid-19 tests for passengers arriving on international flights

Passengers flying into Bristol Airport can now book to have a Covid-19 test five days after their arrival which could reduce the time they need to quarantine in the UK. The airport, which has been hit hard by a major drop in international travel caused by the pandemic, has teamed up with German firm...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

December 13, 2020
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Monday December 14 Trading announcement: SThree Tuesday December 15 Finals: Chemring, Driver Group, Shaftesbury Interims: Purplebricks, Ramsdens Holdings Trading announcement: IG Group Holdings Economic announcements: Unemployment rate, Claimant count rate Wednesday December 16 Final: Real Good Food Interims: Dixon Carphone, FRP Advisory Economic announcements: Producer price index, Consumer price index, Retail price index Thursday December 17 Finals: IntegraFin Holdings, SSP Group Interim: Watches of...

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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

December 13, 2020
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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

West of England Firms have slammed government financial support for businesses forced to close during the most recent lockdown as grossly inadequate. Some 54% of businesses that were shuttered during November – including restaurants, cafes and non-essential retailers – said the financial assistance covered less than a quarter of their overheads, a new survey...

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Wincanton cultivates eCommerce business with three-year garden centre group contract

December 10, 2020
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Wincanton cultivates eCommerce business with three-year garden centre group contract

Chippenham-based logistics group Wincanton’s focus on the eCommerce market has landed it another major contract with a multi-channel retailer – the UK’s largest garden centre operator Dobbies. The Scottish firm, which has 68 stores across the UK, is the latest in a stream of retailers to sign up with Wincanton since it adopted a...

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Honda pauses production at Swindon car plant as parts deliveries are hit by UK port delays

December 9, 2020
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Honda pauses production at Swindon car plant as parts deliveries are hit by UK port delays

Production at car giant Honda’s Swindon plant is being paused because of a shortage of parts, the firm announced today. The plant, which will close permanently next year with the loss of all 3,500 jobs, was being hit by “transport-related parts delay”, Honda said.  A number of UK ports are struggling to cope with...

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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

December 8, 2020
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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

A third of South West firms still do not know if they will be impacted by Brexit with less than four weeks to go to the end of the UK-EU transition period, according to a new survey. At the same time 46% are worried that Brexit could have a bigger impact on them than...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 29, 2020
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Monday November 30 Finals: Barloworld, Tharisa, Zambeef Products Interims: Civitas Social Housing, Discoverie Group, Draper Esprit, Foxtons, Omega Diagnostics group, St James House, Victoria Tuesday December 1 Finals: Gooch & Housego, Hyve Group Interims: Bilby, Ince Group, Iomart, Mercia Asset Management, Sosandar, Tekmar Group Economic announcement: PMI manufacturing Wednesday December 2 Finals: Avon Rubber, Ixico, Residential Secure Income, Stock Spirits...

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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

November 26, 2020
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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

The award-winning Trading Through Brexit service run by Business West has been relaunched to help companies make crucial last-minute adjustments to the way they operate ahead of the end of the UK-EU transition period. Regardless of whether or not a deal is reached between UK and EU negotiators ahead of deadline on December 31,...

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