Bristol Airport says it will be UK’s first net zero airport – but Greens dismiss claim as ‘utter nonsense’

June 28, 2021
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Bristol Airport says it will be UK’s first net zero airport – but Greens dismiss claim as ‘utter nonsense’

Bristol Airport has said it will become carbon neutral later this year by hitting targets it originally expected to reach in 2025 – setting it up to gain the title of the UK’s first net zero airport by 2030. Bosses said three key commitments to be a net zero airfield, with net zero buildings...

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Skill shortages threatening to jeopardise ‘remarkable turnaround’, Business West survey shows

June 28, 2021
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Skill shortages threatening to jeopardise ‘remarkable turnaround’, Business West survey shows

West of England business’s confidence in the economy has bounced back for the first time in four years, according to a new survey, but there are growing fears that the recovery will be choked off by a lack of skilled workers. The latest quarterly economic survey conducted by Business West, the region’s largest business...

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Contract extensions with Ikea put Wincanton on road to more growth in eFulfilment market

June 24, 2021
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Contract extensions with Ikea put Wincanton on road to more growth in eFulfilment market

Swedish flat-pack furniture retailer Ikea has extended its contract with Chippenham-based logistics group Wincanton to operate two of its UK customer distribution centres. Wincanton, Britain’s largest third-party logistics business, will now run the centres in Medway, Kent and Harlow, Essex, for a further five and two years respectively.  The centres serve Ikea customers across Greater...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

June 20, 2021
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Monday June 21 Finals: Brandshield Systems, SYS Group Tuesday June  22 Finals: Gear4Music, Novacyt, Smith (DS),  Staffline Group, Trackwise Designs, Trifast Economic announcement: Public sector net borrowing Wednesday June 23 Finals: Berkeley Group, Liontrust Asset Management, Manolete Partners Trading announcement: Joules Group Thursday June 24 Finals: Alpha Financial Markets Consulting, First Property Group, Latham (James), SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust,...

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Business West warns importers of looming deadline for declaration on goods from EU countries

June 20, 2021
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Business West warns importers of looming deadline for declaration on goods from EU countries

Swindon firms that have imported goods from countries in the EU this year are being urged to complete their full declarations or face a possible fine or prosecution as the final deadline approaches. Regional business group Business West, which is authorised by HMRC to process supplementary customs declarations, said companies needed to submit their...

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EasyJet to introduce new routes from Bristol Airport as trend for staycations takes off

June 20, 2021
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EasyJet to introduce new routes from Bristol Airport as trend for staycations takes off

Low-cost airline easyJet is to launch two new domestic flights from Bristol Airport next month as more holidaymakers opt for staycations this summer to avoid quarantining when they return home. The airline,  the airport’s largest operator, is to begin flights to Aberdeen on July 9 and Jersey the following day.  Both will put it...

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Key appointment for Sanderson Weatherall as it opens development consultancy in region

June 17, 2021
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Key appointment for Sanderson Weatherall as it opens development consultancy in region

National chartered surveying and property consultancy firm Sanderson Weatherall has broadened its offering in the South West with the appointment of development consultancy expert Alastair McLeod. Alastair has brought with him more than 13 years’ experience having worked as a senior associate director in BNP Paribas’ development teams in Southampton and Bristol before working...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

June 14, 2021
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Monday June 14 Finals: Active Energy Group, Augmentum Fintech, Draper Esprit, Nostra Terra Oil & Gas Company, Scirocco Energy, Tanfield Group Interim: Crest Nicholson Trading announcements: Alphawave IP Group, Esken, NMCN, Saga, Sthree, Synectics, ZCCM Investments Holdings Tuesday June  15 Finals: Anemoi International, CML Microsystems, Iomart Group, Tatton Asset Management, Thalassa Holdings, TP Group, Vianet Group Interims: On The...

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South West shrugs off impact of Covid-19 to attract more overseas investment

June 14, 2021
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South West shrugs off impact of Covid-19 to attract more overseas investment

Investment by foreign businesses into the South West rose last year despite the pandemic in contrast to a fall for the UK as a whole. According to a new report by accountancy group EY, the South West achieved a 6.7% increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in 2020 – up by two to...

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Plea to PM ahead of G7 Summit to pave way for more sustainable business amid global climate crisis

June 8, 2021
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Plea to PM ahead of G7 Summit to pave way for more sustainable business amid global climate crisis

The region’s largest business group has urged the Prime Minister to help create a more sustainable future for business at this weekend’s G7 summit in Cornwall. The British Chambers of Commerce South West (BCCSW) – which includes Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative parent group Business West – has written to Boris Johnson ahead of the global gathering...

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