Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

July 21, 2017
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Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

Swindon’s forward-looking employers now have more time to enter a top awards scheme that champions the happiest workplaces in the West following a decision by organisers to extend the deadline for entries. Staged by Bristol-based and interior design consultancy Wylde IA, the Happiest Workplace competition recognises firms that go the extra mile to ensure...

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Govt support for South West exporters help them lift overseas sales

July 21, 2017
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Govt support for South West exporters help them lift overseas sales

Exporting firms based in the South West received support worth £3.2m from the government’s export credit agency UK Export Finance (UKEF) over the past year – helping them achieve overseas sales of more than £41m. The figures emerge from UKEF’s latest annual report. The agency works alongside the Department for International Trade (DIT) to...

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To the manor re-born. Hartham Park unveils new-look interior to transform its serviced workspace

July 21, 2017
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To the manor re-born. Hartham Park unveils new-look interior to transform its serviced workspace

Wiltshire manor house-turned-business centre Hartham Park has been given a new look as it expands its offering to embrace more flexible ways of working. The Georgian building, pictured below, set in 50 acres of parkland near Corsham, called in workplace designers Wylde IA to refurbish its restaurant, formerly called Jack’s, replacing it with a...

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Legal eagles set to soar as Glos & Wilts Law Society awards make a comeback

July 20, 2017
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Legal eagles set to soar as Glos & Wilts Law Society awards make a comeback

The cream of Swindon and Wiltshire’s law firms and their staff are to be recognised in a re-launched awards scheme.   The Gloucestershire & Wiltshire incorporated Law Society (GWILS) – the voice of solicitors, trainees, paralegals, legal secretaries and legal executives in the two counties – has brought back its Legal Excellence Awards.  ...

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Recruitment firm set for fresh growth phase after taking on new managers and non-exec chairman

July 20, 2017
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Recruitment firm set for fresh growth phase after taking on new managers and non-exec chairman

Expanding independent recruitment company 24-7 Staffing is looking to add two further branches to its office network by 2020 after the successful launch of its third base earlier this year. The firm, which increased revenue by 25% last year and is on target for similar growth this year, opened in Bristol in May to...

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Self-service baggage check-in trialled at Bristol Airport as holiday season takes off

July 20, 2017
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Self-service baggage check-in trialled at Bristol Airport as holiday season takes off

Bristol Airport is trialling self-service bag drop technology aimed at cutting passenger queues as it prepares for its busiest weekends of the year. The bag drop pilot is being piloted for passengers flying with easyJet – the airport’s largest operator serving 64 destinations. The scheme – already being used at other airports – is...

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Swedish group snaps up Swindon industrial fastening firm

July 18, 2017
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Swedish group snaps up Swindon industrial fastening firm

Swindon-based industrial fastening firm Young Black has been acquired by international specialist engineering group Indutrade in a move that will help to secure its future. Young Black, which employs around 30 people at its base on Radway Road, Stratton St Margaret, will become part of Swedish group Indutrade’s special products division. Swindon-headquartered regional law...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

July 17, 2017
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Monday 17 July Trading statement: Rio Tinto AGM: DP Aircraft EGM: Inspired Energy Economics:  Rightmove house prices Tuesday 18 July Finals:  Ideagen, IG Group, NCC Group Trading statement:  BHP Billiton, dotDigital, Experian, Wizz Air Holdings AGMs:  Ambrian, Assura, Bloomsbury Publishing, British Land, Dairy Crest, Firstgroup, N Brown, Scapa Group, Summit Therapeutics EGM:  Magnolia Petroleum...

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Good Energy sees red over green rival Ecotricity’s power grab

July 13, 2017
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Good Energy sees red over green rival Ecotricity’s power grab

Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable energy firm, has become embroiled in a power struggle with arch-rival Ecotricity that has sparked a surge of interest in the green sector. Ecotricity, 100% owned by hippie-turned-entrepreneur Dale Vince, pictured below, has amassed a 25.3% stake in Good Energy over the past year – and now wants Mr...

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Back-to-front shirt sponsorship deal with Derby County aims to pump up Avon Tyres’ brand

July 13, 2017
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Back-to-front shirt sponsorship deal with Derby County aims to pump up Avon Tyres’ brand

Wiltshire-based Avon Tyres has become the official shirt sponsor of Sky Bet Championship side Derby County – a promotion for the firm following its position as the club’s back-of-shirt sponsor last season. Melksham-based Avon, which described the new agreement as “multi-year”, initially teamed up with The Rams in February last year when it became...

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