$9.25m sale of non-core US business allows Avon Rubber to concentrate on protection market

April 5, 2018
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$9.25m sale of non-core US business allows Avon Rubber to concentrate on protection market

Wiltshire specialist manufacturer Avon Rubber has sold its US-based hovercraft skirt and bulk liquid storage tank business, for $9.25m (£6.58m). Melksham-based Avon, which makes respirators for military, homeland security and first responder customers as well as rubber products for the dairy industry, said it had been reviewing strategic options for Avon Engineered Fabrications (AEF)...

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Nominations open for awards that champion the high flyers of the region’s aerospace sector

April 3, 2018
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Nominations open for awards that champion the high flyers of the region’s aerospace sector

The hunt is on to find the individuals and businesses that are helping maintain the West of England aerospace sector’s position as one of the world’s largest and most innovative. Nominations have opened for its the second annual West of England Aerospace Forum’s (WEAF) coveted annual Aerospace Ambassador Awards.  Following last year’s success, a...

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Trainee surveyor takes up role in Colliers’ building surveying and project management team

April 3, 2018
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Trainee surveyor takes up role in Colliers’ building surveying and project management team

Property consultancy Colliers International has strengthened its building surveying and project management team in the South West with the appointment of Jessica Harding as a trainee surveyor. Jessica, who will be based in Colliers’ Bristol office, will be involved in work on behalf of commercial landlords and tenants on matters including dilapidations, due diligence,...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

March 30, 2018
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Monday April 2 Bank holiday Tuesday April 3 Economic announcement: Manufacturing PMI (March) Wednesday April 4 Trading update: Topps Tiles Economic announcement: Construction PMI (March) Thursday April 5 Final: HSS Hire Trading updates: Electrocomponents, Homeserve, Ferrexpo Economic announcement: Services PMI (March) Friday April 6 Nothing listed    

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Upbeat outlook for region’s small firms, FSB survey shows, but concerns remain over economy

March 27, 2018
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Upbeat outlook for region’s small firms, FSB survey shows, but concerns remain over economy

Confidence among small business owners in the South West has bounced back thanks to lower inflation, progress on Brexit talks and the Chancellor’s positive Spring Statement, according to a survey published today. The report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – Britain’s biggest business representation group – also reveals a two-year high in...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

March 24, 2018
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Monday March 26 Final: Spotify Trading update: Pennon Tuesday March 27 Finals: AG Barr, Moss Bros, Alliance Pharma Interim: James Halstead Trading updates: United Utilities, Stagecoach  Wednesday March 28 Final: Johnston Press Interim: DFS Trading updates: Diploma, Hilton Foods Thursday March 29 Final: Eddie Stobart Logistics Interims: DX Group, BowLeven Economic announcement: GDP (Q4,...

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Thrings invests in next generation of lawyers with solicitor appointments across three offices

March 23, 2018
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Thrings invests in next generation of lawyers with solicitor appointments across three offices

Swindon-headquartered regional law firm Thrings has strengthened its commercial offering to clients and reaffirmed its commitment to organic growth by appointing three newly-qualified solicitors. Carys Webb, Alexia Aradipiotis and Robyn Rumble have secured their positions after successfully completing structured, two-year training contracts with the firm. Carys has become a member of the firm’s company commercial...

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Lifelong motor racing fan-turned-commentator brings media expertise to Castle Combe board

March 21, 2018
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Lifelong motor racing fan-turned-commentator brings media expertise to Castle Combe board

Swindon-based presentation skills trainer, commentator and motorsports enthusiast Chris Dawes is steering his career along a new path by joining the board of Castle Combe Racing Club.   Chris, pictured, runs Open Dawes Training – a company providing CPD (continuing professional development) accredited training in public speaking and presentation skills.  A lifelong lover of...

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Entrepreneur’s Godmother in the pink after landing title of UK’s top sales and marketing adviser

March 21, 2018
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Entrepreneur’s Godmother in the pink after landing title of UK’s top sales and marketing adviser

Alison Edgar – the sales and customer service trainer known as The Entrepreneur’s Godmother – has retained her crown as one of the country’s top 10 business advisers and gained a new title as the UK’s number one adviser in sales and marketing.  Alison, pictured, who is also managing director of Chippenham-based Sales Coaching...

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Just over week left to enter South West Director of the Year Awards

March 20, 2018
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Just over week left to enter South West Director of the Year Awards

Entrepreneurs have until Thursday of next week to enter the prestigious Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year Awards, the region’s top accolades for boardroom excellence. Three new categories have been added this year, taking the total to nine and giving directors more chance to claim one of the top awards.  The...

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