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Deal with US tech firm puts inhaler pioneer Vectura at forefront of digital health sector

May 27, 2016
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Deal with US tech firm puts inhaler pioneer Vectura at forefront of digital health sector

Asthma and lung disease treatment firm Vectura is to collaborate with a US tech firm to develop a range of innovative inhalers. The Chippenham firm, which makes inhalable dry-powder drugs that treat lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, has agreed a partnership with Propeller Health to use its intelligent sensor technology....

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Acquisitions deliver dose of healthy sales growth for Alliance Pharma

May 26, 2016
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Alliance Pharma, the specialty pharmaceutical company, has chalked up annual UK sales growth of 20% as its spate of recent acquisitions pay off. The Chippenham-based firm, which buys underperforming drugs brands and realises their potential through investment, said its eye care product MacuShield and Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powder – a natural remedy for...

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Showcase of innovation, creativity and enterprise gets underway today

May 17, 2016
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Showcase of innovation, creativity and enterprise gets underway today

Business Showcase South West – the region’s largest event of its kind – is taking place today at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium with the city’s Bloodhound Supersonic Car one of the star attractions. The free-to-visit event will also hear from the Bloodhound’s driver Wing Commander Andy Green OBE as one of the keynote speakers...

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Leading economist to set the scene as Swindon’s Economic Question Time debate returns for second year

May 16, 2016
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Leading economist to set the scene as Swindon’s Economic Question Time debate returns for second year

Business leaders from Swindon and across Wiltshire are invited to hear a leading economist share his views on the UK’s prospects and put questions to a panel of experts at an Economic Question Time debate next month. HSBC Bank head of economics Mark Berrisford-Smith will discuss the local, national and global outlook at the...

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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns next week bigger than ever

May 12, 2016
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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns next week bigger than ever

The successful Business Showcase South West returns tomorrow to again celebrate the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise. The event, the largest of its kind in the South West, takes place at the newly redeveloped Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, meaning it will be even bigger. Delegates from Swindon and Wiltshire are invited...

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Firms in the running for region’s top business awards

May 3, 2016
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Firms in the running for region’s top business awards

Some of the South West’s top firms have been named among the finalists of the region’s most prestigious business awards. Accountants PwC’s annual West of England Business of the Year Awards are now in their 28th year and previous winners read like a who’s-who of the region’s best companies. The coveted awards have a...

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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns bigger than ever

April 29, 2016
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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns bigger than ever

The successful Business Showcase South West returns next month to again celebrate the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise. The event, the largest of its kind in the South West, this year takes place at the newly redeveloped Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, meaning it will be even bigger. Delegates from Swindon and...

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£1.55m South African Broadcasting Corporation contract win for SciSys

April 29, 2016
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£1.55m South African Broadcasting Corporation contract win for SciSys

Chippenham-based specialist IT firm SciSys has landed a £1.55m contract to supply the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) with its world-beating ‘cloud-hosted’ radio technology. The two-and-a-half year contract is the latest secured by the firm as it continues to bounce back from serious problems with a major fixed-price contract last year. The crisis pushed...

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£10m funding sought by innovative Swindon firm aiming to turn waste plastic into energy

April 29, 2016
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£10m funding sought by innovative Swindon firm aiming to turn waste plastic into energy

Swindon-based waste-to-energy pioneer Recycling Technologies is seeking £10m to take the business to the next level. The innovative firm makes machines that convert waste plastic to oil. After developing its technology for several years, it is testing its first commercial machine. It sees a huge market for the machines, which convert mixed plastic waste...

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Thrings’ headline sponsorship of Swindon175 makes it platform to showcase town’s innovation

April 22, 2016
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Thrings’ headline sponsorship of Swindon175 makes it platform to showcase town’s innovation

Regional law firm Thrings has become the headline business sponsor of Swindon175, the year-long commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Great Western Railway in the town. Celebrations this year include a programme of community events, art trails, festivals, education, heritage and history exhibitions – including one on renowned railway engineer...

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