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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

April 14, 2019
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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

Confidence levels among West of England firms have dropped significantly – with orders and sales also down – according to the latest survey by Business West, with the region’s largest business organisation blaming Brexit uncertainty for the slump. All measures in the survey of around 500 firms were in the red. Export sales and...

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New jobs on the cards as labels firm unveils ambitious growth plan for factory

April 8, 2019
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New jobs on the cards as labels firm unveils ambitious growth plan for factory

Specialist labels firm CCL Design UK is aiming to double its factory’s turnover and create up to 40 jobs as it seeks to build on its success since acquiring the site a year ago. CCL, the UK design arm of the world’s largest label maker CCL Industries, bought Chippenham-based Fascia Graphics last February in a...

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Research reveals high growth potential of South West’s entrepreneurial businesses

April 8, 2019
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Research reveals high growth potential of South West’s entrepreneurial businesses

More than 900 private firms in the South West have the potential to grow exponentially and create thousands of jobs, according to new research. These 937 businesses have generated £2.8bn of turnover growth and created nearly 13,500 jobs in the past three years, the report by investment group BGF shows.  The research identified nearly...

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US defence contract win for Avon Rubber secures mask orders for up to seven years

March 28, 2019
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US defence contract win for Avon Rubber secures mask orders for up to seven years

Wiltshire specialist manufacturer Avon Rubber has secured a contract worth up to $246m (£187m) with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to supply its latest protective masks. Melksham-based Avon, which makes respirators for military, homeland security and first responder customers as well as rubber products for the dairy industry, has developed the M53A1 mask,...

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Deadline looming for Swindon directors to enter region’s top boardroom awards

March 27, 2019
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Deadline looming for Swindon directors to enter region’s top boardroom awards

Swindon’s best business leaders have just a few days left to enter the South West’s most prestigious awards for boardroom excellence and enterprise. The deadline for entries to the prestigious Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards is midnight this Sunday.  With two new categories added this year – Young...

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Back and bigger than before – Business Showcase South West returns in June

March 21, 2019
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Back and bigger than before – Business Showcase South West returns in June

Business Showcase South West – the region’s largest event of its kind – returns in June with the promise of an unparalleled range of seminars, workshops, speeches and networking opportunities. The event, the ninth since it launched in 2014, again takes place in Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium and will celebrate the best of innovation,...

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Business Expo gets set to help firms grow and prosper with inspirational talks and networking

March 18, 2019
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Business Expo gets set to help firms grow and prosper with inspirational talks and networking

Expanding Swindon firms are being urged to attend a major business show in Bath this Thursday, which are expected to reach more than 500 delegates from across the South West. The the Bath Business Expo, in the city’s Assembly Rooms, aims to inspire small and medium-sized businesses and locally-based corporates, start-ups and pre start-ups...

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Non-EU exports worth millions to South West firms at risk if no deal Brexit takes place, warns CBI

February 22, 2019
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Non-EU exports worth millions to South West firms at risk if no deal Brexit takes place, warns CBI

The CBI today issued another dire warning of the likely effects on the South West’s economy of leaving the EU without a deal – the potential loss of global export orders worth millions of pounds. The business organisation highlighted what it said would be the damaging implications of crashing out of the trade deals...

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Timeline: Honda in Swindon

February 19, 2019
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Timeline: Honda in Swindon

1980: Honda enters into a venture with State-owned British Leyland (BL) to build cars in the UK, starting a year later with the Triumph Acclaim, body panels for which are made at BL’s plant in Stratton, Swindon. 1985: After negotiations staged in great secrecy, Honda acquires the disued 370-acre former Vickers airfield at South...

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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Industry expert view

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Industry expert view

Warwick Business School professor of strategic management Christian Stadler, an expert on the car manufacturing industry, said the announcement was a huge blow to the British automotive industry – and insisted that Brexit must have been a factor in Honda’s thinking. “The headline figure is currently 3,500 job losses, but thousands more workers across...

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