Advanced manufacturing

$8m windfall for Vectura as sales of pain relief drug hit new high

August 19, 2016
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$8m windfall for Vectura as sales of pain relief drug hit new high

Strong sales of its Exparel pain relief drug have triggered a $8m (£6.1m) payout for Chippenham-based specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura. Exparel, an injectable single-dose drug used post-surgery, became part of Vectura’s portfolio following its £440m acquisition in March of Skyepharma.  Exparel was initially developed by London-based Skyepharma but its daevelopment was completed by US firm Pacira...

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Honda unveils latest made-in-Swindon Civic as it launches US export drive

August 15, 2016
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Honda unveils latest made-in-Swindon Civic as it launches US export drive

Honda has started exporting its new Swindon-built Civic hatchback to the US as it begins to put the job cuts and production setbacks of recent years behind it. The car, the 10th generation of Honda’s top-selling model, is the result of a £200m investment by the Japanese firm in its giant South Marston plant,...

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Avon Tyres drives into football sponsorship with Derby County deal

August 12, 2016
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Avon Tyres drives into football sponsorship with Derby County deal

Avon Tyres has signed a sponsorship deal with Sky Bet Championship team Derby County for the new season. Under the agreement, the Melksham-based firm’s logo is appearing on the back of the side’s first-team shirts and shorts for the entire campaign, which kicked last Saturday. Avon, which makes high-performance car and motorcycle tyres at its Melksham factory,...

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Edmont’s emphasis on health and safety puts it in running for national award

August 11, 2016
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Edmont’s emphasis on health and safety puts it in running for national award

Updating its health and safety procedures has earned Swindon joinery, shopfitting and construction firm Edmont a place on the shortlist for a prestigious national woodworking award. The firm, which was set up as a small local business in Swindon in 1972 and now employs more than 100 people, is competing in the Health and Safety Hero category...

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Warehouse last used as gym on popular business park could be good fit for fast-growing firm

August 9, 2016
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Warehouse last used as gym on popular business park could be good fit for fast-growing firm

A warehouse has come onto the market, offering expanding businesses the rare chance to buy their own building on a sought-after business park. The 10,000 sq ft unit on the Bumpers Farm industrial estate in Chippenham, pictured, was most recently used as a fitness centre. It is being marketed jointly by the Swindon office of...

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Made in Swindon gallery opens to showcase town’s industrial and cultural heritage

August 9, 2016
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Made in Swindon gallery opens to showcase town’s industrial and cultural heritage

Swindon’s proud heritage as an industrial and business centre is celebrated in a newly refurbished gallery at the town’s museum and art gallery. The old Victorian Gallery, previously home to what the museum described as “a mish-mash of Victorian exhibits”, will now be known as Made in Swindon following its makeover.  It reopened last...

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Influential waste industry ambassador role for Swindon managing director

July 31, 2016
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Influential waste industry ambassador role for Swindon managing director

Jason Airey, the managing director of Swindon-based fleet management software firm CMS SupaTrak, has been appointed to a senior advisory group in the waste industry. The RWM (Resource Waste Management) invited Jason, pictured, to join its Waste Ambassadors’ Group as CMS SupaTrak shares its vision of implementing best practice in compliance and safety across...

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Swindon Business News photo gallery: Thrings Swindon 175 Hooty Party showcases town’s innovation

July 25, 2016
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Swindon Business News photo gallery: Thrings Swindon 175 Hooty Party showcases town’s innovation

Swindon’s role as a centre of innovation was highlighted at a Hooty Party hosted by law firm Thrings as part of its sponsorship of the town’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The event, at the STEAM museum, brought together members of Swindon’s business community to hear more about the celebrations and to gain an insight into...

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Institute of Directors governing body role for its South West regional chairman

July 25, 2016
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Institute of Directors governing body role for its South West regional chairman

The Institute of Directors South West regional chairman Nick Sturge has been appointed to the organisation’s national council as it seeks to ensure that a range of voices from across business are heard as Brexit unfolds. Nick Sturge, pictured, the co-founder and director of Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub, is one of a number of...

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Stronger economy in first half of year fuelled increase in South West deal activity

July 22, 2016
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Stronger economy in first half of year fuelled increase in South West deal activity

Merger and acquisition activity in the South West climbed by 4.3% in the first half of this year as the economy continued to recover and cash-rich businesses hit the takeover trail. However, the total value of 267 deals was down 15% at £3.08bn against the same period in 2015. And some experts are warning...

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