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Pioneering Swindon firms secure LEP growth funding to put town on map for innovation

August 29, 2014
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Pioneering Swindon firms secure LEP growth funding to put town on map for innovation

Some of the Swindon area’s most innovative small firms are sharing hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding to create new jobs and help them reach their business potential. The money comes from the third tranche of the £750,000 Gateway for Growth programme, which has been co-ordinated by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise...

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New-look water tower demonstrates UTC Swindon’s high ambitions for town’s engineering future

August 29, 2014
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New-look water tower demonstrates UTC Swindon’s high ambitions for town’s engineering future

Part of Swindon’s proud industrial heritage has been given a new lease of life by the town’s soon-to-open University Technical College (UTC). The iconic water tower, which forms part of the UTC’s historic Bristol Street site on the edge of the Railway Village, has been newly restored ahead of the opening of the college...

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Vectura’s pioneering asthma inhaler gets green light for use in another new market

August 28, 2014
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Vectura’s pioneering asthma inhaler gets green light for use in another new market

An innovative inhaler for patients with asthma developed by Chippenham-based specialist drug firm Vectura has secured its first approval in Latin America. The green light from Mexico’s Health Authority follows similar go-aheads in four European countries and South Korea for the AirFluSal Forspiro device, pictured, which can also be used to treat chronic obstructive...

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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

August 28, 2014
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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

The Swindon-based Technology Strategy Board, the Government body that aims to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation, has changed its name to Innovate UK The organisation, based at North Star, started to use the new branding this month and will continue to change its signage, printed material and events and conference...

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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

August 26, 2014
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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

West firms will be able to learn about commercial opportunities in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies when the British Ambassador to South Korea visits the region next week. Scott Wightman will be joined by CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea, David Lee, at the free event staged by UK Trade...

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Swindon Foodbank boxes clever, thanks to packaging firm GWP

August 21, 2014
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Swindon Foodbank boxes clever, thanks to packaging firm GWP

Cricklade-based specialist packaging company GWP has donated 200 specially-designed boxes to Swindon Foodbank to improve the way the charity handles its growing number of collections. Donations are typically received by the foodbank in re-used cardboard boxes and carrier bags. The logistics of handling them can be time-consuming – boxes are often flimsy and overfilled...

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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager for Wiltshire, the Thames Valley and Hampshire. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses and working with them to achieve their growth plans. Her appointment brings BGF’s Bristol-based...

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£18m investment will propel Swindon’s Synergy Health to No 1 in global sterilisation industry

August 14, 2014
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£18m investment will propel Swindon’s Synergy Health to No 1 in global sterilisation industry

Swindon-based Synergy Health is investing £18m to make it the world’s largest operator of sterilisation plants for the international healthcare industry. The firm, which provides outsourced services ranging from hospital laundry to sterilising sophisticated medical devices, is to spend the money upgrading and expanding the global network of plants making up its Applied Sterilisation...

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More fears over looming skills shortages as another survey predicts strong employment growth

August 11, 2014
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More fears over looming skills shortages as another survey predicts strong employment growth

Further evidence of an impending skills shortage among West firms that could threaten to derail the economic recovery have emerged from a report predicting the strongest jobs growth since 1998. The national survey by accountants BDO shows businesses’ hiring intentions rose sharply last month to surpass their pre-recession figure and reach their highest level...

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Latchways grapples with mixed global trading conditions but sees signs of UK construction upturn

August 7, 2014
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Latchways grapples with mixed global trading conditions but sees signs of UK construction upturn

Tough trading conditions in Europe are continuing to dog Latchways, the specialist safety harnessing firm which sells its products to the building, maintenance and utility industries – although it says it has seen what could be the first signs of an upturn in the UK construction sector. The Devizes-based firm, which reported a 34%...

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