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Experienced entrepreneur joins board of Alliance Pharma as non-executive director

January 26, 2015
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Experienced entrepreneur joins board of Alliance Pharma as non-executive director

Chippenham-based speciality pharmaceutical company Alliance Pharma has appointed tech entrepreneur and experienced businessman Nigel Clifford as an independent non-executive director with immediate effect. Mr Clifford, pictured, is chief executive of Procserve Holdings, a London, Cambridge and Guildford-based company specialising in technology that enables secure transactions online. He is also a non-executive director of Slough...

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Government turns ignition on new skills boost for car manufacturers

January 23, 2015
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Government turns ignition on new skills boost for car manufacturers

Swindon car manufacturers Honda and BMW are to work with the Government to boost skills across the sector and inspire the next generation of vehicle makers. Business Secretary Vince Cable announced funding of £11.3m earlier this week to kick start the scheme and go alongside a £2.8m cash investment and £16.4m in-kind contributions from...

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Interim CEO takes up role at Swindon-based Innovate UK

January 19, 2015
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Interim CEO takes up role at Swindon-based Innovate UK

Innovate UK, the Swindon-based public body promoting innovation, has appointed Dr David Grant CBE as interim chief executive. Dr Grant replaces Iain Gray, who left on December 31 after seven years at the helm of the organisation, which is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. Innovate UK was set up as...

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Major report reveals Swindon’s economic failings despite its population growth

January 19, 2015
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Major report reveals Swindon’s economic failings despite its population growth

Swindon’s economic performance has failed to keep pace with its population growth, a major new report out today shows – leaving the town struggling to compete with the UK’s largest towns and cities. While the town’s population increased by 14.8% between 2004 and 2013, it was one of the worst performers for jobs growth...

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Two new non-executive directors for regional investment firm as it targets Wiltshire businesses

January 16, 2015
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Two new non-executive directors for regional investment firm as it targets Wiltshire businesses

Alternative finance provider South West Investment Group (SWIG) has appointed two non-executive directors to the board of its fund-holding arm as it looks to raise its profile in the West of England. Malachy McReynolds and Graham Miller join the existing directors at the group which since 1996 has invested £15m in to more than...

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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

January 13, 2015
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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

Confidence among West of England businesses petered out at the end of 2014 and has started the new year lower than at any time over the previous 12 months, new research shows. Domestic sales, cashflow and recruitment expectations all fell during the fourth quarter, according to results of the latest business survey by Business...

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Swindon shares in Mini success story with record sales and more apprenticeships at town plant

January 9, 2015
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Swindon shares in Mini success story with record sales and more apprenticeships at town plant

Mini has celebrated record annual sales in the UK and announced it is to recruit more apprentices for its production plants, including Swindon. Mini sales reached 53,661last year – 3.3% higher than the previous record set in 2013 and giving the BMW-owned car brand a 2.17% market share. Meanwhile BMW is seeking 47 apprentices...

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Innovative software firm signals more growth after securing new investment

January 9, 2015
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Innovative software firm signals more growth after securing new investment

Aria Networks, the leading-edge Chippenham-based tech firm, is planning to strengthen its lead in the fast-growing Software Defined Networking (SDN) market after securing further investment. The firm, whose customers include major US and European telecoms companies, cloud and datacentre operators, and social network providers, is already ahead of its SDN rivals. Its products, developed...

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Development deal struck with US firm by Vectura for its pioneering asthma treatment

January 9, 2015
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Development deal struck with US firm by Vectura for its pioneering asthma treatment

Vectura, the Chippenham-based drug development firm, has extended further extended its global network of blue-chip collaborators by signing a licence agreement with a major US biotech company. Vectura will exclusively develop anti-inflammatory therapies for the treatment of asthma/ chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for Janssen Biotech under the agreement. Vectura said the collaboration would...

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Swindon’s economy bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Initiative boss warns politicians

December 29, 2014
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Swindon’s economy bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Initiative boss warns politicians

Ian Larrard, director of the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative at Business West, looks back at the past 12 months and considers why next year’s General Election is set to be one of the most important in recent memory. “The noise and glare of fireworks this New Year must not mask the fact that we...

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