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Swindon directors urged to enter awards that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

January 24, 2020
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Swindon directors urged to enter awards that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

The region’s top annual business award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom has been launched. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs while also focusing UK-wide attention on success in the region.  Nominations – which opened this week – can be...

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CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

January 13, 2020
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CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

The South West needs its own government minister to champion the case for more funding and spur its economic growth, the CBI’s director general said on a visit to the region. Such a move would ‘power up’ the region, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured, told a gathering of the region’s business leaders.  The result would...

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General Election reaction: Business groups look foward to period of stability

December 13, 2019
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General Election reaction: Business groups look foward to period of stability

Business organisations have welcomed the stability that the resounding Conservative General Election victory will bring – but question marks remain over the kind of Brexit deal a Boris Johnson-led government will strike. Business West, the South West’s largest business group which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, also questioned how much funding for essential...

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Prestigious British Chambers Award for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

December 4, 2019
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Prestigious British Chambers Award for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

A pioneering campaign to help firms in the South West prepare for life outside the European Union has earned a major national award for Business West, the region’s biggest business support organisation. Recognising that Brexit represents the single most radical transformation in the way that British businesses trade for decades, Business West – which...

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Business West sets up support service to help Swindon firms prepare for Brexit

October 24, 2019
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Business West sets up support service to help Swindon firms prepare for Brexit

Swindon firms can get up-to-date information on preparing for Brexit – including the likely impact of a no-deal exit on them – from Business West.  The region’s largest business organisation, Business West is being funded by the government to offer a support and signposting service to firms across the West of England ahead of...

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Children of family-owned firms’ founders must earn their place in the boardroom, survey reveals

October 17, 2019
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Children of family-owned firms’ founders must earn their place in the boardroom, survey reveals

The days of the South West’s family-owned firms automatically being passed on to their founders’ offspring are long gone, with few now believing in a right to succession, according a new survey. Instead, most owners want to ensure their offspring are qualified to take over on merit not blood ties and should only gain...

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Pioneer of gender in tech to inspire new generation at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

October 14, 2019
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Pioneer of gender in tech to inspire new generation at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

The woman who ran a female-only software business in the 1960s and strived to change the gender makeup of the technology sector is set to inspire a new generation of women in business as the annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to the West of England this week. Dame Stephanie Shirley, now 85, pictured...

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CBI calls for greater devolution to boost region’s economy and close productivity

October 14, 2019
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CBI calls for greater devolution to boost region’s economy and close productivity

Devolving more power from Westminster to the South West will turbo-charge its economy and end a productivity gap that costs its workers an average of £5,000 a year in lost income, according to a new report. But decisions on spending money devolved from central government must be taken by an independent regional board rather...

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Green light for SCISYS’ £79m takeover by Canadian tech group

October 2, 2019
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Green light for SCISYS’ £79m takeover by Canadian tech group

Specialist IT group SCISYS’s £78.9m acquisition by Canadian tech giant CGI has been given the go-ahead by UK competition watchdogs. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it had decided not to refer the deal to a phase 2 investigation based on the information available to it.  The CMA launched its merger inquiry on...

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Longest-serving director at Vectura retires from board after 12 years

September 29, 2019
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Longest-serving director at Vectura retires from board after 12 years

Pharmaceutical group Vectura’s longest serving director has stepped down after 12 years on the board, during which time it has been transformed into a £1bn turnover business. Dr Susan Foden, pictured, left her position as senior independent non-executive director last week to be replaced by Dr Thomas Werner.  Dr Foden joined Chippenham-based Vectura’s board...

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