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New Business West chair calls for region to ‘punch a bit above our weight’ to succeed

August 18, 2017
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New Business West chair calls for region to ‘punch a bit above our weight’ to succeed

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has appointed one of the South West’s top marketeers as its new chairman. Iain Wolsey, pictured, said he wanted Business West to ensure the region “punched a bit above our weight” and competed against the likes of the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine.   “If we...

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Swindon Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Modest growth ahead as uncertainty weighs on businesses

August 10, 2017
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Swindon Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Modest growth ahead as uncertainty weighs on businesses

By Donna Kehoe, Bank of England agent for the South West of England I always enjoy the conversations I have each day with those running businesses, charities and other organisations here in the South West. These discussions provide an up-to-the-minute insight into what’s really happening in the economy across the UK. And at the...

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Swindon firms urged to join roll call of UK’s fastest-growing tech firms

August 3, 2017
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Swindon firms urged to join roll call of UK’s fastest-growing tech firms

Swindon’s best tech businesses are being invited to enter a national awards scheme that celebrates innovation and growth among the sector’s fastest-growing firms. The 2017 Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 Awards showcase the country’s dynamic technology ecosystem and the most exciting hi-tech companies.   Now in their 20th year, the awards rank the UK’s...

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Beijing office opening drives further growth in China for automotive specialist RTS

August 1, 2017
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Beijing office opening drives further growth in China for automotive specialist RTS

Automotive learning and development company RTS Group has strengthened its foothold in China by opening an office in Beijing.   The move comes three years after the firm, which specialises in helping automotive manufacturers create world-class retailers by developing frontline staff, started trading in the country. RTS also has businesses across Europe, the Middle...

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Business West blames ‘political uncertainty’ over Brexit as survey reveals shock slump in confidence

July 27, 2017
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Business West blames ‘political uncertainty’ over Brexit as survey reveals shock slump in confidence

Confidence among West of England firms has plummeted to its lowest level since the depths of the recession in 2009, according to the latest survey of its members by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. The number of businesses describing themselves as confident about their future slumped by 22% compared to the same...

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Boost for BMW Swindon workers as go-ahead given for UK production of new electric Mini

July 25, 2017
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Boost for BMW Swindon workers as go-ahead given for UK production of new electric Mini

Workers at BMW’s Swindon plant are cheering the German car giant’s decision to build the electric version of the Mini in the UK. The new car, which will enter production in 2019, will be based on the existing Mini three-door Hatch model – body panels and other parts for which are made at the...

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Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

July 21, 2017
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Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

Swindon’s forward-looking employers now have more time to enter a top awards scheme that champions the happiest workplaces in the West following a decision by organisers to extend the deadline for entries. Staged by Bristol-based and interior design consultancy Wylde IA, the Happiest Workplace competition recognises firms that go the extra mile to ensure...

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Govt support for South West exporters help them lift overseas sales

July 21, 2017
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Govt support for South West exporters help them lift overseas sales

Exporting firms based in the South West received support worth £3.2m from the government’s export credit agency UK Export Finance (UKEF) over the past year – helping them achieve overseas sales of more than £41m. The figures emerge from UKEF’s latest annual report. The agency works alongside the Department for International Trade (DIT) to...

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Swedish group snaps up Swindon industrial fastening firm

July 18, 2017
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Swedish group snaps up Swindon industrial fastening firm

Swindon-based industrial fastening firm Young Black has been acquired by international specialist engineering group Indutrade in a move that will help to secure its future. Young Black, which employs around 30 people at its base on Radway Road, Stratton St Margaret, will become part of Swedish group Indutrade’s special products division. Swindon-headquartered regional law...

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Back-to-front shirt sponsorship deal with Derby County aims to pump up Avon Tyres’ brand

July 13, 2017
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Back-to-front shirt sponsorship deal with Derby County aims to pump up Avon Tyres’ brand

Wiltshire-based Avon Tyres has become the official shirt sponsor of Sky Bet Championship side Derby County – a promotion for the firm following its position as the club’s back-of-shirt sponsor last season. Melksham-based Avon, which described the new agreement as “multi-year”, initially teamed up with The Rams in February last year when it became...

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