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Swindon firms urged to enter contest to find the region’s happiest workplace

February 9, 2016
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Swindon firms urged to enter contest to find the region’s happiest workplace

The search starts today to find the South West’s happiest workplace – and staff working for Swindon’s forward-looking businesses are being encouraged to take part. The contest, launched last year in Bristol and Bath, proved so popular that organisers workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde Interior Architecture have extended it cover the entire region....

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Sale of specialist steel fabrication firm handled by Watershed’s Swindon office

February 8, 2016
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Sale of specialist steel fabrication firm handled by Watershed’s Swindon office

The Swindon office of corporate finance specialists Watersheds has arranged the management buy-in of an architectural and structural steel fabricators. Bristol-based Long Engineering, which specialises in bespoke architectural products for the construction industry, has been acquired by a group of businessmen from the city. Business owner Lance Harris bought it in 2004 through a...

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Rail industry forum will signal start of series of HSBC business events in Swindon this year

February 8, 2016
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Rail industry forum will signal start of series of HSBC business events in Swindon this year

HSBC is to host a series of six networking events in Swindon this year to give corporate customers a range of expert insights and guidance on how to grow their businesses. The breakfast forums will take place in two venues – accountants Banks BHG in Stratton and Bower & Bailey Solicitors in Regent Circus...

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Growth hub taps into expertise to change the face of business support

February 5, 2016
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Growth hub taps into expertise to change the face of business support

Swindon firms can get instant access to an extensive network of business knowledge and skills partners through a new growth hub launched by Business West. The region’s largest business group – and the organisation behind the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative – wants the portal to be the first port of call for businesses seeking...

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Growth fund on the lookout for new opportunities after reaching £100m investment milestone

February 4, 2016
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Growth fund on the lookout for new opportunities after reaching £100m investment milestone

The latest deal by BGF, the independent fund that backs small and medium-sized firms with strong growth potential, has taken its total investment in the South West past the £100m mark. The £4.43m equity funding in marketing technology software and service firm Adestra means BGF’s regional office has now invested in 17 fast-growing companies...

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Annual search starts to find the West of England’s best businesses

January 31, 2016
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Annual search starts to find the West of England’s best businesses

Swindon’s top firms are being urged to enter the region’s most prestigious business competition – accountants PwC’s annual West of England Business of the Year Awards. The widely-respected awards are now in their 28th year and previous winners represent the cream of the region’s top companies. Previous winners have included Swindon-based construction group Beard,...

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Firms invited to celebrate the Year of the Monkey and strengthen business links with China

January 31, 2016
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Firms invited to celebrate the Year of the Monkey and strengthen business links with China

Swindon’s business community is being invited to welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Monkey in style with a banquet at one of the region’s top restaurants. The gala banquet has been organised by the Bristol and West of England China Bureau, which works to connect businesses in the region with businesses in...

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Crisis at SciSys now in the past, say firm’s directors as its recovery takes hold

January 29, 2016
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Crisis at SciSys now in the past, say firm’s directors as its recovery takes hold

Directors at SciSys, the Chippenham-based specialist IT firm, have insisted its recovery is now well established and last year’s problems are behind it. In a trading update to the London Stock Exchange this week, they said they were encouraged by the group’s performance in the second half of 2015 and its underlying results this...

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Regional group aimed at inspiring women in industry kicks of series of meetings at UTC Swindon

January 27, 2016
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Regional group aimed at inspiring women in industry kicks of series of meetings at UTC Swindon

UTC Swindon principal Angela Barker-Dench is to speak at the first Women in Industry event, which is being hosted by the college tomorrow. The event, which is open to women who work, or would like to work, in all sectors, is an opportunity to hear about the career journeys of prominent women working in...

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Best year since 2007 for Swindon’s property market builds demand for speculative development

January 26, 2016
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Best year since 2007 for Swindon’s property market builds demand for speculative development

Swindon’s commercial property market has enjoyed its best year since before the recession, according to a new report. Take-up of industrial buildings more than doubled in 2015 while the office market was also strong, property agents Alder King’s latest Market Monitor shows.   That has further heightened the need for speculative development, particularly in...

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