Advanced manufacturing

New optimism for Honda’s troubled Swindon plant as world-beating model rolls off production line

July 3, 2015
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New optimism for Honda’s troubled Swindon plant as world-beating model rolls off production line

Production at Honda’s recession-hit Swindon plant is slowly rising again, bosses said yesterday as they unveiled its latest model, the high-performance Civic Type R. Described as the fastest front-wheel drive car on the planet, Honda said the launch of the Type R had created “a halo effect” around the plant with a new sense...

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Plea to Osborne to focus on infrastructure, exports and skills in next week’s Budget

July 3, 2015
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Plea to Osborne to focus on infrastructure, exports and skills in next week’s Budget

Business West, the organisation behind the Initiative in Swindon and Wiltshire, has called on the Chancellor to strike a balance between eliminating the deficit and stimulating growth in next week’s Budget. And while George Osborne is likely to focus on the cuts and reform, he must also concentrate on infrastructure, boosting exports and tackling...

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‘Golden week’ for UK economy but growth is likely to slow, Swindon Question Time hears

June 26, 2015
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‘Golden week’ for UK economy but growth is likely to slow, Swindon Question Time hears

The economy has just enjoyed “almost a golden week” with falling unemployment, rising wage increases and low inflation, Swindon business leaders heard at an Economic Question Time hosted by law firm Withy King. But HSBC head of economics Mark Berrisford-Smith told the event that while the UK was performing markedly better than virtually all...

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Production of Honda’s latest hot hatch to bring welcome boost to its Swindon plant

June 26, 2015
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Production of Honda’s latest hot hatch to bring welcome boost to its Swindon plant

The first production model of Japanese car giant Honda’s new Civic Type-R hot hatch will roll off its Swindon assembly line next week – giving the plant another boost after several years of job losses and cutbacks. A ceremony on Thursday to mark the start of production of the hotly anticipated car, pictured, will...

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AstraZeneca senior director to take up chief executive role at drugs group Vectura

June 26, 2015
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AstraZeneca senior director to take up chief executive role at drugs group Vectura

Specialist drug development group Vectura has appointed a senior director of pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca as it new chief executive, replacing Chris Blackwell, who steps down next week after 12 years in the role. James Ward-Lilley joins Chippenham-based Vectura, which licences its innovative technology for the treatment of airways diseases to other pharmaceutical companies, on...

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EU exit could damage the UK economy, say four-fifths of West of England firms

June 24, 2015
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EU exit could damage the UK economy, say four-fifths of West of England firms

More than 80% of West of England firms fear leaving the EU would pose a risk to the UK economy, according to results of a survey among nearly 1,000 businesses in the region. Two thirds also believe it would be bad for their own business. The survey by Business West, the organisation that runs...

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Large warehouse and industrial building attracts high level of interest

June 23, 2015
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Large warehouse and industrial building attracts high level of interest

The largest fully refurbished industrial/warehouse building in Chippenham – the former DTR VMS building on the Bumpers Farm industrial estate – has come onto the market. The 90,000 sq ft building, pictured below, now rebranded as The Hub, has been empty since the automotive components manufacturer relocated to a larger site in Trowbridge. Owner...

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US electronics manufacturer acquired by Avon Rubber for $5m

June 22, 2015
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US electronics manufacturer acquired by Avon Rubber for $5m

Wiltshire manufacturing group Avon Rubber has taken over one of its US suppliers in a $5.1m (£3.2m) deal. Melksham-headquartered Avon said the acquisition of Florida-based Hudstar Systems would “modestly” boost earnings in its next full financial year. Hudstar designs and makes electronic control systems used in powered and supplied air respiratory protection systems –...

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Speculative development gets under way at Swindon industrial park as demand gathers pace

June 19, 2015
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Speculative development gets under way at Swindon industrial park as demand gathers pace

Work has started on the second phase of a successful Swindon business park as demand continues to grow from occupiers. Phase one of the Glenmore Business Park on the Westmead Industrial Estate was the first speculative industrial development in the town for seven years when construction started last year. Now, following its runaway success,...

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Award for Swindon entrepreneur who has gone from teenage business owner to global CEO

June 19, 2015
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Award for Swindon entrepreneur who has gone from teenage business owner to global CEO

A Swindon chief executive who started his first business at 16 and now heads a multi-million pound global healthcare group has won a prestigious award for entrepreneurs. Richard Steeves, founder & CEO of Synergy Health – based on Swindon’s Windmill Hill business park – was named the overall winner of the EY 2015 Entrepreneur...

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