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Manufacturers warn of ‘chilling effect’ of post-Brexit restrictions on EU workers

June 23, 2017
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Manufacturers warn of ‘chilling effect’ of post-Brexit restrictions on EU workers

Denying Swindon firms access to workers from the European Union after Brexit could have a “potentially chilling economic effect”, a major industry body warns today.  The stark message from the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, comes a day after Prime Minister Theresa May told EU leaders that about 3m EU citizens living in the UK would...

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Quitting EU customs union could hit Honda’s Swindon plant, car giant boss warns

June 21, 2017
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One of car giant Honda’s top bosses has warned of the possible “harm” of leaving the European customs union on its giant Swindon plant. Honda senior vice-president of Honda Ian Howells said the plant relied on a large pan-European network of suppliers to deliver 2 million components to its car and engine assembly lines...

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Weak pound gives strength to South West exporters but post-Brexit outlook is less clear

June 14, 2017
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Weak pound gives strength to South West exporters but post-Brexit outlook is less clear

Firms across the South West have taken advantage of the slump in sterling to go on an exporting spree, with the value of goods from the region sold overseas soaring by 30%. New figures from HMRC, which collates information on exports, shows exports from South West-based companies hit £6.3bn in the first three months of this year, up from...

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General Election result: National business reaction

June 9, 2017
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The unexpected outcome of the General Election and the resulting hung Parliament has sent shock waves through businesses and the organisations representing them. Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the CBI, said it was a serious moment for the UK economy. “The priority must be for politicians to get their house in order and form a functioning government,...

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General Election result: Swindon business reaction

June 9, 2017
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Business organisations in Swindon and across the West of England today warned of damaging uncertainty following the shock General Election result and the impact of a hung Parliament on key issues for the town, particularly on the imminent Brexit negotiations Business West, the region’s largest business group, said there would be widespread concern about more...

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Leaving EU with no deal would harm region, Business West warns in its General Election manifesto

June 1, 2017
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Leaving EU with no deal would harm region, Business West warns in its General Election manifesto

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has warned that leaving the EU without a deal would cause “considerable damage” to many businesses. The organisation behind the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative said avoiding this outcome “must be a priority” for all General Election candidates standing in constituencies across the West of England. In its manifesto for...

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Turnaround in confidence levels by South West firms points to strong growth this year

June 1, 2017
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Turnaround in confidence levels by South West firms points to strong growth this year

Confidence among businesses in the South West is back in positive territory after a sustained period of decline, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor shows investment plans in the region are stronger than the UK average in areas such as employment, staff development and capital investment. The survey findings...

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Swindon & Wilts Economic Question Time to tackle crucial issues affecting the area

May 31, 2017
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Swindon & Wilts Economic Question Time to tackle crucial issues affecting the area

Business leaders from across Swindon and Wiltshire are being invited to put their questions to a panel of experts at an Economic Question Time event led by highly-acclaimed economist and public speaker Mark Berrisford-Smith. Hosted by regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has offices in Swindon and Marlborough, HSBC Bank and Swindon accountants...

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Clock ticking for Wiltshire firms to enter region’s first Aerospace Ambassadors Awards

May 19, 2017
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Clock ticking for Wiltshire firms to enter region’s first Aerospace Ambassadors Awards

Wiltshire’s aerospace and defence firms are being urged to submit their entries for the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) awards as the deadline fast approaches. Nominations for the Aerospace Ambassadors Awards – the region’s first – close on June 9, with the winners announced at a celebration dinner on June 28. WEAF, the...

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Tobacco group finance director joins Avon Rubber’s board

May 10, 2017
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Tobacco group finance director joins Avon Rubber’s board

Wiltshire specialist manufacturer Avon Rubber has ended its six-month search for a new finance director by appointing tobacco group Imperial Brands’ director of finance, planning & reporting to the role. Nick Keveth, pictured, who joins the Melksham-based group on June 1, worked at Bristol-based Imperial Brands (formerly Imperial Tobacco) for 12 years in a...

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