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Assistant regional director joins the CBI in the South West

September 18, 2017
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Assistant regional director joins the CBI in the South West

The CBI has appointed Ben Rhodes as its new assistant regional director in the South West. Ben, pictured, joins from the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, where he was chief executive for five-and-a-half years. His responsibilities in the newly created role will include promoting the South West as a great place to invest and...

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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned next month

September 14, 2017
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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned next month

The search is on to find Britain’s female start-up of the Year – with the winner following in the footsteps of two West of England-based businesswomen. The successful entrant will be crowned in Bristol next month following a live pitching session on stage at the annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, which returns to the...

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Second Tech Track 100 placing for Wiltshire firm at forefront of medical technology

September 8, 2017
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Second Tech Track 100 placing for Wiltshire firm at forefront of medical technology

A Wiltshire company that spun out of the University of Bath is to appear in a league table of the UK’s fastest-growing private tech, media and telecoms firms for the second time in two years. Qualasept Pharmaxo, which has developed the UK’s single biggest aseptic clean room, has achieved annual sales growth of 77%...

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SCISYS confident ahead of first-half results as spate of contract wins boost order book

September 8, 2017
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SCISYS confident ahead of first-half results as spate of contract wins boost order book

A raft of recent contract wins and a bumper order book means Chippenham-based specialist IT group SCISYS is on target to report solid half-year results later this month, according to its directors. In a trading update to the London Stock Exchange earlier this week, the SCISYS board said they remained confident that the group...

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Avon Tyres appointed by TVR to supply its new 200mph high-performance sports

September 8, 2017
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Avon Tyres appointed by TVR to supply its new 200mph high-performance sports

Iconic British sports car maker TVR is today unveiling its first new model for more than a decade – with Melksham-based specialist tyre manufacturer Avon playing a crucial supporting role. The £90,000 car, which can reach speeds of up to 200mph and 0-60mph in less than four seconds, is being launched to much fanfare...

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Exclusive VIP packages available for Swindon businesses to The Downs Festival

September 1, 2017
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Exclusive VIP packages available for Swindon businesses to The Downs Festival

Organisers of The Downs Festival, which returns to Bristol tomorrow, are offering businesses the chance to snap up VIP tickets – with access to its backstage bar – for the same price of a normal ticket. The all-day festival, which was staged for the first time last year with Massive Attack, is this year...

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Poll of EU workers points to potential skills crisis for West firms as thousands say they will leave UK

August 31, 2017
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Poll of EU workers points to potential skills crisis for West firms as thousands say they will leave UK

Tens of thousands of EU workers in the South West could leave the UK over the next few years, potentially triggering a major skills headache for the region’s firms, according to a new survey. Some 28% of all EU nationals working in the region say they are considering quitting their jobs, while 4% have...

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Economic clouds gathering, but we’re better prepared to weather them, Bank of England tells West bosses

August 25, 2017
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Economic clouds gathering, but we’re better prepared to weather them, Bank of England tells West bosses

The outlook for the global economy is “highly uncertain”, a top Bank of England official has warned West business leaders, but he insisted that Britain’s financial services industry is in far better shape to cope with any sudden shocks than it was ahead of the last recession. China’s huge debt problem, Brexit and complacency...

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High-profile speaker line-up announced for Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

August 25, 2017
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High-profile speaker line-up announced for Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

Branding, exporting and the challenges of being a woman boss in the male-dominated world of professional football are among the issues that will be showcased at this year’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs in Bristol. The event, staged by small business support group Enterprise Nation on October 20, has become the largest of its kind...

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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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