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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns bigger than ever

April 29, 2016
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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns bigger than ever

The successful Business Showcase South West returns next month to again celebrate the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise. The event, the largest of its kind in the South West, this year takes place at the newly redeveloped Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, meaning it will be even bigger. Delegates from Swindon and...

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£1.55m South African Broadcasting Corporation contract win for SciSys

April 29, 2016
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£1.55m South African Broadcasting Corporation contract win for SciSys

Chippenham-based specialist IT firm SciSys has landed a £1.55m contract to supply the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) with its world-beating ‘cloud-hosted’ radio technology. The two-and-a-half year contract is the latest secured by the firm as it continues to bounce back from serious problems with a major fixed-price contract last year. The crisis pushed...

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£10m funding sought by innovative Swindon firm aiming to turn waste plastic into energy

April 29, 2016
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£10m funding sought by innovative Swindon firm aiming to turn waste plastic into energy

Swindon-based waste-to-energy pioneer Recycling Technologies is seeking £10m to take the business to the next level. The innovative firm makes machines that convert waste plastic to oil. After developing its technology for several years, it is testing its first commercial machine. It sees a huge market for the machines, which convert mixed plastic waste...

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Thrings’ headline sponsorship of Swindon175 makes it platform to showcase town’s innovation

April 22, 2016
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Thrings’ headline sponsorship of Swindon175 makes it platform to showcase town’s innovation

Regional law firm Thrings has become the headline business sponsor of Swindon175, the year-long commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Great Western Railway in the town. Celebrations this year include a programme of community events, art trails, festivals, education, heritage and history exhibitions – including one on renowned railway engineer...

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Regional jobless fall bucks national trend as confidence among West firms continues to hold steady

April 21, 2016
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Regional jobless fall bucks national trend as confidence among West firms continues to hold steady

Unemployment has continued to fall in the South West, bucking the national trend and pointing to a brighter outlook for the region’s businesses. But Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, warned the national rise signalled a slowing economy and could impact on firms in the Swindon area if the Government did not take...

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Hills celebrates concrete production landmark with its own mini milestones

April 15, 2016
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Hills celebrates concrete production landmark with its own mini milestones

Hills Quarry Products has literally created its own milestones to mark the production of its millionth cubic metre of ready-mixed concrete. The Swindon-based firm, part of the family-owned Hills Group, has produced a commemorative concrete block which now stands in its County Park head office. It has also made mini concrete cubes pictured below,...

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Event: Marketing and strategy for women in business

April 15, 2016
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Event: Marketing and strategy for women in business

Top tips on how to develop a great marketing strategy will be given by an expert at a free Women in Business talk staged by The Enterprise Network (TEN) next week. Speaker Denise O’Leary, pictured, founder and director of Chippenham-based award-winning marketing agency Purpol Marketing, will help firms build their marketing strategy with powerful...

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Sales, orders and cashflow under pressure as EU poll and global slowdown hit local firms

April 15, 2016
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Sales, orders and cashflow under pressure as EU poll and global slowdown hit local firms

Fewer businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire are growing their sales and orders as national and global factors take the shine off their optimism at the start of this year. The latest survey by Business West, the region’s largest business group, also shows more of its Swindon and Wiltshire members had lower cashflow over the...

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Week of events offers great chance for would-be exporters to get the lowdown on overseas trade

April 15, 2016
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Week of events offers great chance for would-be exporters to get the lowdown on overseas trade

Swindon firms interested in exporting can find out more at a number of special events next week as part of Exporting is GREAT Week. Hosted by UKTI South West, the events are aimed at those just starting out on their export journey as well as more experienced exporters.  The Exporting is GREAT initiative was...

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Expert presentation will give whistle-stop tour of business life cycle – from inception to exit

April 12, 2016
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Swindon businesses looking to expand will be urged to mind their ‘P’s at a talk later this month. The three Ps – process, premises and people – will form the centrepiece of the presentation by Richard Mathews, group finance director at Swindon-based management consultancy RFS, which has specific expertise in regulated industries. He will...

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