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Grants of up to £3,000 for Swindon businesses to upgrade their broadband

March 30, 2015
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Grants of up to £3,000 for Swindon businesses to upgrade their broadband

Swindon businesses will be able to apply for grants of up to £3,000 each to boost their broadband. The town is being included in an extension this week of the Government’s broadband connection voucher scheme, which has already been operating in other towns and cities. Each voucher covers up to £3,000 of installation costs...

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LEP appoints three new board members and prepares to take on a further three

March 30, 2015
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LEP appoints three new board members and prepares to take on a further three

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP), the organisation aiming to boost the local economy, has made three appointments to its board. It will also recruit a further three directors over the next 12 months to replace members whose terms of appointment have expired, or will be expiring shortly. It said the appointments would...

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Specialist tile firm’s sales climb sharply as more builders make light work of its roofing products

March 30, 2015
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Specialist tile firm’s sales climb sharply as more builders make light work of its roofing products

Sales at Metrotile UK, the Chippenham-based steel roofing tile firm, rose by nearly a third last year as more builders and developers rejected traditional tiles in favour of its lightweight, cost-saving products. The 32.8% year-on-year growth took sales to just over £7.1m in the year to the end of January. Annual pre-tax profits fell...

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EEF’s South West Manufacturing Dinner secures sponsorship from Lloyds Bank

March 30, 2015
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EEF’s South West Manufacturing Dinner secures sponsorship from Lloyds Bank

Lloyds Bank is to sponsor this year’s South West Manufacturing Dinner hosted by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. The flagship event – now in its third year – is a celebration of the region’s dynamic and flourishing manufacturing and engineering sectors. It was established to encourage networking, greater collaboration and the sharing of new ideas...

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Warning of ‘flat’ year at Wiltshire IT group SciSys triggers share price fall

March 27, 2015
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Warning of ‘flat’ year at Wiltshire IT group SciSys triggers share price fall

Shares in specialist IT group SciSys continued to come under pressure today after last week’s warning from its chairman that its performance this year would be “flat”. Dr Mike Love, pictured, who co-founded the Chippenham-based group, admitted the business faced challenges last year but insisted its 2014 financial results, announced last week, had been...

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Challenging year hits financial performance at Alliance Pharma

March 27, 2015
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Challenging year hits financial performance at Alliance Pharma

Annual sales and profits have fallen slightly at Chippenham speciality pharmaceutical company Alliance Pharma in what its chairman described as a “challenging year”. Revenues were down by 4% to £43.5m on lower sales of two of its portfolio of branded treatments in the period to December 31. As a result, pre-tax profits came in...

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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

March 26, 2015
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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

Business Showcase South West 2015, the biggest event of its kind in the region, is preparing to welcome Swindon businesses among the hoped-for 3,000 delegates in just under two months’ time. The event attracted more than 1,700 pre-event delegate registrations for its inaugural show last year. This year it has been extended from one...

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UK Space Agency uses Swindon as launch pad for mission to boost UK industry

March 24, 2015
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UK Space Agency uses Swindon as launch pad for mission to boost UK industry

The Swindon-based UK Space Agency is to help foster new innovations in space-related technology by funding a programme to encourage more businesses into the sector. The agency, based at North Star, has joined forces with SETsquared – Europe’s top university business incubator programme – to back 40 businesses through its acclaimed entrepreneurship programme. This...

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Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

March 24, 2015
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Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

Swindon firms are being urged to act quickly to secure the last few exhibition stands at the ‘early bird’ rate for Business Showcase South West 2015, the region’s biggest business exhibition. The event, which is expected to attract 3,000 delegates, is being staged at Colston Hall in Bristol on May 14 and 15. Last...

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Enterprise day will focus on getting the mind-set for success – with the help of Olympic sports psychologist

March 23, 2015
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Enterprise day will focus on getting the mind-set for success – with the help of Olympic sports psychologist

Top sports psychologist and coach Dr Steve Bull, who worked with Team GB in three Olympic Games and the England cricket team for 17 years, is keynote speaker at an event to help Wiltshire businesses realise their expansion plans. The third in the Enterprise Series staged by The Enterprise Network, Swindon and Wiltshire, the...

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