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More time to get happy as deadline extended for awards that showcase region’s enlightened workplaces

August 16, 2018
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More time to get happy as deadline extended for awards that showcase region’s enlightened workplaces

Forward-thinking Swindon firms that put their staff’s wellbeing front and centre now have more time to enter the South West’s only awards that champion workplace happiness. The deadline for the competition, now in its fourth year, has been extended into next month due to an unprecedented number of entrants.  The South West Happiest Workplace...

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French connection could generate cross-Channel nuclear sector boost for Swindon firms

August 13, 2018
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French connection could generate cross-Channel nuclear sector boost for Swindon firms

Swindon firms operating in the nuclear sector could benefit from an agreement between industry organisations in South West England and Normandy in France which aims to create jobs, unlock opportunities and attract new investment to both regions. The memorandum of understanding between Nuclear South West and Nucleopolis potentially connects companies with £50bn worth of...

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Manufacturing growth ‘on hold’ in South West as firms stay wary of Brexit impact, says survey

August 8, 2018
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Manufacturing growth ‘on hold’ in South West as firms stay wary of Brexit impact, says survey

Concerns over Brexit are choking off South West SME manufacturers’ export growth as they focus on stabilising their current position, according to a new survey. Fears over the impact of the UK leaving the EU on the sector are combining with an anticipated overall slowdown in sales growth and a struggle to recruit more...

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Breaking: Bank of England increases interest rates by 0.25% to 0.75%

August 2, 2018
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Breaking: Bank of England increases interest rates by 0.25% to 0.75%

Interest rates have been increased from 0.5% to 0.75% by the Bank of England – taking them to their highest level for nearly a decade. It is only the only the second time the Bank has hiked the cost of borrowing since the economy crashed 10 years ago. Most economic commentators were expecting the...

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Partnership aims to build next generation of export support services for post-Brexit age

July 17, 2018
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Partnership aims to build next generation of export support services for post-Brexit age

Business West, the region’s largest business support and lobbying group, has joined three other organisations to this week launch a new venture that aims to transform how businesses trade internationally. Export Growth Partners will redefine export support to meet the challenges and opportunities of Britain’s exit from the European Union, according to Business West...

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Jobs boost for West manufacturers – but Brexit talks and productivity cast shadows, survey shows

July 16, 2018
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Jobs boost for West manufacturers – but Brexit talks and productivity cast shadows, survey shows

The strength of the South West’s manufacturing sector – and the challenges facing it – have been highlighted in a new annual survey which reveals that jobs in the sector have risen by more than 5% since 2010. According to the report from manufacturers’ organisation EEF and national accountancy firm BDO, manufacturing represents 11%...

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West businesses lose faith in government’s ability to deliver ‘good’ Brexit

July 9, 2018
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West businesses lose faith in government’s ability to deliver ‘good’ Brexit

Just one in 10 West of England businesses think the government will deliver a good deal on Brexit, according to the latest survey from the region’s largest business organisation. And half of the firms taking part said they felt ‘negative’ or ‘very negative’ over the government’s Brexit negotiations. When it comes to information from...

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Swindon News photo gallery: PwC West of England Business of the Year ‘winner of winners’ awards

July 6, 2018
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Swindon News photo gallery: PwC West of England Business of the Year ‘winner of winners’ awards

The ‘winner of winners’ of the prestigious PwC West of England Business of the Year Awards was revealed at a celebratory dinner to mark their final year. Launched in 1988 by accountants PwC to showcase the region’s top large businesses, the awards have over three decades become the South West’s most-respected business accolades. To...

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Global engineering group finds new home in refurbished Chippenham office

July 6, 2018
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Global engineering group finds new home in refurbished Chippenham office

International engineering, design and consultancy group Ramboll is to open an office in Chippenham – the latest business to move to the town.   Founded in Denmark in 1945, Ramboll has more than 300 offices globally and works across a range of sectors including buildings, transport, environment and health, water, energy and management consulting....

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Swindon Business News photo gallery: IoD South West Director of the Year Awards

June 27, 2018
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Swindon Business News photo gallery: IoD South West Director of the Year Awards

The IoD South West Director of the Year Awards have grown over the years to represent the pinnacle of leadership and business excellence across the region. The 2018 awards ceremony took place earlier this month at Sandy Park, Exeter, where winners of the seven categories were announced. Guests enjoyed drinks and networking before the...

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