Advanced manufacturing

West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

April 24, 2014
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West’s small and medium-sized firms urged to look east to China for new export opportunities

A trade mission to China to help unlock opportunities for small and medium-sized West businesses has been announced by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) South West. While China is well known as the world’s fastest-growing major economy, with growth rates averaging around 10% over the past 30 years, and the largest exporting nation, it...

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Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems calls in Swindon recruiter C&D as it stays on track for further growth

April 23, 2014
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Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems calls in Swindon recruiter C&D as it stays on track for further growth

Swindon recruitment firm C&D Group is to help expanding engineering firm Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems take on more than 20 permanent workers at its Melksham factory as demand for its innovative products increases around the world. Knorr-Bremse employs 360 people in Melksham making a wide range of train parts such as advanced braking, monitoring and...

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Second major Wootton Bassett property deal reflects strengthening market

April 23, 2014
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Second major Wootton Bassett property deal reflects strengthening market

Integrated circuit design firm Swindon Silicon Systems has sold its head office to a London-based investment fund for £4.65m – the latest in a series of commercial property deals around the town and another indication of rapid recovery in the market. The deal transfers ownership of the 34,690 sq ft, two-storey Interface House office...

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Former Brewin Dolphin chairman joins Latchways as non-executive director

April 23, 2014
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Former Brewin Dolphin chairman joins Latchways as non-executive director

Latchways, the Devizes-based specialist safety harnessing firm, has appointed Jamie Matheson, the former chairman of private client investment group Brewin Dolphin, as a non-executive director with immediate effect. Mr Matheson, who left Brewin Dolphin in March last year, is currently a non-executive director of STV, the Scottish broadcaster. He was also a non-executive director...

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Promotions for two staff at West office of business funder BGF

April 21, 2014
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Promotions for two staff at West office of business funder BGF

BGF, the independent company established to help Britain’s growing businesses, has promoted two members of its West-based investment team. Ned Dorbin has been promoted to investment director and Edwin Davies to investment manager.  The BGF investment team in Bristol, which covers the South West of England and South Wales and is led by regional director...

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Export Week gives hundreds of West firms advice on doing business overseas

April 17, 2014
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Export Week gives hundreds of West firms advice on doing business overseas

Around 300 businesses attended events across the South West last week to learn about international business opportunities and the support available to reach new customers around the world.   A series of nine UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) events were held across the region as part of Export Week. Building on previous events, Export...

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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ to make case for innovation at Business Show Swindon

April 15, 2014
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Trunki inventor and ‘dragon-slayer’ to make case for innovation at Business Show Swindon

The keynote speaker at this year’s Business Show Swindon will be Rob Law, inventor of child’s ride-on suitcase Trunki and ‘dragon-slayer’ – he was famously turned down by Dragons’ Den. Entrepreneur and innovator Rob, pictured, whose Bristol-based company Magmatic is now producing a range of children’s products, will speak about the setbacks and learnings...

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European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

April 14, 2014
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European weather satellite contract win lifts SciSys shares

Shares in SciSys, the Chippenham-based specialist software and IT group SciSys, climbed after it announced it had secured a €1.8m (£1.48m), six-year contract to work on Europe’s most advanced geostationary weather satellite. The firm, whose roots are in the European space industry, will supply mission operations technology for European Organisation for the Exploitation of...

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Export Week: Eastern promise of fast-growing Asian markets and help for women in business

April 9, 2014
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Export Week: Eastern promise of fast-growing Asian markets and help for women in business

Two Export Week events will help female business owners expand or launch in new overseas markets and explain how a range of businesses can unlock the potential of South East Asian markets. Export Week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets. UK Trade and...

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Task force set up to help Honda workers affected by car giant’s latest job cuts

April 9, 2014
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Task force set up to help Honda workers affected by car giant’s latest job cuts

A task force has been established to support the hundreds of Swindon workers at risk of redundancy following car giant Honda’s latest cutbacks and to minimise any potential impact on the town’s economy. The Japanese car giant last month announced it will axe around 500 jobs and close one of its two production lines...

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