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Good Energy shares lose power after it warns that warm weather this year will cool profit growth

December 18, 2014
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Good Energy shares lose power after it warns that warm weather this year will cool profit growth

Shares in Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier and generator, fell by more than 6% yesterday after it warned that its profits will be lower than expected this year. The fall came despite the firm announcing that it had secured a new £45m debt facility to invest in future generating capacity and customer...

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Clegg in Swindon to sign ‘historic’ £129m deal to boost local economy

December 18, 2014
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Clegg in Swindon to sign ‘historic’ £129m deal to boost local economy

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has hailed an “historic” job-creating £129m boost to the economy of Swindon and Wiltshire. The Government-funded Growth Deal, which was previously announced in July, will help create up to 1,500 jobs, allow up to 2,000 homes to be built by 2021 and generate up to £70m in public and...

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Jobless fall welcomed by Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, but it warns of weaknesses in economy

December 17, 2014
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Jobless fall welcomed by Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, but it warns of weaknesses in economy

The Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative has welcomed another fall in unemployment but warned that “fundamental weaknesses” remain in the economy which threaten to hold back recovery. Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show unemployment across the South West fell by 2,000 between August and October, taking the region’s jobless rate down...

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Duke of York’s return visit to Swindon UTC to perform official opening

December 5, 2014
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Duke of York’s return visit to Swindon UTC to perform official opening

Swindon’s recently-opened University Technical College (UTC) is to be officially opened by The Duke of York next Thursday. His Royal Highness will meet UTC Swindon students, directors, teachers and business partners before unveiling a commemorative plaque to officially open the college. The event will be attended by directors from UTC sponsors Johnson Matthey Fuel...

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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

December 5, 2014
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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

Exports by South West firms have risen slightly over the past year despite turmoil in the key Eurozone market, new figures show. And more companies are following the Government’s advice and selling overseas as a way of strengthening their business.  Regional trade boss Russell Jones welcomed today’s figures with cautious optimism and pointed to...

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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

December 5, 2014
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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

The annual search for the region’s best companies has started with the launch of accountants PwC’s widely-respected West of England Business of the Year Awards 2015. Now in their 27th year, the eagerly-contested awards are the most prestigious in the region by far – previous winners read like a who’s who of the West’s...

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UK automotive industry gearing up for jobs boost as manufacturers bring production back home

December 5, 2014
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UK automotive industry gearing up for jobs boost as manufacturers bring production back home

Nearly 50,000 jobs will be created in the UK automotive industry over the next two years as manufacturers bring production back to Britain, according to a major report published today. The upbeat Lloyds Bank report, Fuelling Growth, which surveyed manufacturers from across the automotive supply chain, found that 70% are looking to ‘on-shore’ some...

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Autumn Statement: Swindon Business reaction

December 3, 2014
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The Chancellor produced a balanced Autumn Statement that addressed business concerns around rates reform and finance, Swindon business leaders have said. Ian Larrard, director of the Initiative in Swindon & Wiltshire, part of Business West, described it as a “crowd-pleasing” set of proposals for business, particularly its pledge for a major review into the...

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Colourful exporting campaign draws on street art to get more Swindon firms selling overseas

December 2, 2014
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Colourful exporting campaign draws on street art to get more Swindon firms selling overseas

Export chiefs hope that a former shipping container covered with colourful street art will hold the key to getting more Swindon firms to take their business to the world. Launched this week, Business West’s #GetExporting campaign highlights the benefits of exporting in an innovative way. The eye-catching container, spray-painted by a pair of Bristol...

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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

November 28, 2014
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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

Stands for The Business Showcase South West – the major business event which celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise – are now on sale and pre-registration for delegates has also gone live. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in April this year, The Business Showcase South West returns...

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