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Latchway shares soar as it recommends £124m takeover approach

September 1, 2015
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Latchway shares soar as it recommends £124m takeover approach

Shares in Latchways, the Devizes-based manufacturer of protection equipment for people working at height, soared by nearly 50% this morning after it announced it had received a £124m takeover offer. The bid has been made by MSA UK Holdings, a subsidiary of US-based safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety. In a statement to the London...

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MPs welcome support aimed at keeping Swindon businesses at forefront of innovation

August 28, 2015
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MPs welcome support aimed at keeping Swindon businesses at forefront of innovation

Swindon firms can help strengthen the town’s reputation as a leading centre for innovation by taking advantage of huge opportunities for funding and support on their doorstep, according to its two MPs. Robert Buckland and Justin Thomlinson met Innovate UK chief executive Ruth McKernan at the Government organisation’s North Star national HQ to hear...

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Synergy Health sales continue to rise as it battles US block on acquisition

August 28, 2015
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Synergy Health sales continue to rise as it battles US block on acquisition

Sales are continuing to grow at Synergy Health, the Swindon-based international medical sterilisation group whose acquisition by a US group is being challenged by regulators. Synergy, which provides specialist outsourced support services to hospitals and health-related businesses, achieved a 9% increase in revenue to £104.2m in the three months to June 28. Underlying revenue,...

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Poland visit will offer valuable business connections in Central and Eastern Europe for rookie exporters

August 22, 2015
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Poland visit will offer valuable business connections in Central and Eastern Europe for rookie exporters

First-time exporters from the Swindon area are being invited to explore opportunities in the fast-growing Central and Eastern Europe markets by taking part in a trade mission to Poland in October. The trip to Warsaw between October 6 and 8 is dedicated to building connections and learning on how to sell goods and services...

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Jobs go as Swindon printing firm Multisets enters administration

August 14, 2015
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Jobs go as Swindon printing firm Multisets enters administration

Long-established Swindon printing firm Multisets has gone into administration, it emerged today. The firm, which started trading in 1962, has an annual turnover of around £5m and employs more than 40 staff – a number of which have already been made redundant. It specialises in printing direct mail, integrated labels and cards, cheques and...

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Sales climb above £10m for packaging firm GWP as it marks 25th anniversary

August 14, 2015
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Sales climb above £10m for packaging firm GWP as it marks 25th anniversary

Packaging firm GWP Group, which this year celebrates 25 years in business, has achieved annual sales of more than £10m for the first time. The Cricklade-based firm, which manufactures a range of cardboard boxes, protective cases, inserts and packaging, has increased sales by more than 10% in each of the past two years following...

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Boost for Wiltshire manufacturers with arrival of Business Growth Service county manager

August 14, 2015
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Boost for Wiltshire manufacturers with arrival of Business Growth Service county manager

The Business Growth Service has appointed Andre Smague as business growth manager for Wiltshire – a role in which he will focus on supporting the county’s manufacturers with leadership and development, business improvement and supply chain opportunities. Andre, pictured, is a highly focused operations/supply chain manager with more than12 years’ experience in manufacturing, logistics...

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Warning that increase in unemployment shows ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in economy

August 12, 2015
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Warning that increase in unemployment shows ‘fundamental weaknesses’ in economy

The small rise in unemployment in the South West announced this week demonstrates how fragile economic growth is in the region, Business West has warned. The region’s largest business organisation – which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative – said “fundamental weaknesses” remained to be tackled, particularly the “dangerously high” level of youth unemployment....

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Avon Rubber buys Italian dairy products firm for €29.75m

August 6, 2015
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Avon Rubber buys Italian dairy products firm for €29.75m

Wiltshire manufacturing group Avon Rubber has acquired an Italian firm making specialist milking products for €29.75m (£20.7m). Melksham-based Avon said InterPuls would broaden its product range, client base and geographic reach and boost growth opportunities for its dairy division. The acquisition is expected to significantly enhance earnings in its 2016 financial year. Family-owned InterPuls, based...

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£1m investment to spark more growth at Swindon kitchen firm Manor Interiors

July 31, 2015
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£1m investment to spark more growth at Swindon kitchen firm Manor Interiors

Bespoke kitchen specialist Manor Interiors is to boost production at its Swindon manufacturing plant by 50% after investing £1m in new hi-tech machinery. The increased capacity will create up to six jobs and enable Manor to expand its contracts business with some of the UK’s largest housebuilders as well as growing its network of...

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