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New chairman takes up reins at Swindon and Wiltshire LEP with commitment to boost growth

December 5, 2016
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New chairman takes up reins at Swindon and Wiltshire LEP with commitment to boost growth

Investment and growth in the local economy are the top priorities of newly appointed chairman of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) John Mortimer. John, pictured, also said he would be a champion for the area and wants businesses to get in touch with collaborative ideas to boost productivity. He has been vice-chairman...

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Autumn Statement 2016: National business reaction

November 23, 2016
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Business organisation the CBI “warmly welcomed” Chancellor Philip Hammond’s commitments to boost research and development, housing and infrastructure. But it said these must be acted on. Director-general Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured below, said: “The Chancellor has prioritised a pragmatic down payment on future productivity growth.  “His emphasis on R&D, housing and local infrastructure will help...

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Autumn Statement 2016: Business West reaction

November 23, 2016
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Swindon businesses will welcome Chancellor Philip Hammond’s focus on investment in the Autumn Statement, particularly in areas where growth pressures are highest, according to the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. Director Ian Larrard, pictured, described the statement as “a sombre, not flashy, affair” which reflected the national mood of economic and business uncertainty. But he...

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Autumn Statement 2016: Main points

November 23, 2016
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Chancellor Philip Hammond his presented his first Autumn Statement: Here are the main points, as announced: Office for Budget Responsibility says growth this year will be 2.1%, 1.4% next year (down from 2.2%), 1.7% in 2018 (down from 2.1%), 2.1% in 2019/20 (down from 2.1%) and 2% in 2020/21, (down from 2.1%). As expected, the...

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Swindon Business News photo gallery: Swindon175 Autumn Hooty Party hosted by Thrings

November 22, 2016
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Swindon Business News photo gallery: Swindon175 Autumn Hooty Party hosted by Thrings

The year-long celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of Swindon as a railway town continued last week when law firm Thrings hosted the Autumn Hooty Party. The event, held in the Caerphilly Hall of Swindon’s STEAM Museum, was attended by members of the Swindon business community. Regional law firm Thrings, which has its head...

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Former Swindon Triumph site to get new lease of life as major distribution park

November 22, 2016
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Former Swindon Triumph site to get new lease of life as major distribution park

The disused former Triumph manufacturing and warehouse site on Swindon’s Groundwell Industrial Estate is to be redeveloped following its acquisition by Howard Tenens, the logistics and property group. Refurbishment work on the 7.2-acre site is due to start shortly as Howard Tenens – one of the UK’s largest privately owned logistics firms – seeks...

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Pharma pioneer Vectura’s $1m US deal for innovative asthma treatment

November 22, 2016
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Pharma pioneer Vectura’s $1m US deal for innovative asthma treatment

An innovative asthma treatment developed by Chippenham-based specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura is to go on sale in the US in deal that could earn it more than $1m. Under the licensing agreement announced today, the VR730 product – which uses Vectura’s groundbreaking dry powder inhalation technology – is to be manufactured and commercialised in...

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Chancellor urged to ‘pull out all the stops’ in Autumn Statement to boost confidence

November 21, 2016
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Chancellor urged to ‘pull out all the stops’ in Autumn Statement to boost confidence

Swindon business leaders have called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to go all out to boost confidence ahead of Brexit as he prepares to deliver his first Autumn Statement tomorrow. With the economic climate expected to get decidedly chilly next year as the UK works towards leaving the EU, commentators are expecting the Chancellor, pictured, to boost...

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Avon Rubber draws strength from weak pound and string of recent acquisitions

November 18, 2016
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Avon Rubber draws strength from weak pound and string of recent acquisitions

Acquisitions, innovation and the weak pound boosted specialist Wiltshire manufacturer Avon Rubber in the year to September 30, with bosses saying it ended the period a more robust business than when it started. The Melksham-based group, which makes gas masks and respirators for the military and emergency services and rubber products for the global...

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Mission control contract win for SCISYS puts it on launch pad for further space-related deals

November 11, 2016
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Mission control contract win for SCISYS puts it on launch pad for further space-related deals

Specialist IT group SCISYS has landed a contract to play a pivotal role in the launch of the world’s largest satellite constellation which aims to provide connectivity to billions of people around the world. The OneWeb global satellite system will consist of 648 orbiting mini-satellites which together will connect billions of people around the...

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