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CBI president and new regional chair to speak at its annual South West dinner

September 29, 2016
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CBI president and new regional chair to speak at its annual South West dinner

Business leaders from Swindon and across the West of England will get their first chance to hear the views of the CBI’s recently appointed president and its incoming regional chair at the organisation’s annual dinner next week. The event is traditionally a high point of the region’s business calendar, attracting hundreds of senior businessmen...

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Communications manager takes up role at Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

September 28, 2016
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Communications manager takes up role at Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed Vanessa Joseph as its first full-time communications manager. Vanessa, pictured, joins the LEP from the corporate sector having previously worked with Swindon-based building society Nationwide in the UK and Verizon Communications in India.  She is responsible for managing the organisation’s marketing and communication strategy with...

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£1.1m profit for SCISYS as it bounces back from last year’s crisis

September 23, 2016
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£1.1m profit for SCISYS as it bounces back from last year’s crisis

Specialist IT group SCISYS has bounced back into profit with trading figures for the half year to the end of June showing a complete recovery from its disastrous 2015. The Chippenham-based group, which sells complex software systems to the space, defence, media and government sectors, chalked up an operating profit of £1.1m in the six months...

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Inspirational business bootcamp heads to Swindon

September 16, 2016
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Inspirational business bootcamp heads to Swindon

Influencers UK, the organisation that inspires good people to create good businesses, is to hold its biggest bootcamp outside London this year in Swindon next month. The Influencers Business Bootcamp will bring together world-class thinking to inspire business owners and start-ups.  The free event on October 6 at the Hilton, Swindon, will feature Influencers founder...

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Avon Rubber’s share bounce back on upbeat trading outlook and $9m US order

September 9, 2016
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Avon Rubber’s share bounce back on upbeat trading outlook and $9m US order

Shares in Wiltshire manufacturer Avon Rubber leapt by more than 11% after it issued an upbeat trading statement and revealed it had won a $9m (£6.77m) contract in the US. The Melksham-based firm, which makes gas masks and respirators for the military and emergency services and rubber products for the global dairy industry, said it...

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West firms show resilience on sales and jobs despite confidence plunging to four-year low

September 2, 2016
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West firms show resilience on sales and jobs despite confidence plunging to four-year low

Confidence among West of England firms has slumped to its lowest level since 2012 as they continue to react to the EU referendum, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor (BCM), which gauges how businesses view the economic prospects facing them over coming year, shows confidence falling into negative...

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Vectura suffers after clinical trial fails to extend use of asthma treatment

August 31, 2016
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Vectura suffers after clinical trial fails to extend use of asthma treatment

Shares in specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura came under pressure this week as investors continue to digest the news that its asthma treatment has failed a clinical trial to extend its use. Chippenham-based Vectura, which is pioneering new ways of treating asthma and lung diseases, had hoped that a trial of its Flutiform asthma treatment would...

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$8m windfall for Vectura as sales of pain relief drug hit new high

August 19, 2016
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$8m windfall for Vectura as sales of pain relief drug hit new high

Strong sales of its Exparel pain relief drug have triggered a $8m (£6.1m) payout for Chippenham-based specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura. Exparel, an injectable single-dose drug used post-surgery, became part of Vectura’s portfolio following its £440m acquisition in March of Skyepharma.  Exparel was initially developed by London-based Skyepharma but its daevelopment was completed by US firm Pacira...

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Honda unveils latest made-in-Swindon Civic as it launches US export drive

August 15, 2016
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Honda unveils latest made-in-Swindon Civic as it launches US export drive

Honda has started exporting its new Swindon-built Civic hatchback to the US as it begins to put the job cuts and production setbacks of recent years behind it. The car, the 10th generation of Honda’s top-selling model, is the result of a £200m investment by the Japanese firm in its giant South Marston plant,...

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Avon Tyres drives into football sponsorship with Derby County deal

August 12, 2016
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Avon Tyres drives into football sponsorship with Derby County deal

Avon Tyres has signed a sponsorship deal with Sky Bet Championship team Derby County for the new season. Under the agreement, the Melksham-based firm’s logo is appearing on the back of the side’s first-team shirts and shorts for the entire campaign, which kicked last Saturday. Avon, which makes high-performance car and motorcycle tyres at its Melksham factory,...

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