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Swindon & Wilts Initiative group’s advice and support best in Britain, new research shows

September 2, 2019
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Swindon & Wilts Initiative group’s advice and support best in Britain, new research shows

Business West, the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Inititiatve, provides the best business advice, guidance and support of any chamber in the country, a new report has revealed. It is also the top-grossing and most-profitable among the 53 accredited chambers across Britain, research by membership group the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) shows. ...

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Wiltshire firms to get chance to tap into multi-billion pound opportunities in UK nuclear sector

August 29, 2019
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Wiltshire firms to get chance to tap into multi-billion pound opportunities in UK nuclear sector

A major conference in October will give Wiltshire firms valuable insight into working with the nuclear sector in the UK and overseas. The Nuclear South West Showcase and Conference (NSW19) – the UK’s largest event of its kind – will shine a light on current and future opportunities in new build, decommissioning, defence and...

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‘Political turbulence’ over Brexit hitting firms, warns Business West, as Parliament to be suspended

August 28, 2019
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‘Political turbulence’ over Brexit hitting firms, warns Business West, as Parliament to be suspended

The boss of the region’s largest business organisation has again slammed Westminster for “playing political chess” while the health of the economy is in the balance. Phil Smith, pictured, managing director at Business West – which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative – said firms were paying the price for the failure of a...

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Call goes out for Wiltshire’s fast-growing tech firms to enter prestigious awards showcase

August 27, 2019
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Call goes out for Wiltshire’s fast-growing tech firms to enter prestigious awards showcase

Ambitious Wiltshire technology firms are being invited to enter a major awards scheme that recognises the UK’s fastest-growing businesses in the sector. Entries are now open for the 22nd annual UK Technology Fast 50 Awards staged by global accountancy group Deloitte. The awards are open to firms that use a proprietary technology in their business.  The...

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Exporters to EU told to get ‘third country’ registration to avoid potential no-deal Brexit problems

August 13, 2019
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Bath companies that export to Europe are being urged to register for non-EU trade ahead of a possible no-deal Brexit or face potential problems once the UK has left the European Union. The warning has come from Business West, the South West’s largest business organisation, which points out that if the UK quits the...

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Pitch programme to prepare ambitious firms for Dragons’ Den-style investor showcase

August 1, 2019
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Pitch programme to prepare ambitious firms for Dragons’ Den-style investor showcase

Innovative companies from Swindon and Wiltshire are being invited to pitch to investors for financial support from £100,000 up to £2m.  PitchFest South West provides ambitious businesses with an intensive expert training and investment programme designed to help them become both pitch and investment ready.  They then get to pitch to a group of...

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Alliance Pharma founder bows out after 23 years having developed a global business

July 1, 2019
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Alliance Pharma founder bows out after 23 years having developed a global business

The founder of specialty healthcare firm Alliance Pharma has stepped down from its board after more than 20 years, leaving it as a £353m international company. John Dawson, pictured, formed the Chippenham-headquartered firm 23 years ago. It has since then developed a strong track record of acquiring the rights to underperforming drugs brands and...

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Growth on the cards for Siemens software development team as it prepares to relocate

June 3, 2019
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Growth on the cards for Siemens software development team as it prepares to relocate

Global engineering giant Siemens is to relocate its software development department to newly refurbished office space in a move it says will improve teamwork and help it grow. The department, previously based on Chippenham’s Bumpers Farm business park, has moved to 4,300sq ft of prime office space on the first floor of the town’s...

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‘Sort out Brexit’ plea to MPs by the Swindon Initiative as economy is helped by stockpiling

May 13, 2019
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‘Sort out Brexit’ plea to MPs by the Swindon Initiative as economy is helped by stockpiling

The Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative has again called on Parliament to resolve Brexit and tackle the UK’s long-term economic challenges after new figures showed that stockpiling by manufacturers ahead of the UK leaving the EU had helped boost growth. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the economy expanded by 0.5% in...

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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

April 14, 2019
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Business West blames uncertainty over Brexit for big fall in orders, sales and confidence

Confidence levels among West of England firms have dropped significantly – with orders and sales also down – according to the latest survey by Business West, with the region’s largest business organisation blaming Brexit uncertainty for the slump. All measures in the survey of around 500 firms were in the red. Export sales and...

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