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PwC West Business of the Year Awards sign off after 30 years with ‘winner of winners’ ceremony

June 23, 2018
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PwC West Business of the Year Awards sign off after 30 years with ‘winner of winners’ ceremony

Global engineering giant Renishaw has been named as the ‘winner of winners’ as the prestigious PwC West of England Business of the Year Awards marked their 30th – and last – year. Launched in 1988 by accountants PwC to showcase the region’s top large businesses, the awards have since become the South West’s most-respected...

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New non-executive director brings US pharma experience to Vectura

June 4, 2018
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New non-executive director brings US pharma experience to Vectura

Specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura has confirmed the appointment of Anne Whitaker as a non-executive director with effect from last Friday as it continues to reshape its board.   The Chippenham-based firm, which makes innovative devices and formulation for inhaled airways diseases, had been seeking a non-executive director with current US pharma experience.    Vectura’s...

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Alliance Pharma non-exec director leaves board after nine years

May 31, 2018
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Alliance Pharma non-exec director leaves board after nine years

A non-executive director at specialty pharmaceutical firm Alliance Pharma has stepped down after nine years on its board.   Thomas Casdagli’s resignation comes nearly three months after a boardroom shake-up at the Chippenham-based firm, which resulted in the appointment of a new chief executive to replace its founder as well as a new chairman. ...

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Deals worth £65m for Swindon green pioneer on a mission to recycle UK’s plastic mountain

May 24, 2018
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Deals worth £65m for Swindon green pioneer on a mission to recycle UK’s plastic mountain

Swindon-based plastic waste pioneer Recycling Technologies has secured two deals with a combined value of £65m as it looks to develop a nationwide chain of specialist recycling machines. The firm’s innovative RT7000 machine – which it builds at its South Marston UK headquarters and manufacturing plant – recycles a wide range of household plastic...

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Six of the best: Swindon firms take their place among UK’s most inspiring businesses

May 24, 2018
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Six of the best: Swindon firms take their place among UK’s most inspiring businesses

Six very different Swindon companies have been named among 1,000 of the UK’s most inspiring small and medium-sized businesses. Appsbroker, Beard, Excalibur Communications, Outsource Recruitment, RFS and Wasdell Group appear in the London Stock Exchange Group’s latest 1000 Companies list, which celebrates the most dynamic SMEs in the UK.  The respected annual report, now...

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Two more awards for Honda’s built-in-Swindon Civic Type R hot hatch

May 23, 2018
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Two more awards for Honda’s built-in-Swindon Civic Type R hot hatch

Honda’s Civic Type R, which is made at its Swindon plant, has added two more trophies to its raft of accolades, winning the Readers’ Champion and Britain’s Best Affordable Drivers Car categories at the 2018 Autocar Awards. The annual Autocar Awards celebrate the very best new and used cars and pay tribute to the...

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Pioneering app firm co-founder joins Swindon VR company as it shapes up for more growth

May 23, 2018
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Pioneering app firm co-founder joins Swindon VR company as it shapes up for more growth

Fast-growing Swindon virtual reality and immersive tech firm Render has appointed the co-founder of one of the West of England’s recent tech success stories as its new business development director. Chris Price, pictured, launched pioneering Bristol-based app developer Mubaloo in 2009 with South West serial entrepreneur Mark Mason and grew it to a £4m...

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Swindon-based Network Rail boss lines up against rivals in South West Director of the Year Awards

May 22, 2018
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Swindon-based Network Rail boss lines up against rivals in South West Director of the Year Awards

The managing director of Swindon-based Network Rail’s Western route is flying the flag for the town in one of the region’s top award schemes for boardroom excellence.  Mark Langman, who has overseen a multi-billion pound upgrade and led the drive to increase safety and reliability of the infrastructure across Network Rail’s West region, is...

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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

May 22, 2018
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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

The managing director of the West of England’s largest business group this week joined more than 50 other chamber of commerce leaders to urge the Prime Minister to take radical action and ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the UK economy. Phil Smith from Business West – the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative –...

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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

May 20, 2018
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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

Lloyds Bank has launched a £100m fund to help small businesses take advantage of supply chain opportunities linked to the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The fund, which opened on Friday, will help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK access discounted lending and become involved in one of UK’s...

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