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SCISYS lands £16m German satellite deal as its space division takes off

October 24, 2017
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SCISYS lands £16m German satellite deal as its space division takes off

Shares in SCISYS, the Chippenham-headquartered specialist IT group, soared to a new high yesterday after it won a €18m (£16m) contract to supply technology to the pioneering Heinrich Hertz satellite-communications project. The group’s space division will provide the ground station control and communications infrastructure for the German national mission as prime contractor – a...

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Chancellor needs to lift confidence in Budget, Business West warns as inflation hits five-year high

October 17, 2017
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Chancellor needs to lift confidence in Budget, Business West warns as inflation hits five-year high

Firms across Swindon and Wiltshire are looking for Chancellor Philip Hammond to deliver a shot in the arm and lift confidence in next month’s Budget following today’s rise in inflation, according to the region’s largest business group. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose to 3% in September, according to today’s official figures – taking...

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Juice launches new management division to meet growing demand for top-tier candidates

October 6, 2017
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Juice launches new management division to meet growing demand for top-tier candidates

Employment agency Juice Recruitment, which recently opened an office in Swindon, has launched a division to specialise in management positions across finance and accountancy, HR, commerce and business. The new division will be headed by Juice business manager Ali Watson, pictured, who has been with the agency for 13 years and managed its permanent...

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Ex-Wiltshire bank manager joins Cool Ventures to advise growth companies

October 6, 2017
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Ex-Wiltshire bank manager joins Cool Ventures to advise growth companies

Business growth consultancy Cool Ventures has appointed experienced former Wiltshire bank manager Barry Vincent to the team. Mr Vincent, pictured, joins as an adviser and will offer expert advice to businesses enrolled on the Swindon and Wiltshire SME Growth Programme.  The programme, which is delivered locally by Cool Ventures, provides free intensive support to...

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Business West on top of the world after winning global chamber of commerce award

September 29, 2017
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Business West on top of the world after winning global chamber of commerce award

Business West, the organisation that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, has been named as the world’s best chamber for an export development programme that has helped create thousands of jobs. The organisation, which runs chambers of commerce across the South West, was one of five similar groups from across the globe to win...

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Assistant regional director joins the CBI in the South West

September 18, 2017
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Assistant regional director joins the CBI in the South West

The CBI has appointed Ben Rhodes as its new assistant regional director in the South West. Ben, pictured, joins from the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, where he was chief executive for five-and-a-half years. His responsibilities in the newly created role will include promoting the South West as a great place to invest and...

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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned next month

September 14, 2017
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UK Female Start-up of the Year to be crowned next month

The search is on to find Britain’s female start-up of the Year – with the winner following in the footsteps of two West of England-based businesswomen. The successful entrant will be crowned in Bristol next month following a live pitching session on stage at the annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs, which returns to the...

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Second Tech Track 100 placing for Wiltshire firm at forefront of medical technology

September 8, 2017
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Second Tech Track 100 placing for Wiltshire firm at forefront of medical technology

A Wiltshire company that spun out of the University of Bath is to appear in a league table of the UK’s fastest-growing private tech, media and telecoms firms for the second time in two years. Qualasept Pharmaxo, which has developed the UK’s single biggest aseptic clean room, has achieved annual sales growth of 77%...

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SCISYS confident ahead of first-half results as spate of contract wins boost order book

September 8, 2017
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SCISYS confident ahead of first-half results as spate of contract wins boost order book

A raft of recent contract wins and a bumper order book means Chippenham-based specialist IT group SCISYS is on target to report solid half-year results later this month, according to its directors. In a trading update to the London Stock Exchange earlier this week, the SCISYS board said they remained confident that the group...

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Avon Tyres appointed by TVR to supply its new 200mph high-performance sports

September 8, 2017
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Avon Tyres appointed by TVR to supply its new 200mph high-performance sports

Iconic British sports car maker TVR is today unveiling its first new model for more than a decade – with Melksham-based specialist tyre manufacturer Avon playing a crucial supporting role. The £90,000 car, which can reach speeds of up to 200mph and 0-60mph in less than four seconds, is being launched to much fanfare...

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