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Deadline looming for Swindon directors to enter region’s top boardroom awards

March 27, 2019
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Deadline looming for Swindon directors to enter region’s top boardroom awards

Swindon’s best business leaders have just a few days left to enter the South West’s most prestigious awards for boardroom excellence and enterprise. The deadline for entries to the prestigious Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards is midnight this Sunday.  With two new categories added this year – Young...

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Back and bigger than before – Business Showcase South West returns in June

March 21, 2019
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Back and bigger than before – Business Showcase South West returns in June

Business Showcase South West – the region’s largest event of its kind – returns in June with the promise of an unparalleled range of seminars, workshops, speeches and networking opportunities. The event, the ninth since it launched in 2014, again takes place in Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium and will celebrate the best of innovation,...

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Business Expo gets set to help firms grow and prosper with inspirational talks and networking

March 18, 2019
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Business Expo gets set to help firms grow and prosper with inspirational talks and networking

Expanding Swindon firms are being urged to attend a major business show in Bath this Thursday, which are expected to reach more than 500 delegates from across the South West. The the Bath Business Expo, in the city’s Assembly Rooms, aims to inspire small and medium-sized businesses and locally-based corporates, start-ups and pre start-ups...

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Non-EU exports worth millions to South West firms at risk if no deal Brexit takes place, warns CBI

February 22, 2019
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Non-EU exports worth millions to South West firms at risk if no deal Brexit takes place, warns CBI

The CBI today issued another dire warning of the likely effects on the South West’s economy of leaving the EU without a deal – the potential loss of global export orders worth millions of pounds. The business organisation highlighted what it said would be the damaging implications of crashing out of the trade deals...

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Timeline: Honda in Swindon

February 19, 2019
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Timeline: Honda in Swindon

1980: Honda enters into a venture with State-owned British Leyland (BL) to build cars in the UK, starting a year later with the Triumph Acclaim, body panels for which are made at BL’s plant in Stratton, Swindon. 1985: After negotiations staged in great secrecy, Honda acquires the disued 370-acre former Vickers airfield at South...

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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Industry expert view

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Industry expert view

Warwick Business School professor of strategic management Christian Stadler, an expert on the car manufacturing industry, said the announcement was a huge blow to the British automotive industry – and insisted that Brexit must have been a factor in Honda’s thinking. “The headline figure is currently 3,500 job losses, but thousands more workers across...

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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Full company statement

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Full company statement

Honda released the following statement this morning: “Honda has today announced it will restructure its global manufacturing network. This restructure comes as Honda accelerates its commitment to electrified cars, in response to the unprecedented changes in the global automotive industry. “The significant challenges of electrification will see Honda revise its global manufacturing operations and...

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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Union reaction

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms shock plan to close Swindon plant: Union reaction

The Unite union, which has members among Honda’s 3,500-strong workforce, described the closure as a “shattering body blow” to UK manufacturing – and laid the blame firmly on the government’s approach to Brexit. It also said it would fight to retain production at the plant.  National officer for the automotive sector Des Quinn said:...

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Honda confirms plan to close Swindon plant: Local business reaction

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms plan to close Swindon plant: Local business reaction

Swindon business leaders were today united in voicing sympathy for Honda workers and their families affected by the plant closure – but said the town’s vibrant economy meant it would bounce back from such a blow. The end of car and engine manufacturing at Honda’s 370-acre South Marston site by 2021 with the loss...

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Honda confirms plan to close Swindon plant: Political reaction

February 19, 2019
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Honda confirms plan to close Swindon plant: Political reaction

Political reaction to Honda’s shock decision to close its huge Swindon plant with the loss of all 3,500 jobs has been swift – and sharply divided over whether it is linked to Brexit. North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, whose constituency includes the plant, yesterday denied the move was linked to the UK’s upcoming departure...

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