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Business West links with London and Manchester chambers to warn over impact of Brexit ‘uncertainty’

April 6, 2018
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Business West links with London and Manchester chambers to warn over impact of Brexit ‘uncertainty’

Business West, the region’s largest business body and the organisation that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, is collaborating with two other powerful chambers to highlight the impact of uncertainty over Brexit a year before it takes effect. The Three Chamber Alliance – which includes the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and...

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$9.25m sale of non-core US business allows Avon Rubber to concentrate on protection market

April 5, 2018
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$9.25m sale of non-core US business allows Avon Rubber to concentrate on protection market

Wiltshire specialist manufacturer Avon Rubber has sold its US-based hovercraft skirt and bulk liquid storage tank business, for $9.25m (£6.58m). Melksham-based Avon, which makes respirators for military, homeland security and first responder customers as well as rubber products for the dairy industry, said it had been reviewing strategic options for Avon Engineered Fabrications (AEF)...

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Nominations open for awards that champion the high flyers of the region’s aerospace sector

April 3, 2018
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Nominations open for awards that champion the high flyers of the region’s aerospace sector

The hunt is on to find the individuals and businesses that are helping maintain the West of England aerospace sector’s position as one of the world’s largest and most innovative. Nominations have opened for its the second annual West of England Aerospace Forum’s (WEAF) coveted annual Aerospace Ambassador Awards.  Following last year’s success, a...

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Upbeat outlook for region’s small firms, FSB survey shows, but concerns remain over economy

March 27, 2018
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Upbeat outlook for region’s small firms, FSB survey shows, but concerns remain over economy

Confidence among small business owners in the South West has bounced back thanks to lower inflation, progress on Brexit talks and the Chancellor’s positive Spring Statement, according to a survey published today. The report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – Britain’s biggest business representation group – also reveals a two-year high in...

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Just over week left to enter South West Director of the Year Awards

March 20, 2018
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Just over week left to enter South West Director of the Year Awards

Entrepreneurs have until Thursday of next week to enter the prestigious Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year Awards, the region’s top accolades for boardroom excellence. Three new categories have been added this year, taking the total to nine and giving directors more chance to claim one of the top awards.  The...

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Taking a business from good to great. The South West Business Growth summit will show how

March 20, 2018
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Taking a business from good to great. The South West Business Growth summit will show how

Expert insights into sales and marketing, team engagement and building a business into a saleable asset will this Friday show how to take their business to the next level at an event aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises. The South West Business Growth Summit is being staged by ActionCOACH, the world’s number one business...

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Spring Statement 2018: Swindon business reaction

March 14, 2018
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Swindon business experts have been reacting to yesterday’s Spring Statement, with most pointing to what Chancellor Philip Hammond failed to deliver rather than what he said. Dominic Bourquin, pictured, corporate tax partner at accountants MHA Monahans, whose Swindon office is one of eight across the West of England, said Mr Hammond couldn’t be accused...

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Spring Statement 2018: A disconnect between actions and words, says Business West

March 13, 2018
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Spring Statement 2018: A disconnect between actions and words, says Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond’s assertion in his Spring Statement that he would continue to “support British businesses” – but it insisted that his actions had to speak louder than words.  The £80m pledge to help small firms take on apprentices and the opening up of the construction...

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Spring Statement 2018: Business reaction

March 13, 2018
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CBI chief economist Rain Newton-Smith said the Chancellor was rightly backing British business to secure the UK’s future prosperity in a new economy. “It’s great to see an upgrade in the state of our public finances and rightly sensible to set more aside for a rainy day with Brexit uncertainty still weighing on the...

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Spring Statement 2018: Main points so far . . .

March 13, 2018
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Key points from today’s Spring Statement: Next spending review will take place in 2019 UK economy grew by 1.7% in 2017 OBR has increased forecast for growth next year but downgraded those for 2021 and 2022  Investment programme of £44bn to raise housing supply to 300,000 a year by the mid-2020s. Extra £1.7bn to...

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