Advanced manufacturing

Seminars on lean thinking and apprenticeships added to Bath Business Expo’s busy schedule

March 13, 2018
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Seminars on lean thinking and apprenticeships added to Bath Business Expo’s busy schedule

Two more seminars have been added to Bath Business Expo’s packed schedule with less than a week to go to what will be one of the largest general business exhibitions and networking opportunities in the region this year.  The expo, which takes place this Friday, March 16, will build on the success of last...

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IoD extends deadline and introduces new category in SW Director of the Year Awards

March 7, 2018
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IoD extends deadline and introduces new category in SW Director of the Year Awards

The deadline to enter the region’s top awards for boardroom excellence has been extended and a new category introduced to give as many directors as possible a chance to shine this year. Entrepreneurs now have until March 29 to submit their applications for the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) South West Director of the...

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New chairman and CEO at Alliance Pharma as founder stands down

March 1, 2018
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New chairman and CEO at Alliance Pharma as founder stands down

A boardroom shake-up at specialty pharmaceutical firm Alliance Pharma has resulted in the appointment of a new chief executive to replace its founder and a new chairman.   Peter Butterfield, currently deputy CEO of the Chippenham-based firm, which buys underperforming drugs brands and realises their potential through investment, will take over from founder and...

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Deadline looming for Swindon bosses to enter the South West’s Director of the Year Awards

February 23, 2018
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Deadline looming for Swindon bosses to enter the South West’s Director of the Year Awards

Time is running out for Swindon’s best business leaders and entrepreneurs to enter the region’s top awards for boardroom excellence. This year’s Institute of Directors (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2018 have already proved the most successful yet, with a record number of registrations to enter. And with next Wednesday’s deadline...

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Study will show how Swindon’s manufacturers can help solve the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’

February 8, 2018
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Study will show how Swindon’s manufacturers can help solve the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’

Swindon’s small to medium-sized manufacturers are being urged to have their say in a major research project into productivity in the sector across the UK. Recent economic data has suggested UK industry is starting to solve the so-called ‘productivity puzzle’ with efficiency levels in the sector showing signs of improvement. This comes after years...

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Govt’s ‘fudge’ over Brexit negotiations is harming Swindon firms, says Business West

February 7, 2018
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Govt’s ‘fudge’ over Brexit negotiations is harming Swindon firms, says Business West

The West of England’s largest business organisation today warned the government that its approach to Brexit was “positively damaging” firms in the region. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, is backing an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) calling for clarity on the...

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World’s largest label maker snaps up Chippenham firm Fascia Graphics for £6.5m

February 3, 2018
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World’s largest label maker snaps up Chippenham firm Fascia Graphics for £6.5m

Chippenham-based specialist manufacturer Fascia Graphics has been acquired by the UK design arm of CCL Industries, the world’s largest label group, in a $9.3m (£6.58m) deal.   Fascia has grown into the UK’s leading supplier of screen printed labels, membrane keypads and graphic overlays since it was established in 1994.  It operates from a...

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Former Herman Miller ‘blue building’ gets new lease of life as defence warehouse for Wincanton

February 1, 2018
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Former Herman Miller ‘blue building’ gets new lease of life as defence warehouse for Wincanton

Logistics group Wincanton has leased the high-profile former Herman Miller distribution base in Chippenham to fulfil a new defence-related contract on behalf of a leading customer. The 79,000 sq ft building, pictured – a stone’s throw from Wincanton’s Chippenham headquarters – was designed for the iconic office furniture group by leading contemporary architect Sir...

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Firms have duty to help disadvantaged people into work, says Business in the Community

January 30, 2018
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Firms have duty to help disadvantaged people into work, says Business in the Community

Swindon businesses have been urged to engage with their local communities to create programmes that help disadvantaged jobseekers into employment. The call to action came from a meeting of some of the South West’s most influential executives hosted by Business in the Community (BITC).  The event drew on existing programmes that support inclusive employment...

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New regional team at FSB vows to step up grassroots lobbying on behalf of Swindon’s small firms

January 27, 2018
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New regional team at FSB vows to step up grassroots lobbying on behalf of Swindon’s small firms

Small Businesses group the FSB is to boost its grassroots lobbying activity in Swindon and across the South West after appointing a new-look senior team. Roger Tarrant, pictured right, previously one of the FSB’s branch chairman in the region, has become the first holder of the new wider role of regional chair for the...

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