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Business West blames ‘political uncertainty’ over Brexit as survey reveals shock slump in confidence

July 27, 2017
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Business West blames ‘political uncertainty’ over Brexit as survey reveals shock slump in confidence

Confidence among West of England firms has plummeted to its lowest level since the depths of the recession in 2009, according to the latest survey of its members by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. The number of businesses describing themselves as confident about their future slumped by 22% compared to the same...

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Boost for BMW Swindon workers as go-ahead given for UK production of new electric Mini

July 25, 2017
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Boost for BMW Swindon workers as go-ahead given for UK production of new electric Mini

Workers at BMW’s Swindon plant are cheering the German car giant’s decision to build the electric version of the Mini in the UK. The new car, which will enter production in 2019, will be based on the existing Mini three-door Hatch model – body panels and other parts for which are made at the...

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Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

July 21, 2017
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Smile – there’s now more time to enter awards that recognise region’s happiest workplaces

Swindon’s forward-looking employers now have more time to enter a top awards scheme that champions the happiest workplaces in the West following a decision by organisers to extend the deadline for entries. Staged by Bristol-based and interior design consultancy Wylde IA, the Happiest Workplace competition recognises firms that go the extra mile to ensure...

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Govt support for South West exporters help them lift overseas sales

July 21, 2017
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Govt support for South West exporters help them lift overseas sales

Exporting firms based in the South West received support worth £3.2m from the government’s export credit agency UK Export Finance (UKEF) over the past year – helping them achieve overseas sales of more than £41m. The figures emerge from UKEF’s latest annual report. The agency works alongside the Department for International Trade (DIT) to...

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Swedish group snaps up Swindon industrial fastening firm

July 18, 2017
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Swedish group snaps up Swindon industrial fastening firm

Swindon-based industrial fastening firm Young Black has been acquired by international specialist engineering group Indutrade in a move that will help to secure its future. Young Black, which employs around 30 people at its base on Radway Road, Stratton St Margaret, will become part of Swedish group Indutrade’s special products division. Swindon-headquartered regional law...

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Back-to-front shirt sponsorship deal with Derby County aims to pump up Avon Tyres’ brand

July 13, 2017
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Back-to-front shirt sponsorship deal with Derby County aims to pump up Avon Tyres’ brand

Wiltshire-based Avon Tyres has become the official shirt sponsor of Sky Bet Championship side Derby County – a promotion for the firm following its position as the club’s back-of-shirt sponsor last season. Melksham-based Avon, which described the new agreement as “multi-year”, initially teamed up with The Rams in February last year when it became...

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Firms in running for region’s most sought-after business awards

July 6, 2017
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Firms in running for region’s most sought-after business awards

Ten firms have been named as finalists for the coveted PwC West of England Business of the Year Awards – the region’s most prestigious business accolades. Among the contenders are Bath-based Independent Vetcare (IVC) – the UK’s fastest-growing veterinary group – and Bodywise (UK), which manufactures and sells organic and natural feminine hygiene and baby care...

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Swindon Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. The outlook’s good – but we need to stress-test for shocks

July 5, 2017
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By Donna Kehoe, Bank of England agent for the South West of England Twice a year the Bank of England publishes a major review of what we call the ‘financial stability’ of the nation. Our aim is to ensure that the financial system is as robust as it can be to withstand whatever shocks...

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Manufacturers warn of ‘chilling effect’ of post-Brexit restrictions on EU workers

June 23, 2017
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Manufacturers warn of ‘chilling effect’ of post-Brexit restrictions on EU workers

Denying Swindon firms access to workers from the European Union after Brexit could have a “potentially chilling economic effect”, a major industry body warns today.  The stark message from the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, comes a day after Prime Minister Theresa May told EU leaders that about 3m EU citizens living in the UK would...

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Quitting EU customs union could hit Honda’s Swindon plant, car giant boss warns

June 21, 2017
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Quitting EU customs union could hit Honda’s Swindon plant, car giant boss warns

One of car giant Honda’s top bosses has warned of the possible “harm” of leaving the European customs union on its giant Swindon plant. Honda senior vice-president of Honda Ian Howells said the plant relied on a large pan-European network of suppliers to deliver 2 million components to its car and engine assembly lines...

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