Advanced manufacturing

Former Swindon Triumph site to get new lease of life as major distribution park

November 22, 2016
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Former Swindon Triumph site to get new lease of life as major distribution park

The disused former Triumph manufacturing and warehouse site on Swindon’s Groundwell Industrial Estate is to be redeveloped following its acquisition by Howard Tenens, the logistics and property group. Refurbishment work on the 7.2-acre site is due to start shortly as Howard Tenens – one of the UK’s largest privately owned logistics firms – seeks...

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Pharma pioneer Vectura’s $1m US deal for innovative asthma treatment

November 22, 2016
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Pharma pioneer Vectura’s $1m US deal for innovative asthma treatment

An innovative asthma treatment developed by Chippenham-based specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura is to go on sale in the US in deal that could earn it more than $1m. Under the licensing agreement announced today, the VR730 product – which uses Vectura’s groundbreaking dry powder inhalation technology – is to be manufactured and commercialised in...

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Chancellor urged to ‘pull out all the stops’ in Autumn Statement to boost confidence

November 21, 2016
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Chancellor urged to ‘pull out all the stops’ in Autumn Statement to boost confidence

Swindon business leaders have called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to go all out to boost confidence ahead of Brexit as he prepares to deliver his first Autumn Statement tomorrow. With the economic climate expected to get decidedly chilly next year as the UK works towards leaving the EU, commentators are expecting the Chancellor, pictured, to boost...

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Avon Rubber draws strength from weak pound and string of recent acquisitions

November 18, 2016
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Avon Rubber draws strength from weak pound and string of recent acquisitions

Acquisitions, innovation and the weak pound boosted specialist Wiltshire manufacturer Avon Rubber in the year to September 30, with bosses saying it ended the period a more robust business than when it started. The Melksham-based group, which makes gas masks and respirators for the military and emergency services and rubber products for the global...

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Mission control contract win for SCISYS puts it on launch pad for further space-related deals

November 11, 2016
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Mission control contract win for SCISYS puts it on launch pad for further space-related deals

Specialist IT group SCISYS has landed a contract to play a pivotal role in the launch of the world’s largest satellite constellation which aims to provide connectivity to billions of people around the world. The OneWeb global satellite system will consist of 648 orbiting mini-satellites which together will connect billions of people around the...

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Shares fall – then recover – in reaction to Donald Trump’s victory in US presidential election

November 9, 2016
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Shares fall – then recover – in reaction to Donald Trump’s victory in US presidential election

Shares in West of England companies listed on the London Stock Exchange came under pressure today as markets reacted to the election of Donald Trump as US President. Many took their lead from the FTSE 100, which fell by 2% on opening as it followed stock market turbulence overnight across Asia as investors digested Mr Trump’s...

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I won’t allow Brexit to hit Swindon’s economy, MP says – and calls for all sides in debate to ‘calm down’

November 4, 2016
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I won’t allow Brexit to hit Swindon’s economy, MP says – and calls for all sides in debate to ‘calm down’

Swindon’s key industries will be protected after Brexit takes effect, MP Robert Buckland has told Swindon Business News - but he warned that everyone involved in the debate needed to ‘calm down’ to ensure an orderly exit from the European Union. Speaking at a ‘Business of Brexit’ breakfast at regional law firm Thrings’ Swindon...

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Hunt for new finance director starts at Avon Rubber

October 25, 2016
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Hunt for new finance director starts at Avon Rubber

Wiltshire specialist manufacturer Avon Rubber is looking for a new finance boss following the announcement by its current group finance director Andrew Lewis that he is to leave the group. Andrew, pictured, will oversee the preparation of Avon’s 2016 financial statements and step down on November 30 after eight years at the Melksham-based group,...

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Coveted innovation award shortlisting for CMS SupaTrak

October 17, 2016
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Coveted innovation award shortlisting for CMS SupaTrak

CMS SupaTrak, the Swindon-based specialist software firm, has been shortlisted for a top national innovation accolade in the waste management industry.  The firm’s appearance as a finalist in the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) Sustainability & Resource Awards – which champion outstanding achievements in the sustainability, resource and waste industry – comes hot...

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Be inspired at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

October 16, 2016
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Be inspired at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to the West of England next Friday for its fifth year, bringing together some of the UK’s most influential female entrepreneurs, business leaders and brightest start-ups to provide detailed insight for starting and scaling a business. The jam-packed programme at the At-Bristol science centre includes:  Julie Deane, who...

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