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General Election result: Swindon business reaction

June 9, 2017
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Business organisations in Swindon and across the West of England today warned of damaging uncertainty following the shock General Election result and the impact of a hung Parliament on key issues for the town, particularly on the imminent Brexit negotiations Business West, the region’s largest business group, said there would be widespread concern about more...

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Leaving EU with no deal would harm region, Business West warns in its General Election manifesto

June 1, 2017
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Leaving EU with no deal would harm region, Business West warns in its General Election manifesto

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has warned that leaving the EU without a deal would cause “considerable damage” to many businesses. The organisation behind the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative said avoiding this outcome “must be a priority” for all General Election candidates standing in constituencies across the West of England. In its manifesto for...

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Turnaround in confidence levels by South West firms points to strong growth this year

June 1, 2017
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Turnaround in confidence levels by South West firms points to strong growth this year

Confidence among businesses in the South West is back in positive territory after a sustained period of decline, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor shows investment plans in the region are stronger than the UK average in areas such as employment, staff development and capital investment. The survey findings...

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Swindon & Wilts Economic Question Time to tackle crucial issues affecting the area

May 31, 2017
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Swindon & Wilts Economic Question Time to tackle crucial issues affecting the area

Business leaders from across Swindon and Wiltshire are being invited to put their questions to a panel of experts at an Economic Question Time event led by highly-acclaimed economist and public speaker Mark Berrisford-Smith. Hosted by regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has offices in Swindon and Marlborough, HSBC Bank and Swindon accountants...

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Clock ticking for Wiltshire firms to enter region’s first Aerospace Ambassadors Awards

May 19, 2017
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Clock ticking for Wiltshire firms to enter region’s first Aerospace Ambassadors Awards

Wiltshire’s aerospace and defence firms are being urged to submit their entries for the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) awards as the deadline fast approaches. Nominations for the Aerospace Ambassadors Awards – the region’s first – close on June 9, with the winners announced at a celebration dinner on June 28. WEAF, the...

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Tobacco group finance director joins Avon Rubber’s board

May 10, 2017
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Tobacco group finance director joins Avon Rubber’s board

Wiltshire specialist manufacturer Avon Rubber has ended its six-month search for a new finance director by appointing tobacco group Imperial Brands’ director of finance, planning & reporting to the role. Nick Keveth, pictured, who joins the Melksham-based group on June 1, worked at Bristol-based Imperial Brands (formerly Imperial Tobacco) for 12 years in a...

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Snap General Election must not derail Brexit talks, Swindon Initiative demands

April 18, 2017
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The government must convince businesses in Swindon that the snap General Election called for by Prime Minister Theresa May today won’t scupper vital talks with the EU over Brexit, the region’s largest business organisation said. In an immediate response to Mrs May’s announcement this morning that she is seeking a General Election on June...

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Hunt for Swindon’s happiest workplace gets underway

April 9, 2017
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Hunt for Swindon’s happiest workplace gets underway

Staff in the Swindon area’s most cheerful offices and workspaces are being urged to showcase what makes them so special as the region’s unique happiest workplace contest gets underway for the third year. Staged by workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde IA and supported by Swindon Business News and its sister titles, the Happiest Workplace competition...

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Engineering firm beats other bidders to acquire sought-after industrial unit

April 7, 2017
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Engineering firm beats other bidders to acquire sought-after industrial unit

A shortage of quality industrial property in the region led to competitive bidding for a sought-after unit on a popular business park. Family-run metal fabricating firm De Marchi Engineering beat off stiff competition to acquire the long leasehold interest of Unit 1 Bumpers Way in Chippenham after property agents Alder King and Strettons invited...

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Article 50: Future of EU workers tops list of concerns for Swindon firms, say advisors

March 30, 2017
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Business advisors covering Swindon are poised to deal with a wide range of concerns impacting on their clients following the triggering of Article 50 – from employment to tariffs and tax. They say the major worry – and one that is already affecting some firms – is the uncertainty over the status of EU nationals...

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