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Wiltshire is England’s most sustainable area, analysis shows – but Swindon is more prosperous

February 17, 2017
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Wiltshire is England’s most sustainable area, analysis shows – but Swindon is more prosperous

Wiltshire is the most resilient and sustainable area of England, according to new analysis – but it lags behind many other parts of the country when it comes to inclusion, equality and prosperity. The county is ranked first out of 324 local authority areas for ‘resilience and sustainability’ in a major research project by...

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Grants available for rural firms to generate jobs and growth

February 16, 2017
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Grants available for rural firms to generate jobs and growth

Rural businesses across Swindon and Wiltshire targeting higher growth and innovation are being encouraged to apply for grants from a £3.9m fund secured by Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP sees the fund as a huge boost to the rural economy through job creation and driving growth. Rural businesses engaged in...

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Swindon Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Mixed picture emerging as UK heads towards Brexit

February 16, 2017
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By Donna Kehoe, the Bank of England’s agent for the South West of England What should we make of the prospects for the UK economy just over a month into what promises to be another eventful year? On the face of it there’s much to be positive about. Growth has proved surprisingly resilient since...

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Chancellor urged to use Spring Budget to lift flagging business confidence

February 15, 2017
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Chancellor urged to use Spring Budget to lift flagging business confidence

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to use his Spring Budget next month to bolster confidence amid fears that higher inflation and skill shortages will combine to hit West of England firms hard. While latest official jobless figures show unemployment continuing to fall, the strength of the...

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Search starts for region’s most inspirational business leaders

February 9, 2017
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Search starts for region’s most inspirational business leaders

Directors from Swindon and across the West of England are being invited to enter one of the region’s top annual awards schemes that recognises excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The prestigious Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2017 will showcase outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs as well as focusing UK-wide attention on success in...

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Search starts for West’s top firms as PwC launches coveted Business of the Year Awards

February 3, 2017
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Search starts for West’s top firms as PwC launches coveted Business of the Year Awards

Professional services firm PwC has launched its annual West of England Business of the Year Awards – widely regarded as the region’s most prestigious. Now in their 29th year, the eagerly-contested awards attract the cream of the region’s firms with a winners’ roll-call reading like a who’s who of the West’s most-respected companies. The...

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Firms urged to Switch On To Swindon as campaign is launched to change perceptions of town

January 27, 2017
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Firms urged to Switch On To Swindon as campaign is launched to change perceptions of town

A major campaign is underway to change perceptions of Swindon and put it in the national spotlight as being a great place to live, work, invest in and visit. Switch On To Swindon was launched on Tuesday night to an audience of nearly 400 business people – a turnout that amazed organisers. Its first...

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Spiral of stress and money worries leads to work-life imbalance for West business owners

January 26, 2017
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Spiral of stress and money worries leads to work-life imbalance for West business owners

Business owners in the South West have the worst work-life balance in the UK and are among the most likely to lose their motivation, a new study has revealed. This often impacts on relationships with their partners, families and social life, while money worries and responsibility to their staff lead to high stress levels....

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Praise for government’s commitment to skills in its long-awaited industrial strategy

January 25, 2017
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Praise for government’s commitment to skills in its long-awaited industrial strategy

The Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative has welcomed the focus on skills in the government’s new industrial strategy – but fears that the West of England would again miss out when it comes to funding. Prime Minister Theresa May launched the long-awaited strategy and its associated green paper this week. They set out a clear...

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Switch on this evening for business-backed campaign to change perceptions of Swindon

January 24, 2017
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Switch on this evening for business-backed campaign to change perceptions of Swindon

Swindon businesses are being urged to join a campaign to put the town in the national spotlight as being a great place to live, work, invest in and visit. Called Switch On To Swindon, the campaign – which is launched this evening – aims to change perceptions of the town and raise its profile....

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