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Former KPMG partner takes up post as non-executive director at Latchways

February 25, 2014
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Former KPMG partner takes up post as non-executive director at Latchways

Devizes-based specialist safety harnessing firm Latchways has appointed Christopher Casey, a former partner at accountants KPMG, as a non-executive director with immediate effect. Mr Casey will replace Ian Pickering, who had indicated his intention not to stand for re-election at Latchways’ AGM to allow him to focus his time on his other activities. He...

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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

February 24, 2014
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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

Swindon and Wiltshire businesses will next week get a rare chance to meet trade experts from the British Embassies in the US and Canada and explore transatlantic export opportunities on a one-to-one basis. The event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Bristol on Wednesday, March 5, is the latest ‘meet the expert’ event...

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Significant output boost for Swindon’s BMW plant to support new Mini factory in Holland

February 18, 2014
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Significant output boost for Swindon’s BMW plant to support new Mini factory in Holland

Production at Swindon’s BMW car plant, which makes body panels for the Mini, is to be increased significantly to supply a new factory in Holland, it was revealed this afternoon. BMW confirmed yesterday that it is to build the latest Mini model – the Hatch – at the VDL Nedcar in Born, Holland, to...

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Expanding Wiltshire tech firm boosts management team with senior appointments

February 18, 2014
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Expanding Wiltshire tech firm boosts management team with senior appointments

Cardwave, the innovative Devizes-based specialist technology firm, has strengthened its management team with two key appointments as it continues to grow its business. The firm, a pioneer in flash memory products used in a wide range of devices including mobile phones, digital cameras and notebook computers, has recruited Tim Norris as business development manager...

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Swindon auto parts firm puts long-term jobless on road to work

February 18, 2014
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Swindon auto parts firm puts long-term jobless on road to work

Swindon-based auto parts warehousing firm BG Automotive has given 13 long-term unemployed people the chance to build a career after teaming up with adult learning provider TBG Learning. BGA, which has its headquarters and UK warehouse on the Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, has been working with TBG Learning since 1999. The 13 new recruits...

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China trade mission will showcase West of England’s green, tech and creative innovation

February 17, 2014
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China trade mission will showcase West of England’s green, tech and creative innovation

Swindon’s innovative firms in the green, hi-tech and creative industries are being invited to take part in a unique trade mission to China which aims to open up valuable new markets for businesses in these key sectors. Taking the ‘Smart Cities’ concept as its theme, the November visit will give 10 businesses from the...

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£4m fund launched to boost innovation among West businesses

February 12, 2014
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£4m fund launched to boost innovation among West businesses

Innovative businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire working on pioneering research and development projects can apply for financial help through a £4m innovation fund launched today by the University of the West of England (UWE). Grants of between £25,000 and £150,000 will be available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as large companies...

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Fascia Graphics looks north for expansion as sales manager returns

February 12, 2014
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Fascia Graphics looks north for expansion as sales manager returns

Fascia Graphics, the Chippenham-based specialist printing firm, has continued its expansion into new markets by appointing Mark Anderson as sales manager for the Midlands, North Wales, North West and East Anglia. Mark, pictured, worked for Fascia, which makes graphic overlays and membrane keypads, between 1996 and 2010, becoming UK sales manager in 2005. The...

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We need to engineer a skilled workforce, Duke of York says after visit to Swindon UTC

February 11, 2014
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We need to engineer a skilled workforce, Duke of York says after visit to Swindon UTC

Young people should be encouraged to get an all-round education fit for the modern workplace before they leave school, the Duke of York said yesterday following his high-profile visit to Swindon. The Duke, who has a strong interest in education, innovation and technology, met business leaders and the directors of the town’s yet-to-open University...

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Profits warning causes shares to tumble at safety harnessing firm Latchways

February 10, 2014
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Profits warning causes shares to tumble at safety harnessing firm Latchways

Shares in Devizes-based specialist safety harnessing firm Latchways slipped by more than 13% yesterday after it issued a profits warning. The company, whose products are used worldwide by the construction, utility and maintenance industries, warned that its sales and profits for the year to the end of March would be “materially short of current...

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