Advanced manufacturing

BUDGET 2014: Help for exporters

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Help for exporters

Chancellor George Osborne delivered a major boost to the region’s exporters in his Budget today by announcing the amount of lending available to the UK firms doing business overseas will be doubled to £3bn. Interest rates charged on that lending will also be cut by a third, he said. And he gave some help...

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Tree planting work by AFL helps improve canal

March 19, 2014
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Tree planting work by AFL helps improve canal

Staff from Swindon-based fibre optic and cable manufacturer AFL have helped improve the area around a restored stretch of the town’s historic canal. AFL partnered with the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust to plant more than 150 native British trees and hedgerows alongside the canal at Mouldon Hill. The project was part of AFL’s...

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BUDGET 2014: Business wish-list

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Business wish-list

Business West has called on Chancellor George Osborne to use today’s Budget to focus on youth employment, training and enterprise – all crucial to securing future growth and avoiding a ‘lost generation’ as the UK economy continues to recover, it says. In its 2014 Budget submission, the business support organisation, which runs the Swindon...

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Gateway for Growth funding helps lift four ambitious firms to the next level

March 18, 2014
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Gateway for Growth funding helps lift four ambitious firms to the next level

Four Wiltshire businesses have become the first to receive grants to support further growth, thanks to funding secured by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  The funding, worth a total of £127,191, has gone to Calne-based 1st Choice Stairlifts, Devizes-based Country Candle Company, interior design company Procol, based in Melksham, and Power...

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Swindon and Wiltshire directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

March 18, 2014
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Swindon and Wiltshire directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

Directors in firms across Swindon and Wiltshire have less than two weeks to enter the region’s top business awards that recognise boardroom excellence and enterprise. The South West Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards 2014 are open to anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation – they do not have...

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£108m German acquisition gives drugs firm Vectura new firepower to treat lung disease

March 13, 2014
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£108m German acquisition gives drugs firm Vectura new firepower to treat lung disease

Chippenham-based drug development firm Vectura today strengthened its position in the respiratory diseases treatment market with the €130m (£108m) acquisition of specialist German pharmaceutical company Activaero. Privately-owned Activaero’s proprietary smart nebuliser-based technology targets drugs at particular areas of the lung. It is currently part in seven clinical and several pre-clinical stage programmes. Vectura, which...

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Swindon innovation fires up world-beating precious metal recovery plant

March 11, 2014
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Swindon innovation fires up world-beating precious metal recovery plant

Tetronics International, the innovative Swindon-based developer of technology used in recycling and hazardous waste treatment, has strengthened its position in the global market by supplying a major new precious metals recovery plant in Taiwan. The firm, which has its UK base on the South Marston Industrial Estate, has completed work on the plasma recovery...

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Showcase event aims to bridge the gap between education, industry and enterprise

March 11, 2014
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Showcase event aims to bridge the gap between education, industry and enterprise

Swindon Academy, with the support of Business in the Community (BITC), is holding a pioneering event to bring together the worlds of education, industry and enterprise. The initiative, which will address the needs of both education and business, comes at a time when CBI members have commented that the economy would benefit from the...

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Rapid expansion on the cards at Fascia Graphics as it joins high-growth scheme

March 7, 2014
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Rapid expansion on the cards at Fascia Graphics as it joins high-growth scheme

Specialist manufacturer Fascia Graphics aims to double its turnover in just four years with the support of a Government-backed scheme for high-growth firms.  The Chippenham-based firm has recruited six apprentices under the GrowthAccelerator programme, a unique service led by some of the UK’s most successful growth specialists, to spur its expansion. Fascia, a market...

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Castrol to supply liquid engineering to 1,000mph Bloodhound land speed record bid

March 5, 2014
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Castrol to supply liquid engineering to 1,000mph Bloodhound land speed record bid

Swindon-based motor lubricant brand Castrol has signed up as a partner to the Bloodhound supersonic car project which aims to set a new land speed record. To reach its target of The 1,000 mph, the Bloodhound car now being built in Bristol requires high-performance lubricants – a role Castrol has fulfilled in the past...

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