Advanced manufacturing

Higher sales lead to strong rebound in confidence for the West’s small manufacturers

February 25, 2014
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Higher sales lead to strong rebound in confidence for the West’s small manufacturers

Further evidence of recovery among small and medium-sized West manufacturers has emerged with figures showing ‘significant’ growth over the past six months and plans for increased investment this year. The results, from the latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer survey, show 64% of firms increased sales in the second half of last year. At...

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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Swindon’s micro-chip innovation

February 25, 2014
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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Swindon’s micro-chip innovation

Swindon’s world-class expertise in micro-electronics could play a crucial role in the recently-announced Smart Cities Trade Mission to China later this year. The West of England area from Swindon to Bristol boasts the world’s second-largest cluster of micro-chip design expertise outside of California’s Silicon Valley. Many of its leading-edge firms are global players, such...

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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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