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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

April 7, 2014
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Eastern promise offered by fast-growing Asian markets to be highlighted at export roadshow

West businesses will hear how to unlock their potential by looking east for trade opportunities at an event in the region later this week. The UK Asia Business Council (UKABC) brings its regional roadshow to Bristol on Friday, giving an oversight of South East Asia’s markets and rounding off Export Week. Organised in conjunction...

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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

April 7, 2014
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Tickets still available for tomorrow’s unique showcase of South West innovation and creativity

Tickets are still available for The Business Showcase South West 2014, the region’s newest and most-exciting business event, which takes place tomorrow. The unique showcase at Bristol’s historic Colston Hall celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and sustainability through speeches, discussions, exhibitors and networking opportunities. The powerful line-up of speakers includes Karren...

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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

April 4, 2014
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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

Exporting in the digital age and advice for female entrepreneurs considering growing their business overseas are among the topics to be covered in the West as part of Export Week. Starting on Monday, the week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets. UK Trade...

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‘Bold vision’ calls for Government to help put innovation at heart of Swindon and Wiltshire’s economy

April 1, 2014
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‘Bold vision’ calls for Government to help put innovation at heart of Swindon and Wiltshire’s economy

An ambitious economic blueprint to make Swindon and Wiltshire one of the most innovative areas in the country has been submitted to the Government by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan urges ministers to invest public money in Swindon and Wiltshire to secure growth as the area grapples with key...

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Honda job losses: Business reaction

March 25, 2014
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Honda job losses: Business reaction

Director of The Initiative in Swindon & Wiltshire Ian Larrard said his organisation, part of lobbying and advice group Business West, will work with Honda to help it maintain manufacturing in the town. He also said support would be given to workers losing their jobs, particularly those looking to start their own business. “We...

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Honda job losses: Trade union reaction

March 25, 2014
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Honda job losses: Trade union reaction

The Unite union, which represents workers at Honda’s Swindon plant, described today’s news as a “devastating blow to UK manufacturing” and warned total job losses could be four times as high when it hits firms in the supply chain. The union called for urgent talks with Honda and for the Government to step in...

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Honda job losses: Political reaction

March 25, 2014
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Honda job losses: Political reaction

Swindon’s MPs today pledged to do all they can to help Honda workers affected by the latest job cuts and to act to ensure the car giant remains committed to the town. Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, said he had spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron about the Honda job losses and had...

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Honda job losses: Official statement from Honda Motor Europe

March 25, 2014
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Honda job losses: Official statement from Honda Motor Europe

Full text of Honda statement Honda Motor Europe has today announced that its Swindon manufacturing facility, Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM), will move from a three-shift to a two-shift pattern. In addition, production will be consolidated onto one line, to improve production flexibility and efficiency, and will remain so whilst production volumes...

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More jobs to go at Honda’s Swindon plant as production is cut back again

March 25, 2014
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More jobs to go at Honda’s Swindon plant as production is cut back again

Car giant Honda today announced it is to axe nearly 500 jobs and close one of its two production lines at its Swindon plant as sales in Europe continue to struggle. The move, which will also reduce its three shifts to two, is the latest blow to workers at the plant. Last year nearly...

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Drive by Swindon firm to put town on international map for engine technology

March 21, 2014
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Drive by Swindon firm to put town on international map for engine technology

Swindon may be best known for its railway heritage, Honda and the Magic Roundabout, but thanks to one innovative firm, the town’s name could soon be linked across the world with cutting-edge engine technology used in motor racing. Swindon Engines, which produces high-performance engines and components at its headquarters in Greenbridge, has opened a...

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