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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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BUDGET 2014: Swindon business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Swindon business reaction

Swindon’s manufacturers and tech firms were given help on a number of fronts to build on the recovery in today’s Budget. Business West, the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said the Chancellor had delivered on many items on its wish-list.  Ian Larrard, director of Business West in Swindon & Wiltshire, pictured, said:...

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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

National business groups welcomed today’s Budget, particularly the measures aimed at boosting manufacturing and lower energy costs. The CBI, which had called it a “make-or-break” Budget, said it “will put wind in the sails of business investment, especially for manufacturers”. Director-general John Cridland, pictured, said it had come at a critical time in the...

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BUDGET 2014: Boost for drinks industry

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Boost for drinks industry

The area's drinks industry cheered the Chancellor’s decision to lower the duty on beer by 10p and to freeze it on cider in this year’s Budget along with his decision to scrap the duty escalator which aims to automatically increase the tax on alcohol. National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) chair Paul Bartlett said:...

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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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