Advanced manufacturing

Royal visit will put spotlight on progress at Swindon’s UTC

February 10, 2014
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Royal visit will put spotlight on progress at Swindon’s UTC

The Duke of York visits Swindon this morning to see progress at the town’s university technology college (UTC) and gauge the views of business leaders as the economy starts to recover. The Duke kicks off his morning in the town with a meeting at Business West’s Park House office where he will hear from...

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Rapid economic growth forecast as business optimism reaches highest level for 22 years

February 10, 2014
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Rapid economic growth forecast as business optimism reaches highest level for 22 years

Optimism among UK businesses reached its highest level since 1992 in January, pointing to rapid economic growth over the coming six months, according to a major new survey published yesterday. Manufacturers are particularly upbeat about their prospects and the overall high confidence levels among businesses are likely to lead to strong employment growth as...

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Innovation sets Swindon on path to strong recovery, major new report shows

February 4, 2014
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Innovation sets Swindon on path to strong recovery, major new report shows

Swindon has bounced back strongly from the recession due to its innovation and lack of reliance on public sector spending, major new research has revealed. The private sector led recovery in the UK could also guarantee a bright future for the town as it is likely to generate more jobs than areas relying on...

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Breakfast event will discuss how manufacturing can make Swindon’s economy grow again

February 4, 2014
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Breakfast event will discuss how manufacturing can make Swindon’s economy grow again

Swindon’s role as an advanced engineering hub will be under the spotlight again this week when accountants Monahans stage their second Manufacturing Breakfast in the town. The inaugural event last October was attended by leading figures in the area’s engineering and manufacturing sectors. The speakers pointed to the town’s bright future as a centre...

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Solar farm helps Honda drive down energy costs and CO2 emissions at its Swindon plant

January 28, 2014
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Carbon dioxide emissions from car giant Honda’s Swindon plant have fallen by almost 2,000 tonnes since it installed a solar array. The Japanese group said the 21,000 ground-mounted panels covering 32 acres generated 4.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy in its first year, equivalent to 4.4% of the site’s total annual electricity requirement....

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Swindon UTC can make town engineering powerhouse again, says former Education Secretary

January 28, 2014
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Swindon UTC can make town engineering powerhouse again, says former Education Secretary

Former Education Secretary Lord Baker of Dorking today urged Swindon businesses to get behind the town’s University Technology College (UTC) to help regenerate its engineering industry. Lord Baker, who as Kenneth Baker had the education portfolio in John Major's Cabinet, visited the site of the UTC this afternoon to see for himself the progress...

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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

January 24, 2014
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West of England Business of the Year Awards are launched to find region’s best companies

Accountants PwC have launched their annual search for the region’s best companies with the 2014 West of England Business of the Year Awards – the region’s most prestigious business accolades. Previous winners of the awards, now in their 26th year, read like a who’s who of the West’s most-respected companies, including Dyson, MITIE and,...

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Brazil World Cup and Olympics victories for Swindon x-ray detection equipment firm Scanna

January 21, 2014
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Brazil World Cup and Olympics victories for Swindon x-ray detection equipment firm Scanna

Swindon-based security equipment manufacturer Scanna MSC has won a $3.4m (£2.1m) contract to supply portable x-ray systems to organisers of the World Cup in Brazil this summer and 2016’s Rio Olympics. Scanna, which employs 20 people at its Shrivenham factory, will provide training, local maintenance and servicing support as well as the equipment. The...

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More plaudits for Honda’s latest made-in-Swindon Civic

January 21, 2014
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More plaudits for Honda’s latest made-in-Swindon Civic

Honda’s Swindon-built 1.6 i-DTEC has again been recognised for its strong fleet credentials, gaining the title of Best SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Company Car to Buy at a recent industry awards ceremony. The Civic triumphed in the second annual Business Car Manager SME Company Car of the Year Awards, which were chaired by...

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Strong 2013 order intake gives Synergy healthy outlook

January 19, 2014
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Strong 2013 order intake gives Synergy healthy outlook

Synergy, the Swindon-based group providing outsourced services to the global health market, has strengthened its order book to £1.35bn following a spate of contract wins in international markets. The group, whose services span sterilisation of medical equipment to linen supplies, said the boost put in a strong position for sustainable growth. In an update...

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