Green/sustainable business

Brazil deal accelerates growth at innovative Swindon vehicle tracking firm CMS Supatrak

March 30, 2015
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Brazil deal accelerates growth at innovative Swindon vehicle tracking firm CMS Supatrak

Swindon-based vehicle tracking and telematics firm CMS Supatrak has set up a lucrative deal to export its pioneering technology to Brazil – one of the world’s fastest-developing economies. The firm, which produces sensory and management IT systems for waste collection vehicles and other heavy transport, is expecting to earn around £75,000 a month from...

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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

March 26, 2015
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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

Business Showcase South West 2015, the biggest event of its kind in the region, is preparing to welcome Swindon businesses among the hoped-for 3,000 delegates in just under two months’ time. The event attracted more than 1,700 pre-event delegate registrations for its inaugural show last year. This year it has been extended from one...

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Government’s green light for massive solar energy park capable of powering 12,000 homes

March 24, 2015
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The giant solar energy park planned for the outskirts of Swindon at Wroughton is expected to start producing power this autumn after Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave it the go-ahead. The 160,000 panels on the 165-acre site will generate 41MW – enough renewable electricity to power 12,000 homes when fully operational. It will be...

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Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

March 24, 2015
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Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

Swindon firms are being urged to act quickly to secure the last few exhibition stands at the ‘early bird’ rate for Business Showcase South West 2015, the region’s biggest business exhibition. The event, which is expected to attract 3,000 delegates, is being staged at Colston Hall in Bristol on May 14 and 15. Last...

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Seminar on ‘employer brands’ announced for Business Show Swindon

March 23, 2015
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Seminar on  ‘employer brands’ announced for Business Show Swindon

Business Show Swindon 2015, which takes place on April 23, has announced the first of its business growth seminars – a 360-degree view of how small firms can attract, recruit and retain happy, quality staff. Called Appeal, Reputation and Success, the seminar will be delivered by award-winning recruiter and employer branding extraordinaire Mark Bevans....

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Last chance to enter awards that recognise the region’s top business leaders

March 23, 2015
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Last chance to enter awards that recognise the region’s top business leaders

The deadline is looming for Swindon firms to enter one of the region’s top award schemes showcasing excellence and enterprise in business. Entries for the prestigious Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2015 must be in by March 31. Nominations are open to anyone working at director level in any...

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BUDGET 2015: National business reaction

March 18, 2015
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The CBI welcomed many of the “encouraging” Budget measures which it said would help businesses “create jobs for the benefit of all”. Director-general John Cridland said: “Stability and consistency are what businesses need to grow and prosper. This Budget sets the tone, providing a clear plan for fiscal health and growth. “The brighter fiscal...

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BUDGET 2015: Swindon business reaction

March 18, 2015
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BUDGET 2015: Swindon business reaction

Chancellor George Osborne announced a number of measures that could boost the economy in and around Swindon in last week’s Budget. Dominic Bourquin, corporate tax partner at Swindon accountancy firm Monahans, said the Chancellor had served up what appeared to be a “Budget for individuals rather than businesses as we might have expected so...

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Good Energy profits dip after higher winter temperatures push down usage

March 17, 2015
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Good Energy profits dip after higher winter temperatures push down usage

Warm weather last year pushed down profits by 33% to £2.2m at Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewal energy supplier, as customers delayed switching on their heating. But the firm, which now operates two solar farms, continued to recruit new customers – with 34% growth during the year. Revenues for the 12 months to December...

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Hub will offer entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

March 15, 2015
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Hub will offer entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

Entrepreneurs from the Swindon area are being invited to apply for a place on a free accelerator programme offering support, mentoring, networking and office accommodation. Entrepreneurial Spark, which is backed by NatWest, will open the hub for start-up businesses from all sectors in Bristol this summer. Applications are now open. Up to 80 fledgling...

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