Green/sustainable business

Swindon’s economy bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Initiative boss warns politicians

December 29, 2014
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Swindon’s economy bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Initiative boss warns politicians

Ian Larrard, director of the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative at Business West, looks back at the past 12 months and considers why next year’s General Election is set to be one of the most important in recent memory. “The noise and glare of fireworks this New Year must not mask the fact that we...

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Tower of London projects make case for timber producer’s use of mighty English oak

December 23, 2014
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Tower of London projects make case for timber producer’s use of mighty English oak

Vastern Timber, the Royal Wootton Bassett-based sawmill, is using two restoration projects it completed at the Tower of London this year to showcase its use of English oak and to make the case for British timber. The firm supplied wood for the reinstatement of the historic building’s drawbridge as well for furniture for the...

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UTC Swindon signs up Thermographic Consultancy as latest business partner

December 19, 2014
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UTC Swindon signs up Thermographic Consultancy as latest business partner

Swindon-based thermal imaging firm Thermographic Consultancy has become the latest business partner of the town’s University Technical College (UTC), which opened in September. Thermographic Consultancy will raise awareness of the UTC’s courses and its achievements. The company’s founder and managing director Stuart Holland is also supporting college representatives at events over the coming year....

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Small firms benefit from £150,000 business advice funding

December 19, 2014
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More than 100 small businesses across Wiltshire have received grants for expert advice to help their enterprises grow under a new scheme. Some 112 Specialist Business Advice grants of between £500 and £1,500 were paid to a wide range of small businesses. The most popular requests were for specialist web development support, brand enhancement...

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Good Energy shares lose power after it warns that warm weather this year will cool profit growth

December 18, 2014
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Good Energy shares lose power after it warns that warm weather this year will cool profit growth

Shares in Good Energy, the Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier and generator, fell by more than 6% yesterday after it warned that its profits will be lower than expected this year. The fall came despite the firm announcing that it had secured a new £45m debt facility to invest in future generating capacity and customer...

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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

December 5, 2014
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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

Exports by South West firms have risen slightly over the past year despite turmoil in the key Eurozone market, new figures show. And more companies are following the Government’s advice and selling overseas as a way of strengthening their business.  Regional trade boss Russell Jones welcomed today’s figures with cautious optimism and pointed to...

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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

December 5, 2014
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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

The annual search for the region’s best companies has started with the launch of accountants PwC’s widely-respected West of England Business of the Year Awards 2015. Now in their 27th year, the eagerly-contested awards are the most prestigious in the region by far – previous winners read like a who’s who of the West’s...

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Autumn Statement: Swindon Business reaction

December 3, 2014
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The Chancellor produced a balanced Autumn Statement that addressed business concerns around rates reform and finance, Swindon business leaders have said. Ian Larrard, director of the Initiative in Swindon & Wiltshire, part of Business West, described it as a “crowd-pleasing” set of proposals for business, particularly its pledge for a major review into the...

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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

November 28, 2014
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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

Stands for The Business Showcase South West – the major business event which celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise – are now on sale and pre-registration for delegates has also gone live. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in April this year, The Business Showcase South West returns...

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Business boost sparked by Government change in renewable heating rules

November 21, 2014
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Business boost sparked by Government change in renewable heating rules

A Government scheme aimed at encouraging homeowners to invest in carbon-saving biomass boilers has led to a boom in business for installation firm Wessex Biomass. The firm, based near Malmesbury, says it has seen a surge in inquiries since the Government extended the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme to domestic properties earlier this year....

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