Legal

Use furlough’s final weeks to address any financial issues, insolvency group urges directors

September 3, 2021
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Use furlough’s final weeks to address any financial issues, insolvency group urges directors

A West of England insolvency expert is calling on Swindon’s bosses to make use of the final month of the government’s furlough scheme to plan for the future. Philip Winterborne, who chairs insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 in South West, says directors should review their businesses over the next four weeks and seek...

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Mixed picture on short-term outlook for region’s businesses as confidence levels waver

August 31, 2021
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Mixed picture on short-term outlook for region’s businesses as confidence levels waver

Optimism among South West firms in the economy is increasing as the region continues to recover from the pandemic, according to a new survey, but businesses have become less confident about their own prospects. The latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking shows confidence levels among firms in the South West dropped month-on-month by four...

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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

August 25, 2021
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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

Directors in the Swindon area are being invited to enter the top regional awards scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The annual Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards seek to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs in both the public and private sectors.  Award nominations are open to anyone working at director level in...

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Relaxing workplace Covid rules has created new stress for employers, Royds Withy King lawyer warns

July 26, 2021
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Relaxing workplace Covid rules has created new stress for employers, Royds Withy King lawyer warns

Employers have been warned to take urgent action to a avoid stress and potential conflict in the workplace following the easing of government Covid restrictions yesterday. Kate Benefer, a partner in the employment law team at law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, said the removal businesses had to take decisions...

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Employment lawyer says ‘fire and rehire’ can backfire on firms using it to change staff conditions

July 19, 2021
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Employment lawyer says ‘fire and rehire’ can backfire on firms using it to change staff conditions

Controversial ‘fire and rehire’ practices being used by some firms should only be deployed as a last resort, a top employment lawyer has warned. Tim Gofton, pictured, a senior associate in the retail and hospitality team at regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, said getting it wrong could also have public relations...

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Free guide offers expert advice for directors on what to do when things go wrong

June 29, 2021
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Free guide offers expert advice for directors on what to do when things go wrong

R3, the restructuring and insolvency trade body, has launched a free guide for company directors on how to spot signs of financial distress, options open to them to resolve it and where to get expert advice. Called Get Back to Business: A guide to dealing with corporate financial distress, it is available to download from www.backtobusinessuk.com The guide: ...

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Skill shortages threatening to jeopardise ‘remarkable turnaround’, Business West survey shows

June 28, 2021
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Skill shortages threatening to jeopardise ‘remarkable turnaround’, Business West survey shows

West of England business’s confidence in the economy has bounced back for the first time in four years, according to a new survey, but there are growing fears that the recovery will be choked off by a lack of skilled workers. The latest quarterly economic survey conducted by Business West, the region’s largest business...

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Plea to PM ahead of G7 Summit to pave way for more sustainable business amid global climate crisis

June 8, 2021
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Plea to PM ahead of G7 Summit to pave way for more sustainable business amid global climate crisis

The region’s largest business group has urged the Prime Minister to help create a more sustainable future for business at this weekend’s G7 summit in Cornwall. The British Chambers of Commerce South West (BCCSW) – which includes Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative parent group Business West – has written to Boris Johnson ahead of the global gathering...

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Call for Swindon firms to take part in UK’s largest ever Race at Work Survey

May 17, 2021
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Call for Swindon firms to take part in UK’s largest ever Race at Work Survey

Swindon businesses are being urged to join hundreds of employers from across the UK by taking part in the country’s largest survey of race in the workplace. Swindon-headquartered building society Nationwide and insurance group Zurich have already signed up to complete the survey, which is being staged by Business in the Community (BiTC), the organisation dedicated to...

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Latest promotions mean Royds Withy King beats its 40% target for female partners four years early

May 17, 2021
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Latest promotions mean Royds Withy King beats its 40% target for female partners four years early

Regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, has exceeded its aim of having women make up 40% of its partnership by 2025 following its latest round of promotions. Two years ago the firm set a target of achieving a partnership with a ratio of 60%-40% men to women within six years. ...

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