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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

April 18, 2021
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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

Exports by South West businesses have slumped to historic lows as they are hit by higher trade barriers due to Brexit, according to a major new survey. Manufacturers have been impacted most, the research by the British Chambers of Commerce South West shows.  Some 53% of exporters said they had been impacted by the...

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Business development specialist joins Royds Withy King to further build its profile

April 18, 2021
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Business development specialist joins Royds Withy King to further build its profile

Law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, has appointed Mark Stubberfield as its new director of marketing and business development. Mark, pictured, joins from international law firm DAC Beachcroft, where he was head of sector business development.  He previously held senior positions with leading global law firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and...

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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

April 12, 2021
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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

Swindon Business News has teamed up with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox to host an exclusive virtual event aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain times. A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. Expert presenters from Tinderbox will discuss the tactics needed...

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Change at the top at BLB Solicitors as managing director steps down after 13 years

March 29, 2021
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Regional law firm BLB Solicitors, which has offices in and around Swindon, is to undergo a rare change of management – only the second in its 42-year history. Managing partner Stephen Bishop is stepping down from the role, although he will remain with the practice as head of residential property. The new joint managing...

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PwC report shows UK’s best place for women to work is still the South West, but says more must be done

March 29, 2021
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PwC report shows UK’s best place for women to work is still the South West, but says more must be done

The South West continues to be the best place in the UK for gender equality at work, according to research by accountancy group PwC. The firm’s latest annual Women in Work Index places the region in the top spot for the second year in a row. It has also extended its lead over second-ranked Scotland...

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Data centre operator plugs into £38.7m investment with help from Royds Withy King

March 7, 2021
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Data centre operator plugs into £38.7m investment with help from Royds Withy King

Regional firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Bath, has completed a £38.7m private equity investment deal for a major UK data centre owner and operator. Amito, a long-standing client of Royds Withy King, delivers high-quality, colocation services through a network of 20 facilities across the UK.  Based in Reading, where it...

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BUDGET 2021: Swindon business reaction

March 3, 2021
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Swindon business leaders have given many of the measures in today’s Budget a warm welcome – especially the previously-trailed furlough extension – but there was also concern over the delayed Corporation Tax increase. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said businesses would welcome the extension of the full range of Covid-19...

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BUDGET 2021: National business reaction

March 3, 2021
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The CBI said Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to hike Corporation Tax to 25% in one leap – the first increase since 1974 – would “cause a sharp intake of breath” for many businesses. It also warned that the move – which is planned to come into effect in 2023 – sent a worrying signal to those...

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BUDGET 2021: Key points . . .

March 3, 2021
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BUDGET 2021: Key points  . . .

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his Budget this afternoon. The main points are:  No rise in VAT, income tax or national insurance  Corporation tax to rise from 19% to 25% from 2023 but only 10% largest companies will pay, Chancellor claims  Two-year ‘super deduction’ in tax for companies that invest in innovation  Eight ‘Freeports’ established...

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Thrings team leads on £50m funding deal to boost Cornwall’s broadband network

February 17, 2021
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Thrings team leads on £50m funding deal to boost Cornwall’s broadband network

A specialist banking and finance team led by Swindon-headquartered law firm Bristol office has secured a £50m investment to roll out gigabit-capable broadband services across Cornwall. The funding will support Cornish internet service provider Wildanet’s growth plans by substantially expanding its network across the county.  Redruth-based Wildanet was launched in 2017 by chief executive...

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