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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

January 19, 2021
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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

Swindon firms struggling with post-Brexit trade complications are being urged to get expert advice and support by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. With the UK now outside of the European Union as of December 31, businesses must adhere to new rules and regulations when trading with the EU.  As reports emerge of how...

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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

January 17, 2021
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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has broken with its traditional method of recruiting for its board to take on three new non-executive directors. The £10m turnover group, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said the move was designed to access a wider talent pool that represented the full range of the...

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New ‘body blow’ for Swindon businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

January 5, 2021
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New ‘body blow’ for Swindon businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

The latest lockdown will be another “body blow” to Swindon firms, coming after the uncertainty caused by Brexit and lost trade in the run-up to Christmas, the region’s biggest business group warned today. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said firms that had survived so far with Covid-related support from the...

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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

December 13, 2020
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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

West of England Firms have slammed government financial support for businesses forced to close during the most recent lockdown as grossly inadequate. Some 54% of businesses that were shuttered during November – including restaurants, cafes and non-essential retailers – said the financial assistance covered less than a quarter of their overheads, a new survey...

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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

December 8, 2020
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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

A third of South West firms still do not know if they will be impacted by Brexit with less than four weeks to go to the end of the UK-EU transition period, according to a new survey. At the same time 46% are worried that Brexit could have a bigger impact on them than...

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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

November 26, 2020
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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

The award-winning Trading Through Brexit service run by Business West has been relaunched to help companies make crucial last-minute adjustments to the way they operate ahead of the end of the UK-EU transition period. Regardless of whether or not a deal is reached between UK and EU negotiators ahead of deadline on December 31,...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Swindon business reaction

November 26, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Swindon business reaction

Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, was disappointed with the lack of capital investment promised by the government for the West of England. Policy manager Claire Ralph said: “Some minor funding has been allocated to the West of England Combined Authority for local transport improvements through the Transforming Cities Fund. “Elsewhere...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: National business reaction

November 25, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: National business reaction

Business groups have welcomed the investment in infrastructure and jobs in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review but said many firms still needed more help from the government. The CBI praised the Chancellor for making “some bold autumn decisions” to power a spring recovery even as the stark forecasts pointed to tough times ahead. But...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Main points

November 25, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Main points

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is delivering his much-anticipated Spending Review, outlining how the government will tackle the huge economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The main points so far are:  The government is spending £280bn on tackling Covid-19 But the Chancellor says: “The economic damage is likely to be lasting.” Forecast for UK borrowing...

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Plea for more help for businesses as government announces new regional tier restrictions

November 24, 2020
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Plea for more help for businesses as government announces new regional tier restrictions

The government has been warned that it cannot “keep switching businesses on and off like a light switch” through Covid-19 related national lockdowns and regional tiers without expecting severe consequences.  Instead, firms need a plan that keeps them, and the economy, open throughout winter and beyond, according to Business West, the organisation that runs...

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