Legal

Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

January 14, 2019
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Survey shows sales and orders under pressure as West businesses lose faith in Govt’s Brexit plan

Nearly 40% of West of England business owners back a second Brexit referendum while just one in 10 is confident the government will secure a good deal for the UK, according to the region’s largest business survey. Worryingly, more than 40% of the senior managers and directors taking part did not know whether their...

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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

January 8, 2019
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No conundrum as TV presenter Nick Hewer agrees to host Fair Trade Business Awards

Swindon-born Countdown presenter Nick Hewer is to host this year’s South West Fair Trade Business Awards. Nick, pictured, who was also Sir Alan Sugar’s former right-hand man on The Apprentice, is a long-running supporter of ethical business and a patron of The Fairtrade Foundation. He will help present the awards – now in their...

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SCISYS general council joins group’s board as executive director

December 20, 2018
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SCISYS general council joins group’s board as executive director

SCISYS, the Chippenham-headquartered specialist IT group, has appointed Natasha Laird to its board as an executive director and general counsel with immediate effect. Natasha, pictured, joined the group, which also has a base in Bristol as general counsel in 2014 and has been company secretary since September 2016. She is the daughter of SCISYS...

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BrandSoup: The Holly and the IP

December 18, 2018
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BrandSoup: The Holly and the IP

To cynical observers such as BrandSoup, the festive season may hold few surprises – the same old songs, the same old traditions, the same old advertising campaigns. And that’s precisely why we love it so much: it’s a beacon of consistency and reliability in a fast-moving, uncertain world.  So imagine our astonishment when we...

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Royds Withy King welcomes new pricing and transparency rules as ‘opportunity rather than a threat’

December 11, 2018
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Royds Withy King welcomes new pricing and transparency rules as ‘opportunity rather than a threat’

Online calculators to help businesses and individuals estimate their legal costs for conveyancing, debt recovery and probate have been launched by regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon.   The three calculators are in response to new rules from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on pricing and transparency which...

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‘Utter dismay’ among Swindon bosses at latest Brexit delay, says Business West

December 11, 2018
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‘Utter dismay’ among Swindon bosses at latest Brexit delay, says Business West

Company bosses from Swindon and across the West of England are “intensely frustrated” with the latest delay affecting Brexit, according to the region’s largest business organisation. Business West – which runs the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative – said time was now running out for a managed departure from the EU as a result of...

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BrandSoup: A pinch of salt . . .

December 10, 2018
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BrandSoup: A pinch of salt . . .

BrandSoup was flicking through the internet recently, wondering what to cover in our next blog – whether to write about Turkish celebrity chef Nusret Gökçe, who is seeking to register his trade mark gestures? Or the controversy over video game Fortnite ‘stealing’ other people’s dance moves?  Imagine our joy when we found out we...

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Business West warns of looming prospect of ‘tremendously damaging’ no deal Brexit

November 15, 2018
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Business West warns of looming prospect of ‘tremendously damaging’ no deal Brexit

The West of England’s largest business organisation today urged “calm compromise” from politicians over Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan to avoid what it said would be the “tremendously damaging” impact of the UK crashing out of the EU with no deal. Business West – which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative – said...

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Impartial guide to life after Brexit launched by Business West as departure day draws near

October 28, 2018
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Impartial guide to life after Brexit launched by Business West as departure day draws near

Business West, the region’s largest business support group, has launched a free up-to-the minute advice and guidance service to help firms get ready for life after Brexit.   Called Trading Through Brexit, it aims to help businesses start planning for the period up to and after the UK leaves the EU next March.  Business...

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BrandSoup: Beyoncé in Feyoncé melée

October 25, 2018
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BrandSoup: Beyoncé in Feyoncé melée

A trade mark registration gives its proprietor a measure of control over how third parties can describe their wares. In the case of an identical mark used on identical goods and services, it’s a reasonably straightforward proposition. But, as the marks and their respective goods/service begin to differ, you also need to prove an...

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