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West businesses urged to look east and explore export opportunities in India

February 25, 2015
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West businesses urged to look east and explore export opportunities in India

The Indian market will be demystified and the commercial opportunities outlined at a seminar for West of England firms next week. Speaking at the event in Castle Combe, near Chippenham, on Thursday March 5, will be Siddharth Mukne, business adviser at the UK India Business Council, and Waseem Hussain, internationally renowned expert on doing...

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Business West welcomes another fall in unemployment – but calls on politicians to focus on full recovery

February 18, 2015
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Business West welcomes another fall in unemployment – but calls on politicians to focus on full recovery

Swindon firms are greeting positive economic news, such as the latest fall in unemployment, with “faint alarm bells rather than celebratory cheers”, according to the region’s largest business organisation. Business West, which runs the Swindon Initiative, said politicians should now focus on the “significant hurdles” that remained to achieving a lasting recovery. Today’s figures...

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This year’s Business Show Swindon on track to be biggest so far

February 16, 2015
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This year’s Business Show Swindon on track to be biggest so far

The Business Show Swindon returns for its fifth year in April with organisers Business West promising an event that will showcase the town’s go-ahead businesses and offer a range of support for anyone starting or growing a business. Staged again at the town’s STEAM railway museum, it will provide a platform for firms to...

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Marketing communications agency Brouha in the running for two top national PR awards

February 16, 2015
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Marketing communications agency Brouha in the running for two top national PR awards

Marlborough-based marketing communications agency Brouha Marketing is shortlisted in two categories in the prestigious PRMoment Awards 2015, the national accolades that recognise excellence in all areas of PR and integrated communications. Previously known as the Golden Hedgehog Awards, the finals take place in two locations next month. Brouha is competing in the Best B2B...

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Search gets under way to find the South West’s top business leaders

February 9, 2015
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Search gets under way to find the South West’s top business leaders

Firms in the Swindon area are being urged to enter one of the region’s top award schemes showcasing excellence and enterprise in business. The prestigious Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2015 seek to recognise outstanding business people and focus UK-wide attention on success in the region. Award nominations are...

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Swindon games developer Evil Twin ranked among major players in England’s creative industries

January 23, 2015
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Swindon games developer Evil Twin ranked among major players in England’s creative industries

Swindon-based computer games development company Evil Twin has been named among England’s most creative businesses in a list that also highlights the contribution these firms make to the economy. Evil Twin, which last year won a games industry award for its recently-launched strategic naval combat game Victory at Sea, joins some of the country’s...

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Two new non-executive directors for regional investment firm as it targets Wiltshire businesses

January 16, 2015
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Two new non-executive directors for regional investment firm as it targets Wiltshire businesses

Alternative finance provider South West Investment Group (SWIG) has appointed two non-executive directors to the board of its fund-holding arm as it looks to raise its profile in the West of England. Malachy McReynolds and Graham Miller join the existing directors at the group which since 1996 has invested £15m in to more than...

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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

January 13, 2015
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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

Confidence among West of England businesses petered out at the end of 2014 and has started the new year lower than at any time over the previous 12 months, new research shows. Domestic sales, cashflow and recruitment expectations all fell during the fourth quarter, according to results of the latest business survey by Business...

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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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Planet Pursuits’s innovation helps it land major event management contract

December 19, 2014
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Intuit UK, the firm behind QuickBooks financial software for accountants and small businesses, has awarded a major event management contract to Purton-based event management specialist Planet Pursuits. Under the two-year contract, which follows a successful project tender, Planet Pursuits will implement and manage a wide range of customer engagement and training events. Intuit’s brief...

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