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Pioneering app firm co-founder joins Swindon VR company as it shapes up for more growth

May 23, 2018
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Pioneering app firm co-founder joins Swindon VR company as it shapes up for more growth

Fast-growing Swindon virtual reality and immersive tech firm Render has appointed the co-founder of one of the West of England’s recent tech success stories as its new business development director. Chris Price, pictured, launched pioneering Bristol-based app developer Mubaloo in 2009 with South West serial entrepreneur Mark Mason and grew it to a £4m...

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New direction for Excalibur Communications following management buy-out

May 22, 2018
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New direction for Excalibur Communications following management buy-out

Swindon-based telecoms and IT group Excalibur Communications – one of the town’s fastest-growing companies for many years – has been acquired by its management.  The management buy-out (MBO) team, led by CEO Peter Boucher and supported with funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial, will take a majority stake in the firm.    Former owner...

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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

May 22, 2018
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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

The managing director of the West of England’s largest business group today joined more than 50 other chamber of commerce leaders to urge the Prime Minister to take radical action and ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the UK economy. Phil Smith from Business West – the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative – is...

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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Swindon next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

May 20, 2018
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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Swindon next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

Swindon businesses are to be helped prepare for the challenges and opportunities that Brexit will bring when an Export for Growth roadshow arrives in the town next month. The day-long Trade Horizons event is one of four being staged across the South West by Business West – the region’s largest business advice group, which...

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IoD lands Flybe chief as headline speaker at its Director of the Year Awards dinner

May 8, 2018
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IoD lands Flybe chief as headline speaker at its Director of the Year Awards dinner

The CEO of regional airline Flybe is to be headline speaker at the IoD South West Director of the Year Awards next month. Christine Ourmières-Widener, pictured, who took up the role at the Devon-based carrier in January last year, will share her experiences in an interview with the event’s host, BBC Radio Devon’s Janet Kipling.  The...

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Powerful message to inspire young people is served up by Bloodhound Project at ICAEW dinner

April 27, 2018
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Powerful message to inspire young people is served up by Bloodhound Project at ICAEW dinner

The innovative Bloodhound project to build the world’s fastest-ever car is inspiring young people to pursue careers that use maths, engineering and technology, the region’s business leaders have been told. Nearly 400 chartered accountants and guests from across the business community gathered at the annual ICAEW West of England annual dinner last week heard...

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First headline speaker announced for this year’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

April 19, 2018
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First headline speaker announced for this year’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to the West of England for a seventh year in October with one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs already lined up as headline speaker. Emma Bridgewater, who has spent more than 30 years building up a successful pottery business, will share her experiences and give advice to businesswomen...

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‘Acceleration hubs’ to boost region’s advanced engineering and digital firms

April 9, 2018
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‘Acceleration hubs’ to boost region’s advanced engineering and digital firms

More than 200 advanced engineering firms and digitally-innovation small and medium-sized enterprises from across the West of England are to gain access to expert support and advice through two new ‘business acceleration hubs’  The University of Bath.has been awarded £1.5m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to deliver start-up, scale-up, open innovation and...

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Upbeat outlook for region’s small firms, FSB survey shows, but concerns remain over economy

March 27, 2018
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Upbeat outlook for region’s small firms, FSB survey shows, but concerns remain over economy

Confidence among small business owners in the South West has bounced back thanks to lower inflation, progress on Brexit talks and the Chancellor’s positive Spring Statement, according to a survey published today. The report by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) – Britain’s biggest business representation group – also reveals a two-year high in...

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Lifelong motor racing fan-turned-commentator brings media expertise to Castle Combe board

March 21, 2018
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Lifelong motor racing fan-turned-commentator brings media expertise to Castle Combe board

Swindon-based presentation skills trainer, commentator and motorsports enthusiast Chris Dawes is steering his career along a new path by joining the board of Castle Combe Racing Club.   Chris, pictured, runs Open Dawes Training – a company providing CPD (continuing professional development) accredited training in public speaking and presentation skills.  A lifelong lover of...

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