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EU exit could damage the UK economy, say four-fifths of West of England firms

June 24, 2015
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EU exit could damage the UK economy, say four-fifths of West of England firms

More than 80% of West of England firms fear leaving the EU would pose a risk to the UK economy, according to results of a survey among nearly 1,000 businesses in the region. Two thirds also believe it would be bad for their own business. The survey by Business West, the organisation that runs...

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Former Forward Swindon marketing manager joins Jazzbones Creative

June 19, 2015
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Former Forward Swindon marketing manager joins Jazzbones Creative

Swindon design and branding agency Jazzbones Creative has appointed former Forward Swindon marketing manager Michelle Jones as its marketing and account director. Michelle, pictured, who spent five years at the town’s economic development business, has also worked as a marketing manager, global promotions manager and account manager for organisations such as Swindon Borough Council,...

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Tax calculator launched after report reveals SMEs are missing out on millions of pounds in R&D relief

June 18, 2015
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Tax calculator launched after report reveals SMEs are missing out on millions of pounds in R&D relief

Accountancy and investment management group Smith & Williamson has launched a free tax calculator to enable businesses to work out how much tax they could be saving on their research and development (R&D) costs. The online tool has been set up in the light of research suggesting that thousands of businesses could be missing...

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Upmarket cycling events role for Swindon PR expert Sara Tye

June 5, 2015
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Upmarket cycling events role for Swindon PR expert Sara Tye

Swindon-based PR expert Sara Tye has been appointed CEO of a company that organises and promotes luxury cycling adventures in Switzerland. Sara, pictured, who owns Swindon public relations firm redheadpr, will lead the development of Etape Suisse after its successful first year in business. The company provides inspirational cycling tours and high level networking...

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Joint venture points to creative future for Swindon’s Venues and Events

June 4, 2015
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Joint venture points to creative future for Swindon’s Venues and Events

Venues and Events, the Swindon agency set up by industry veteran Anita Lowe, has set up the first in an expected string of joint ventures. The firm is working with Northants design and technology agency Creative Example, to focus on trialling presentation technology which will allow meeting planners to show presentations across multiple tablet...

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IT group SciSys’ shares plummet as it issues profits warning

June 4, 2015
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IT group SciSys’ shares plummet as it issues profits warning

Millions of pounds have been wiped off the value of SciSys, the specialist Wiltshire IT firm, after it warned of a major collapse in its profits this year. In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, the Chippenham firm – which counts governments, the BBC and space agencies among its customers – blamed difficulties...

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Town’s fortunes to be discussed at Withy King’s Swindon Economic Question Time

May 29, 2015
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Town’s fortunes to be discussed at Withy King’s Swindon Economic Question Time

Law firm Withy King is staging a Swindon Economic Question Time later this month with an expert panel offering their insights into the town’s fortunes. Speaking at the event on June 23 – and taking part in the panel session – will be HSBC head of economics Mark Berrisford-Smith, who will highlight the issues...

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Queen’s Speech: EU referendum threatens to overshadow positive measures, says Business West

May 27, 2015
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Queen’s Speech: EU referendum threatens to overshadow positive measures, says Business West

Business West, the organisation that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, has described this week’s Queen’s Speech as ‘bittersweet’, with positive measures counter balanced by risks linked to the EU referendum. The speech, which set out the new Government’s legislative programme for the year ahead, included a number of major measures which will impact...

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Art gallery plan fails to win £12.5m Lottery funding – but council says it will press ahead with project

May 21, 2015
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Art gallery plan fails to win £12.5m Lottery funding – but council says it will press ahead with project

Swindon Council is to continue with its ambitious plans to develop a new art gallery and museum in the town centre despite failing to secure the majority of the £15m needed from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The HLF said Swindon’s collection of 20th century British modern art and ceramics was of ‘outstanding heritage...

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Soaring Worldwide flies high as it lands Grass Roots meetings account

May 20, 2015
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Soaring Worldwide flies high as it lands Grass Roots meetings account

Strategic communications and PR agency Soaring Worldwide has won a contract with Grass Roots Meetings & Events, part of the world’s leading employee and customer engagement group. Cirencester-based Soaring Worldwide will predominantly work alongside the meetings and events arm of the business. Grass Roots divisional director Des Mclaughlin said Soaring Worldwide’s knowledge of the...

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