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Major magazine distribution agreements give Smiths News clear vision to 2020

April 22, 2014
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Major magazine distribution agreements give Smiths News clear vision to 2020

Shares in newly-renamed Swindon-based specialist wholesale group Connect Group – formerly Smiths News – climbed by more than 4% today after it unveiled a 20% increase in half-year pre-tax profits. The profits of £22.1m for the six months ended 28 February 2014 came depsite a small fall in revenue. Today's results came a day...

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Promotions for two staff at West office of business funder BGF

April 21, 2014
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Promotions for two staff at West office of business funder BGF

BGF, the independent company established to help Britain’s growing businesses, has promoted two members of its West-based investment team. Ned Dorbin has been promoted to investment director and Edwin Davies to investment manager.  The BGF investment team in Bristol, which covers the South West of England and South Wales and is led by regional director...

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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

April 4, 2014
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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

Exporting in the digital age and advice for female entrepreneurs considering growing their business overseas are among the topics to be covered in the West as part of Export Week. Starting on Monday, the week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets. UK Trade...

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Gateway for Growth funding helps lift four ambitious firms to the next level

March 18, 2014
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Gateway for Growth funding helps lift four ambitious firms to the next level

Four Wiltshire businesses have become the first to receive grants to support further growth, thanks to funding secured by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  The funding, worth a total of £127,191, has gone to Calne-based 1st Choice Stairlifts, Devizes-based Country Candle Company, interior design company Procol, based in Melksham, and Power...

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Arts Council funding brings new Swindon art gallery into focus

March 5, 2014
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Arts Council funding brings new Swindon art gallery into focus

Ambitious plans to build an art gallery and museum in Swindon town centre as a key part of a new cultural quarter have taken another step forward with a grant from the Arts Council. Swindon Council has received £95,000 from the organisation’s Strategic Support Fund to pay for further consultation and planning work on...

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Planet Pursuits over the moon as it strikes gold and silver at meeting industry’s top awards

March 5, 2014
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Planet Pursuits over the moon as it strikes gold and silver at meeting industry’s top awards

Swindon-based event and venue company Planet Pursuits has won gold and silver in the meeting industry’s most prestigious awards. The firm, based on an organic farm in Purton, secured gold in the Best Event Provider category and claimed silver for Best Intermediary Agency with fewer than 40 employees in the Meetings & Incentive Travel...

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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Swindon’s micro-chip innovation

February 25, 2014
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China ‘Smart Cities’ mission will plug into Swindon’s micro-chip innovation

Swindon’s world-class expertise in micro-electronics could play a crucial role in the recently-announced Smart Cities Trade Mission to China later this year. The West of England area from Swindon to Bristol boasts the world’s second-largest cluster of micro-chip design expertise outside of California’s Silicon Valley. Many of its leading-edge firms are global players, such...

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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

February 24, 2014
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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

Swindon and Wiltshire businesses will next week get a rare chance to meet trade experts from the British Embassies in the US and Canada and explore transatlantic export opportunities on a one-to-one basis. The event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Bristol on Wednesday, March 5, is the latest ‘meet the expert’ event...

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China trade mission will showcase West of England’s green, tech and creative innovation

February 17, 2014
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China trade mission will showcase West of England’s green, tech and creative innovation

Swindon’s innovative firms in the green, hi-tech and creative industries are being invited to take part in a unique trade mission to China which aims to open up valuable new markets for businesses in these key sectors. Taking the ‘Smart Cities’ concept as its theme, the November visit will give 10 businesses from the...

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Management buyout could prove ticket to thrive for Wiltshire charity fundraising group

February 13, 2014
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Management buyout could prove ticket to thrive for Wiltshire charity fundraising group

Wiltshire-based specialist charity fundraising services provider The Woods Group, which works with major organisations such as RSPB, National Trust and Motability, has been bought by its management team. The Chippenham firm stages raffles, weekly lotteries, response handling and fulfilment allowing its charity clients to concentrate on core fundraising campaigns. The deal, financial details of...

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