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Prestigious British Chambers Award for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

December 4, 2019
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Prestigious British Chambers Award for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

A pioneering campaign to help firms in the South West prepare for life outside the European Union has earned a major national award for Business West, the region’s biggest business support organisation. Recognising that Brexit represents the single most radical transformation in the way that British businesses trade for decades, Business West – which...

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Speaker line-up revealed for MEET South West 2020 – with sessions on tech trends and ‘losing sponsors’

October 29, 2019
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Speaker line-up revealed for MEET South West 2020 – with sessions on tech trends and ‘losing sponsors’

The first four speakers for MEET South West 2020, the region’s only trade show dedicated to the event industry, have been announced – with their sessions ranging from staying distinctive in a busy market to ‘the best ways to lose sponsors’. Lined up for the event are Visit Bath interim CEO Kathryn Davis, Lis...

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Business West sets up support service to help Swindon firms prepare for Brexit

October 24, 2019
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Business West sets up support service to help Swindon firms prepare for Brexit

Swindon firms can get up-to-date information on preparing for Brexit – including the likely impact of a no-deal exit on them – from Business West.  The region’s largest business organisation, Business West is being funded by the government to offer a support and signposting service to firms across the West of England ahead of...

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Children of family-owned firms’ founders must earn their place in the boardroom, survey reveals

October 17, 2019
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Children of family-owned firms’ founders must earn their place in the boardroom, survey reveals

The days of the South West’s family-owned firms automatically being passed on to their founders’ offspring are long gone, with few now believing in a right to succession, according a new survey. Instead, most owners want to ensure their offspring are qualified to take over on merit not blood ties and should only gain...

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Pioneer of gender in tech to inspire new generation at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

October 14, 2019
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Pioneer of gender in tech to inspire new generation at Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

The woman who ran a female-only software business in the 1960s and strived to change the gender makeup of the technology sector is set to inspire a new generation of women in business as the annual Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to the West of England this week. Dame Stephanie Shirley, now 85, pictured...

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Green light for SCISYS’ £79m takeover by Canadian tech group

October 2, 2019
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Green light for SCISYS’ £79m takeover by Canadian tech group

Specialist IT group SCISYS’s £78.9m acquisition by Canadian tech giant CGI has been given the go-ahead by UK competition watchdogs. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it had decided not to refer the deal to a phase 2 investigation based on the information available to it.  The CMA launched its merger inquiry on...

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SCISYS takeover on course for completion as its half-year results show ‘solid’ performance

September 20, 2019
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SCISYS takeover on course for completion as its half-year results show ‘solid’ performance

Specialist IT group SCISYS expects its £79m acquisition by Canadian tech giant CGI to be completed before the end of this year it said this week as it revealed a 2% increase in half-year revenues. Directors at the Chippenham-headquartered group, which supplies innovative software and IT services to the space, government, media, commerce and...

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British Chambers award shortlisting for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

September 12, 2019
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British Chambers award shortlisting for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

A pioneering campaign aimed at helping businesses across the West of England prepare for life after Brexit is in the running for a top national award. Trading Through Brexit (TTB) was launched in October last year by Business West, the region’s largest business group and the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative.  Realising...

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Ping Pong Fight Club returns – and the challenge is on to be crowned king of the tables

September 10, 2019
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Ping Pong Fight Club returns – and the challenge is on to be crowned king of the tables

Ping Pong Fight Club, the uber-cool inter-company tournament and party, returns to the region in November – and the gauntlet has been thrown down to Swindon firms to come and battle it out on the tables. Last year’s inaugural event witnessed some incredible table-top action from a clutch of South West businesses and this...

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Region’s event industry ready to MEET again next year as successful showcase prepares to return

September 10, 2019
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Region’s event industry ready to MEET again next year as successful showcase prepares to return

MEET South West, the region’s only trade show dedicated to the event industry, returns next January with its organisers promising it will be even bigger and better. The inaugural show in January this year sold out with more than 350 event professionals attending to hear expert speakers provide practical insight to support them in...

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