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Hope for the best but plan for the worst, Swindon businesses warned after May’s Brexit speech

January 18, 2017
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Hope for the best but plan for the worst, Swindon businesses warned after May’s Brexit speech

Swindon firms should hope for the best but plan for the worst, according to the region’s largest business organisation following Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech yesterday outlining her plans for Brexit. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said while the landmark speech gave some clarity to the government’s intentions over leaving the European Union,...

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Swindon’s ethical firms urged to enter South West Fairtrade Business Awards

January 9, 2017
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Swindon’s ethical firms urged to enter South West Fairtrade Business Awards

Swindon firms that put ethical responsibilities at the heart of their business are being urged to enter the South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Now in their fifth year, the coveted awards champion businesses that demonstrate commitment to using and promoting fairtrade and supporting fair and ethical business practices. The awards are free to enter....

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Global tech showcase for Swindon firm’s pioneering virtual reality projects

January 6, 2017
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Global tech showcase for Swindon firm’s pioneering virtual reality projects

Small Swindon graphics agency Rendermedia is showcasing its ground-breaking virtual reality (VR) prowess alongside the giants of Silicon Valley at one of the world’s biggest tech industry shows. Rendermedia founder Mark Miles is at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas where his firm’s VR work for aerospace group Airbus is on display....

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Tyre firm moves into Swindon’s iconic former Renault warehouse

January 6, 2017
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Tyre firm moves into Swindon’s iconic former Renault warehouse

Swindon’s iconic 1980s Spectrum Building, designed by renowned architect Lord (Norman) Foster as a warehouse and showroom for French car giant Renault, is back in use as a tyre distribution centre. The yellow building, pictured – famously used as a backdrop in the 1984 James Bond film A View To A Kill – is occupied...

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Sale of top London design agency signed off by Swindon legal and finance experts

January 6, 2017
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Sale of top London design agency signed off by Swindon legal and finance experts

Swindon legal and financial expertise has helped secure the sale of an award-winning London-based signage and design firm to an internationally renowned design and architecture brand.  Partners from the Swindon office of leading commercial law firm Thrings advised The Holmes Wood Consultancy on its acquisition by the Benoy Group while corporate finance specialists at...

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SCISYS promises more growth following takeover of German media software firm

January 3, 2017
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SCISYS promises more growth following takeover of German media software firm

Chippenham-based specialist IT group SCISYS has completed the acquisition of German media software firm Annova Systems in a move that it called a “step-change” in its growth prospects. SCISYS, which has an established media & broadcasting division, paid €11.35m (£9.64m) upfront in cash for Munich-headquartered Annova. The firm, which had earnings of €1.1m on €7.5m...

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Increase in R&D tax relief claims – but many firms are still missing out on vital funding for innovation

December 29, 2016
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Increase in R&D tax relief claims – but many firms are still missing out on vital funding for innovation

More firms across the South West are unlocking growth funding by claiming research and development (R&D) tax relief, according to new figures. But the region still lags many other parts of the UK in accessing what is widely viewed as a key way of boosting innovation. Latest figures from HMRC show claims for R&D tax...

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Swindon’s business outlook for 2017: Rail heritage and location will be platform for post-Brexit growth

December 29, 2016
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Swindon’s business outlook for 2017: Rail heritage and location will be platform for post-Brexit growth

By Ian Larrard, director of Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative at Business West Making predictions about what the next 12 months will have in store is always a tricky business. But if one thing’s for certain about 2017, it will be a bellwether year for the local economy. This, of course, is all down to...

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Swindon Business News

December 23, 2016
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Swindon Business News

Swindon Business News wishes its readers, subscribers and advertisers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. We will continue to provide the area’s most authoritative business news, information and analysis throughout the festive period. Our next Swindon Business News e-bulletin will be published on Thursday, January 5.  

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Green firm Good Energy strikes gold with in-office rainforest stunt

December 8, 2016
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Green firm Good Energy strikes gold with in-office rainforest stunt

Green utility Good Energy has won a major award for installing a spectacular rainforest display inside its Chippenham head office to mark the launch of a new eco product. Staff and visitors to the office were stunned when set designers transformed the building into a rainforest on the day the firm unveiled its eco-friendly...

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