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Swindon games developer Evil Twin ranked among major players in England’s creative industries

January 23, 2015
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Swindon games developer Evil Twin ranked among major players in England’s creative industries

Swindon-based computer games development company Evil Twin has been named among England’s most creative businesses in a list that also highlights the contribution these firms make to the economy. Evil Twin, which last year won a games industry award for its recently-launched strategic naval combat game Victory at Sea, joins some of the country’s...

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Two new non-executive directors for regional investment firm as it targets Wiltshire businesses

January 16, 2015
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Two new non-executive directors for regional investment firm as it targets Wiltshire businesses

Alternative finance provider South West Investment Group (SWIG) has appointed two non-executive directors to the board of its fund-holding arm as it looks to raise its profile in the West of England. Malachy McReynolds and Graham Miller join the existing directors at the group which since 1996 has invested £15m in to more than...

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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

January 13, 2015
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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

Confidence among West of England businesses petered out at the end of 2014 and has started the new year lower than at any time over the previous 12 months, new research shows. Domestic sales, cashflow and recruitment expectations all fell during the fourth quarter, according to results of the latest business survey by Business...

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Swindon’s economy bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Initiative boss warns politicians

December 29, 2014
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Swindon’s economy bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Initiative boss warns politicians

Ian Larrard, director of the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative at Business West, looks back at the past 12 months and considers why next year’s General Election is set to be one of the most important in recent memory. “The noise and glare of fireworks this New Year must not mask the fact that we...

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Planet Pursuits’s innovation helps it land major event management contract

December 19, 2014
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Intuit UK, the firm behind QuickBooks financial software for accountants and small businesses, has awarded a major event management contract to Purton-based event management specialist Planet Pursuits. Under the two-year contract, which follows a successful project tender, Planet Pursuits will implement and manage a wide range of customer engagement and training events. Intuit’s brief...

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Small firms benefit from £150,000 business advice funding

December 19, 2014
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More than 100 small businesses across Wiltshire have received grants for expert advice to help their enterprises grow under a new scheme. Some 112 Specialist Business Advice grants of between £500 and £1,500 were paid to a wide range of small businesses. The most popular requests were for specialist web development support, brand enhancement...

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SciSys snaps up innovative app firm as it looks for growth in retail sector

December 18, 2014
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SciSys snaps up innovative app firm as it looks for growth in retail sector

Chippenham-based specialist IT group SciSys is expanding into the retail industry following the acquisition of a small software application development firm. SciSys, which works in sectors spanning space, defence, media and government, is paying a maximum of £3.2m for Leicester-based Xibis, which it expects to be immediately earnings-enhancing. SciSys said the Xibis has a...

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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

December 5, 2014
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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

The annual search for the region’s best companies has started with the launch of accountants PwC’s widely-respected West of England Business of the Year Awards 2015. Now in their 27th year, the eagerly-contested awards are the most prestigious in the region by far – previous winners read like a who’s who of the West’s...

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Former Adver sports editor joins Smarter Media to head new PR division

December 5, 2014
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Former Adver sports editor joins Smarter Media to head new PR division

Swindon-based digital marketing agency Smarter Media has expanded its public relations capability with the appointment of former Swindon Advertiser sports editor Steve Butt as head of PR and social media. He will head the agency’s new public relations division Smarter PR and manage Smarter Social, its social media department. Smarter Media managing director Karl...

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Autumn Statement: Swindon Business reaction

December 3, 2014
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The Chancellor produced a balanced Autumn Statement that addressed business concerns around rates reform and finance, Swindon business leaders have said. Ian Larrard, director of the Initiative in Swindon & Wiltshire, part of Business West, described it as a “crowd-pleasing” set of proposals for business, particularly its pledge for a major review into the...

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