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Thrings advises national booksellers’ group in legal fight against Amazon

July 31, 2015
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Thrings advises national booksellers’ group in legal fight against Amazon

Commercial law firm Thrings, which has its largest office in Swindon, is advising the trade association for bookshops in its legal battle against what it sees as market abuse by online retail giant Amazon. The EU’s Competition Directorate (DGC) has launched a competition law investigation into Amazon's e-book distribution arrangements. But the Bookseller's Association...

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Two more staff join fast-growing Swindon lead generation firm

July 28, 2015
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Two more staff join fast-growing Swindon lead generation firm

Swindon telemarketing company The Business Generation Group (TBG Group) has taken on two experienced new staff members to cope with growing demand for its services. The firm, which specialises in generating quality leads and appointments for businesses, has appointed Liz Tremblay as account manager and Claire Hirt as business development executive. Both have long...

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Storage group Bott lands prestigious PWC Business of the Year Award

July 10, 2015
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Storage group Bott lands prestigious PWC Business of the Year Award

Bott, the workplace storage equipment firm, and Devon Air Ambulance Trust have won the PWC Business of the Year Awards – the South West’s most coveted business accolades. Bude-based Bott’s CEO Clive Woodward received his trophy for the £30m-plus turnover category from Mark Beard, chief executive of last year's winner, Swindon construction firm Beard....

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SUMMER BUDGET 2015: Business West reaction

July 8, 2015
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Before the Budget Business West – the organisation that runs the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative – called for a focus on infrastructure, exports and the skills gap. Managing director Phil Smith said: “Our nation’s roads and apprentices got a cordial mention , international trade was almost utterly absent. “Also missing was a...

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SUMMER BUDGET 2015: National business reaction

July 8, 2015
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The CBI described the Budget as double-edged for business and branded the Chancellor’s flagship introduction of a National Living Wage of £7.20 next April as “a big gamble”. It also called the apprentice levy “a blunt tool” to force more businesses to take on trainees. Director-general John Cridland said: “Firms will welcome measures to...

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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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