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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns for sixth year with host of top speakers

March 10, 2017
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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns for sixth year with host of top speakers

Small business support group Enterprise Nation is to head west again to stage its flagship female-focused event, the Festival of Female Entrepreneurs. The event, the largest of its kind in the UK, has been held in Bristol since it was launched six years ago. Taking place this year on October 20, it will attract...

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Unrivalled networking opportunities for Swindon firms at Bath Business Expo

March 9, 2017
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Swindon firms are being invited to attend the successful Bath Business Expo, which returns to the city this week. One of the region’s largest general business exhibitions, it offers unrivalled exhibition and networking opportunities for firms across the West of England. ​The Expo takes place on Thursday March 16 between 10am and 3pm in the...

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Public relations sector will benefit from energy of Generation Z, industry event is told

March 9, 2017
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Public relations sector will benefit from energy of Generation Z, industry event is told

Post-millennials will bring energy, fresh ideas and new ways of working to the PR industry, a workshop staged by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) South West heard. But traditional writing skills will remain just as important despite new methods of communicating, attendees were told. The event on the future of the PR...

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Spring Budget 2017: Creative sector reaction

March 9, 2017
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Chancellor Philip Hammond has been accused of hitting entrepreneurs and freelancers in the pocket in the Spring Budget after he announced National Insurance increases for the self-employed. The Chancellor announced he is raising National Insurance (NI) bills for self-employed workers by 1% to 10% from April 2018 and to 11% by 2019.  Hargreaves Lansdown,...

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Spring Budget 2017: Swindon business reaction

March 8, 2017
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Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, described Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget as “underwhelming” but warned there were some measures that will make firms nervous. These included the National Insurance increase for the self-employed – which it feared could dampen entrepreneurship – and the impact of business rate rises, despite help for some...

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Spring Budget 2017: National business reaction

March 8, 2017
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Business organisation the CBI’s director-general Carolyn Fairbairn described today’s Budget as a “breakthrough for skills”. She said: “There has never been a more important time for the UK to sit at the global top table of technical education for young people. “Firms will be looking for ongoing partnership with the government as they try...

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Spring Budget 2017: Investment in science and innovation

March 8, 2017
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Chancellor Philip Hammond announced new funding to help the UK compete in science and innovation in his spring Budget, including: £300m for research talent, including 1,000 PhD places for STEM subjects £270m for robots, driverless cars and biotech £16m for a 5G mobile technology hub £200m for fibre broadband

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Coming soon . . . Creative Business News sector focus on TV and film

March 8, 2017
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Coming soon  . . . Creative Business News sector focus on TV and film

The West of England’s TV and film sector is thriving. BBC Bristol, Aardman Animations and The Bottle Yard Studios are just a few of the region’s high-profile names, together with a plethora of independent production companies across the region which have a major impact on the UK’s creative output. Estimated to be worth more...

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Creative Business News campaign of the month: Bravedog, Small Animal PgC

March 8, 2017
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Creative Business News campaign of the month: Bravedog, Small Animal PgC

We all know the West of England is chock-full of incredibly talented agencies and individuals. To showcase the cream of their work, Creative Business News each month features the very best creative campaigns coming out of the region. We kick off the series with Swindon agency Bravedog’s work with veterinary education  and career development organisation Improve International...

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New help for Swindon exporters to break into growing international markets as Brexit looms

March 7, 2017
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New help for Swindon exporters to break into growing international markets as Brexit looms

Swindon businesses looking to expand into high-growth global markets will receive enhanced advice and support following the signing of four new international partnership agreements by Business West. The organisation, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, is the largest international trade support body in the South West. The four new agreements are with business bodies across China, India,...

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