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New regional team at FSB vows to step up grassroots lobbying on behalf of Swindon’s small firms

January 27, 2018
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New regional team at FSB vows to step up grassroots lobbying on behalf of Swindon’s small firms

Small Businesses group the FSB is to boost its grassroots lobbying activity in Swindon and across the South West after appointing a new-look senior team. Roger Tarrant, pictured right, previously one of the FSB’s branch chairman in the region, has become the first holder of the new wider role of regional chair for the...

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Herman Miller puts its unique eco-friendly HQ building on the market

January 19, 2018
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Herman Miller puts its unique eco-friendly HQ building on the market

One of the West of England’s greenest office buildings has been put up for sale following the decision by iconic office furniture maker Herman Miller to centralise its UK operations. The showpiece 20,000 sq ft building in Chippenham, pictured, known as VillageGreen, was designed as the European headquarters of the US-owned firm by renowned...

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Three new categories added as coveted IoD South West Director of the Year Awards are launched

January 18, 2018
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Three new categories added as coveted IoD South West Director of the Year Awards are launched

Outstanding business leaders and entrepreneurs from the Swindon area are being urged to enter the region’s top awards recognising excellence in the boardroom.  Launched this week, the Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year Awards 2018 showcase the wealth of executive talent and leadership across the region. New categories have been added...

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National Trust chief operating officer to take over charity’s top role in March

January 4, 2018
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National Trust chief operating officer to take over charity’s top role in March

Swindon-based The National Trust has named Hilary McGrady as its new director-general. She will officially take over on March 12 from current director-general Helen Ghosh, who announced last year that she would be stepping down to take up a new position.   Hilary, pictured, has worked for the conservation charity for 12 years –...

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Experienced marketer appointed manager of new Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub

January 4, 2018
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Experienced marketer appointed manager of new Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub

The recently relaunched Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub, which gives businesses access to impartial advice, information and support, has appointed experienced marketer and project manager Jo Minnaar as its manager. Jo, pictured, has a background in B2B marketing, partner relations and project management in the private and public sectors and has also run an...

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Businesses’ views sought on the future shape of Swindon and Wiltshire’s high-level skills

January 4, 2018
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Businesses’ views sought on the future shape of Swindon and Wiltshire’s high-level skills

Firms in Swindon and across Wiltshire are being invited to have their say about university-level courses in the area. The Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has identified the need for a higher skilled workforce in the area to meet a growing number of jobs requiring degrees or equivalent qualifications. The LEP has...

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Swindon & Wiltshire SME Growth Programme helps glassware business sparkle in US

January 4, 2018
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Swindon & Wiltshire SME Growth Programme helps glassware business sparkle in US

A scheme to encourage growth among Swindon and Wiltshire small and medium-sized businesses has helped glassware designer Phaedra Politis exhibit her colourful creations in a US art gallery. Phaedra, founder of Phaedra Glass, specialises in making kiln fired glassware and gifts. Phaedra’s striking designs include beautiful butterfly wings and other decorative wall art, eye-catching...

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Chinese New Year banquet offers cracking opportunities for Swindon firms to establish links with China

January 2, 2018
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Chinese New Year banquet offers cracking opportunities for Swindon firms to establish links with China

Swindon firms considering doing business in China this year – or those already trading there – are being urged to take part in the region’s largest Chinese New Year reception and banquet. Organised by the Bristol & West of England China Bureau, the event brings together business leaders, key figures from the Chinese business...

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Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative review of 2017: Enough good news to help ease the Brexit hangover

December 22, 2017
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Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative review of 2017: Enough good news to help ease the Brexit hangover

Ian Larrard, director of the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, Business West, looks back at the highs and lows of 2017 for the area.   After a dramatic 2016, many of us were perhaps expecting 2017 to be something like the morning after the night before, and for businesses facing up to the realities of...

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Good Energy looks for epic gain from new non-exec director who is so Moneysupermarket.com

December 7, 2017
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Good Energy looks for epic gain from new non-exec director who is so Moneysupermarket.com

The digital innovator credited with the success of Moneysupermarket.com is to join Chippenham-based renewable energy group Good Energy as an independent non-executive director. Tim Jones, chief information officer of Moneysupermarket.com Group, has more than 20 years’ experience in using digital to drive change in organisations. He is widely regarded as one of the UK’s top...

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