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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

August 25, 2021
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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

Directors in the Swindon area are being invited to enter the top regional awards scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The annual Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards seek to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs in both the public and private sectors.  Award nominations are open to anyone working at director level in...

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Swindon firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

August 20, 2021
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Swindon firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted a wave of innovation among businesses in Swindon and across the South West, with nearly half saying they pivoted their operations to survive. According to a new Lloyds Bank survey, 46% of firms in the region they were forced to become more creative and innovative in finding new areas of growth. ...

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Survey shows most firms are heeding climate change warnings – but one-in-five have done nothing

August 12, 2021
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Survey shows most firms are heeding climate change warnings – but one-in-five have done nothing

Nearly 70% of South West firms see climate change as a core business factor for them, according to a landmark survey of companies’ attitudes to the key issue – but, alarmingly, 21% have so far taken no action despite mounting concern over its impact. Just under half (46%) of the businesses that consider climate...

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Take-off of Frankfurt flights will help put region on route to post-Covid recovery, says Bristol Airport

August 6, 2021
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Take-off of Frankfurt flights will help put region on route to post-Covid recovery, says Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport has taken another major step towards fully recovering from the impact of the pandemic with the launch this week of a regular service to Frankfurt. German airline Lufthansa had planned to introduce the direct flights last March but shelved them as Covid-19 took hold across the world – triggering a massive fall...

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Charity calls on food firms to hand over any surplus to help feed hungry kids this summer

July 26, 2021
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Charity calls on food firms to hand over any surplus to help feed hungry kids this summer

Swindon’s food businesses are being urged not to bin their surplus produce but to redirect it to FareShare Southwest, the region’s largest food redistribution charity, as it gears up to prevent children going hungry during the school holidays. The food will help the charity, whose mission is to fight hunger while tackling food waste,...

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Relaxing workplace Covid rules has created new stress for employers, Royds Withy King lawyer warns

July 26, 2021
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Relaxing workplace Covid rules has created new stress for employers, Royds Withy King lawyer warns

Employers have been warned to take urgent action to a avoid stress and potential conflict in the workplace following the easing of government Covid restrictions yesterday. Kate Benefer, a partner in the employment law team at law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, said the removal businesses had to take decisions...

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Employment lawyer says ‘fire and rehire’ can backfire on firms using it to change staff conditions

July 19, 2021
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Employment lawyer says ‘fire and rehire’ can backfire on firms using it to change staff conditions

Controversial ‘fire and rehire’ practices being used by some firms should only be deployed as a last resort, a top employment lawyer has warned. Tim Gofton, pictured, a senior associate in the retail and hospitality team at regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, said getting it wrong could also have public relations...

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Free guide offers expert advice for directors on what to do when things go wrong

June 29, 2021
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Free guide offers expert advice for directors on what to do when things go wrong

R3, the restructuring and insolvency trade body, has launched a free guide for company directors on how to spot signs of financial distress, options open to them to resolve it and where to get expert advice. Called Get Back to Business: A guide to dealing with corporate financial distress, it is available to download from www.backtobusinessuk.com The guide: ...

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Skill shortages threatening to jeopardise ‘remarkable turnaround’, Business West survey shows

June 28, 2021
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Skill shortages threatening to jeopardise ‘remarkable turnaround’, Business West survey shows

West of England business’s confidence in the economy has bounced back for the first time in four years, according to a new survey, but there are growing fears that the recovery will be choked off by a lack of skilled workers. The latest quarterly economic survey conducted by Business West, the region’s largest business...

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Business West warns importers of looming deadline for declaration on goods from EU countries

June 20, 2021
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Business West warns importers of looming deadline for declaration on goods from EU countries

Swindon firms that have imported goods from countries in the EU this year are being urged to complete their full declarations or face a possible fine or prosecution as the final deadline approaches. Regional business group Business West, which is authorised by HMRC to process supplementary customs declarations, said companies needed to submit their...

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