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Barclays’ £1m funding means print group can press ahead with growth plans

October 21, 2013
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Barclays’ £1m funding means print group can press ahead with growth plans

Superior, the fast-growing Wiltshire design, print and fulfilment group, has secured a £1m investment from its long-term bankers Barclays to support further expansion. The funding comes a year after Barclays supplied £2m to fund a purpose-built design studio and increase printing capacity at Superior’s Melksham headquarters. Superior, which has doubled its turnover to £15m...

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Smiths News delivers rise in annual profits as efficiencies kick in

October 16, 2013
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Smiths News delivers rise in annual profits as efficiencies kick in

Smiths News, the Swindon-based newspaper and magazine distributor, has delivered a 14% hike in full-year pre-tax profits. The increase, taking profits to £41.9m against £36.6m last time, came on a 0.4% rise in revenues to £1.81bn for the year to August 31. It said that it is now on target to achieve 50% of...

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WH Smith pulls plug on website following media reports it sold porn

October 13, 2013
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WH Smith pulls plug on website following media reports it sold porn

Swindon-based retail giant WH Smith has shut down its website after it was discovered the retailer was selling pornographic ebooks online. According to the Sunday Express and Mail on Sunday, more than 60 of the books were found on the site but WH Smith said they were placed there by a third-party company. WH...

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Warning over Google penalties for use of digital press releases

October 7, 2013
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Warning over Google penalties for use of digital press releases

Businesses using digital press releases as an integral part of their web presence now risk penalties from Google, according to digital marketing specialist Darren Moloney,  managing director of Highworth-based online marketing consultancy All Things Web. Savvy companies have for some time been using online press releases, among other techniques, to optimise their website ranking....

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Contract delays and tough markets reduce half-time profits at SciSys

September 26, 2013
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Contract delays and tough markets reduce half-time profits at SciSys

Shares in Chippenham-based specialist IT and software firm SciSys fell by nearly 11% today after it revealed a 19.8% drop in interim pre-tax profits and warned that its markets remained challenging. The group, whose blue-chip customers include the Ministry of Defence, European Space Agency and major broadcasters, blamed the decline in profits to £749,000 on...

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Chamber breakfast puts branding on the menu

July 9, 2013
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Chamber breakfast puts branding on the menu

Building a brand – why bother? is the red-hot question at this Friday’s Swindon Chamber of Commerce Swindon Business Breakfast. Allison McSparron-Edwards, managing director of Blunsdon-based consultancy Consultrix, will ask “Is your brand brave enough?” and go on to examine who engages with attendees’ brands, how they have evolved and do they have “personality”?...

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BrandSoup: Shedding light on the dark side of Prism’s logo

July 8, 2013
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BrandSoup: Shedding light on the dark side of Prism’s logo

We thought BrandSoup was alone in having opinions about the advisability or otherwise of government agencies getting “creative” with logos (see our recent blog – Bonfire of the Quango Logos). But following revelations of the US NSA’s acquisitive attitude to everyone’s emails and Facebook postings, this thorny topic is now global headline news. The...

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PA of the Year Awards: The hunt is on for the Best in the West

June 13, 2013
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Following the success of the inaugural South West PA of the Year Awards last year, Bristol Business News and its sister titles including the recently-launched WestBusinessNews magazine, have again teamed up with prestigious Ston Easton Park Hotel, near Bath, to stage the South West PA of the Year Awards 2013. PAs are often the...

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You’re fired-up! The Apprentice is great for business says its ‘reluctant star’ Nick Hewer

May 20, 2013
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TV show The Apprentice is giving young people a great appetite for business, Nick Hewer, Sir Alan Sugar’s right-hand man on the programme, told West business leaders. Speaking at the annual Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) West of England dinner, he said whenever he spoke at schools and colleges the...

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Book deal opens new chapter for Smiths News

April 17, 2013
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Smiths News, the Swindon-based specialist distribution firm, has acquired a number of academic library services contracts from book retailer Blackwell UK for £2.1m. The acquisition of the European and African interests further strengthens Smiths News UK book supplier Bertrams’ established international footprint. Smiths News said the deal “brings with it a complementary customer base...

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