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Swindon businesswoman hosts charity event to promote kidney donation

December 10, 2013
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Swindon businesswoman hosts charity event to promote kidney donation

A charity fundraising dinner and disco to raise awareness of altruistic kidney donation – the act of giving a kidney to a stranger – is being staged this Friday by Swindon businesswoman Jasie Rai. Jasie, director of The Sales and Marketing Hub, is hosting the ladies’ charity night of delicious Indian food and entertainment...

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Extension of Trinity Mirror deal gives Smiths News major share of UK newspaper market

December 2, 2013
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Extension of Trinity Mirror deal gives Smiths News major share of UK newspaper market

Swindon-based specialist distributor Smiths News has extended its newspaper wholesaling agreement with media group Trinity Mirror Newspapers to until October 2019. The agreement secures 56% market share of Trinity Mirror’s distribution business for Smiths News for an additional five years. Trinity Mirror publishes The Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People along with Regional...

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Hills Group strikes gold in South West PRide Awards

November 26, 2013
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Hills Group strikes gold in South West PRide Awards

The in-house magazine produced by Hills, the Marlborough-based waste, recycling and housebuilding group, has landed a major regional PR award. intouch won gold in the Best Internal Publication category in the 2013 South West Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards, staged last Friday in Bristol. More than 220 guests attended the black-tie...

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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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