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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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Street art as a brand – the writing’s on the wall in the latest helping of Brand Soup

April 4, 2013
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You can’t get a better illustration (forgive the pun) of the power of a brand than the recent abortive sale in Miami of a Banksy which had last been seen attached to the wall of a north London Poundland. Setting aside the furore over who actually owns the work and who has the right...

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What’s so Funny about Business? Our unique Bath Comedy Festival event

April 4, 2013
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Fed up with flip charts, PowerPoint and pie diagrams? Swindon Business News’s sister site Bath Business News is presenting an antidote this evening to business seminars as part of Bath Comedy Festival. This free and unique event is for anyone who has ever dozed off during a motivational seminar. Or been late for a...

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Glamorous evening for RedheadPR’s 10th anniversary

December 12, 2012
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Glamorous evening for RedheadPR’s 10th anniversary

Swindon-based redheadPR, the independent public relations, digital and design consultancy, celebrates its 10th anniversary in style at Christ Church, Old Town, this evening. The historic church’s bells will ring out at 6.45pm to open the event, which will be attended by high-profile guests, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Swindon, Mick and Ruth Bray,...

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