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New arrivals at packaging group GWP help it strengthen its design offering

May 21, 2014
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New arrivals at packaging group GWP help it strengthen its design offering

GWP, Cricklade-based specialist packaging group, has appointed two designers to its in-house structural design team, enabling it to offer further product and packaging design capabilities. Ryan Perrington joins as a packaging designer and Tom Wilkie as a trainee product designer. GWP, along with other firms in the industry, has been hit by a decline...

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Shortlisting for Swindon Business News travel editor in coveted national awards

May 7, 2014
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Shortlisting for Swindon Business News travel editor in coveted national awards

Swindon Business News travel editor Anne Gorringe has been shortlisted in the Travel Article of the Year category of the prestigious annual VisitEngland Awards for Excellence for her article offering an insider’s guide to Manchester for business visitors. The high-profile awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse next Monday when...

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Swindon entrepreneurs urged to enter home-grown small business contest

May 5, 2014
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Swindon entrepreneurs urged to enter home-grown small business contest

The Pitch, one of the UK’s longest-running competitions for small business owners, has opened for applications for the seventh year. Founded in by West-based BusinessZone.co.uk and UK Business Forums, it has helped thousands of entrepreneurs secure top-class business support and access to investors. Having been launched as a local event in the city, it...

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Experienced data professional joins OATS as chief operating officer

April 30, 2014
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Experienced data professional joins OATS as chief operating officer

OATS, the Swindon-based firm supplying data to the global lubricants industry, has appointed Richard Carney to its board as chief operating officer.  Richard, pictured, brings a wealth of expertise in business strategy, including a highly-successful track record of developing electronic data products and managing development teams. Trained as an economist, American-born Richard spent many...

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Major magazine distribution agreements give Smiths News clear vision to 2020

April 22, 2014
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Major magazine distribution agreements give Smiths News clear vision to 2020

Shares in newly-renamed Swindon-based specialist wholesale group Connect Group – formerly Smiths News – climbed by more than 4% today after it unveiled a 20% increase in half-year pre-tax profits. The profits of £22.1m for the six months ended 28 February 2014 came despite a small fall in revenue. Today's results came a day...

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Promotions for two staff at West office of business funder BGF

April 21, 2014
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Promotions for two staff at West office of business funder BGF

BGF, the independent company established to help Britain’s growing businesses, has promoted two members of its West-based investment team. Ned Dorbin has been promoted to investment director and Edwin Davies to investment manager.  The BGF investment team in Bristol, which covers the South West of England and South Wales and is led by regional director...

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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

April 4, 2014
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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

Exporting in the digital age and advice for female entrepreneurs considering growing their business overseas are among the topics to be covered in the West as part of Export Week. Starting on Monday, the week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets. UK Trade...

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Gateway for Growth funding helps lift four ambitious firms to the next level

March 18, 2014
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Gateway for Growth funding helps lift four ambitious firms to the next level

Four Wiltshire businesses have become the first to receive grants to support further growth, thanks to funding secured by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  The funding, worth a total of £127,191, has gone to Calne-based 1st Choice Stairlifts, Devizes-based Country Candle Company, interior design company Procol, based in Melksham, and Power...

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Arts Council funding brings new Swindon art gallery into focus

March 5, 2014
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Arts Council funding brings new Swindon art gallery into focus

Ambitious plans to build an art gallery and museum in Swindon town centre as a key part of a new cultural quarter have taken another step forward with a grant from the Arts Council. Swindon Council has received £95,000 from the organisation’s Strategic Support Fund to pay for further consultation and planning work on...

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Planet Pursuits over the moon as it strikes gold and silver at meeting industry’s top awards

March 5, 2014
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Planet Pursuits over the moon as it strikes gold and silver at meeting industry’s top awards

Swindon-based event and venue company Planet Pursuits has won gold and silver in the meeting industry’s most prestigious awards. The firm, based on an organic farm in Purton, secured gold in the Best Event Provider category and claimed silver for Best Intermediary Agency with fewer than 40 employees in the Meetings & Incentive Travel...

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