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MEET South West 2020′s vision to show that events can be green too

January 26, 2020
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MEET South West 2020′s vision to show that events can be green too

With less than a week to go to MEET South West 2020 – the region’s only trade show dedicated to the events industry – its organisers are highlighting its sustainability credentials. When the inaugural event took place last year one of the key objectives was to make it as sustainable as possible. Now with...

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Swindon directors urged to enter awards that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

January 24, 2020
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Swindon directors urged to enter awards that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

The region’s top annual business award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom has been launched. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs while also focusing UK-wide attention on success in the region.  Nominations – which opened this week – can be...

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CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

January 13, 2020
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CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

The South West needs its own government minister to champion the case for more funding and spur its economic growth, the CBI’s director general said on a visit to the region. Such a move would ‘power up’ the region, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured, told a gathering of the region’s business leaders.  The result would...

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Range of blue-chip partners line up to support MEET South West 2020

January 10, 2020
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Range of blue-chip partners line up to support MEET South West 2020

MEET South West 2020, the region’s only trade show dedicated to the events industry, has announced its full list of its sponsors and partners. Ranging from media outlets to specialist technology firms and from destination marketing organisations to signage manufacturers, the roster reads like a who’s who of the sector’s key businesses.  Organisers of...

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BrandSoup: #brandontherun (AKA #branddownunder)

December 17, 2019
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BrandSoup: #brandontherun (AKA #branddownunder)

A particular problem with social media is that it blurs the professional and the personal, the business and the individual – there may be a clear commercial objective to all this tweeting and blogging, but it’s the authentically human voice that makes an account stand out. A business may rightly regard its social media...

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General Election reaction: Business groups look foward to period of stability

December 13, 2019
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General Election reaction: Business groups look foward to period of stability

Business organisations have welcomed the stability that the resounding Conservative General Election victory will bring – but question marks remain over the kind of Brexit deal a Boris Johnson-led government will strike. Business West, the South West’s largest business group which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, also questioned how much funding for essential...

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Prestigious British Chambers Award for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

December 4, 2019
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Prestigious British Chambers Award for Business West’s Trading Through Brexit campaign

A pioneering campaign to help firms in the South West prepare for life outside the European Union has earned a major national award for Business West, the region’s biggest business support organisation. Recognising that Brexit represents the single most radical transformation in the way that British businesses trade for decades, Business West – which...

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Speaker line-up revealed for MEET South West 2020 – with sessions on tech trends and ‘losing sponsors’

October 29, 2019
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Speaker line-up revealed for MEET South West 2020 – with sessions on tech trends and ‘losing sponsors’

The first four speakers for MEET South West 2020, the region’s only trade show dedicated to the event industry, have been announced – with their sessions ranging from staying distinctive in a busy market to ‘the best ways to lose sponsors’. Lined up for the event are Visit Bath interim CEO Kathryn Davis, Lis...

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Business West sets up support service to help Swindon firms prepare for Brexit

October 24, 2019
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Business West sets up support service to help Swindon firms prepare for Brexit

Swindon firms can get up-to-date information on preparing for Brexit – including the likely impact of a no-deal exit on them – from Business West.  The region’s largest business organisation, Business West is being funded by the government to offer a support and signposting service to firms across the West of England ahead of...

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Children of family-owned firms’ founders must earn their place in the boardroom, survey reveals

October 17, 2019
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Children of family-owned firms’ founders must earn their place in the boardroom, survey reveals

The days of the South West’s family-owned firms automatically being passed on to their founders’ offspring are long gone, with few now believing in a right to succession, according a new survey. Instead, most owners want to ensure their offspring are qualified to take over on merit not blood ties and should only gain...

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