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New funding bid goes in for Swindon’s long hoped-for town centre art gallery and museum

December 1, 2017
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New funding bid goes in for Swindon’s long hoped-for town centre art gallery and museum

A £12m bid to build an iconic new art gallery and museum in Swindon town centre – and trigger development of a new cultural quarter – has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Trust, which is leading the bid process, has compiled nearly 800 pages of evidence to...

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Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘could deliver boost for Swindon’s economy’

December 1, 2017
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Government’s Industrial Strategy ‘could deliver boost for Swindon’s economy’

Swindon’s economy could benefit from aspects of the government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy, announced this week, two key figures in the town’s business community have said. But there was also disappointment at the lack of detail in some of initiatives and a need for more engagement with the business community.  Ian Larrard, director of the...

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Prestigious festival selection for Swindon-made film exploring mental health

November 30, 2017
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Prestigious festival selection for Swindon-made film exploring mental health

Swindon film production company BALDnHAIRY has been awarded an official selection by Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network for its film EDGE, which will screen at the London Lift-Off this month. The film, which was selected for viewing from more than 3,000 global entrants, will be scored alongside other contenders by festival goers, with the...

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Swindon’s Carriage Works creative and tech innovation hub gets on track as first tenant signs up

November 29, 2017
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Swindon’s Carriage Works creative and tech innovation hub gets on track as first tenant signs up

Branding and design agency Bravedog is to become the first tenant to move into Swindon’s Carriage Works, the town’s long-awaited innovation hub for tech and creative businesses. The Carriage Works is being developed in phases in former railway workshops on Sheppard Street. The refurbishment of an initial 7,000 sq ft, which is taking place...

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Budget 2017: Regional business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Regional business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s support for the tech sector – a vital part of Swindon’s economy – in the Budget have been welcomed by regional business figures. Institute of Directors South West chair Nick Sturge, pictured, said: “We need to build on the strong network of clusters that are already working well in the regions, accelerating growing businesses by...

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Budget 2017: Business West – ‘Chancellor keeps tiller steady as economy sails into headwinds’

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Business West – ‘Chancellor keeps tiller steady as economy sails into headwinds’

Philip Hammond was a “cautious Chancellor doing his best in a tight spot” in the Budget, according to Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the region’s largest business organisation which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. He described Mr Hammond as playing a “weak hand with reasonable competence”, providing enough for his...

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Budget 2017: Key points

November 22, 2017
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Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented the 2017 Budget. Here are the main points: Economy is ready for challenges that lie ahead Growth forecast is now 1.5% this year, 1.4% next year and 1.3% in 2019/20 against 2% this year, 1.6% next year and 1.7% in 2019. Inflation peaking at 3% in this quarter before...

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South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2018 launched with call to action for Swindon’s ethical firms

November 20, 2017
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South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2018 launched with call to action for Swindon’s ethical firms

Swindon’s ethical organisations – large and small – are being invited to enter the annual South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise the contribution that businesses, organisations and institutes in the region make in support of Fairtrade by buying certified Fairtrade products for the workplace and raising awareness...

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Digital marketing agency founder takes up role as regional director for The Marketing Centre

October 20, 2017
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Digital marketing agency founder takes up role as regional director for The Marketing Centre

The Marketing Centre, the UK’s leading provider of part-time marketing directors, has appointed John Courtney as its new regional director for the West Country & Wales. John, pictured, founded Strategy Digital, a 50-person digital marketing agency based in Bristol, which he sold to national firm Fat Media in 2015.  He is known in the...

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Video advert contest for budding young film makers launched by Cardwave Services

October 17, 2017
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Video advert contest for budding young film makers launched by Cardwave Services

A video advert competition for students interested in drama, performing arts, film and media has been launched by Cardwave Services, the Devizes-based pioneer in flash memory products. The firm, whose products are used in a wide range of devices including mobile phones, digital cameras and notebook computers, is inviting individuals, schools, colleges, drama clubs...

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