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£1m investment to spark more growth at Swindon kitchen firm Manor Interiors

July 31, 2015
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£1m investment to spark more growth at Swindon kitchen firm Manor Interiors

Bespoke kitchen specialist Manor Interiors is to boost production at its Swindon manufacturing plant by 50% after investing £1m in new hi-tech machinery. The increased capacity will create up to six jobs and enable Manor to expand its contracts business with some of the UK’s largest housebuilders as well as growing its network of...

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Upbeat West firms looking to recruit more staff as growth prospects increase

July 31, 2015
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Upbeat West firms looking to recruit more staff as growth prospects increase

More than two thirds of small and medium-sized in the South West expect to take on more staff over the next 12 months – more than any other UK region – according to a new survey. Some 59% of firms in the region also believe that permanent, skilled staff will benefit the growth of...

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New accountancy body president calls for end to brain drain to London

July 31, 2015
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New accountancy body president calls for end to brain drain to London

Stopping the brain drain of young talent from the West of England to London is among the priorities of the newly appointed regional president of ICAEW, the professional organisation for chartered accountants. Rick Sturge, pictured, has said he will work closely with regional members of ICAEW during his 12 months in office to raise the...

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Wiltshire manufacturers urged to air their views on skills gap in major new survey

July 17, 2015
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Wiltshire manufacturers urged to air their views on skills gap in major new survey

Accountancy firm Monahans, which has offices in Swindon and Chippenham, is encouraging the Wiltshire’s manufacturers to have their say on the effect of the engineering skills gap as part of a major industry survey. The firm is backing the survey, which has been launched by MHA, the association of accountancy and business advisory firms,...

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Withy King earns a place on Government panel of legal and financial experts

July 14, 2015
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Withy King earns a place on Government panel of legal and financial experts

Regional law firm Withy King, which has offices in Swindon and Marlborough, has been appointed to the Government’s panel of professionals that protects people who may not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their finances. Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) Panel of Professional Deputies is made up of court-approved professionals with...

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New regional relationship director joins Lloyds’ commercial real estate team

July 9, 2015
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Lloyds Bank’s commercial real estate team has appointed David Willock as relationship director for the South West and Wales. He joins from RBS, where he was a senior director in its Bristol real estate team. During his 10 years with RBS he was responsible for loan origination and client management for real estate clients...

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Top national award recognises Nationwide CEO’s focus on people

July 3, 2015
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Top national award recognises Nationwide CEO’s focus on people

The chief executive of Swindon-based Nationwide Building Society has been named as the most people-focused boss in the country. Graham Beale landed the coveted title at the 20th HR Excellence Awards earlier this week, heading a nine-strong shortlist of private sector CEOs selected on employee feedback and taking into account leadership criteria such as...

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Old Mill’s financial planning team gains BSI best-practice certification

July 3, 2015
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Old Mill’s financial planning team gains BSI best-practice certification

West Country accountants and financial planners Old Mill has become one of only 19 firms in the UK to meet an internationally recognised standard for providing financial advice. The firm, which has an office in Melksham, has completed the certification programme for BS 8577 – a framework for financial advice and planning services set...

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Seminar aims to help people reduce their inheritance tax

July 2, 2015
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Seminar aims to help people reduce their inheritance tax

Financial services company Hartsfield is hosting a free seminar to help people find out how to pass on more of their hard-earned wealth to their loved ones – and less to the taxman. The firm has teamed up with insurer Canada Life to stage the event, which takes place from 2.30pm-4.30pm on July 16...

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‘Golden week’ for UK economy but growth is likely to slow, Swindon Question Time hears

June 26, 2015
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‘Golden week’ for UK economy but growth is likely to slow, Swindon Question Time hears

The economy has just enjoyed “almost a golden week” with falling unemployment, rising wage increases and low inflation, Swindon business leaders heard at an Economic Question Time hosted by law firm Withy King. But HSBC head of economics Mark Berrisford-Smith told the event that while the UK was performing markedly better than virtually all...

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