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Small firms benefit from £150,000 business advice funding

December 19, 2014
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More than 100 small businesses across Wiltshire have received grants for expert advice to help their enterprises grow under a new scheme. Some 112 Specialist Business Advice grants of between £500 and £1,500 were paid to a wide range of small businesses. The most popular requests were for specialist web development support, brand enhancement...

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South West law firms’ confidence soars despite tougher competition and economic uncertainty

December 18, 2014
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Confidence among law firms in the South West is at its highest since 2006, according to new research, with a third planning to open new offices next year. However, most also say that competition has got tougher with cashflow management a particular challenge. The snapshot of a sector undergoing fundamental change emerges from the...

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Logistics firm on road to further growth after parent group’s £25m buyout

December 12, 2014
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Logistics firm on road to further growth after parent group’s £25m buyout

The parent company of Royal Wootton Bassett-based specialist logistics and installations firm Bishopsgate is looking for further growth after completing a £25m buyout. Bishopsgate is one of three subsidiaries of London-based logistics and removals group Ward Thomas Group, which was founded in 1985 and has annual revenues in excess of £20m. Ward secured a...

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Increase in lending leads to six new jobs at Bibby Financial Services

December 12, 2014
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Increase in lending leads to six new jobs at Bibby Financial Services

Bibby Financial Services, the UK’s largest independent invoice finance provider, has boosted its South West sales and operations teams with the appointment of six new staff. The new recruits include four business development managers, a head of operations and a relationship manager. They will be based in its Bristol office and cover a region...

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HMRC targets solicitors to get their tax payments in order

December 10, 2014
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HMRC targets solicitors to get their tax payments in order

Solicitors in Swindon are being urged by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to bring their tax affairs up to date or face tougher penalties. A new UK-wide tax scheme, the Solicitors’ Tax Campaign, is the latest voluntary disclosure opportunity from HMRC that gives specific groups of taxpayers the chance to get their tax affairs...

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New business development manager to drive further growth in South West for Grant Thornton

December 8, 2014
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New business development manager to drive further growth in South West for Grant Thornton

Accountancy firm Grant Thornton has appointed Adina Watt as business development manager for the South West. Adina, pictured, moves to the region from the North West where she was the firm’s business development manager in its Manchester and Liverpool offices. Prior to joining Grant Thornton she held the same position at one of Manchester’s...

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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

December 5, 2014
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Exports edge up as more South West firms see benefits of trading overseas

Exports by South West firms have risen slightly over the past year despite turmoil in the key Eurozone market, new figures show. And more companies are following the Government’s advice and selling overseas as a way of strengthening their business.  Regional trade boss Russell Jones welcomed today’s figures with cautious optimism and pointed to...

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Recession-busting Oak Furniture Land’s continued expansion lifts it up fast-growth league table

December 5, 2014
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Recession-busting Oak Furniture Land’s continued expansion lifts it up fast-growth league table

Continued expansion at Swindon-based star retailer Oak Furniture Land has helped it climb up a widely-respected league table of the country’s 100 fastest-growing private businesses. The firm, which appeared in the annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table at number at 51 last year, has performed even better this year and claimed...

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Nationwide maintains position among UK’s top 10 employers for gender and race equality

December 5, 2014
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Nationwide maintains position among UK’s top 10 employers for gender and race equality

Swindon-based Nationwide Building Society’s record on gender and race equality has earned it a top 10 placing in a major national report for the third year in a row. The Nationwide, Britain’s biggest building society, was also rated Platinum for its gender diversity work and Gold for race diversity in the lists of private...

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Profits leap at Nationwide as it lures customers away from high street banks

November 28, 2014
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Profits leap at Nationwide as it lures customers away from high street banks

Half-year profits have soared by 83% to £606m at Swindon-based Nationwide, the UK’s largest building society, as it continued to win business from high street banks. The results for the six months to September 30 show it opened a new current every 50 seconds, as a result growing its share of the current account...

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