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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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Nationwide’s responsible approach to business puts it in running for coveted national award

June 26, 2015
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Nationwide’s responsible approach to business puts it in running for coveted national award

Swindon-based Nationwide has again been recognised as one of the UK’s most responsible businesses in a prestigious awards scheme run by Business in the Community (BITC). The building society is a finalist in the organisation’s annual Responsible Business Awards, which celebrate organisations that are transforming their communities and in turn their businesses to create...

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Excellence Award victory makes it four wins in four years for accountants Haines Watts

June 4, 2015
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Excellence Award victory makes it four wins in four years for accountants Haines Watts

National accountancy firm Haines Watts, which has an office in Swindon, has been successful in the 2015 annual FDs’ Excellence Awards, landing the Accountancy Firm of the Year – Larger Clients title. The firm also came close to winning Accountancy Firm of the Year – Smaller Clients award, having won the category for the...

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New regional head boosts Lloyds’ global transaction banking business

June 4, 2015
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New regional head boosts Lloyds’ global transaction banking business

Lloyds Bank has strengthened its global transaction banking business in the South West by appointing Mark Parsons as regional head of its new trade and working capital team. Mark, pictured, who previously headed Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance’s mid markets division in the South West, will be responsible for providing a range of working capital...

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Town’s fortunes to be discussed at Withy King’s Swindon Economic Question Time

May 29, 2015
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Town’s fortunes to be discussed at Withy King’s Swindon Economic Question Time

Law firm Withy King is staging a Swindon Economic Question Time later this month with an expert panel offering their insights into the town’s fortunes. Speaking at the event on June 23 – and taking part in the panel session – will be HSBC head of economics Mark Berrisford-Smith, who will highlight the issues...

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New agreement with key Chinese economic hub opens doors for partnerships with Swindon firms

May 28, 2015
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New agreement with key Chinese economic hub opens doors for partnerships with Swindon firms

Swindon firms are being encouraged to establish closer trading partnerships with their counterparts in the South West’s sister region in China following the signing of a major new agreement. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Bristol & West of England China Bureau is aimed at overcoming the difficulties...

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Swindon group formed to explain impact of major workplace pensions

May 26, 2015
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Swindon group formed to explain impact of major workplace pensions

A group has been set up to raise awareness among Swindon businesses of legislation which demands that employers enrol staff into a workplace pension scheme. The group is affiliated to the Friends of Automatic Enrolment – a national organisation launched by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals to counter the widespread lack of knowledge...

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