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Swindon directors urged to enter region’s top awards for boardroom excellence

March 21, 2017
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Swindon directors urged to enter region’s top awards for boardroom excellence

The clock is ticking for Swindon directors to enter the region’s top award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The deadline for the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2017 is March 31 and organisers are urging Swindon’s top executives to get their skates on and submit their...

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Spring Budget 2017: Swindon property sector reaction

March 13, 2017
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Swindon’s property industry has rounded on Chancellor Philip Hammond, accusing him of failing to listen to pleas to ease the burden of higher business rates. While the Budget included measures to help some business, critics called it too little, too late and said most still faced swingeing increases. Business rate experts at West property agents...

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Creative Business News. A unique source of essential news, views and information

March 13, 2017
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Creative Business News. A unique source of essential news, views and information

The West of England is experiencing a creative boom. From its trailblazing animators and filmmakers to its innovative marketing agencies, brand consultancies and graphic designers, the rich pool of talent in the region is going from strength to strength. To celebrate and showcase the world-leading work of this sector, Swindon Business News and its sister...

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200 jobs to be created at insurer’s Swindon base as it announces next expansion phase

March 10, 2017
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Insurance firm Be Wiser has celebrated the first anniversary of its Swindon office by announcing it will take on a further 200 staff in the town. The Andover-based firm, one of the UK’s fastest-growing personal lines brokers, opened the office in Dorcan early last year with the intention of growing its Swindon workforce to...

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Unrivalled networking opportunities for Swindon firms at Bath Business Expo

March 9, 2017
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Swindon firms are being invited to attend the successful Bath Business Expo, which returns to the city this week. One of the region’s largest general business exhibitions, it offers unrivalled exhibition and networking opportunities for firms across the West of England. ​The Expo takes place on Thursday March 16 between 10am and 3pm in the...

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Spring Budget 2017: Creative sector reaction

March 9, 2017
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Chancellor Philip Hammond has been accused of hitting entrepreneurs and freelancers in the pocket in the Spring Budget after he announced National Insurance increases for the self-employed. The Chancellor announced he is raising National Insurance (NI) bills for self-employed workers by 1% to 10% from April 2018 and to 11% by 2019.  Hargreaves Lansdown,...

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Spring Budget 2017: Swindon business reaction

March 8, 2017
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Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, described Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget as “underwhelming” but warned there were some measures that will make firms nervous. These included the National Insurance increase for the self-employed – which it feared could dampen entrepreneurship – and the impact of business rate rises, despite help for some...

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Spring Budget 2017: Key points

March 8, 2017
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Chancellor Philip Hammond has delivered his spring Budget. He said the aim was to “build an economy that works for everyone” and prepare Britian for a brighter future. In the light of intense lobbying from business groups concerned about the impact of this year’s business rates reform he announced: No business losing small business rate...

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New help for Swindon exporters to break into growing international markets as Brexit looms

March 7, 2017
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New help for Swindon exporters to break into growing international markets as Brexit looms

Swindon businesses looking to expand into high-growth global markets will receive enhanced advice and support following the signing of four new international partnership agreements by Business West. The organisation, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, is the largest international trade support body in the South West. The four new agreements are with business bodies across China, India,...

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BGF maintains strong growth by taking on former EY corporate finance executive

February 28, 2017
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BGF maintains strong growth by taking on former EY corporate finance executive

The UK’s most active provider of growth capital to small and mid-sized businesses, BGF (Business Growth Fund), is continuing to expand its team covering the South West with the appointment of James Skade as an investor. Before joining BGF, James, pictured, spent five years at accountancy group EY, most recently in the corporate finance...

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