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Jobs axed and holiday bookings at risk as long-established coach firm Hatts goes into administration

July 28, 2014
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Jobs axed and holiday bookings at risk as long-established coach firm Hatts goes into administration

Wiltshire-based specialist coach and holiday tour operator Hatts Coaches has gone into administration with the loss of nearly 90 jobs. Up to 1,000 customers who booked trips with companies in the Hatts group now face an anxious wait to see if they will get refunds or if another firm will take on the bookings....

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HSBC funds £0.5m upgrade for Blunsdon House Hotel

July 23, 2014
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HSBC funds £0.5m upgrade for Blunsdon House Hotel

Family-owned Blunsdon House Hotel near Swindon has secured a £500,000 finance package from HSBC to support renovation of its main restaurant and upgrade other areas of the property. The hotel, which dates back to the 1950s and was Wiltshire’s first to gain four stars, is launching the new restaurant – to be called Flame...

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From new roads to skills and science: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

July 7, 2014
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From new roads to skills and science: Full details of projects benefiting from new Govt funding

The Government has announced funding of £12.8m for Swindon and Wiltshire under its Local Growth Deal. This money is for projects which start in 2015/16 and 2016/17. It also announced £116.3m of possible future funding. Key projects to benefit from the first round of funding include: Swindon’s Eastern Villages infrastructure. A package of road...

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£12.8m boost for Swindon and Wiltshire economy to create jobs and build roads and homes

July 7, 2014
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£12.8m boost for Swindon and Wiltshire economy to create jobs and build roads and homes

Swindon and Wiltshire are to receive Government funding worth £12.8m to create jobs, generate economic growth and accelerate much-needed housebuilding over the next two years. A further £116.3m could be invested in the area beyond 2017 under the Local Growth Deal including £23m for a new road tunnel under the M4 linking the Wichelstowe...

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Swindon-based Intrinsic’s game-changing insurance industry deal completed by Thrings

July 3, 2014
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Swindon-based Intrinsic’s game-changing insurance industry deal completed by Thrings

Law firm Thrings, which has its largest office in Swindon, has completed the sale of Swindon financial management firm Intrinsic’s entire network of 3,000 advisers – the UK’s largest – to Old Mutual Wealth. The Thrings team, led by senior corporate partner Jonathan Payne, pictured, and associate solicitor Elaine Meyrick, provided advice on all...

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Insolvency firm Begbies Traynor opens Swindon office as economic recovery throws up new challenges

July 3, 2014
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Insolvency firm Begbies Traynor opens Swindon office as economic recovery throws up new challenges

National business rescue and recovery specialist Begbies Traynor has opened an office in Swindon as it continues to grow across Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. The firm, which has more than 30 offices across the country, had been covering the Swindon area from its regional headquarters in Salisbury. It also has offices in Oxford, Bath and...

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Accountants from Swindon firm Banks get into their stride for charity

June 26, 2014
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Accountants from Swindon firm Banks get into their stride for charity

A team from Swindon accountancy firm Banks is going down to the woods this Saturday to take part in a sponsored walk for charity. The team will undertake an 11-mile hike in Savernake Forest to raise money for TWIGS, the Swindon-based charity supporting people with mental health problems, with a focus on a community...

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Monahans seminar to shed light on issues faced by academy schools

June 26, 2014
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Monahans seminar to shed light on issues faced by academy schools

Issues facing academy schools across the UK are to be tackled at a seminar staged by West accountancy firm Monahans next month. The event, at the Stanton Manor Hotel, near Chippenham, on July 9, will look at fraud indicators and internal controls, capital maintenance funding and year-end procedures will all be up for discussion....

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Strong employment growth triggers prospect of new skills shortages

June 16, 2014
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Strong employment growth triggers prospect of new skills shortages

The number of businesses expecting to recruit more staff has almost returned to the pre-recession levels of 2007 new figures released today show. But while the data is welcome news for job seekers, some business analysts are warning that it could signal looming skills shortages. The latest Business Trends report by accountants and business...

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Organisers of successful planning seminar look to repeat event

June 16, 2014
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Organisers of successful planning seminar look to repeat event

A seminar held in Swindon by three of Wiltshire’s leading firms of property professionals proved so successful a second is being planned for later this year. The event attracted 60 developers keen to find out how to make the most of planning legislation and take advantage of a temporary relaxation of regulations. Planning and...

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