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Record number of delegates heading to prestigious Business Showcase South West

March 26, 2015
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Record number of delegates heading to prestigious Business Showcase South West

Business Showcase South West 2015, the biggest event of its kind in the region, is preparing to welcome Swindon businesses among its 3,000 delegates in just under two months’ time. The event attracted more than 1,700 pre-event delegate registrations for its inaugural show last year. This year it has been extended from one day...

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Profits continue to build at Swindon construction group Beard as it targets higher-margin work

March 24, 2015
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Profits continue to build at Swindon construction group Beard as it targets higher-margin work

Swindon construction group Beard’s profits soared by 47% last year as it bucked the trend in the building industry. Pre-tax profits for the year to December 31 came in at £2.1m against £1.4m in 2013 on turnover up 15% to £88.1m. The family-owned construction group, whose boards have been a familiar sight on building...

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Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

March 24, 2015
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Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

Swindon firms are being urged to act quickly to secure the last few exhibition stands at the ‘early bird’ rate for Business Showcase South West 2015, the region’s biggest business exhibition. The event, which is expected to attract 3,000 delegates, is being staged at Colston Hall in Bristol on May 14 and 15. Last...

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Seminar on ‘employer brands’ announced for Business Show Swindon

March 23, 2015
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Seminar on  ‘employer brands’ announced for Business Show Swindon

Business Show Swindon 2015, which takes place on April 23, has announced the first of its business growth seminars – a 360-degree view of how small firms can attract, recruit and retain happy, quality staff. Called Appeal, Reputation and Success, the seminar will be delivered by award-winning recruiter and employer branding extraordinaire Mark Bevans....

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Printer Multisets presses ahead with growth after receiving bank funding and making acquisition

March 17, 2015
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Printer Multisets presses ahead with growth after receiving bank funding and making acquisition

Swindon-based specialist printer Multisets has used a six-figure bank funding package to hit the acquisition trail as it continues to expand into security printing. The firm, formed more than 50 years ago, acquired cheque production business Bank Security Printing to grow its position in the niche security area. The £500,000 Clydesdale Bank loan will...

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Budget must create conditions for long-term, sustainable growth, says Barclays

March 15, 2015
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Budget must create conditions for long-term, sustainable growth, says Barclays

More help for entrepreneurs, tech start-ups and exporters, better high-speed broadband and a simplification of business support are among the items on Barclays’ wish list ahead of tomorrow’s Budget. Chancellor George Osborne will present the last Budget of this Parliament with many commentators expecting him to announce a few pre-election sweeteners – although he...

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Hub will offer entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

March 15, 2015
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Hub will offer entrepreneurs a chance to hatch their start-ups into fully-fledged firms

Entrepreneurs from the Swindon area are being invited to apply for a place on a free accelerator programme offering support, mentoring, networking and office accommodation. Entrepreneurial Spark, which is backed by NatWest, will open the hub for start-up businesses from all sectors in Bristol this summer. Applications are now open. Up to 80 fledgling...

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Growth at the double for communications group RFL following BGF investment

March 13, 2015
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Growth at the double for communications group RFL following BGF investment

RFL, the Chippenham-based communications infrastructure and outsourced IT service provider, has made two strategic acquisitions after receiving a £3.5m investment from BGF (Business Growth Fund). The firm’s takeover of Chippenham-based IT Solutions 4 Business Limited (ITS) and Plymouth based Zantra Technology means RFL will double in size. From April 7 the new combined company...

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Watersheds seals Italian deal for British cold cabinet manufacturer

March 12, 2015
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Watersheds seals Italian deal for British cold cabinet manufacturer

The Swindon office of corporate finance specialist Watersheds has completed the sale of UK refrigerated display equipment manufacturer Manor Concepts to a multinational corporation. The £15m turnover Bedfordshire business, whose products are used in supermarkets and food and drink retailers, has been acquired by the Italian-based global retail equipment company Arneg, which turns over...

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Monahans’ Swindon manufacturing breakfast to hear how BMW’s apprenticeships help drive success

March 10, 2015
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Monahans’ Swindon manufacturing breakfast to hear how BMW’s apprenticeships help drive success

The importance of apprenticeships and vocational training in advanced engineering will be the theme of accountants Monahans’ next manufacturing breakfast in Swindon. The event, the latest to be staged in support of Swindon’s manufacturing sector by Monahans, takes place at UTC Swindon, Bristol Street, on April 16, starting at 7.30am. BMW head of apprentice...

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