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Change at the top for PwC in the West as regional chairman Matt Hammond heads to the Midlands

September 1, 2015
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Change at the top for PwC in the West as regional chairman Matt Hammond heads to the Midlands

Accountancy giant PwC has made two key appointments to its West & Wales regional leadership team following Matt Hammond’s move to the Midlands as regional chairman. Katharine Finn has replaced Mr Hammond as regional chair for West and Wales while Lynn Pamment has taken over as senior partner to lead PwC in Cardiff. The...

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Arthur J. Gallagher team put best foot forward to raise funds for Prospect Hospice

August 28, 2015
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Arthur J. Gallagher team put best foot forward to raise funds for Prospect Hospice

Swindon-based insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher has raised more than £8,000 for the town’s Prospect Hospice. Eight staff members took part in the BUPA London 10k run earlier this year – with the final amount doubled thanks to the company’s Employee Matched Giving scheme. Branch director Mark Holmes said: “Training began at the start...

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Commercial vehicle group takes over Swindon truck dealer in £1.5m deal

August 14, 2015
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Commercial vehicle group takes over Swindon truck dealer in £1.5m deal

Swindon Renault Truck dealer Complete is on the road to expansion after being acquired by Southampton group Sparks Commercials for £1.5m Complete, based at South Marston and employing 17 people, has been trading for 28 years and was put up for sale due to the retirement of the owner.   Sparks, which has three...

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More funding secured by Good Energy to power growth of its solar farms

August 14, 2015
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More funding secured by Good Energy to power growth of its solar farms

Renewable electricity firm Good Energy has arranged an extra £8.5m in funding to continue its expansion. The Chippenham-based firm, which is based on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market, will use the additional funding to develop more solar farms as well as growing its customer base. It has already drawn down £4m of the...

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Mango Bikes’ expansion moves up a gear as Thrings helps entrepreneurs get on board

August 13, 2015
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Mango Bikes’ expansion moves up a gear as Thrings helps entrepreneurs get on board

Fast-growing bicycle manufacturer and retailer Mango Bikes has attracted investment from two serial entrepreneurs to further strengthen the business. David Hanney and Toby Baxendale – previously chief executive and chairman of UK performance bike firm Planet X – have joined the board of South Cerney-based Mango as non-executive directors to help steer the business...

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£1m investment to spark more growth at Swindon kitchen firm Manor Interiors

July 31, 2015
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£1m investment to spark more growth at Swindon kitchen firm Manor Interiors

Bespoke kitchen specialist Manor Interiors is to boost production at its Swindon manufacturing plant by 50% after investing £1m in new hi-tech machinery. The increased capacity will create up to six jobs and enable Manor to expand its contracts business with some of the UK’s largest housebuilders as well as growing its network of...

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Upbeat West firms looking to recruit more staff as growth prospects increase

July 31, 2015
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Upbeat West firms looking to recruit more staff as growth prospects increase

More than two thirds of small and medium-sized in the South West expect to take on more staff over the next 12 months – more than any other UK region – according to a new survey. Some 59% of firms in the region also believe that permanent, skilled staff will benefit the growth of...

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New accountancy body president calls for end to brain drain to London

July 31, 2015
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New accountancy body president calls for end to brain drain to London

Stopping the brain drain of young talent from the West of England to London is among the priorities of the newly appointed regional president of ICAEW, the professional organisation for chartered accountants. Rick Sturge, pictured, has said he will work closely with regional members of ICAEW during his 12 months in office to raise the...

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Wiltshire manufacturers urged to air their views on skills gap in major new survey

July 17, 2015
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Wiltshire manufacturers urged to air their views on skills gap in major new survey

Accountancy firm Monahans, which has offices in Swindon and Chippenham, is encouraging the Wiltshire’s manufacturers to have their say on the effect of the engineering skills gap as part of a major industry survey. The firm is backing the survey, which has been launched by MHA, the association of accountancy and business advisory firms,...

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Withy King earns a place on Government panel of legal and financial experts

July 14, 2015
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Withy King earns a place on Government panel of legal and financial experts

Regional law firm Withy King, which has offices in Swindon and Marlborough, has been appointed to the Government’s panel of professionals that protects people who may not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their finances. Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) Panel of Professional Deputies is made up of court-approved professionals with...

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