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Embrace the spirit of Glastonbury to build a stronger region, new ICAEW president tells members

May 30, 2016
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Embrace the spirit of Glastonbury to build a stronger region, new ICAEW president tells members

The newly appointed West of England president of accountancy body ICAEW is to use his term in office to support projects that prepare young people for work, create growth opportunities for all businesses and encourage the wider profession to do more in the local community. Duncan Stratford, a director at leading professional services firm...

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Business Growth Fund marks fifth birthday with commitment to future investments in South West

May 27, 2016
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Business Growth Fund marks fifth birthday with commitment to future investments in South West

The Business Growth Fund (BGF), the UK’s most active provider of growth capital to small and mid-sized businesses, has celebrated its fifth anniversary by increasing its South West team. Set up in May 2011 to fill a funding gap, BGF has since invested nearly £120m in 17 of the South West’s most ambitious companies,...

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New regional business development manager joins Aldermore

May 25, 2016
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New regional business development manager joins Aldermore

Specialist lender Aldermore has appointed John McDonnell as a new business development manager in residential mortgages covering the South West and Wales region. John McDonnell, pictured, has worked in financial services for 15 years, most recently as managing director of Stamford Financial Services, where he spent the past seven years. Aldermore group managing director,...

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New regional business banking director appointed by NatWest

May 23, 2016
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New regional business banking director appointed by NatWest

NatWest has promoted Chris Preston to the role of regional managing director – business banking, for the South West and Wales. Chris, pictured, who has worked for NatWest for 30 years, was previously the bank’s South West regional director – business banking. In his new role he will oversee NatWest’s support for businesses with...

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Showcase of innovation, creativity and enterprise gets underway today

May 17, 2016
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Showcase of innovation, creativity and enterprise gets underway today

Business Showcase South West – the region’s largest event of its kind – is taking place today at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium with the city’s Bloodhound Supersonic Car one of the star attractions. The free-to-visit event will also hear from the Bloodhound’s driver Wing Commander Andy Green OBE as one of the keynote speakers...

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Leading economist to set the scene as Swindon’s Economic Question Time debate returns for second year

May 16, 2016
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Leading economist to set the scene as Swindon’s Economic Question Time debate returns for second year

Business leaders from Swindon and across Wiltshire are invited to hear a leading economist share his views on the UK’s prospects and put questions to a panel of experts at an Economic Question Time debate next month. HSBC Bank head of economics Mark Berrisford-Smith will discuss the local, national and global outlook at the...

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Sale of Swindon tyre and exhaust firm fulfils late founder’s legacy

May 16, 2016
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Sale of Swindon tyre and exhaust firm fulfils late founder’s legacy

Long-established Swindon tyre and exhaust fitter Bell Silencer Services has been sold to a major national company, fulfilling a “family legacy” for its founder’s widow. Old Town-based Bell Silencer Services was established in 1977 by engineer Ron Bell and has grown into one of the country’s leading independent tyre and exhaust suppliers.  It fits...

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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns next week bigger than ever

May 12, 2016
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Showcase of region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise returns next week bigger than ever

The successful Business Showcase South West returns tomorrow to again celebrate the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise. The event, the largest of its kind in the South West, takes place at the newly redeveloped Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, meaning it will be even bigger. Delegates from Swindon and Wiltshire are invited...

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Monahans’ expanding HR service points to strong employment growth among SMEs

May 5, 2016
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Monahans’ expanding HR service points to strong employment growth among SMEs

Swindon and Wiltshire’s small and medium-sized firms are employing more staff while making fewer redundancies, according to figures gathered by regional accountancy firm Monahans. The firm, which has a string of offices including in Swindon and Chippenham, is one of only a handful of its size offering specialist HR consultancy services to SMEs. Over...

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Lloyds Bank bolsters its support to regional education sector

May 5, 2016
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Lloyds Bank bolsters its support to regional education sector

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has strengthened its services to education establishments in the South West with the appointment of Christina Winter and Clare Thomas as specialist education relationship managers. The pair will each work with a broad range of education clients across the region offering tailored guidance and support. Christina joins the education team...

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