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Back to the future – again – for Swindon accountants’ brand new name

April 16, 2014
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Back to the future – again – for Swindon accountants’ brand new name

Accountants Baker Tilly’s Swindon office, which was rebranded from RSM Tenon six months ago following the two firms’ merger, will revert back to the RSM name later this year when Baker Tilly joins the RSM International network. The move is the latest in a long line of name changes for the Westmead office, which...

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Inflation fall is good news but Govt must still act over funding for firms, says Business West

April 15, 2014
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Inflation fall is good news but Govt must still act over funding for firms, says Business West

Business West, the lobbying and advice group that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, welcomed yesterday’s fall in inflation but warned that the Government still needed to do more to support business as it emerges from recession. Managing director Phil Smith said the drop in annual CPI (consumer price index) inflation from 1.7% in...

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Top 50 listing for Nationwide recognises its commitment to developing female talent

April 9, 2014
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Top 50 listing for Nationwide recognises its commitment to developing female talent

Swindon-based Nationwide Building Society has been named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list 2014 in recognition of its track record in developing female talent. The list, published annually by The Times, celebrates those employers doing the most for gender equality and diversity. Organisations making the Top 50 list are selected independently...

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New accounts senior strengthens accountants Banks’ team

April 8, 2014
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New accounts senior strengthens accountants Banks’ team

Swindon chartered accountancy firm Banks has appointed Edwin Samu as an accounts senior. Edwin, 35, pictured, joins the 21-strong team helping to look after accounts production for small and medium-sized businesses and private clients, including management accounts, corporation tax, VAT and personal tax. Born in West Africa, Edwin moved to the UK in his...

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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

April 4, 2014
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Overseas trade expertise on tap for West firms during Export Week

Exporting in the digital age and advice for female entrepreneurs considering growing their business overseas are among the topics to be covered in the West as part of Export Week. Starting on Monday, the week aims to encourage firms to consider trading internationally or, for existing exporters, to look at new markets. UK Trade...

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Recovery triggers pick up in activity for West’s buyout market

March 31, 2014
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Recovery triggers pick up in activity for West’s buyout market

Buyout activity in the South West is growing at a “steady rate” with five deals worth £25m completed so far this year and a healthy pipeline waiting for completion, according to new research. The figures, published by the Centre for Management Buyout Research (CMBOR), show growth in completions across the UK as the market...

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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: National business reaction

National business groups welcomed today’s Budget, particularly the measures aimed at boosting manufacturing and lower energy costs. The CBI, which had called it a “make-or-break” Budget, said it “will put wind in the sails of business investment, especially for manufacturers”. Director-general John Cridland, pictured, said it had come at a critical time in the...

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BUDGET 2014: Business wish-list

March 19, 2014
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BUDGET 2014: Business wish-list

Business West has called on Chancellor George Osborne to use today’s Budget to focus on youth employment, training and enterprise – all crucial to securing future growth and avoiding a ‘lost generation’ as the UK economy continues to recover, it says. In its 2014 Budget submission, the business support organisation, which runs the Swindon...

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Swindon and Wiltshire directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

March 18, 2014
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Swindon and Wiltshire directors urged not to miss out on region’s top boardroom awards

Directors in firms across Swindon and Wiltshire have less than two weeks to enter the region’s top business awards that recognise boardroom excellence and enterprise. The South West Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards 2014 are open to anyone working at director level in any type of business or organisation – they do not have...

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Strong recovery in exports from West as euro crisis subsides

March 12, 2014
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Strong recovery in exports from West as euro crisis subsides

Exports by West firms are growing again after going into reverse last autumn in the midst of the euro crisis, new figures show. Total overseas sales shot up by 7.5% to £13.67bn in the year to December 2013 compared to 2012. Exports by value had dropped by 3.3% in the third quarter to £3.32bn,...

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