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Spring Statement 2018: Business reaction

March 13, 2018
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CBI chief economist Rain Newton-Smith said the Chancellor was rightly backing British business to secure the UK’s future prosperity in a new economy. “It’s great to see an upgrade in the state of our public finances and rightly sensible to set more aside for a rainy day with Brexit uncertainty still weighing on the...

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Spring Statement 2018: Main points so far . . .

March 13, 2018
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Key points from today’s Spring Statement: Next spending review will take place in 2019 UK economy grew by 1.7% in 2017 OBR has increased forecast for growth next year but downgraded those for 2021 and 2022  Investment programme of £44bn to raise housing supply to 300,000 a year by the mid-2020s. Extra £1.7bn to...

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Seminars on lean thinking and apprenticeships added to Bath Business Expo’s busy schedule

March 13, 2018
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Seminars on lean thinking and apprenticeships added to Bath Business Expo’s busy schedule

Two more seminars have been added to Bath Business Expo’s packed schedule with less than a week to go to what will be one of the largest general business exhibitions and networking opportunities in the region this year.  The expo, which takes place this Friday, March 16, will build on the success of last...

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Growth summit will show how to take a business from good to great

March 1, 2018
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Growth summit will show how to take a business from good to great

Small and medium-sized enterprises looking to take their business to the next level can benefit from the experience of some of the UK’s leading experts at an event next month. Five business growth experts from ActionCOACH, the world’s number one business coaching company, and employee engagement experts Engage and Grow, will offer delegates an...

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Deadline looming for Swindon bosses to enter the South West’s Director of the Year Awards

February 23, 2018
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Deadline looming for Swindon bosses to enter the South West’s Director of the Year Awards

Time is running out for Swindon’s best business leaders and entrepreneurs to enter the region’s top awards for boardroom excellence. This year’s Institute of Directors (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2018 have already proved the most successful yet, with a record number of registrations to enter. And with next Wednesday’s deadline...

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African schools benefit from MHA Monahans’ rebrand as it donates unwanted items to charity

February 15, 2018
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African schools benefit from MHA Monahans’ rebrand as it donates unwanted items to charity

Regional chartered accountancy firm MHA Monahans, which has eight offices across the West of England, has donated out-of-date branded merchandise to support the work of a humanitarian aid charity in West Africa.   Last November the firm rebranded from Monahans to MHA Monahans to highlight its ongoing membership of MHA, the national association of...

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Swindon Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. We’re easing our foot off the accelerator now the economy’s picking up speed

February 15, 2018
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Swindon Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. We’re easing our foot off the accelerator now the economy’s picking up speed

By Donna Kehoe, Bank of England agent for the South West of England The Bank of England has been providing significant support to our economy for more than a decade. We cut interest rates to exceptionally low levels during the financial crisis to support spending and to reduce the number of people out of...

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Govt’s ‘fudge’ over Brexit negotiations is harming Swindon firms, says Business West

February 7, 2018
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Govt’s ‘fudge’ over Brexit negotiations is harming Swindon firms, says Business West

The West of England’s largest business organisation today warned the government that its approach to Brexit was “positively damaging” firms in the region. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, is backing an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) calling for clarity on the...

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Pioneering breathalyser firm sold as founder’s anti drink-driving campaign steps up a gear

February 4, 2018
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Pioneering breathalyser firm sold as founder’s anti drink-driving campaign steps up a gear

The Swindon office of corporate finance specialists Watersheds has helped a businessman’s ambition to cut drink-driving accidents by arranging the sale of his company to a major fleet management firm. Former motorsports industry executive David Whittock set up Alcolock GB in 2006 after seeing a niche in the market for a device that could...

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Firms have duty to help disadvantaged people into work, says Business in the Community

January 30, 2018
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Firms have duty to help disadvantaged people into work, says Business in the Community

Swindon businesses have been urged to engage with their local communities to create programmes that help disadvantaged jobseekers into employment. The call to action came from a meeting of some of the South West’s most influential executives hosted by Business in the Community (BITC).  The event drew on existing programmes that support inclusive employment...

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