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Arrival of payroll manager triggers new phase of growth for Optimum

May 24, 2018
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Arrival of payroll manager triggers new phase of growth for Optimum

Swindon professional services company Optimum has further extended its pioneering services to businesses by taking on a dedicated payroll manager.   Lisa Hilton, who has 25 years’ experience, joins the team in its Windmill Hill office to take over running the payroll for many of the firm’s extensive client base.   Optimum had already...

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Rural business and landed estates expert promoted to partner at MHA Monahans

May 23, 2018
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Rural business and landed estates expert promoted to partner at MHA Monahans

Regional accountancy firm MHA Monahans has promoted Andrew Perrott to partner specialising in rural businesses and landed estates. Andrew joined the firm’s Swindon office in 2000 as a trainee accountant after a brief spell working at household appliance firm Dyson. Since then he has worked in general practice and audit at MHA Monahans before...

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New direction for Excalibur Communications following management buy-out

May 22, 2018
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New direction for Excalibur Communications following management buy-out

Swindon-based telecoms and IT group Excalibur Communications – one of the town’s fastest-growing companies for many years – has been acquired by its management.  The management buy-out (MBO) team, led by CEO Peter Boucher and supported with funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial, will take a majority stake in the firm.    Former owner...

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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

May 22, 2018
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Business West urges Theresa May to ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the economy

The managing director of the West of England’s largest business group this week joined more than 50 other chamber of commerce leaders to urge the Prime Minister to take radical action and ‘fix the fundamentals’ of the UK economy. Phil Smith from Business West – the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative –...

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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

May 20, 2018
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£100m fund launched by Lloyds Bank to help firms plug into Hinkley Point C supply chain

Lloyds Bank has launched a £100m fund to help small businesses take advantage of supply chain opportunities linked to the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The fund, which opened on Friday, will help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK access discounted lending and become involved in one of UK’s...

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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Swindon next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

May 20, 2018
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Trade Horizons Roadshow rolls into Swindon next month to advise firms on all things Brexit

Swindon businesses are to be helped prepare for the challenges and opportunities that Brexit will bring when an Export for Growth roadshow arrives in the town next month. The day-long Trade Horizons event is one of four being staged across the South West by Business West – the region’s largest business advice group, which...

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IoD lands Flybe chief as headline speaker at its Director of the Year Awards dinner

May 8, 2018
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IoD lands Flybe chief as headline speaker at its Director of the Year Awards dinner

The CEO of regional airline Flybe is to be headline speaker at the IoD South West Director of the Year Awards next month. Christine Ourmières-Widener, pictured, who took up the role at the Devon-based carrier in January last year, will share her experiences in an interview with the event’s host, BBC Radio Devon’s Janet Kipling.  The...

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First headline speaker announced for this year’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

April 19, 2018
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First headline speaker announced for this year’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

The Festival of Female Entrepreneurs returns to the West of England for a seventh year in October with one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs already lined up as headline speaker. Emma Bridgewater, who has spent more than 30 years building up a successful pottery business, will share her experiences and give advice to businesswomen...

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Peak of endurance for Cushman & Wakefield boss raises £4,000 for Swindon youth charity

April 12, 2018
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Peak of endurance for Cushman & Wakefield boss raises £4,000 for Swindon youth charity

Swindon-based young people’s development charity Youth Adventure Trust is more than £4,000 better off after the head of property consultancy Cushman & Wakefield’s regional office completed a seven-day trek across Ethiopia. Tim Davis walked for between eight and 13 hours a day to reach the summit of Ras Dashen, at 15,000 ft the highest...

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IoD welcomes Bishop Fleming as sponsor for its South West Director of the Year Awards

April 9, 2018
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IoD welcomes Bishop Fleming as sponsor for its South West Director of the Year Awards

Bishop Fleming, the regional accountancy firm, has been named as the official sponsor of the Institute of Directors (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2018. Bishop Fleming, which has seven offices across the South West and West Midlands, has teamed up with the IoD to recognise excellence and enterprise in the boardroom...

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