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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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Caravan firm sale steered to successful completion by Watersheds

March 11, 2014
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Caravan firm sale steered to successful completion by Watersheds

Watersheds, the Swindon-based corporate finance specialist, has concluded the sale of Salisbury Caravans to Webbs Motor Caravans, the family-owned Warminster-based firm. Salisbury Caravans owners Pete and Angela Toogood, who bought the business seven years ago, decided to realise their investment and focus on their existing significant property portfolio. All eight Salisbury Caravans staff will...

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Budget 2014: We must build on momentum of recovery, says Barclays’ Swindon director

March 11, 2014
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Budget 2014: We must build on momentum of recovery, says Barclays’ Swindon director

With more than two-fifths of businesses feeling positive about the economy – 20% more than this time last year – now is the time to build on this momentum, says Chris Elias – Barclays relationship director, corporate banking in Swindon. Speaking with just over a week to the Budget, Chris, pictured, sees it as...

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Swindon finance firm Intrinsic shakes up industry by offloading UK’s largest network of advisors

March 11, 2014
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Swindon finance firm Intrinsic shakes up industry by offloading UK’s largest network of advisors

Swindon financial management firm Intrinsic has sold its entire network of 3,000 advisers – the UK’s largest – to Old Mutual Wealth in a move that has sent ripples through the insurance industry. The deal, for an undisclosed sum, comes less than eight years after Intrinsic was launched in Swindon by a group of...

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Swindon’s SMEs to get food for thought at HSBC breakfast forums

February 28, 2014
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Swindon’s SMEs to get food for thought at HSBC breakfast forums

HSBC is to stage a series of breakfast forums in Swindon aimed at the area’s small to medium-sized businesses. The first event, on March 26, will include short presentations by Nigel Scott of Action Coach, the business coaching and mentoring consultancy, and HSBC business specialist team leader Ryan Starr, as well as breakfast and...

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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

February 24, 2014
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Expert transatlantic export advice on tap at UKTI event

Swindon and Wiltshire businesses will next week get a rare chance to meet trade experts from the British Embassies in the US and Canada and explore transatlantic export opportunities on a one-to-one basis. The event, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Bristol on Wednesday, March 5, is the latest ‘meet the expert’ event...

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Promotion strengthens Monahans’ insolvency and recovery team

February 23, 2014
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Promotion strengthens Monahans’ insolvency and recovery team

Monahans, the accountancy firm with offices in Swindon and Chippenham, has promoted Shelly Smith to senior manager in its business recovery and insolvency team. Shelly, pictured, who has more than 18 years’ experience, started her career with Solomon Hare in Bristol before moving on to manage the insolvency team at Robson Taylor in Bath....

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