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Brand new name for Swindon insurance broker Gallagher Heath

June 5, 2014
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Brand new name for Swindon insurance broker Gallagher Heath

Swindon-based insurance broker Gallagher Heath has been rebranded under the Arthur J. Gallagher name to create a single common identity for its UK-based regional commercial insurance businesses. It follows three years of strategic acquisition activity, including the purchase of Giles Insurance Brokers, which also rebrands to Arthur J. Gallagher with immediate effect. Arthur J....

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Monahans director to give school bosses lessons in HR skills and recruitment at national event

June 5, 2014
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Monahans director to give school bosses lessons in HR skills and recruitment at national event

West accountancy group Monahans’ HR director Peta Fry, who is based in the firm's Swindon office, is to be a guest speaker at two seminars in a major one-day national conference for school bursars and business managers. EdExec Live features a series of hour-long seminars and half-hour ‘quick-fix’ presentations alongside a small exhibition and...

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New regional head of financial services for Grant Thornton

May 30, 2014
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New regional head of financial services for Grant Thornton

Accountancy and financial advice firm Grant Thornton has appointed Paul Rodwell as the new head of financial services advisory for the South West. Paul, pictured, joined Grant Thornton’s financial services group last year as part of its acquisition of Navigant Financial Services UK and brings with him a broad range of experience in advisory...

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LEP funding for businesses spurs growth and job creation

May 29, 2014
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LEP funding for businesses spurs growth and job creation

Eleven firms have received grant funding worth a total of £348,000 from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to spur their growth and boost employment. According to the LEP, the funding – the second round of its Gateway for Growth grant scheme – will inject £10m into the local economy and create...

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HSBC to stage second in series of business forums for Swindon’s small and growing firms

May 29, 2014
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HSBC to stage second in series of business forums for Swindon’s small and growing firms

The second in HSBC’s series of Swindon open networking forums takes place next month. The breakfast on Wednesday June 11 will once again be hosted on behalf of HSBC by Banks Chartered Accountants at the firm’s offices in Stratton. HSBC is staging the events away from its branches as a way of reaching out...

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Housing market recovery helps push profits up fourfold at Nationwide

May 28, 2014
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Housing market recovery helps push profits up fourfold at Nationwide

Annual profits at Swindon-based Nationwide Building Society have quadrupled on spiralling house prices. Pre-tax annual profits soared to £677m, compared with £168m a year earlier, while mortgage lending increased 31% to £28.1bn. Savers’ deposits rose by £4.9bn to £130.5bn. Chief executive Graham Beale said: “Our performance over the past year is in line with...

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Wiltshire nursery group secures finance package from HSBC to open eighth site

May 23, 2014
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Wiltshire nursery group secures finance package from HSBC to open eighth site

Nursery group Snapdragons, which started in a farmhouse near Melksham in 1998, is to open its eighth site after securing a £850,000 finance package with HSBC’s Wiltshire Commercial team. The new nursery, Snapdragons first in Bristol, will open in the summer in the converted Grade II listed Old Chapel in the Horfield. It will...

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Alliance Pharma ready to hit acquisition trail again with £20m fund, shareholders are told

May 21, 2014
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Alliance Pharma ready to hit acquisition trail again with £20m fund, shareholders are told

Chippenham-based specialised pharmaceutical firm Alliance Pharma today told shareholders it is continuing to look for acquisition targets on which to spend some of its £20m-plus war chest. The firm, which buys underperforming drugs brands and realises their potential through investment, has an acquisition bank facility of more than £20m. In January it acquired thyroid...

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West food and drink firms become takeover targets for foreign buyers, report shows

May 21, 2014
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West food and drink firms become takeover targets for foreign buyers, report shows

Overseas businesses are looking to snap up West food and drink firms as the sector enjoys a rapid recovery, new research shows. According to data released by business and financial advisory firm Grant Thornton, the number of deals involving food and drink businesses shot up by a third in the first quarter of this...

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Barclays helps café/bar couple bring taste of Spain to Chippenham

May 21, 2014
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Barclays helps café/bar couple bring taste of Spain to Chippenham

Husband and wife team Matt Lewis and Federica Marconi have opened a Spanish-style tapas bar in Chippenham with support from Barclays. Los Amigos, which boasts a Spanish themed menu, décor and ambience, is an expansion of the couple’s popular coffee shop in the town’s Market Place. By taking over a former shop unit next...

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