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New bank funding puts waste handler Grist Group on road to further growth

May 7, 2014
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New bank funding puts waste handler Grist Group on road to further growth

Waste management company Grist Group is targeting growth after making a number of investments in the business including new plant, machinery and land. The Devizes business has recently installed one of the UK’s largest baling machines to compress recycled material so that it can be transported more efficiently. It has also acquired the Chivers...

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Accountants Haines Watts does the treble with three major awards in three years

May 7, 2014
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Accountants Haines Watts does the treble with three major awards in three years

The Swindon office of national accountants Haines Watts is celebrating the firm winning the title of Accountancy Firm of the Year – SMEs at the annual FDs Excellence Awards. The award comes on the back of Haines Watts gaining the Auditor of the Year accolade for the past two years – making it the first...

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New director appointment strengthens Lloyds Bank’s offering to West’s large corporates

May 1, 2014
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New director appointment strengthens Lloyds Bank’s offering to West’s large corporates

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has bolstered its liquidity advisory team in the South West with the appointment of Jon Szabo as a new director to support the growth ambitions of the region’s large businesses.  Jon, pictured, is one of four new directors to join the now nine-strong team, headed by David Brunton, which provides...

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Swindon businesses urged to put their grey matter to the test for charity

April 30, 2014
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Swindon businesses urged to put their grey matter to the test for charity

Swindon chartered accountancy firm Banks is counting on the support of the town’s businesses to make its charity quiz next week a success. The event, on May 14 at the Swindon Town’s County Ground, will raise funds for local TWIGS charity, which supports people with mental health problems through a focus on its community...

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Govt economic growth figures reflected in Swindon with firms now benefiting from ‘firm recovery’

April 29, 2014
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Govt economic growth figures reflected in Swindon with firms now benefiting from ‘firm recovery’

The economic recovery is on a “firm footing” and Swindon businesses are reaping the benefits, according to Business West, the organisation that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. Its managing director Phil Smith said yesterday’s official figures showing the UK economy grew by 0.8% in the first three months of this year were reflected...

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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

April 24, 2014
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Future looks sweeter for West food and drink firms as survey shows big jump in levels of optimism

The West of England’s food and drink businesses are increasingly upbeat about their prospects despite concerns over the price of raw materials and energy and the impact of this winter’s floods. Most also believe that being based in this region is a major plus, according to a new survey. The research by leading business...

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Second major Wootton Bassett property deal reflects strengthening market

April 23, 2014
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Second major Wootton Bassett property deal reflects strengthening market

Integrated circuit design firm Swindon Silicon Systems has sold its head office to a London-based investment fund for £4.65m – the latest in a series of commercial property deals around the town and another indication of rapid recovery in the market. The deal transfers ownership of the 34,690 sq ft, two-storey Interface House office...

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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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