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Property deal puts car dealership on the road to further growth

August 21, 2014
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Property deal puts car dealership on the road to further growth

Chippenham Motor Company is to accelerate its expansion plans after acquiring the freehold of its headquarters on the town’s Bumpers Farm industrial estate. The firm, established in 1996, bought the 29,000 sq ft building for what it described as a “significant seven figure sum”. Funding was provided by Barclays. Chippenham Motor Company supplies thousands...

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Monahans stages workshop for down-to-earth advice on cloud accounting

August 21, 2014
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Monahans stages workshop for down-to-earth advice on cloud accounting

Accountancy firm Monahans’ expertise in cloud accounting will be showcased at a workshop in Swindon next month. Presented by Simon Tombs, pictured, a partner at the firm which has an office in Swindon, the event will answer questions such as what is cloud accounting and why is it different? It will also explain how...

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Trio of new arrivals for expanding Swindon accountants Banks BHG

August 20, 2014
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Trio of new arrivals for expanding Swindon accountants Banks BHG

Three new recruits have joined Banks BHG, the fast-growing Swindon accountancy firm created by the merger of long-established local practices Banks and BHG. The arrival of graduate trainee accountant Kathryn Milward, bookkeeper David Mason and Nicki Goddard, who joins the payroll team, takes staffing at the firm to more than 30 following the completion...

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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager for Wiltshire, the Thames Valley and Hampshire. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses and working with them to achieve their growth plans. Her appointment brings BGF’s Bristol-based...

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Swindon business start-up rate dips but trend is better than national average

August 14, 2014
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Swindon business start-up rate dips but trend is better than national average

The number of new businesses launched in Swindon has dropped slightly but the town continues to outpace the UK average for its start-up rate, according to new figures. First quarter data shows a 2% drop in business formation in the town against the same period last year – a decline from 407 to 399....

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Banks BHG to kick off new season of free seminars and networking events

August 13, 2014
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Banks BHG to kick off new season of free seminars and networking events

A new series of free networking events and seminars hosted by Swindon accountancy firm Banks BHG kicks off next month. The first is a networking breakfast on September 10 aimed at professional business people, which runs from 7.30-9am at Banks BHG’s office in Stratton. Other events this season will include a focus on auto-enrolment,...

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More fears over looming skills shortages as another survey predicts strong employment growth

August 11, 2014
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More fears over looming skills shortages as another survey predicts strong employment growth

Further evidence of an impending skills shortage among West firms that could threaten to derail the economic recovery have emerged from a report predicting the strongest jobs growth since 1998. The national survey by accountants BDO shows businesses’ hiring intentions rose sharply last month to surpass their pre-recession figure and reach their highest level...

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Garden centre firm grows its green credentials with funding for biomass energy

July 31, 2014
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Garden centre firm grows its green credentials with funding for biomass energy

A Wiltshire garden centre business owned by the same family since opening in 1884 is future-proofing itself against spiraling energy costs and enhancing its green credentials after securing £400,000 funding from Barclays. Whitehall Garden Centre at Lacock near Chippenham, which also owns and operates a site near Bristol, is installing three biomass energy cabins...

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Jobs axed and holiday bookings at risk as long-established coach firm Hatts goes into administration

July 28, 2014
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Jobs axed and holiday bookings at risk as long-established coach firm Hatts goes into administration

Wiltshire-based specialist coach and holiday tour operator Hatts Coaches has gone into administration with the loss of nearly 90 jobs. Up to 1,000 customers who booked trips with companies in the Hatts group now face an anxious wait to see if they will get refunds or if another firm will take on the bookings....

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HSBC funds £0.5m upgrade for Blunsdon House Hotel

July 23, 2014
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HSBC funds £0.5m upgrade for Blunsdon House Hotel

Family-owned Blunsdon House Hotel near Swindon has secured a £500,000 finance package from HSBC to support renovation of its main restaurant and upgrade other areas of the property. The hotel, which dates back to the 1950s and was Wiltshire’s first to gain four stars, is launching the new restaurant – to be called Flame...

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