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Specialist tile firm’s sales climb sharply as more builders make light work of its roofing products

March 30, 2015
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Specialist tile firm’s sales climb sharply as more builders make light work of its roofing products

Sales at Metrotile UK, the Chippenham-based steel roofing tile firm, rose by nearly a third last year as more builders and developers rejected traditional tiles in favour of its lightweight, cost-saving products. The 32.8% year-on-year growth took sales to just over £7.1m in the year to the end of January. Annual pre-tax profits fell...

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New finance director appointed to Swindon building group Beard

March 27, 2015
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New finance director appointed to Swindon building group Beard

Regional construction company Beard has appointed chartered accountant Michael McCabe as finance director based at its Swindon office. In his new role, Michael, pictured, will have management responsibility for finance, business systems and procurement for family-owned construction group, which operates across the South of England. Having trained with accountants Price Waterhouse (now PwC), he...

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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

March 26, 2015
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Record number of delegates expected at prestigious Business Showcase South West

Business Showcase South West 2015, the biggest event of its kind in the region, is preparing to welcome Swindon businesses among the hoped-for 3,000 delegates in just under two months’ time. The event attracted more than 1,700 pre-event delegate registrations for its inaugural show last year. This year it has been extended from one...

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Newly-qualified solicitor strengthens Bower & Bailey’s Swindon property team

March 26, 2015
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Newly-qualified solicitor strengthens Bower & Bailey’s Swindon property team

Bower & Bailey Solicitors has expanded its Swindon office with the appointment of Sarah Davis as a qualified solicitor after she successfully completed her two-year training contract with the firm.  Sarah has joined the firm’s property department and will be working on residential and commercial property transactions. Sarah joined Bower & Bailey, which also...

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Profits continue to build at Swindon construction group Beard as it targets higher-margin work

March 24, 2015
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Profits continue to build at Swindon construction group Beard as it targets higher-margin work

Swindon construction group Beard’s profits soared by 47% last year as it bucked the trend in the building industry. Pre-tax profits for the year to December 31 came in at £2.1m against £1.4m in 2013 on turnover up 15% to £88.1m. The family-owned construction group, whose boards have been a familiar sight on building...

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Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

March 24, 2015
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Business Showcase South West nears sell out for its exhibition stands

Swindon firms are being urged to act quickly to secure the last few exhibition stands at the ‘early bird’ rate for Business Showcase South West 2015, the region’s biggest business exhibition. The event, which is expected to attract 3,000 delegates, is being staged at Colston Hall in Bristol on May 14 and 15. Last...

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Seminar on ‘employer brands’ announced for Business Show Swindon

March 23, 2015
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Seminar on  ‘employer brands’ announced for Business Show Swindon

Business Show Swindon 2015, which takes place on April 23, has announced the first of its business growth seminars – a 360-degree view of how small firms can attract, recruit and retain happy, quality staff. Called Appeal, Reputation and Success, the seminar will be delivered by award-winning recruiter and employer branding extraordinaire Mark Bevans....

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Last chance to enter awards that recognise the region’s top business leaders

March 23, 2015
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Last chance to enter awards that recognise the region’s top business leaders

The deadline is looming for Swindon firms to enter one of the region’s top award schemes showcasing excellence and enterprise in business. Entries for the prestigious Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2015 must be in by March 31. Nominations are open to anyone working at director level in any...

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BUDGET 2015: National business reaction

March 18, 2015
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The CBI welcomed many of the “encouraging” Budget measures which it said would help businesses “create jobs for the benefit of all”. Director-general John Cridland said: “Stability and consistency are what businesses need to grow and prosper. This Budget sets the tone, providing a clear plan for fiscal health and growth. “The brighter fiscal...

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BUDGET 2015: Swindon business reaction

March 18, 2015
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BUDGET 2015: Swindon business reaction

Chancellor George Osborne announced a number of measures that could boost the economy in and around Swindon in last week’s Budget. Dominic Bourquin, corporate tax partner at Swindon accountancy firm Monahans, said the Chancellor had served up what appeared to be a “Budget for individuals rather than businesses as we might have expected so...

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