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New regional senior director appointed to head GVA’s South West office

January 20, 2015
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New regional senior director appointed to head GVA’s South West office

National property advisory firm GVA has appointed Jo Davis to head its South West office. Jo, who also leads the firm’s planning team covering the South West and South Wales, becomes one of nine regional senior directors at GVA – the title given to those heading UK offices. In an industry where senior positions...

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Major report reveals Swindon’s economic failings despite its population growth

January 19, 2015
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Major report reveals Swindon’s economic failings despite its population growth

Swindon’s economic performance has failed to keep pace with its population growth, a major new report out today shows – leaving the town struggling to compete with the UK’s largest towns and cities. While the town’s population increased by 14.8% between 2004 and 2013, it was one of the worst performers for jobs growth...

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Two new non-executive directors for regional investment firm as it targets Wiltshire businesses

January 16, 2015
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Two new non-executive directors for regional investment firm as it targets Wiltshire businesses

Alternative finance provider South West Investment Group (SWIG) has appointed two non-executive directors to the board of its fund-holding arm as it looks to raise its profile in the West of England. Malachy McReynolds and Graham Miller join the existing directors at the group which since 1996 has invested £15m in to more than...

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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

January 13, 2015
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2014 ended on ‘a whimper’ for West firms as business confidence evaporated, survey reveals

Confidence among West of England businesses petered out at the end of 2014 and has started the new year lower than at any time over the previous 12 months, new research shows. Domestic sales, cashflow and recruitment expectations all fell during the fourth quarter, according to results of the latest business survey by Business...

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College open evening will also offer early chance to see the future shape of campus

January 13, 2015
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College open evening will also offer early chance to see the future shape of campus

Visitors to Wiltshire College Chippenham’s open evening this week will also be able to sign up to tour the new campus in-the-making. Due to open this autumn, the £21m building is the UK’s biggest skills funding project and will transform the site into a state-of-the-art facility boasting the latest equipment for vocational study in...

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Thrings looks for virtual advantage with interactive images on Google

January 8, 2015
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Thrings looks for virtual advantage with interactive images on Google

Thrings has become the first law firm in Swindon to include an interactive, 3D virtual tour of its office in the town on Google – a move it believes gives it a commercial advantage over its rivals. Anyone searching for Thrings on Google will see high quality, 360-degree photographs of the firm’s main client-facing...

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MBEs for North Wiltshire social housing champion and master arrowsmith in New Year Honours

December 31, 2014
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MBEs for North Wiltshire social housing champion and master arrowsmith in New Year Honours

North Wiltshire businessman and social housing champion David Ashmore and master arrowsmith Hector Cole have been appointed MBEs in the New Year Honours list. Mr Ashmore, pictured, a board member of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and until January 2013 chief executive of housing group Greensquare, was recognised for “services to housing...

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Swindon’s economy bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Initiative boss warns politicians

December 29, 2014
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Swindon’s economy bounced back in 2014 – don’t ruin it next year, Initiative boss warns politicians

Ian Larrard, director of the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative at Business West, looks back at the past 12 months and considers why next year’s General Election is set to be one of the most important in recent memory. “The noise and glare of fireworks this New Year must not mask the fact that we...

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Tower of London projects make case for timber producer’s use of mighty English oak

December 23, 2014
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Tower of London projects make case for timber producer’s use of mighty English oak

Vastern Timber, the Royal Wootton Bassett-based sawmill, is using two restoration projects it completed at the Tower of London this year to showcase its use of English oak and to make the case for British timber. The firm supplied wood for the reinstatement of the historic building’s drawbridge as well for furniture for the...

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More expansion in store for high-growth retailer Oak Furniture Land as it takes covers off new sofa brand

December 19, 2014
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More expansion in store for high-growth retailer Oak Furniture Land as it takes covers off new sofa brand

Swindon success story Oak Furniture Land is to enter the highly-competitive sofa business with a new retail brand called SofaStore, it revealed today. Already the UK’s fastest-growing furniture retailer, Oak Furniture Land will launch SofaStore on Boxing Day across its 57 UK showrooms, including four dedicated stores. The new brand will sit alongside that...

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