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Retail recovery prompts sale of Royal Wootton Bassett shop

February 19, 2015
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Retail recovery prompts sale of Royal Wootton Bassett shop

A prominent shop unit on Royal Wootton Bassett High Street has come onto the market – the latest in a series of deals signalling a recovery in the retail property market. The 647 sq ft unit in Merchants House has been occupied by The Ninety Niner for the past 15 years.  It shares an...

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Business West welcomes another fall in unemployment – but calls on politicians to focus on full recovery

February 18, 2015
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Business West welcomes another fall in unemployment – but calls on politicians to focus on full recovery

Swindon firms are greeting positive economic news, such as the latest fall in unemployment, with “faint alarm bells rather than celebratory cheers”, according to the region’s largest business organisation. Business West, which runs the Swindon Initiative, said politicians should now focus on the “significant hurdles” that remained to achieving a lasting recovery. Today’s figures...

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£1.4m upgrade for Arkell’s pub as market demands more rooms at the inn

February 17, 2015
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George Arkell, Craig Titchener, Arkells;  Craig Morton & Les Smith, Edmont

Swindon-based Arkell’s Brewery has continued its investment programme in its estate to meet growing demand for pubs with rooms. Work starts this week on a £1.4m transformation of The White Hart at Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, which will add a 24-room accommodation extension. It is the latest investment in quality hotel-type rooms at its...

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This year’s Business Show Swindon on track to be biggest so far

February 16, 2015
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This year’s Business Show Swindon on track to be biggest so far

The Business Show Swindon returns for its fifth year in April with organisers Business West promising an event that will showcase the town’s go-ahead businesses and offer a range of support for anyone starting or growing a business. Staged again at the town’s STEAM railway museum, it will provide a platform for firms to...

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South Cerney investment deals reflect recovery in Swindon area’s office market

February 16, 2015
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South Cerney investment deals reflect recovery in Swindon area’s office market

The freehold of a 8,500 sq ft terrace of office units on the Lakeside Business Park in South Cerney has been bought by a private investment company – the latest deal in the Swindon area’s strongly-recovering commercial property market. Swindon property consultants Alder King and Wells Commercial sold Units A7 – A10 for an...

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CBRE boosts South West office with senior surveyor appointment and graduate trainee qualification

February 12, 2015
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CBRE boosts South West office with senior surveyor appointment and graduate trainee qualification

Property advisory firm CBRE has strengthened its national asset services team in the South West with the appointment of Mark Evans as senior surveyor. He joins CBRE’s Bristol office from rival Alder King, where he worked as a surveyor. Mark said: “I am thrilled to be joining CBRE at such a critical time in...

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Withy King expands Wiltshire residential property team as market continues to recover

February 12, 2015
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Withy King expands Wiltshire residential property team as market continues to recover

Law firm Withy King has expanded the residential property team in its Swindon and Marlborough offices, making it one of the largest in Wiltshire. Solicitor Kirsty Andrews joins from Carter Read & Dove in Swindon, bringing a wealth of residential property experience to the firm. Meanwhile, law graduates Eleanor Woodman and Megan Payne have...

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Property agents call for more development in Swindon as market stages strong recovery

February 9, 2015
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Property agents call for more development in Swindon as market stages strong recovery

Swindon badly needs new commercial buildings to keep up with spiralling demand from occupiers linked to electrification of the Great Western railway and the wider economic recovery, according to property experts. The town’s commercial property market enjoyed a strong recovery in 2014 after several years in the doldrums – with both office and industrial...

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Swindon Council ready to adopt planning blueprint to shape town’s next phase of development

February 9, 2015
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Swindon Council ready to adopt planning blueprint to shape town’s next phase of development

A vital planning blueprint that will shape Swindon’s expansion over the next 11 years – and protect sensitive areas from unwelcome development – is set to be formally adopted by the council after passing an independent test. The Government’s Planning Inspectorate has ruled that the Local Plan is ‘sound’ and legally compliant. The plan...

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Search gets under way to find the South West’s top business leaders

February 9, 2015
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Search gets under way to find the South West’s top business leaders

Firms in the Swindon area are being urged to enter one of the region’s top award schemes showcasing excellence and enterprise in business. The prestigious Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2015 seek to recognise outstanding business people and focus UK-wide attention on success in the region. Award nominations are...

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