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Chancellor urged by Business West to be brave in the Budget and favour growth over giveaways

November 20, 2017
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Chancellor urged by Business West to be brave in the Budget and favour growth over giveaways

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, today called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to “be brave, but invest in the long term” in Wednesday’s Budget. The group, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said businesses’ patience was wearing thin with a government that was failing to set the foundations of a post-Brexit economy. ...

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South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2018 launched with call to action for Swindon’s ethical firms

November 20, 2017
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South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2018 launched with call to action for Swindon’s ethical firms

Swindon’s ethical organisations – large and small – are being invited to enter the annual South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise the contribution that businesses, organisations and institutes in the region make in support of Fairtrade by buying certified Fairtrade products for the workplace and raising awareness...

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Experienced construction industry manager takes up reins at David Wilson Homes South West

November 17, 2017
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Experienced construction industry manager takes up reins at David Wilson Homes South West

The South West division of housebuilder David Wilson Homes has appointed Ian Menham as managing director. Ian, pictured, joins the firm – a division of Barratt Developments, the UK’s largest housebuilder – after more than two years as managing director at from sister business Barratt Homes Southern Counties, based in Guildford.  Ian has spent...

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Firms urge MP to help deliver the best Brexit deal possible at Business West roundtable

November 10, 2017
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Firms urge MP to help deliver the best Brexit deal possible at Business West roundtable

Challenges linked to infrastructure, apprenticeships and Brexit were among the topics discussed by businesses when they met Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan at a roundtable staged by business services organisation Business West. With uncertainty still hanging over the government’s Brexit negotiations, businesses at the event emphasised the importance of agreeing a meaningful transitional deal with...

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Women in property industry still held back on career progression and equal pay, report reveals

November 10, 2017
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Women in property industry still held back on career progression and equal pay, report reveals

The West of England’s property and construction industry must speed up career progression for women and bring in more flexible working practices if it is to create a truly diverse and sustainable workforce, according to new research. Without doing this it runs the risk of making ‘fake’ progress, the report Building:  A Better Workforce,...

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Experienced building surveyor joins Sanderson Weatherall’s regional office as partner

October 31, 2017
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Experienced building surveyor joins Sanderson Weatherall’s regional office as partner

Chartered surveyor and property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall has further strengthened its presence in the South West market with the appointment of Jo Williams as partner. Jo, pictured, who will be based in Sanderson Weatherall’s Bristol office, will also head its building consultancy offering across the South West.  She has more than 22 years’ experience...

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Swindon’s growth being held back by planning rules, new chair of town property group claims

October 23, 2017
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Swindon’s growth being held back by planning rules, new chair of town property group claims

Action is needed to free-up development land and attract new businesses to Swindon, according to the new chairwoman of SNAP, the town’s influential property forum.   Gemma Featonby, pictured, believes that red tape is frustrating the planning system and holding back the town’s much-needed growth as a business hub.    Gemma, a property litigation...

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Chancellor needs to lift confidence in Budget, Business West warns as inflation hits five-year high

October 17, 2017
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Chancellor needs to lift confidence in Budget, Business West warns as inflation hits five-year high

Firms across Swindon and Wiltshire are looking for Chancellor Philip Hammond to deliver a shot in the arm and lift confidence in next month’s Budget following today’s rise in inflation, according to the region’s largest business group. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose to 3% in September, according to today’s official figures – taking...

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Second Marlborough office for Carter Jonas after it recruits Humberts directors

October 17, 2017
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Second Marlborough office for Carter Jonas after it recruits Humberts directors

National property consultancy Carter Jonas has opened its second office in Marlborough after two directors from rival firm Humberts joined it. Christopher Jerram and Craig Horton – who between them have more than seven decades of experience – moved from Humberts to Carter Jonas this summer some members of their team. The move has...

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New business development manager takes up regional role at architects AHR

October 5, 2017
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New business development manager takes up regional role at architects AHR

International architecture and building consultancy practice AHR has appointed Natasha Spooner as business development manager for the South West. Natasha, pictured, will work across the firm’s architecture and building consultancy practices, covering the South West, South Coast and South Wales.  Natasha, who will be based in AHR’s Bristol office, brings more than 10 years’...

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