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Roll-call of previous winners among West of England Business of the Year Awards judges

February 24, 2017
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Roll-call of previous winners among West of England Business of the Year Awards judges

The highly experienced judging panel for one of this year’s prestigious PwC West of England Business of the Year Awards has been announced. Among the judges are former winners of the award – widely regarded as the region’s top business accolade – as well as respected figures from the business community. Now in their...

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Wiltshire is England’s most sustainable area, analysis shows – but Swindon is more prosperous

February 17, 2017
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Wiltshire is England’s most sustainable area, analysis shows – but Swindon is more prosperous

Wiltshire is the most resilient and sustainable area of England, according to new analysis – but it lags behind many other parts of the country when it comes to inclusion, equality and prosperity. The county is ranked first out of 324 local authority areas for ‘resilience and sustainability’ in a major research project by...

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Beard strengthens its management team with commercial director promotion

February 16, 2017
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Beard strengthens its management team with commercial director promotion

Swindon-headquartered regional construction group Beard has promoted Darren Miller to commercial director to drive further growth at the £137m turnover business. Darren, pictured, will be responsible for managing all commercial activity and central procurement for the family-owned business, which operates across the South of England. He joined Beard in 2006 as commercial manager for...

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Grants available for rural firms to generate jobs and growth

February 16, 2017
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Grants available for rural firms to generate jobs and growth

Rural businesses across Swindon and Wiltshire targeting higher growth and innovation are being encouraged to apply for grants from a £3.9m fund secured by Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP sees the fund as a huge boost to the rural economy through job creation and driving growth. Rural businesses engaged in...

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Swindon Business Blog: Donna Kehoe, regional agent, Bank of England. Mixed picture emerging as UK heads towards Brexit

February 16, 2017
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By Donna Kehoe, the Bank of England’s agent for the South West of England What should we make of the prospects for the UK economy just over a month into what promises to be another eventful year? On the face of it there’s much to be positive about. Growth has proved surprisingly resilient since...

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Chancellor urged to use Spring Budget to lift flagging business confidence

February 15, 2017
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Chancellor urged to use Spring Budget to lift flagging business confidence

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is calling on Chancellor Philip Hammond to use his Spring Budget next month to bolster confidence amid fears that higher inflation and skill shortages will combine to hit West of England firms hard. While latest official jobless figures show unemployment continuing to fall, the strength of the...

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Raft of new orders signals positive start to 2017 for MJ Church

February 10, 2017
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Raft of new orders signals positive start to 2017 for MJ Church

A strong order book has given civil engineering, plant, transport and waste group MJ Church a buoyant start to 2017 following a busy 2016. The Marshfield-based group, which also operates from two sites in Chippenham, has grown to a £50m turnover business employing around 450 people. It said, as a diverse group, it expected...

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Search starts for region’s most inspirational business leaders

February 9, 2017
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Search starts for region’s most inspirational business leaders

Directors from Swindon and across the West of England are being invited to enter one of the region’s top annual awards schemes that recognises excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The prestigious Institute of Directors’ South West Director of the Year Awards 2017 will showcase outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs as well as focusing UK-wide attention on success in...

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Search starts for West’s top firms as PwC launches coveted Business of the Year Awards

February 3, 2017
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Search starts for West’s top firms as PwC launches coveted Business of the Year Awards

Professional services firm PwC has launched its annual West of England Business of the Year Awards – widely regarded as the region’s most prestigious. Now in their 29th year, the eagerly-contested awards attract the cream of the region’s firms with a winners’ roll-call reading like a who’s who of the West’s most-respected companies. The...

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Retail asset services appointments at Cushman & Wakefield’s regional office

February 2, 2017
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Retail asset services appointments at Cushman & Wakefield’s regional office

The South West office of property agents Cushman & Wakefield has made two appointments to its retail asset services team. Caroline Cubbin joins the Bristol-based team as a senior surveyor while Melissa Woolston has been taken on as an estates technician. Caroline has four years’ experience, incorporating two years’ property and asset management experience. She...

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