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CBI calls for greater devolution to boost region’s economy and close productivity

October 14, 2019
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CBI calls for greater devolution to boost region’s economy and close productivity

Devolving more power from Westminster to the South West will turbo-charge its economy and end a productivity gap that costs its workers an average of £5,000 a year in lost income, according to a new report. But decisions on spending money devolved from central government must be taken by an independent regional board rather...

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Property developer builds its portfolio with funding for Wiltshire housing scheme

September 20, 2019
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Property developer builds its portfolio with funding for Wiltshire housing scheme

Wiltshire construction firm Stonewood Builders, which specialises in high-specification refurbishment, conversion and new build projects, is continuing to grow after securing funds to build 38 homes. Castle Combe-based Stonewood is to build the two, three, four, and five-bed houses – 10 of them affordable – on land it has acquired in Great Somerford, near...

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CBRE appoints new regional head of valuations

September 18, 2019
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CBRE appoints new regional head of valuations

Richard Crane has joined the regional office of global real estate advisory firm CBRE as a director in its valuations team covering the South West and South Wales. Richard, pictured, is responsible for investment valuations across all sectors of commercial property on behalf of institutional clients such as asset management investment firm Columbia Threadneedle. ...

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New senior partner to take up post at regional property group Alder King

September 10, 2019
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New senior partner to take up post at regional property group Alder King

Independent South West property consultancy Alder King, which has an office in Swindon, has elected Simon Price as its new senior partner. He will succeed Martyn Jones, who is stepping down after more than 10 years in the role on November 1. Simon, pictured, joined the Bristol-headquartered firm as a graduate surveyor in 1988...

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CBI warns South West will be hardest hit of all UK regions under no deal Brexit

September 3, 2019
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CBI warns South West will be hardest hit of all UK regions under no deal Brexit

The South West will suffer more than any other region if the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal, the CBI said today. The national business organisation has written to all the region’s MPs urging them to find a Brexit deal that works for the South West and warning that a no...

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‘Political turbulence’ over Brexit hitting firms, warns Business West, as Parliament to be suspended

August 28, 2019
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‘Political turbulence’ over Brexit hitting firms, warns Business West, as Parliament to be suspended

The boss of the region’s largest business organisation has again slammed Westminster for “playing political chess” while the health of the economy is in the balance. Phil Smith, pictured, managing director at Business West – which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative – said firms were paying the price for the failure of a...

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Showpiece office welcomes fast-growing software developer as its latest occupier

August 27, 2019
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Showpiece office welcomes fast-growing software developer as its latest occupier

Canadian software company Descartes Systems Group is to relocate one of its UK offices as it continues to expand. The multinational technology company has moved its office in Chippenham from Avon Reach to nearby Bewley House to accommodate its larger team.  The firm, which specialises in logistics software and services, has expanded having recently...

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Building consultancy expert joins CBRE’s South West regional office

August 13, 2019
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Building consultancy expert joins CBRE’s South West regional office

Global real estate advisory firm CBRE has appointed Nathaniel Heavens as senior director of its building consultancy team covering the South West and South Wales. Nathaniel, pictured, will help drive business development and grow the team, which provides commercial property consultancy services such as mechanical and electrical engineering and environmental consultancy, building surveying and project...

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Pitch programme to prepare ambitious firms for Dragons’ Den-style investor showcase

August 1, 2019
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Pitch programme to prepare ambitious firms for Dragons’ Den-style investor showcase

Innovative companies from Swindon and Wiltshire are being invited to pitch to investors for financial support from £100,000 up to £2m.  PitchFest South West provides ambitious businesses with an intensive expert training and investment programme designed to help them become both pitch and investment ready.  They then get to pitch to a group of...

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Waste and resource management director takes up role at Hills Group

June 14, 2019
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Waste and resource management director takes up role at Hills Group

Swindon-based diversified quarrying and building group Hills has promoted Ed Dodd to group director for waste and resource management with responsibility for managing and overseeing its waste management and treatment activities. Ed, pictured, will look after the Hills Waste Solutions and Hills Municipal Collections businesses together with the group’s involvement in Northacre Renewable Energy’s...

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