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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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UTC Swindon signs up Thermographic Consultancy as latest business partner

December 19, 2014
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UTC Swindon signs up Thermographic Consultancy as latest business partner

Swindon-based thermal imaging firm Thermographic Consultancy has become the latest business partner of the town’s University Technical College (UTC), which opened in September. Thermographic Consultancy will raise awareness of the UTC’s courses and its achievements. The company’s founder and managing director Stuart Holland is also supporting college representatives at events over the coming year....

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Clegg in Swindon to sign ‘historic’ £129m deal to boost local economy

December 18, 2014
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Clegg in Swindon to sign ‘historic’ £129m deal to boost local economy

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has hailed an “historic” job-creating £129m boost to the economy of Swindon and Wiltshire. The Government-funded Growth Deal, which was previously announced in July, will help create up to 1,500 jobs, allow up to 2,000 homes to be built by 2021 and generate up to £70m in public and...

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Duke of York makes return visit to UTC Swindon to officially open showpiece college

December 12, 2014
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Duke of York makes return visit to UTC Swindon to officially open showpiece college

Swindon’s University Technical College (UTC) has been officially opened by the Duke of York, who made his second visit to the site in 10 months. His Royal Highness met students, directors, teachers, and business partners of UTC Swindon during his visit and unveiled a commemorative plaque to officially open the college. Also at the...

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Logistics firm on road to further growth after parent group’s £25m buyout

December 12, 2014
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Logistics firm on road to further growth after parent group’s £25m buyout

The parent company of Royal Wootton Bassett-based specialist logistics and installations firm Bishopsgate is looking for further growth after completing a £25m buyout. Bishopsgate is one of three subsidiaries of London-based logistics and removals group Ward Thomas Group, which was founded in 1985 and has annual revenues in excess of £20m. Ward secured a...

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College topping-out ceremony sends message that Chippenham is building for the future

December 12, 2014
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College topping-out ceremony sends message that Chippenham is building for the future

The new Chippenham Campus of Wiltshire College has reached a significant milestone with a traditional ‘topping-out’ ceremony of the £21m state-of-the-art building. The symbolic event, which dates back to ancient times, traditionally marks the end of the initial construction phase of a building’s frame – and in Chippenham Campus’s case it was conducted in...

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DTZ boosts its South West project & building consultancy team with new appointment

December 8, 2014
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DTZ boosts its South West project & building consultancy team with new appointment

International property agency DTZ has appointed Jo Williams as a director in its South West office where she joins its project & building consultancy team. Jo, pictured, joins from national firm Ridge and Partners, where she worked in all aspects of core building surveying. She brings 19 years’ experience with her, including a strong...

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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

December 5, 2014
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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

The annual search for the region’s best companies has started with the launch of accountants PwC’s widely-respected West of England Business of the Year Awards 2015. Now in their 27th year, the eagerly-contested awards are the most prestigious in the region by far – previous winners read like a who’s who of the West’s...

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Warm welcome for Government pledge to find route to solving A417 ‘missing link’ misery

December 5, 2014
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Warm welcome for Government pledge to find route to solving A417 ‘missing link’ misery

The Government’s commitment to “carefully examine” options to end the misery on a vital section of the A417 north of Swindon has been welcomed by the Initiative in Swindon & Wiltshire. But it warned that any solution to the problem was still at least six years away and vowed to fight hard to ensure...

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Expanding hotel group adds Swindon’s Holiday Inn to portfolio

December 5, 2014
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Expanding hotel group adds Swindon’s Holiday Inn to portfolio

Swindon’s Holiday Inn hotel has been bought by hotel chain Kew Green, which operates 40 Holiday Inns across the UK. The 99-room hotel on Marlborough Road close to Coate Water was put on the market in March by previous owners LRG Holdings as part of a package of 21 Holiday Inns across England with...

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