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New managing director to take over at CBRE’s regional office

January 16, 2018
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New managing director to take over at CBRE’s regional office

International property agency CBRE has promoted Tom Morris to managing director of its regional office 10 years after he joined the firm as a graduate. Tom, pictured right, will take over the role in the second quarter of this year from industry stalwart Garry Hicks, pictured below left, who will retire from the firm...

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Surveyor promotions at the double for Lambert Smith Hampton’s South West office

January 11, 2018
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Surveyor promotions at the double for Lambert Smith Hampton’s South West office

National property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has promoted two surveyors in its South West office. Tom Dickson, a member of LSH’s South West building consultancy team, and Roxine Foster, who works in its office advisory team, have been made senior surveyors. In addition, industrial and logistics surveyor Chris Williams has become the latest...

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Experienced partner appointment strengthens Thrings’ commercial property team

January 9, 2018
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Experienced partner appointment strengthens Thrings’ commercial property team

Swindon-headquartered law firm Thrings has appointed commercial property expert Fionnuala Nolan as a partner to advise its fast-growing portfolio of real estate sector clients. Fionnuala, pictured, who joined from City law firm Banks Kelly Solicitors, has more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of retail, property development and property trading.     Based...

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Drive into luxury market planned by Swindon motor group Cambria as mainstream sales go into reverse

January 5, 2018
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Drive into luxury market planned by Swindon motor group Cambria as mainstream sales go into reverse

Cambria, the Swindon-based franchised motor dealer, is to head upmarket with new McLaren, Lamborghini and Bentley showrooms as it continues to struggle against the decline in mainstream car sales. The firm, which owns Swindon Land Rover in Royal Wootton Bassett and has redeveloped its former Swindon Motor Park in Dorcan as a Jaguar dealership, made...

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National Trust chief operating officer to take over charity’s top role in March

January 4, 2018
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National Trust chief operating officer to take over charity’s top role in March

Swindon-based The National Trust has named Hilary McGrady as its new director-general. She will officially take over on March 12 from current director-general Helen Ghosh, who announced last year that she would be stepping down to take up a new position.   Hilary, pictured, has worked for the conservation charity for 12 years –...

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Santa sleigh-pull goes the extra mile to boost Beard’s 125th anniversary charity drive

January 4, 2018
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Santa sleigh-pull goes the extra mile to boost Beard’s 125th anniversary charity drive

Staff from Swindon-based construction firm Beard took to the town’s streets just before Christmas to top off their efforts to pull in £15,000 for local charities in its 125th year of business.    ​A variety of events took place across Beard’s four offices throughout last year to raise £125,000 for good causes – but...

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New South West and Wales regional chairman appointed by British Council for Offices

January 3, 2018
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New South West and Wales regional chairman appointed by British Council for Offices

The British Council for Offices (BCO) has appointed Andrew Heath as chairman of its South West and Wales region. Andrew, pictured, is head of office agency at national property agents Cushman & Wakefield’s Bristol office. He has taken over from former chair of five years Mark Alker Stone, who heads Bristol-headquartered architects AWW’s office...

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Chinese New Year banquet offers cracking opportunities for Swindon firms to establish links with China

January 2, 2018
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Chinese New Year banquet offers cracking opportunities for Swindon firms to establish links with China

Swindon firms considering doing business in China this year – or those already trading there – are being urged to take part in the region’s largest Chinese New Year reception and banquet. Organised by the Bristol & West of England China Bureau, the event brings together business leaders, key figures from the Chinese business...

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Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative review of 2017: Enough good news to help ease the Brexit hangover

December 22, 2017
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Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative review of 2017: Enough good news to help ease the Brexit hangover

Ian Larrard, director of the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, Business West, looks back at the highs and lows of 2017 for the area.   After a dramatic 2016, many of us were perhaps expecting 2017 to be something like the morning after the night before, and for businesses facing up to the realities of...

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Chippenham office space on offer following extensive refurbishment

December 21, 2017
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Chippenham office space on offer following extensive refurbishment

High-quality office space has come onto the market in Chippenham following an extensive refurbishment of Bewley House.   The 21,485 sq ft town centre building, pictured – the former headquarters of North Wiltshire District Council – was acquired by Bath-based commercial property developer HPH in 2000 and has since become a popular location for...

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