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‘Zero-to-landfill’ commitment gives Hills victory in extension to Army garrison waste contract

April 15, 2014
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‘Zero-to-landfill’ commitment gives Hills victory in extension to Army garrison waste contract

Wiltshire-based Hills Waste Solutions has secured a three-year extension to its contract handling thousands of tonnes of waste a year from five Army garrisons. The Calne-based firm, part of the Hills Group, has retained the work with Aspire Defence Services Limited (ADSL) with effect from the beginning of this month. The contract, which has...

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Bishopsgate moves to buy freehold of its Royal Wootton Bassett HQ

April 15, 2014
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Bishopsgate moves to buy freehold of its Royal Wootton Bassett HQ

Specialist business removals firm Bishopsgate has bought the freehold of its Royal Wootton Bassett head office and warehouse for £2.5m. Property agents say the deal reflects a growing trend for businesses to purchase their buildings rather than rent them, particularly those in prime locations. Bishopsgate, part of the London-based upmarket removals group Ward Thomas...

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Construction group Beard bucks trend as it builds strong financial results

April 14, 2014
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Construction group Beard bucks trend as it builds strong financial results

Regional construction group Beard, which has a major office in Swindon, has continued to outperform the recession-hit building sector with double-digit increases in annual profits and revenues. The family-owned firm chalked up a 21% rise in pre-tax profits to £1.4m in the year to December 31 on revenues up 13% to £77.3m. Against a...

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‘Gem’ of a Cotswolds antique centre for sale with £395,000 price tag

April 14, 2014
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‘Gem’ of a Cotswolds antique centre for sale with £395,000 price tag

A former antique emporium on the edge of the Cotswolds described as an architectural gem has come onto the market. The Grade II-listed building, pictured, formerly trading as the Antiques Arcade, in Lechlade is made up of a traditional Cotswold stone terrace of single and two-storey buildings which were originally four separate dwellings. It...

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Massive warehouse park on Swindon’s eastern fringe would create 2,000 jobs, say developers

April 9, 2014
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Massive warehouse park on Swindon’s eastern fringe would create 2,000 jobs, say developers

Developers have submitted a planning application for a 1.25 million sq ft business park on Swindon’s eastern outskirts which they say will create more than 2,000 jobs and meet demand for new warehousing. The 40-hectare (98-acre) site, at Marston Farm south of the A420 and close to the Sainsbury’s and Toys R Us stores,...

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Confidence builds in industrial market as work starts on first speculative development in years

April 9, 2014
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Confidence builds in industrial market as work starts on first speculative development in years

Building work has started on the first speculative industrial development in Swindon since the economic downturn – a clear sign say property agents that the market is recovering. The 35,250 sq ft scheme of small industrial/warehouse units on the Glenmore Business Park at Westmead has already attracted three reservations for its first phase of...

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West’s logistics industry drives ahead as confidence returns but concerns remain over low margins

April 3, 2014
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West’s logistics industry drives ahead as confidence returns but concerns remain over low margins

Confidence has accelerated in the South West’s logistics sector as the economy continues to recover, according to a new survey – but pressure on margins remains a challenge. The region’s logistics firms signalled a bounce back in confidence last year after tough trading conditions in 2012. Now, in the latest UK Logistics Confidence Index...

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‘Bold vision’ calls for Government to help put innovation at heart of Swindon and Wiltshire’s economy

April 1, 2014
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‘Bold vision’ calls for Government to help put innovation at heart of Swindon and Wiltshire’s economy

An ambitious economic blueprint to make Swindon and Wiltshire one of the most innovative areas in the country has been submitted to the Government by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan urges ministers to invest public money in Swindon and Wiltshire to secure growth as the area grapples with key...

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New serviced office centre opens offering ‘five-star’ accommodation to firms

April 1, 2014
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New serviced office centre opens offering ‘five-star’ accommodation to firms

Serviced office group Rombourne today opened a base in Swindon, offering firms what it calls a prestigious five-star business centre. The centre is the Cardiff-headquartered group’s ninth and its first away from its heartland of South East Wales and Bristol. Rombourne said it had been looking to expand into Swindon for a some time....

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New addition to Knight Frank’s West property asset management as demand increases

March 28, 2014
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New addition to Knight Frank’s West property asset management as demand increases

Commercial property consultant Knight Frank has expanded its property asset management department in the South West to meet growing demand across the region. Jo Crofts, pictured, formerly an associate in the office agency, has joined the team, which manages key industrial, office and retail buildings in an area stretching from Swindon to Taunton, on...

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