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Firms in running for region’s most sought-after business awards

July 6, 2017
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Firms in running for region’s most sought-after business awards

Ten firms have been named as finalists for the coveted PwC West of England Business of the Year Awards – the region’s most prestigious business accolades. Among the contenders are Bath-based Independent Vetcare (IVC) – the UK’s fastest-growing veterinary group – and Bodywise (UK), which manufactures and sells organic and natural feminine hygiene and baby care...

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Investors in People Gold standard recognises construction group Beard’s commitment to staff

June 28, 2017
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Investors in People Gold standard recognises construction group Beard’s commitment to staff

Swindon-based construction group Beard has retained its Investors in People (IiP) Gold standard in recognition of its exceptional commitment to managing, empowering and developing its staff. The family-owned firm is one of only 53 construction companies in the UK with the accreditation. An IiP assessor said the group’s strong focus on the health and wellbeing...

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Bristol Airport chief executive to leave to take up top job at London City Airport

June 28, 2017
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Bristol Airport chief executive to leave to take up top job at London City Airport

Bristol Airport CEO Robert Sinclair is to step down later this year to become the new chief executive officer of London City Airport. New Zealander Robert, pictured, was appointed CEO at Bristol in October 2008, joining from Auckland Airport, where he was chief financial officer. He has since overseen a 45% increase in passenger...

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Heathrow planning director joins Bristol Airport as it begins to draw up 20-year vision

June 21, 2017
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Heathrow planning director joins Bristol Airport as it begins to draw up 20-year vision

Bristol Airport has appointed Simon Earles as planning and sustainability director to oversee the development of its new masterplan, which is now being drawn up to meet future demand for air travel over the next 20 years and beyond.  In a related move, the airport’s head of planning & development Andrew Goodenough has been...

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Lambert Smith Hampton strengthens South West office with two director promotions

June 13, 2017
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Two senior managers in the South West office of national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) have been promoted to the position of director. James Banks, pictured right, who leads the South West lease advisory team and has more than 10 years’ experience in the property sector, joined LSH from Cushman & Wakefield...

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General Election result: National business reaction

June 9, 2017
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The unexpected outcome of the General Election and the resulting hung Parliament has sent shock waves through businesses and the organisations representing them. Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the CBI, said it was a serious moment for the UK economy. “The priority must be for politicians to get their house in order and form a functioning government,...

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General Election result: Swindon business reaction

June 9, 2017
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Business organisations in Swindon and across the West of England today warned of damaging uncertainty following the shock General Election result and the impact of a hung Parliament on key issues for the town, particularly on the imminent Brexit negotiations Business West, the region’s largest business group, said there would be widespread concern about more...

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Promotions at GVA further strengthen its South West office

June 2, 2017
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Promotions at GVA further strengthen its South West office

International real estate group GVA has boosted its South West office by promoting Richard Kidd and Richard Howell to senior director and Lee Halmshaw to director. Richard Kidd, who leads the office agency team, has more than 20 years’ experience working within the property industry, in particular in Bristol’s city centre and out-of- town...

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Leaving EU with no deal would harm region, Business West warns in its General Election manifesto

June 1, 2017
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Leaving EU with no deal would harm region, Business West warns in its General Election manifesto

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has warned that leaving the EU without a deal would cause “considerable damage” to many businesses. The organisation behind the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative said avoiding this outcome “must be a priority” for all General Election candidates standing in constituencies across the West of England. In its manifesto for...

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Turnaround in confidence levels by South West firms points to strong growth this year

June 1, 2017
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Turnaround in confidence levels by South West firms points to strong growth this year

Confidence among businesses in the South West is back in positive territory after a sustained period of decline, according to a new survey. The latest quarterly ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor shows investment plans in the region are stronger than the UK average in areas such as employment, staff development and capital investment. The survey findings...

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