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Swindon’s Carriage Works creative and tech innovation hub gets on track as first tenant signs up

November 29, 2017
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Swindon’s Carriage Works creative and tech innovation hub gets on track as first tenant signs up

Branding and design agency Bravedog is to become the first tenant to move into Swindon’s Carriage Works, the town’s long-awaited innovation hub for tech and creative businesses. The Carriage Works is being developed in phases in former railway workshops on Sheppard Street. The refurbishment of an initial 7,000 sq ft, which is taking place...

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Budget 2017: Regional business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Regional business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s support for the tech sector – a vital part of Swindon’s economy – in the Budget have been welcomed by regional business figures. Institute of Directors South West chair Nick Sturge, pictured, said: “We need to build on the strong network of clusters that are already working well in the regions, accelerating growing businesses by...

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Budget 2017: Business West – ‘Chancellor keeps tiller steady as economy sails into headwinds’

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Business West – ‘Chancellor keeps tiller steady as economy sails into headwinds’

Philip Hammond was a “cautious Chancellor doing his best in a tight spot” in the Budget, according to Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the region’s largest business organisation which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. He described Mr Hammond as playing a “weak hand with reasonable competence”, providing enough for his...

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Budget 2017: Key points

November 22, 2017
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Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented the 2017 Budget. Here are the main points: Economy is ready for challenges that lie ahead Growth forecast is now 1.5% this year, 1.4% next year and 1.3% in 2019/20 against 2% this year, 1.6% next year and 1.7% in 2019. Inflation peaking at 3% in this quarter before...

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Chancellor urged by Business West to be brave in the Budget and favour growth over giveaways

November 20, 2017
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Chancellor urged by Business West to be brave in the Budget and favour growth over giveaways

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, today called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to “be brave, but invest in the long term” in Wednesday’s Budget. The group, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said businesses’ patience was wearing thin with a government that was failing to set the foundations of a post-Brexit economy. ...

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South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2018 launched with call to action for Swindon’s ethical firms

November 20, 2017
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South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2018 launched with call to action for Swindon’s ethical firms

Swindon’s ethical organisations – large and small – are being invited to enter the annual South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise the contribution that businesses, organisations and institutes in the region make in support of Fairtrade by buying certified Fairtrade products for the workplace and raising awareness...

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Experienced construction industry manager takes up reins at David Wilson Homes South West

November 17, 2017
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Experienced construction industry manager takes up reins at David Wilson Homes South West

The South West division of housebuilder David Wilson Homes has appointed Ian Menham as managing director. Ian, pictured, joins the firm – a division of Barratt Developments, the UK’s largest housebuilder – after more than two years as managing director at from sister business Barratt Homes Southern Counties, based in Guildford.  Ian has spent...

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Firms urge MP to help deliver the best Brexit deal possible at Business West roundtable

November 10, 2017
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Firms urge MP to help deliver the best Brexit deal possible at Business West roundtable

Challenges linked to infrastructure, apprenticeships and Brexit were among the topics discussed by businesses when they met Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan at a roundtable staged by business services organisation Business West. With uncertainty still hanging over the government’s Brexit negotiations, businesses at the event emphasised the importance of agreeing a meaningful transitional deal with...

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Women in property industry still held back on career progression and equal pay, report reveals

November 10, 2017
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Women in property industry still held back on career progression and equal pay, report reveals

The West of England’s property and construction industry must speed up career progression for women and bring in more flexible working practices if it is to create a truly diverse and sustainable workforce, according to new research. Without doing this it runs the risk of making ‘fake’ progress, the report Building:  A Better Workforce,...

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Experienced building surveyor joins Sanderson Weatherall’s regional office as partner

October 31, 2017
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Experienced building surveyor joins Sanderson Weatherall’s regional office as partner

Chartered surveyor and property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall has further strengthened its presence in the South West market with the appointment of Jo Williams as partner. Jo, pictured, who will be based in Sanderson Weatherall’s Bristol office, will also head its building consultancy offering across the South West.  She has more than 22 years’ experience...

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