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Business West welcomes Chancellor’s latest support measures for firms closed by Covid

October 12, 2020
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Business West welcomes Chancellor’s latest support measures for firms closed by Covid

New support for firms forced to close by law because of coronavirus restrictions by Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been welcomed by Business West, the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. The scheme, under which the government will pay two-thirds of the wages of staff working for these firms, was announced on Friday. It...

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New Business West directory offers support and opportunities for firms as Covid and Brexit hit home

October 8, 2020
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New Business West directory offers support and opportunities for firms as Covid and Brexit hit home

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has launched a directory service to help signpost firms to vital advice, opportunities and support services. Back to Business is an evolution of Business West’s highly successful Trading Through Coronavirus platform, which has been visited by more than 100,000 businesses across the South West.  It has been launched...

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Top lawyer warns that court backlog is hampering landlords despite ban on evictions being lifted

September 27, 2020
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Top lawyer warns that court backlog is hampering landlords despite ban on evictions being lifted

Widespread evictions are unlikely to follow the lifting of Covid-related landlord restrictions, partly due a backlog of cases, a top property lawyer is claiming. Jacqui Walton, pictured, a senior paralegal in the residential property team at regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, said landlords were bound by strict rules designed...

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan: National business reaction

September 24, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan: National business reaction

Measures in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economic Plan have been welcomed as “bold steps” and “a shot in the arm” for industry by the UK’s leading business groups. The CBI said it would save hundreds of thousands of viable jobs while the British Chambers of Commerce said it would help many companies hold on...

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Business West response

September 24, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Business West response

The Winter Economic Plan announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak today may help stave off mass unemployment, but it failed to target support to those sectors that need it most, according to the West of England’s largest business organisation. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, along with other business groups, had urged...

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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Key points

September 24, 2020
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Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan: Key points

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled his Winter Economy Plan to help businesses and their employees as Covid-19 continues to have a devastating impact. The key points are:  A Jobs Support Scheme for employees will replace the furlough scheme, which effectively paid people not to work. Under this new scheme, businesses will pay employees for...

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Protect firms and their workers, Business West urges, as Govt brings in raft of new restrictions

September 22, 2020
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Business West, the organisation behind the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, today called for a comprehensive support package for firms hit by the latest coronavirus measures. With the number of cases of Covid-19 rising again – promoting a new raft of restrictions on businesses – Business West urged the government to take action to protect...

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Home vs Office: Royds Withy King webinar explores the challenges of the post-Covid workplace

September 21, 2020
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Home vs Office: Royds Withy King webinar explores the challenges of the post-Covid workplace

Huge changes in the way people work have occurred since the coronavirus pandemic first hit – yet many businesses are struggling to cope with this ‘new normal’ and the legal implications remain unclear, a webinar on the workforce of the future staged by law firm Royds Withy King heard. The firm’s Swindon-based employment partner Malcolm...

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Wincanton expecting to deliver increased profits as it benefits from online retail boom

September 10, 2020
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Wincanton expecting to deliver increased profits as it benefits from online retail boom

The spike in online shopping this summer drove up profits at logistics group Wincanton, with its digital and eFulfilment divisions operating significantly ahead of their pre Covid-19 levels. As a result, the Chippenham-based group expects this year’s results to be “materially” ahead of market expectations.  In a trading update to shareholders, the UK’s largest...

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Survey shows gloomy South West firms ready to axe jobs as demand fails to recover

September 3, 2020
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Survey shows gloomy South West firms ready to axe jobs as demand fails to recover

Firms in the South West are among the most pessimistic in the UK about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with many expecting to shed jobs when the government’s furlough scheme ends, according to a new survey. The Lloyds Bank Business Barometer, which takes the pulse of 1,200 firms across England every month, shows...

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