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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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Associate director appointment strengthens LSH’s regional building consultancy team

December 15, 2017
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Associate director appointment strengthens LSH’s regional building consultancy team

National property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has boosted its South West building consultancy division with the appointment of David Bridges as an associate director. David, pictured, arrives after six years in LSH’s Northampton office, where he worked across the full spectrum of building consultancy services. He joined the firm as a graduate in...

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Swindon Business News photo gallery: Official opening of Beard’s Bristol office

December 12, 2017
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Swindon Business News photo gallery: Official opening of Beard’s Bristol office

Swindon-based construction firm Beard has officially opened its new Bristol office to coincide with the end of its 125th year of business. Beard, which also has offices in Oxford and Guildford, acquired Langford Lodge, a Victorian building in Clifton, two years ago. Previously occupied by international management and construction consultants Gleeds, Beard has completely...

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Economic forecast shows strong growth for South West over next three years

December 12, 2017
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Economic forecast shows strong growth for South West over next three years

The South West will be one of the UK’s fastest-growing regions over the next three years, according to new research. The region, with a growth rate of 1.7%, will lag behind the South East (2%) and the West Midlands (1.8%), but will still outperform Northern regions, Wales and Scotland. The analysis by accountancy firm...

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