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Adult humour books put smile on face of WH Smith at Christmas

January 25, 2017
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Adult humour books put smile on face of WH Smith at Christmas

Spoofs of Enid Blyton books such as Five Go Gluten Free, and adult humour titles including The Ladybird Book of Mindfulness helped deliver a strong Christmas for Swindon-based retail giant WH Smith. While sales in its traditional high street stores continued to fall, as expected, its shops at airports and major railway stations again...

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Dick Lovett in drive to create 150 jobs at new showroom complex

January 25, 2017
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Dick Lovett in drive to create 150 jobs at new showroom complex

Swindon-based upmarket car retail group Dick Lovett is to create 150 jobs at a new flagship Jaguar Land Rover dealership in West Wiltshire. The firm, which has a string of dealership along the M4 selling marques such as Porsche, Ferrari and BMW, has acquired a four-acre greenfield site at Hampton Park West, south of...

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Factory deal opens up relocation for fast-growing door firm

January 25, 2017
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Factory deal opens up relocation for fast-growing door firm

A large former factory in Fairford has been acquired by door manufacturer Cotswold Doors, which will relocate its head office to it from South Cerney. The 36,000 sq ft factory, pictured – once occupied by specialist lighting manufacturer Invertec – was bought by Cotswold Doors off a guide price of £2.1m. Originally built in...

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Switch on this evening for business-backed campaign to change perceptions of Swindon

January 24, 2017
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Switch on this evening for business-backed campaign to change perceptions of Swindon

Swindon businesses are being urged to join a campaign to put the town in the national spotlight as being a great place to live, work, invest in and visit. Called Switch On To Swindon, the campaign – which is launched this evening – aims to change perceptions of the town and raise its profile....

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Survey reveals West property professionals among UK’s most confident

January 22, 2017
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Survey reveals West property professionals among UK’s most confident

Confidence levels among property and construction professionals in Swindon and across the South West are the second highest in the UK, according to a new report from accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson. Only professionals in London and the South East are more optimistic about their prospects, the firm’s annual survey of...

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Deadline looming for entries to the South West Fairtrade Business Awards

January 22, 2017
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Deadline looming for entries to the South West Fairtrade Business Awards

Time is running out for Swindon firms to enter the prestigious South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Applications for the hotly contested awards, which are free to enter, close on January 31. Now in their fifth year, the awards champion organisations across the region that put ethical responsibilities at the heart of their business and demonstrate...

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Hope for the best but plan for the worst, Swindon businesses warned after May’s Brexit speech

January 18, 2017
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Hope for the best but plan for the worst, Swindon businesses warned after May’s Brexit speech

Swindon firms should hope for the best but plan for the worst, according to the region’s largest business organisation following Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech yesterday outlining her plans for Brexit. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said while the landmark speech gave some clarity to the government’s intentions over leaving the European Union,...

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Associate joins Cushman & Wakefield’s South West office in healthcare sector role

January 12, 2017
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Associate joins Cushman & Wakefield’s South West office in healthcare sector role

International property agency Cushman & Wakefield has appointed experienced healthcare sector specialist Sophia Sham as an associate in its South West office. Sophia, pictured, joins the firm’s UK healthcare advisory team in Bristol. Her arrival further boosts the team, which was formed in April last year and has already valued or advised on assets worth more than...

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Swindon’s ethical firms urged to enter South West Fairtrade Business Awards

January 9, 2017
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Swindon’s ethical firms urged to enter South West Fairtrade Business Awards

Swindon firms that put ethical responsibilities at the heart of their business are being urged to enter the South West Fairtrade Business Awards. Now in their fifth year, the coveted awards champion businesses that demonstrate commitment to using and promoting fairtrade and supporting fair and ethical business practices. The awards are free to enter....

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Tyre firm moves into Swindon’s iconic former Renault warehouse

January 6, 2017
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Tyre firm moves into Swindon’s iconic former Renault warehouse

Swindon’s iconic 1980s Spectrum Building, designed by renowned architect Lord (Norman) Foster as a warehouse and showroom for French car giant Renault, is back in use as a tyre distribution centre. The yellow building, pictured – famously used as a backdrop in the 1984 James Bond film A View To A Kill – is occupied...

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