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Airport decision ‘real blow’ to South West economy, say regional business leaders

February 12, 2020
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Airport decision ‘real blow’ to South West economy, say regional business leaders

Business organisations have slammed the decision by North Somerset councillors to reject Bristol Airport’s expansion plans. The CBI in the region described the move “a real blow to Bristol and the wider South West” while the Federation of Small Businesses echoed the airport’s own claims that it would force people to drive out of...

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Halting our expansion will damage regional economy, airport bosses claim after council grounds plans

February 11, 2020
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Halting our expansion will damage regional economy, airport bosses claim after council grounds plans

Bristol Airport has accused councillors who rejected its controversial expansion plans of “putting the brakes” on the region’s economic growth by stifling international trade and tourism. It also said the move, which it is expected to appeal against, would deter airlines from using the airport – forcing passengers to travel to Heathrow or Gatwick...

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Government must support businesses as Brexit finally takes place, Business West insists

January 31, 2020
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The region’s largest business organisation has called on the government to ensure firms get essential support and guidance for life outside the EU as the UK today marks its official departure from the world’s biggest trading bloc. While the UK is leaving the European Union at 11pm after 47 years, an 11-month transition period...

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Marketing and communications head joins Swindon construction group to build brand

January 28, 2020
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Marketing and communications head joins Swindon construction group to build brand

Swindon-headquartered regional construction firm Beard has appointed Melissa Barber to the new role of head of marketing and communications. Melissa, pictured, will lead the 127-year-old, family-owned firm’s marketing operations with responsibility for developing the brand across its offices in Swindon, Oxford, Guildford and Bristol. She will also support the directors and senior management with...

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Thrings team advises care home group on fourth Cornish acquisition

January 27, 2020
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Thrings team advises care home group on fourth Cornish acquisition

Swindon-headquartered law firm Thrings has helped a family-run care home business add a fourth property to its growing portfolio of residential care facilities. The deal to acquire Longview Care Home in Truro is the second transaction of its kind in two years for Gloucestershire-based JAMMAC and continues its growth in Cornwall, where all four...

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Swindon directors urged to enter awards that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

January 24, 2020
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Swindon directors urged to enter awards that showcase excellence in the region’s boardrooms

The region’s top annual business award scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom has been launched. The Institute of Directors’ (IoD) South West Director of the Year Awards 2020 aim to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs while also focusing UK-wide attention on success in the region.  Nominations – which opened this week – can be...

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CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

January 13, 2020
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CBI calls for government to appoint Minister for the South West to rival success of Northern Powerhouse

The South West needs its own government minister to champion the case for more funding and spur its economic growth, the CBI’s director general said on a visit to the region. Such a move would ‘power up’ the region, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, pictured, told a gathering of the region’s business leaders.  The result would...

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Road trips to and from Bristol Airport now being offset in drive to be carbon neutral by 2025

January 8, 2020
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Road trips to and from Bristol Airport now being offset in drive to be carbon neutral by 2025

Bristol Airport has become the first in Europe to offset all road journeys made by its passengers. The carbon offsetting scheme, which came into effect on New Year’s Day and covers trips and from the airport, forms part of its ‘carbon roadmap’ published last year. Offsets will be bought retrospectively based on an annual...

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New high-capacity fibre network helps office building become magnet for tech

January 3, 2020
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New high-capacity fibre network helps office building become magnet for tech

The owner of a former council office block-turned-tech hub has invested in the latest fibre infrastructure as the building nears full occupancy. Bewley House in Chippenham, pictured, has become a key part of North Wiltshire’s burgeoning tech sector, attracting tenants such as Canadian software company Descartes Systems Group, global technology giant Siemens and international...

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General Election reaction: Business groups look foward to period of stability

December 13, 2019
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General Election reaction: Business groups look foward to period of stability

Business organisations have welcomed the stability that the resounding Conservative General Election victory will bring – but question marks remain over the kind of Brexit deal a Boris Johnson-led government will strike. Business West, the South West’s largest business group which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, also questioned how much funding for essential...

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