Technology

Plea for old computers to boost Wiltshire dementia charity’s funds

April 7, 2016
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Plea for old computers to boost Wiltshire dementia charity’s funds

Wiltshire firms are being urged to donate their old computers and help raise much-needed money for a county-based charity. The call has come from Trowbridge-based Priority IT, which is refurbishing second-hand computers for sale and giving the proceeds to its chosen charity, Alzheimer’s Support.  The scheme is proving so successful that the specialist IT...

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Contract crisis slashes SciSys annual profits but firm looks ahead with new business wins

April 1, 2016
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Contract crisis slashes SciSys annual profits but firm looks ahead with new business wins

Problems with a major fixed-price contract have pushed annual profits down by 80% at Chippenham-based specialist IT firm SciSys. The firm, which develops complex IT projects for clients in sectors such as space, defence and the media, was hit hard last year by the troublesome project for an unnamed client. Millions of pounds were...

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Chancellor pledges £16m to help power Dyson’s research into new battery technology

March 17, 2016
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Chancellor pledges £16m to help power Dyson’s research into new battery technology

Malmesbury-based technology group Dyson is to receive up to £16m from the Government to help finance research and development into next-generation battery technology. The funding, announced by Chancellor George Osborne in this week’s Budget, will be made through a special regional growth fund which encourages investment in potential job-generating future technologies. Dyson, best known...

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Majority of West firms fear risks of quitting EU, survey reveals

March 17, 2016
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More than twice as many West businesses want the UK to stay in the EU as leave, according to the hotly anticipated results of a major regional survey. Some 57% of business people said they will vote to remain part of the EU, compared to 26% who say they will back the leave campaign....

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Budget 2016: National business reaction

March 16, 2016
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National business leaders welcomed a number of moves in this afternoon’s Budget, particularly those aimed at helping small firms. But there was concern over how the Chancellor will meet his deficit reduction target. The CBI called it a “stable Budget” for business facing global stormy waters. Director-general Carolyn Fairbairn said: “The Chancellor has listened...

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Budget 2016: Swindon business reaction

March 16, 2016
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Measures to help small firms in Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget this week have been welcomed by Swindon’s business community and business advisors. The Budget held good news for local firms, according to Ian Larrard, pictured left, director of the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. “With permanent savings in business rates, lower levels of capital gains...

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Budget 2016: As it happened

March 16, 2016
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Chancellor started speaking at 12:34 He opened by saying he will report on an economy growing faster than any other major economy and a deficit falling each year and on course for a budget surplus. Economy was strong because he did not support short-term fixes. But he warned world economy is weak. "In this...

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Scheme offering free flights for fledgling firms gets off the ground

March 14, 2016
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Scheme offering free flights for fledgling firms gets off the ground

Swindon’s start-ups and young entrepreneurial businesses can book themselves onto a flight path for growth across the UK and into Europe under a new scheme launched this week offering free airline tickets. Seats for Start Ups – a partnership between bmi regional, UK Trade & Investment and the Engine Shed innovation hub in Bristol...

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Swindon and North Wiltshire firms take their place on list of UK’s most inspirational businesses

March 3, 2016
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Swindon and North Wiltshire firms take their place on list of UK’s most inspirational businesses

Nine firms from Swindon and North Wiltshire have been named among the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses. The firms appear in the latest prestigious London Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain report. These high-growth businesses are highlighted as leading the charge in rebuilding the economy,” according to Chancellor of...

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Regional business show looks to attract Swindon businesses to Bath

March 1, 2016
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Regional business show looks to attract Swindon businesses to Bath

Swindon firms are being encouraged to head along the M4 next week The Bath Business Expo 2016 – one of the region’s largest business events. The Expo on March 17, which is supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) and a number of Swindon-based sponsors, will act as a local and regional...

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