Technology

Swindon’s hospitality sector misses out again, says Business West, as new support for firms is announced

October 25, 2020
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Swindon’s hospitality sector misses out again, says Business West, as new support for firms is announced

Business West, the group that runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, has welcomed the latest government job and self-employment support measures – but warned that many firms, including those in the Swindons vital hospitality sector, continue to miss out. The new support package was announced last Thursay by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as businesses in...

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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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Chance for Bath’s tech-for-good companies to take their offering onto the global stage

October 4, 2020
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Chance for Bath’s tech-for-good companies to take their offering onto the global stage

Tech businesses from Swindon are being invited to apply to join Tech 4 Good South West, a new initiative designed to stimulate international growth and expansion into the US, India and Singapore. The free programme will launch next month and applicants are invited to submit a pitch by next Wednesday, October 7.  With the Global Innovation...

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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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Webinar will bring together fintech leaders and investors to guide tech stars of tomorrow

September 22, 2020
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Webinar will bring together fintech leaders and investors to guide tech stars of tomorrow

Some of the world’s brightest minds in fintech and investment are being brought together by tech-focused investment bank ICON Corporate Finance to provide a masterclass on successfully raising funds. The expert panel will provide the inside track on how to pitch for investment, whether through a bank, venture capital group or corporate venture capital...

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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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Government’s Kickstart scheme will help firms develop young talent, says Business West

September 2, 2020
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Government’s Kickstart scheme will help firms develop young talent, says Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has welcomed the launch today of the government’s Kickstart scheme, which offers subsidised job placements to out-of-work young people. Under the £2bn programme, 16 to 24 year olds claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be able to gain six-month work placements.  The government...

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