Covid-19 and Brexit trade hitches deliver boost for Wincanton as home shopping booms

January 20, 2021
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Covid-19 and Brexit trade hitches deliver boost for Wincanton as home shopping booms

Shares in Chippenham-based logistics group Wincanton soared by just under 14% this morning after it said it was benefiting from the major switch to home shopping caused by Covid-19 restrictions as well as from moving coronavirus testing kits around the country. The group is also working with the government to provide logistics services at some...

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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

January 19, 2021
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UK post-Brexit trading rules with the EU are complicated, so get advice now, firms are urged

Swindon firms struggling with post-Brexit trade complications are being urged to get expert advice and support by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. With the UK now outside of the European Union as of December 31, businesses must adhere to new rules and regulations when trading with the EU.  As reports emerge of how...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 17, 2021
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Monday January 18 Final: AFH Financial Group AGM: Craven House Capital Tuesday January 19 Final: Watkin Jones Interims: Knights Group Holdings, Time Finance, U and I Group Trading announcements: Etalon Group, Experian, Henry Boot, Kier, Premier Foods, Rio Tinto Wednesday January 20 Interim: Van Elle Holdings Trading announcements: Antofagasta, BHP Group, Burberry, Cairn Energy, City of London Investment Group, CMC Markets,...

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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

January 17, 2021
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Former PwC partner joins SWIG Finance board as it targets more funding for SMEs

Regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance has strengthened its board again with a non-executive director appointment as it prepares for its new chair to take up her role. The arrival of Chris Butters, pictured, who has considerable non-executive director and senior executive experience, comes ahead of Christine Allison taking over from current chair Malachy McReynolds. ...

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US approval of its asthma treatment delivers boost for Vectura

January 17, 2021
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US approval of its asthma treatment delivers boost for Vectura

Directors at Chippenham-based specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura expect its 2020 financial results to be better than they expected following approval of its latest asthma treatment in the US. The firm will also benefit from millions of dollars in royalties and damages paid by pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) following a US court case over infringement while...

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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

January 17, 2021
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Business West looks to wider talent pool for new directors to avoid its board becoming ‘echo chamber’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has broken with its traditional method of recruiting for its board to take on three new non-executive directors. The £10m turnover group, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said the move was designed to access a wider talent pool that represented the full range of the...

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