Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

November 26, 2017
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Monday November 27 Final: Lonmin Tuesday November 28 Finals: ITE, Shaftesbury, Topps Tiles Interim: Cranswick, Pets at Home Trading update: McBridge, Unite Group Wednesday November 29 Finals: Brewin Dolphin, Britvic Interims: Pennon, Telford Homes, Tiffany Thursday November 30 Finals: Marston’s, Daily Mail & General, Grainger Interims: PayPoint, Greene King Trading updates: Go Ahead Friday...

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Budget 2017: Swindon expert reaction. Dominic Bourquin, corporate tax partner, MHA Monahans

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Swindon expert reaction. Dominic Bourquin, corporate tax partner, MHA Monahans

Well, nobody could accuse the Chancellor of setting the world alight. But perhaps we should at least be grateful that most of us haven’t had our fingers burned with this Budget, anyway. The good news for aspirational young house owners – and their parents, who as part of the Bank of Mum and Dad...

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Budget 2017: Regional business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Regional business reaction. Support for our growth sectors, but where’s the vision?

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s support for the tech sector – a vital part of Swindon’s economy – in the Budget have been welcomed by regional business figures. Institute of Directors South West chair Nick Sturge, pictured, said: “We need to build on the strong network of clusters that are already working well in the regions, accelerating growing businesses by...

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Budget 2017: Business West – ‘Chancellor keeps tiller steady as economy sails into headwinds’

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Business West – ‘Chancellor keeps tiller steady as economy sails into headwinds’

Philip Hammond was a “cautious Chancellor doing his best in a tight spot” in the Budget, according to Phil Smith, managing director of Business West – the region’s largest business organisation which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative. He described Mr Hammond as playing a “weak hand with reasonable competence”, providing enough for his...

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Budget 2017: National business reaction. Some help in challenging times

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: National business reaction. Some help in challenging times

CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn described it as a Budget that balanced support for people on squeezed incomes with vital action to help grow the UK out of austerity. But delivery will be everything. “Against a sombre economic backdrop, the Chancellor gripped the steering wheel on the UK economy. Action on business rates, R&D tax...

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Budget 2017: Swindon business reaction. Our tech and auto sectors could benefit in the long run

November 22, 2017
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Budget 2017: Swindon business reaction. Our tech and auto sectors could benefit in the long run

Swindon businesses could be forgiven for feeling a little left out of the Budget as investment was steered more towards big cities and other regions, according Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative director Ian Larrard. But the town should benefit in the longer term from measures to improve education, skills and the digital economy, he said....

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