Former World Bank lead economist to become next chair of alternative regional lender SWIG Finance

January 6, 2021
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Malachy McReynolds, the chair of regional alternative finance lender SWIG Finance, is to step down in March after five years in the role. He will be replaced by Christine Allison, a former lead economist for the World Bank, who has been a non-executive director of SWIG Finance for the past three-and-a-half years. During that...

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New ‘body blow’ for Swindon businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

January 5, 2021
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New ‘body blow’ for Swindon businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

The latest lockdown will be another “body blow” to Swindon firms, coming after the uncertainty caused by Brexit and lost trade in the run-up to Christmas, the region’s biggest business group warned today. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, said firms that had survived so far with Covid-related support from the...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 4, 2021
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Monday January 4 Economic announcements: PMI manufacturing, M4 money supply  Tuesday January 5 Trading announcements: Morrison (WM) Supermarkets, Next AGM: Edenville Energy Wednesday January 6 Trading announcement: Greggs Economic announcements: BRC shop price index, PMI services Thursday January 7 AGMs: Cambria Automobiles, Global Petroleum, Ormonde Mining Economic announcement: PMI construction Friday January 8 Final: Intermediate Capital Group Trading announcement: Barratt Developments  

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Pair of new non-exec directors strengthens pharma group Vectura’s board

January 4, 2021
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Pair of new non-exec directors strengthens pharma group Vectura’s board

Chippenham-based specialist pharmaceutical firm Vectura has boosted its board with the appointment of two new independent non-executive directors. Jeanne Hecht and Jeanne Thoma took up their roles at the firm, which develops inhalable dry-powder drugs that treat lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, on December 31.  Jeanne Hecht was most recently CEO...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

December 28, 2020
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Monday December 28 Bank holiday: Nothing listed Tuesday December 29 Final: The Fulham Shore AGMs: Altitude Group, China Nonferrous Gold, Grit Real Estate Income Group, Skinbiotherapeutics EGMs: Ethernity Networks, Flutter Entertainment Wednesday December 30 AGMs: Corcel, Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas, Eenergy Group, Nu-Oil & Gas, Plexus Holdings, Quiz, Secure Property Development & Investment, Simigon Economic announcement: Nationwide house price index...

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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

December 23, 2020
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2030 net zero carbon goal adopted by Business West – with a vow to help firms reach same target

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and has introduced three new steps to help it – and firms across the South West – reach the ambitious target. The organisation, which runs the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative and represents 23,000 businesses across the region,...

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