Merger talks with London practice held by Royds Withy King to create £50m-plus revenue firm

October 15, 2021
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Merger talks with London practice held by Royds Withy King to create £50m-plus revenue firm

Royds Withy King, the regional law firm with an office in Swindon, is in advanced merger talks with a smaller London practice in a move that would lift its annual revenue to more than £50m. Bath-headquartered Royds Withy King, which also has offices in Bristol, Oxford and London, confirmed the discussions with Goodman Derrick, saying...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

October 10, 2021
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Monday October 11 Interims:  XP Power Economic announcements: Manufacturing production, Gross domestic product, Industrial production, Index of services, Balance of trade Tuesday October 12 Finals: DX, Maestrano Group, YouGov Economic announcements: Retail sales, Unemployment count, Claimant rate count  Wednesday October 13 Final: Applied Graphene Materials Interims: Angling Direct, Sanderson Design Group Trading announcement: Marstons Economic announcements: Manufacturing production, Gross domestic product, Industrial...

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Wincanton says it is on track to deliver more growth as it steers clear of driver shortage

October 8, 2021
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Wincanton says it is on track to deliver more growth as it steers clear of driver shortage

Logistics group Wincanton has said it is managing to avoid of the worst of the HGV recruitment crisis currently hitting supply chains and so remained on course to deliver full-year profits in line with market expectations. In a trading update the Chippenham-headquartered group, which employs around 5,500 drivers, admitted the shortage had affected parts...

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Former Grant Thornton graduate entrant promoted to partner to lead its regional private wealth team

October 8, 2021
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Former Grant Thornton graduate entrant promoted to partner to lead its regional private wealth team

Accountancy and advisory firm Grant Thornton has promoted private tax director Richard Marsh to partner. He will now lead the firm’s South region private wealth team. Richard, pictured, is the first head of the team, which brings together specialists from Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford, Reading and Southampton.  He is also responsible for supporting ultra-high net worth...

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New head of commercial property takes up post at BLB Solicitors

October 8, 2021
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New head of commercial property takes up post at BLB Solicitors

Regional law firm BLB Solicitors, which has offices in and around Swindon, has appointed Caroline Entwistle as its new head of commercial property. The role became vacant earlier this year when the firm’s previous head of commercial property Richard Bowater was promoted to joint managing partner.  Caroline, pictured, joined the firm in 2019, bringing with her...

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B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

October 7, 2021
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B Corp certification for Business West in recognition of its stance to ‘pursue purpose as well as profit’

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has been certified as a B Corporation, joining an elite, forward-looking global community that balances profit with people and the planet. The B Corp movement encourages organisations to take an ethical approach to business to make a positive difference in the world.  To gain its certification, businesses...

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Care company acquisition handled by Royds Withy King’s health and social care team

October 7, 2021
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Care company acquisition handled by Royds Withy King’s health and social care team

Law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindoon, has advised the buyer of domiciliary care agency in a move that will enable it to expand its services. Taunton-based Somerset Care, which has 27 care homes and provides care and support to help individuals remain independent in their own homes, acquired Way...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

October 3, 2021
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Monday October 4 Finals: Coral Products, James Halstead, Quadrise Fuels International  Tuesday October 5 Finals: Bluefield Solar Income Fund, Hotel Chocolat Group, SCS Group Interim: Inspiration Healthcare Group Trading announcement: Greggs Economic announcement: PMI services  Wednesday October 6 Final: Netcall Interims: Allied Minds, Tesco Trading announcements: Ferrexpo, Sirius Real Estate Economic announcement:  PMI construction Thursday October 7 Finals: Eenergy Group, Volution Group  Interims: Morses Club...

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Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

October 3, 2021
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Government lack of planning over worker crisis threatening future of firms, warn business leaders

The South West’s key sectors could suffer irreparable damage unless the government starts to tackle the shortage of workers by easing EU visa restrictions, the region’s business leaders today warned. But even providing temporary visas for jobs such as drivers and food workers would only be a short-term measure and ministers must also come...

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Green light for £62m sale of emergency services IT firm to NEC

October 1, 2021
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Green light for £62m sale of emergency services IT firm to NEC

Outsourcing group Capita is to sell its Secure Solutions and Services business to international IT group NEC in a deal expected to be worth around £62m. Chippenham-headquartered Secure Solutions and Services (SSS) supplies IT to the police, criminal justice, emergency services and critical responder sectors across the world.  These range from control room and...

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