Wincanton looking to deliver higher-than-expected profits as eFulfilment drives growth

January 20, 2022
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Wincanton looking to deliver higher-than-expected profits as eFulfilment drives growth

Shares in Chippenham-headquartered logistics group Wincanton shot up by nearly 13% today after it said continued strong demand for its services was expected to lead to better-than-expected profits.   In a trading update the group said its third-quarter revenue had grown by 15% compared to the same period last year as it overcame a shortage...

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National role for JLL South West director as it focuses on regeneration and sustainability

January 19, 2022
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National role for JLL South West director as it focuses on regeneration and sustainability

International property agency JLL has promoted its Bristol office lead director Simon Peacock to head of regions, giving him responsibility for its 10 regional offices across the UK. Simon, pictured, will also join JLL’s UK executive board while continuing to oversee the firm’s South West and Wales regions, which are served from offices in Bristol,...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 16, 2022
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Monday January 17 Trading announcement: Ashmore Tuesday January 18 Trading announcement: Hays Wednesday January 19 Trading announcements: BHP Group, Wetherspoon (J.D.), Antofagasta Thursday January 20 Interim: Ilika Trading announcement: AB Foods Friday January 21 Nothing listed

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Green utility firms’ power struggle reignites as Ecotricity seeks to oust Good Energy chairman

January 14, 2022
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Green utility firms’ power struggle reignites as Ecotricity seeks to oust Good Energy chairman

The war of words between rival green power suppliers Good Energy and Ecotricity has flared up again with Ecotricity trying to sack Good Energy chairman Will Whitehorn from his role as a director. It has filed a motion seeking Mr Whitehorn’s removal along with a resolution directing Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy’s board not to dispose...

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LDC hails successful 2021 and looks to invest in more mid-market South West firms this year

January 14, 2022
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LDC hails successful 2021 and looks to invest in more mid-market South West firms this year

The South West office of LDC, the UK’s leading mid-market private equity firm, is to increase its support to businesses this year after completing transactions with a combined value of more than £280m in 2021. LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, said it is aiming to invest in at least 100...

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Sensory room opened at Bristol Airport to help passengers with autism

January 14, 2022
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Sensory room opened at Bristol Airport to help passengers with autism

Bristol Airport has become only the second in the UK to open a purpose-built sensory room for passengers with autism, dementia or cognitive impairment. The room, pictured, provides a safe, private and interactive space where users with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) can feel relaxed when in unfamiliar surroundings.  Made by specialist US firm Fun &...

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Further expansion on the cards this year at MHA Monahans after strong 2021

January 13, 2022
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Further expansion on the cards this year at MHA Monahans after strong 2021

Independent regional accountancy firm MHA Monahans is looking ahead to further expansion in 2022 after taking on new clients and growing its headcount in 2021.   The firm, which has eight offices, including in Swindon and Chippenham, aims a go its team of 16 partners and 190 staff by a further 10% this year...

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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

January 12, 2022
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Most bosses of South West tech firms value purpose above money, survey reveals

Nearly three-quarters of tech firm executives in the South West put purpose before profits while just under 80% prioritise relationships over success, according to a new survey. The region also boasts a far higher number of female tech entrepreneurs than the national average – 36% against 22% for the UK as a whole, the...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

January 10, 2022
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Monday January 10 Nothing listed Tuesday January 11 Nothing listed Wednesday January 12 Interim: Gateley Holdings Trading announcements: Sainsbury (J), Nichols Thursday January 13 Trading announcements: Hilton Foods, Tesco, Halfords Friday January 14 Trading announcement: Bellway

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Supply chain disruption hitting firms, survey shows, but confidence for 2022 is high

January 8, 2022
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Supply chain disruption hitting firms, survey shows, but confidence for 2022 is high

More than three-quarters of manufacturing firms across the West of England have been affected by delays or other disruption when importing supplies or goods, according to the latest economic survey by the regions largest business group. Two-thirds of all importers have also been affected, triggering a fear among many firms that their prospects will...

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