Call for Swindon firms to take part in UK’s largest ever Race at Work Survey

May 17, 2021
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Call for Swindon firms to take part in UK’s largest ever Race at Work Survey

Swindon businesses are being urged to join hundreds of employers from across the UK by taking part in the country’s largest survey of race in the workplace. Swindon-headquartered building society Nationwide and insurance group Zurich have already signed up to complete the survey, which is being staged by Business in the Community (BiTC), the organisation dedicated to...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 17, 2021
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Monday May 17 Final: Petropavlovsk Interims: Cerillion, Diploma, Hollywood Bowl Group Q1 results: Fondul Proprietatea, Acron  Tuesday May 18 Finals: Assura, First Derivatives, Homeserve, Land Securities, McKay Securities, Minds + Machines, Sanderson Design Group, Trinity, Vodafone Interims: Benchmark Holdings, Hyve Group, Imperial Brands, Sureserve, Tritax Euro, Watkins Jones Q1 result: Georgia Capital Trading announcement: DP Eurasia Economic announcements: Unemployment rate, Claimant count...

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Latest promotions mean Royds Withy King beats its 40% target for female partners four years early

May 17, 2021
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Latest promotions mean Royds Withy King beats its 40% target for female partners four years early

Regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, has exceeded its aim of having women make up 40% of its partnership by 2025 following its latest round of promotions. Two years ago the firm set a target of achieving a partnership with a ratio of 60%-40% men to women within six years. ...

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Swindon Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. The economy is now recovering rapidly

May 17, 2021
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Swindon Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. The economy is now recovering rapidly

The Covid-19 pandemic has been affecting us all for more than a year now. My fellow regional agents and I know that those businesses that rely heavily on being able to have customers visit them in person – for instance, the hospitality and tourism sectors right across the South West – have been particularly...

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South West’s top ranking for innovation hiding its poor skills and low productivity levels, says CBI

May 12, 2021
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South West’s top ranking for innovation hiding its poor skills and low productivity levels, says CBI

The South West is England’s top region for business innovation, according to a new report by the CBI – but it faces challenges over its low productivity and skills gap. The CBI report also reveals that low levels of unemployment and short commuting times compared to other parts of England gives the South West...

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Promotion to partner for YFM South West investment director a year after joining

May 11, 2021
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Promotion to partner for YFM South West investment director a year after joining

Private equity provider YFM has promoted David Wrench to equity partner as it continues to strengthen its investment team. David, pictured, joined YFM just over a year ago as an investment director with a particular focus on the South West market.  Since becoming part of YFM team, David has helped complete four new investments, including...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

May 10, 2021
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Monday May 10 Q1 result: HG Capital Trust Economic announcement: Halifax house price index Tuesday May 11 Finals: Air Partner, Angling Direct Interims: Treatt, Zytronic Q1 result: Arrow Global Group Trading announcement: Morrison (WM) Economic announcement: Retail sales Wednesday May 12 Finals: Investec, Mears, Vertu Motors Interims: Compass Group, Sage Group Q1 result: Hellenic Telecommunications Organization Trading announcement: Coca-Cola HBC Economic announcements: GDP (preliminary), Industrial production,...

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Senior appointments boost Lloyds’ regional commercial banking operation

May 10, 2021
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Senior appointments boost Lloyds’ regional commercial banking operation

Lloyds Bank has bolstered its commercial banking team in the South West with three senior appointments. Alison Whistance is the new regional director of regional business development, while Carmen Peacock is now co-head of the bank’s Corporate & Institutional Coverage (CIC) division, which supports businesses with revenues of £100m and above. The pair, along with new relationship...

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Environmental funds plug into multi-million pound battery storage scheme

May 9, 2021
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Environmental funds plug into multi-million pound battery storage scheme

A £12.7m Wiltshire battery storage project planned for construction alongside one of the UK’s largest solar parks has new owners. The 50MW Sandridge Battery Storage project between Melksham and Bromham has been bought by JLEN, the listed environmental infrastructure fund, and Foresight Solar Fund, which owns the neighbouring 200-acre Sandridge solar park.  The lithium-ion battery energy...

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New regional broking director taken on by insurance group Gallagher

May 5, 2021
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New regional broking director taken on by insurance group Gallagher

Insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting firm Gallagher has boosted its presence in the South West with the appointment of Richard Horne as regional broking director. Richard, pictured, will report to Stephen Smith, who leads Gallagher’s South of England broking & placement team, which supports regional offices in managing insurer relationships, as well as ensuring access...

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