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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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Expo will offer Swindon’s advanced engineering and aerospace firms chance to network again

September 26, 2021
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Expo will offer Swindon’s advanced engineering and aerospace firms chance to network again

Aerospace and advanced engineering businesses from the Swindon area are being urged to attend the first major networking event for the sector in the South West since the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Organised by trade organisation the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), SW Aerotech Expo will bring together keynote speakers, exhibitors and visitors...

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Gas price crisis proves market needs urgent shake-up, says renewable energy firm boss

September 20, 2021
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Gas price crisis proves market needs urgent shake-up, says renewable energy firm boss

The chief executive of Wiltshire green utility business Good Energy, one of the UK’s oldest 100% renewable power suppliers, today called for major reforms to the crisis-hit energy market as consumers face soaring bills and food shortages and rival firms teeter on the edge of insolvency. Nigel Pocklington, pictured, of Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy said the “risky approach”...

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Pharma industry events ‘to ban Vectura’ following £1.1bn takeover by tobacco giant

September 20, 2021
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Pharma industry events ‘to ban Vectura’ following £1.1bn takeover by tobacco giant

Staff from Wiltshire specialist inhaler firm Vectura have been barred from attending a pharmaceutical industry conference days after its controversial £1.1bn acquisition by tobacco group Philip Morris International (PMI). In an apparent rebuff by academics over the deal, Chippenham-based Vectura was stripped of its sponsorship of a major lung health conference due to take...

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Use furlough’s final weeks to address any financial issues, insolvency group urges directors

September 3, 2021
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Use furlough’s final weeks to address any financial issues, insolvency group urges directors

A West of England insolvency expert is calling on Swindon’s bosses to make use of the final month of the government’s furlough scheme to plan for the future. Philip Winterborne, who chairs insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 in South West, says directors should review their businesses over the next four weeks and seek...

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Mixed picture on short-term outlook for region’s businesses as confidence levels waver

August 31, 2021
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Mixed picture on short-term outlook for region’s businesses as confidence levels waver

Optimism among South West firms in the economy is increasing as the region continues to recover from the pandemic, according to a new survey, but businesses have become less confident about their own prospects. The latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking shows confidence levels among firms in the South West dropped month-on-month by four...

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Wincanton secures extension to long-running supply chain agreement with BAE Systems

August 27, 2021
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Wincanton secures extension to long-running supply chain agreement with BAE Systems

Defence giant BAE Systems has extended its framework agreement with Wincanton, Britain’s largest third-party logistics business, for a further five years. Chippenham-based Wincanton has worked with BAE Systems for 23 years, providing supply chain services across its air sector and UK shipbuilding operations.  Wincanton will continue to provide transport, warehousing, materials management, packing and...

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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

August 25, 2021
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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

Directors in the Swindon area are being invited to enter the top regional awards scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The annual Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards seek to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs in both the public and private sectors.  Award nominations are open to anyone working at director level in...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 23, 2021
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Monday August 23 Interims: BATM Advanced Communications, Acron PJSC Tuesday August 24 Interim: Puretech Health AGMs: Northern Bear, Nuformix, Purplebricks Group Wednesday August 25 Final: Clipper Logistics Interims: Anglo Pacific Group, Costain, Grafton Group Economic announcements: Retail price index, Producer price index Thursday August 26 Final: Hays Interims: Chesnara, CRH, Faron Pharmaceuticals, Glenveagh Properties, Hunting, Macfarlane Group, PJSC Rushydro Trading announcement: Castings Friday...

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Swindon firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

August 20, 2021
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Swindon firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted a wave of innovation among businesses in Swindon and across the South West, with nearly half saying they pivoted their operations to survive. According to a new Lloyds Bank survey, 46% of firms in the region they were forced to become more creative and innovative in finding new areas of growth. ...

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