Advanced manufacturing

Exporters urgently need support to deal with Brexit red tape, says Business West as TCA is ratified

April 30, 2021
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Exporters urgently need support to deal with Brexit red tape, says Business West as TCA is ratified

Business West, the region’s largest business group, has used the ratification of UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) to renew its plea for help for firms hit by Brexit-related red tape. The TCA, the blueprint for free trade between following the UK’s departure from the EU, had been signed on December 30 last year...

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Marked turnaround in optimism among the region’s small business as lockdown eases

April 28, 2021
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Marked turnaround in optimism among the region’s small business as lockdown eases

Small business confidence has staged a dramatic recovery in the South West, according to the results of a new survey, as firms look head to life after lockdown. The latest quarterly survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), conducted among its members last month, reveals levels of optimism not seen for nearly seven...

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Register now for Swindon Business News’ free webinar: A Brave New World

April 24, 2021
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Register now for Swindon Business News’ free webinar: A Brave New World

Time is running out to register for Swindon Business News’ exclusive webinar aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain time. Staged with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox , Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. It takes place this Thursday, April 29, from 9:30am to 10:30am....

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Survey will shed light on how Swindon’s small manufacturers have coped with Covid

April 24, 2021
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Survey will shed light on how Swindon’s small manufacturers have coped with Covid

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Swindon’s small and medium-sized manufacturers and their efforts to overcome it will be revealed when the results of the largest survey of its kind are published next month. The city’s manufacturers are being urged to take part in the research, which will also gauge their confidence levels...

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Free digital support for family firms to future proof them for the next generation

April 22, 2021
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Free digital support for family firms to future proof them for the next generation

Family-owned firms based in Swindon can get free advice and support on using digital technology to improve and streamline their business processes. The three-month programme, called Evolve Digital, will enable family businesses to identify key areas such as moving into online sales, electronic invoicing or working remotely the where digital technology can benefit them.  It...

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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

April 18, 2021
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Brexit having ‘very substantial impact on exporting’, South West Chambers survey shows

Exports by South West businesses have slumped to historic lows as they are hit by higher trade barriers due to Brexit, according to a major new survey. Manufacturers have been impacted most, the research by the British Chambers of Commerce South West shows.  Some 53% of exporters said they had been impacted by the...

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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

April 12, 2021
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Exclusive event: A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty

Swindon Business News has teamed up with business development and growth consultants Tinderbox to host an exclusive virtual event aimed at helping business owners and leaders thrive during these uncertain times. A Brave New World – Leading Through Uncertainty will be a one-hour interactive and thought-provoking presentation. Expert presenters from Tinderbox will discuss the tactics needed...

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PwC report shows UK’s best place for women to work is still the South West, but says more must be done

March 29, 2021
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PwC report shows UK’s best place for women to work is still the South West, but says more must be done

The South West continues to be the best place in the UK for gender equality at work, according to research by accountancy group PwC. The firm’s latest annual Women in Work Index places the region in the top spot for the second year in a row. It has also extended its lead over second-ranked Scotland...

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Honda site sold to major property developer with promise to create thousands of jobs

March 26, 2021
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Honda site sold to major property developer with promise to create thousands of jobs

Honda’s giant Swindon car plant, where production ends this summer, has been sold to an industrial property developer in a move that could create thousands of jobs. The new owner Panattoni, Europe’s largest developer of industrial and logistics facilities, said it will invest £700m into the sprawling 370-acre site on the outskirts of the...

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Western powerhouse should plug into region’s high-growth sectors to spur economic growth, says report

March 14, 2021
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Western powerhouse should plug into region’s high-growth sectors to spur economic growth, says report

Cyber technology, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy and the green economy should be harnessed to drive recovery and growth in the Western Gateway, the regional powerhouse that includes Swindon, the West of England and South Wales. The recommendation comes in an independent report published this week which also suggests the region should focus on raising productivity...

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