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Plea for Swindon manufacturers to take part in survey to reveal impact of pandemic three months on

July 1, 2020
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Plea for Swindon manufacturers to take part in survey to reveal impact of pandemic three months on

With the grim toll of the coronavirus pandemic on manufacturing jobs becoming clearer, firms in the sector in Swindon are being urged to share how they are coping with the huge challenges by taking part in a key survey. The results of the last quarterly Manufacturing Barometer survey of England’s small and medium-sized manufacturers...

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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

June 25, 2020
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Finance hub launched to connect borrowers, lenders and investors – without the hard sell or jargon

An online service promising impartial financial advice for Swindon firms on funding options has been launched by Business West, the region’s largest business organisation. According to Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, its Finance Hub will be free from confusing jargon or any hard sell, enabling businesses to decide what sort...

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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

June 23, 2020
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Welcome for lockdown easing from business leaders – but they warn it alone will not save all firms

Business groups have cautiously backed the reduction of many coronavirus lockdown restrictions announced this afternoon by the Prime Minister. But they also warned that other measures to boost the economy were still needed to avoid widespread business failures and job losses.  In a major boost to the West of England’s vital tourism and hospitality...

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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

June 23, 2020
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Government Covid-19 emergecy measures keep insolvencies low – but fears grow they will rise later

A surprise fall in the number of corporate insolvencies could herald the ‘calm before the storm’, the South West branch of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3 has warned. Figures published by the Insolvency Service show a 30% drop in companies going bust at the height of the coronavirus crisis in May compared to...

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UK quarantine rules hitting Swindon’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

June 11, 2020
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UK quarantine rules hitting Swindon’s exporters and tourism industry, says Business West

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, has joined bodies representing business, education and employment in urging the government to rethink its controversial quarantine rules for travellers arriving in the UK. In an open letter to the home, foreign and transport secretaries, Business West, UK Hospitality, Universities UK and others argue that it was...

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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

June 4, 2020
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R3 South West issues essential guide to help region’s firms manage impact of Covid-19 crisis

An eight-point checklist to help owner-managers deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their businesses has been launched by the South West arm of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3. The organisation’s members, who include insolvency practitioners, lawyers, and turnaround and restructuring experts, work with business owners to mitigate and resolve financial...

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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

May 29, 2020
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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe blow to confidence levels among South West firms – with the region now the UK’s least optimistic, according to the gloomy results of another survey. Overall confidence slumped by 16 points during the past month to minus 51% – an unenviable record for Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking’s...

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£1.45m finance deal for Wiltshire medical firm to boost production of Covid-19 test swabs

May 19, 2020
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£1.45m finance deal for Wiltshire medical firm to boost production of Covid-19 test swabs

A Wiltshire medical products manufacturer behind a world-beating specialist swab has secured a £1.45m finance package from Barclays to help the NHS’s Covid-19 testing. Medical Wire & Equipment (MWE), based in Corsham, is expecting to recruit 30 more staff – taking its total workforce to 120 – as it increases production of its virus...

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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

May 18, 2020
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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is launching a series of expert webinars and virtual networking events to help small firms bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The webinars will address key practical issues and challenges facing firms as lockdown measures are eased while the online networking sessions will enable...

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‘Strong fundamentals’ of industrial market will help it bounce back from Covid-19 crisis, says report

May 15, 2020
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‘Strong fundamentals’ of industrial market will help it bounce back from Covid-19 crisis, says report

Take-up in the West of England’s industrial property market will be hit by the Covid-19 pandemic but should bounce back quickly, according to a forecast by one of the region’s top property agencies. Colliers International says the fundamentals of the market remain strong – and even now deals are being done.  Take-up in Bristol...

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