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Skill shortages threatening to jeopardise ‘remarkable turnaround’, Business West survey shows

June 28, 2021
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Skill shortages threatening to jeopardise ‘remarkable turnaround’, Business West survey shows

West of England business’s confidence in the economy has bounced back for the first time in four years, according to a new survey, but there are growing fears that the recovery will be choked off by a lack of skilled workers. The latest quarterly economic survey conducted by Business West, the region’s largest business...

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Business West warns importers of looming deadline for declaration on goods from EU countries

June 20, 2021
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Business West warns importers of looming deadline for declaration on goods from EU countries

Swindon firms that have imported goods from countries in the EU this year are being urged to complete their full declarations or face a possible fine or prosecution as the final deadline approaches. Regional business group Business West, which is authorised by HMRC to process supplementary customs declarations, said companies needed to submit their...

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South West shrugs off impact of Covid-19 to attract more overseas investment

June 14, 2021
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South West shrugs off impact of Covid-19 to attract more overseas investment

Investment by foreign businesses into the South West rose last year despite the pandemic in contrast to a fall for the UK as a whole. According to a new report by accountancy group EY, the South West achieved a 6.7% increase in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in 2020 – up by two to...

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Plea to PM ahead of G7 Summit to pave way for more sustainable business amid global climate crisis

June 8, 2021
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Plea to PM ahead of G7 Summit to pave way for more sustainable business amid global climate crisis

The region’s largest business group has urged the Prime Minister to help create a more sustainable future for business at this weekend’s G7 summit in Cornwall. The British Chambers of Commerce South West (BCCSW) – which includes Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative parent group Business West – has written to Boris Johnson ahead of the global gathering...

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The Bottom Line: Businesswoman turns gut feeling on colonic irrigation into a book

May 23, 2021
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The Bottom Line: Businesswoman turns gut feeling on colonic irrigation into a book

A North Wiltshire businesswoman whose clinic specialises in helping people achieve and maintain gut health has published a book packed with advice on doing just that. Let That Sh*t Go! draws on Katherine Brooke-MacKenzie’s 16 years’ experience in helping people at the business end of gut health, through her colonic irrigation practice.  She wants to,...

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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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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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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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