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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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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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Specialist insurance broker snapped up by acquisitive national group

March 7, 2021
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Specialist insurance broker snapped up by acquisitive national group

Wiltshire specialist personal and commercial insurance broker Advance Insurance Agencies has been acquired by a fast-growing national group. Under the takeover by Jensten Group, Westbury-based Advance – which has an office in Swindon – will now form a centre of excellence for specialist personal lines, enabling Jensten to offer an expanded service to clients of its Coversure franchises and wholly owned broking operation....

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BUDGET 2021: National business reaction

March 3, 2021
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The CBI said Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to hike Corporation Tax to 25% in one leap – the first increase since 1974 – would “cause a sharp intake of breath” for many businesses. It also warned that the move – which is planned to come into effect in 2023 – sent a worrying signal to those...

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BUDGET 2021: Key points . . .

March 3, 2021
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BUDGET 2021: Key points  . . .

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his Budget this afternoon. The main points are:  No rise in VAT, income tax or national insurance  Corporation tax to rise from 19% to 25% from 2023 but only 10% largest companies will pay, Chancellor claims  Two-year ‘super deduction’ in tax for companies that invest in innovation  Eight ‘Freeports’ established...

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Event: Chance to hear how women are succeeding in global eCommerce in the age of Covid

February 25, 2021
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Event: Chance to hear how women are succeeding in global eCommerce in the age of Covid

Swindon businesses will be able to learn how to boost their online overseas sales from successful women in eCommerce at a virtual conference next week. The free ‘Women in Global eCommerce’ event on Tuesday is being hosted by the Department for International Trade (DIT) in collaboration with Business West, the organisation behind the Swindon...

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Swindon Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. Our forecasts show rapid economic recovery this year

February 17, 2021
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Swindon Business Blog: Malindi Myers, regional agent, Bank of England. Our forecasts show rapid economic recovery this year

The Covid pandemic continues to hit business activity and household spending in the UK and the rest of the world. Restrictions put in place to contain the pandemic’s spread are causing many businesses to sell fewer of their goods and services. Some businesses are unable to sell at all.  Even though the available evidence...

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Thrings team leads on £50m funding deal to boost Cornwall’s broadband network

February 17, 2021
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Thrings team leads on £50m funding deal to boost Cornwall’s broadband network

A specialist banking and finance team led by Swindon-headquartered law firm Bristol office has secured a £50m investment to roll out gigabit-capable broadband services across Cornwall. The funding will support Cornish internet service provider Wildanet’s growth plans by substantially expanding its network across the county.  Redruth-based Wildanet was launched in 2017 by chief executive...

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Gloomy South West firms see no short-term relief from Covid-19 but vaccine roll-out lifts spirits of some

January 29, 2021
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Gloomy South West firms see no short-term relief from Covid-19 but vaccine roll-out lifts spirits of some

Business confidence among South West firms has slumped to the lowest in England as the latest lockdown pushes sales down further and puts more pressure on staffing levels. Just 11% for businesses in the region expect trading levels to have returned to pre-pandemic levels by this time next year while one-in-five expect to have...

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