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Relaxing workplace Covid rules has created new stress for employers, Royds Withy King lawyer warns

July 26, 2021
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Relaxing workplace Covid rules has created new stress for employers, Royds Withy King lawyer warns

Employers have been warned to take urgent action to a avoid stress and potential conflict in the workplace following the easing of government Covid restrictions yesterday. Kate Benefer, a partner in the employment law team at law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, said the removal businesses had to take decisions...

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New joiners give Cushman & Wakefield’s regional hub another double boost

July 19, 2021
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New joiners give Cushman & Wakefield’s regional hub another double boost

International commercial property agency Cushman & Wakefield has made a second double appointment to its regional hub in as many months. Louise Claxton has been taken on as a surveyor in the valuation & advisory team while Lauren Harrison has joined the firm’s graduate scheme.  Louise previously worked at Carter Jonas in Bristol, where she...

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Employment lawyer says ‘fire and rehire’ can backfire on firms using it to change staff conditions

July 19, 2021
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Employment lawyer says ‘fire and rehire’ can backfire on firms using it to change staff conditions

Controversial ‘fire and rehire’ practices being used by some firms should only be deployed as a last resort, a top employment lawyer has warned. Tim Gofton, pictured, a senior associate in the retail and hospitality team at regional law firm Royds Withy King, which has an office in Swindon, said getting it wrong could also have public relations...

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Free guide offers expert advice for directors on what to do when things go wrong

June 29, 2021
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Free guide offers expert advice for directors on what to do when things go wrong

R3, the restructuring and insolvency trade body, has launched a free guide for company directors on how to spot signs of financial distress, options open to them to resolve it and where to get expert advice. Called Get Back to Business: A guide to dealing with corporate financial distress, it is available to download from www.backtobusinessuk.com The guide: ...

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Bristol Airport says it will be UK’s first net zero airport – but Greens dismiss claim as ‘utter nonsense’

June 28, 2021
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Bristol Airport says it will be UK’s first net zero airport – but Greens dismiss claim as ‘utter nonsense’

Bristol Airport has said it will become carbon neutral later this year by hitting targets it originally expected to reach in 2025 – setting it up to gain the title of the UK’s first net zero airport by 2030. Bosses said three key commitments to be a net zero airfield, with net zero buildings...

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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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Contract extensions with Ikea put Wincanton on road to more growth in eFulfilment market

June 24, 2021
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Contract extensions with Ikea put Wincanton on road to more growth in eFulfilment market

Swedish flat-pack furniture retailer Ikea has extended its contract with Chippenham-based logistics group Wincanton to operate two of its UK customer distribution centres. Wincanton, Britain’s largest third-party logistics business, will now run the centres in Medway, Kent and Harlow, Essex, for a further five and two years respectively.  The centres serve Ikea customers across Greater...

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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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Key appointment for Sanderson Weatherall as it opens development consultancy in region

June 17, 2021
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Key appointment for Sanderson Weatherall as it opens development consultancy in region

National chartered surveying and property consultancy firm Sanderson Weatherall has broadened its offering in the South West with the appointment of development consultancy expert Alastair McLeod. Alastair has brought with him more than 13 years’ experience having worked as a senior associate director in BNP Paribas’ development teams in Southampton and Bristol before working...

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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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