IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

August 25, 2021
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IoD Director of the Year Awards return to champion the region’s outstanding boardroom talent

Directors in the Swindon area are being invited to enter the top regional awards scheme recognising excellence and enterprise in the boardroom. The annual Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year Awards seek to champion outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs in both the public and private sectors.  Award nominations are open to anyone working at director level in...

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Ahead of the Agenda: The Week Ahead

August 23, 2021
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Monday August 23 Interims: BATM Advanced Communications, Acron PJSC Tuesday August 24 Interim: Puretech Health AGMs: Northern Bear, Nuformix, Purplebricks Group Wednesday August 25 Final: Clipper Logistics Interims: Anglo Pacific Group, Costain, Grafton Group Economic announcements: Retail price index, Producer price index Thursday August 26 Final: Hays Interims: Chesnara, CRH, Faron Pharmaceuticals, Glenveagh Properties, Hunting, Macfarlane Group, PJSC Rushydro Trading announcement: Castings Friday...

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Green energy giants’ power struggle heats up with latest approach dismissed as ‘highly opportunistic’

August 20, 2021
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Green energy giants’ power struggle heats up with latest approach dismissed as ‘highly opportunistic’

The takeover battle between renewable power providers Good Energy and Ecotricity became a war of words this week as the arch-rivals became locked in heated exchanges over the merits of the move. Chippenham-headquartered Good Energy has repeatedly rejected Ecotricity’s advances – the latest valuing it at £59.6m.  But yesterday Good Energy chair Will Whitehorn...

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Swindon firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

August 20, 2021
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Swindon firms were forced to innovate to survive as Covid swept country, according to new survey

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted a wave of innovation among businesses in Swindon and across the South West, with nearly half saying they pivoted their operations to survive. According to a new Lloyds Bank survey, 46% of firms in the region they were forced to become more creative and innovative in finding new areas of growth. ...

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West of England can lead UK’s hydrogen revolution, says regional business group

August 20, 2021
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West of England can lead UK’s hydrogen revolution, says regional business group

The government’s long-awaited strategy for the UK’s burgeoning hydrogen sector – which it says could create thousands of sustainable jobs and unlock billions of pounds of investment – has been welcomed by the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs the Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative, believes the West of England can be a...

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Bristol Airport and easyJet launch partnership to trial pioneering ways of making flying greener

August 16, 2021
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Bristol Airport and easyJet launch partnership to trial pioneering ways of making flying greener

Low-cost airline easyJet has teamed up with Bristol Airport to use it as a test-bed to trial ways of decarbonising its operations and reduce waste. The airline, the airport’s largest operator accounting for about half of all its flights, said the partnership would involve a series of trials using the latest cutting-edge technology and...

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