Grant Thornton sees big plus for South West food & drinks industry

Wiltshire Business Online: Grant Thornton sees big plus for South West food & drinks industry

2:33pm Thursday 24th April 2014

The South West’s food and drink businesses are increasingly upbeat about their prospects despite concerns over the price of raw materials and energy and the impact of this winter’s floods.

MG plan summer rally at Beaulieu

Wiltshire Business Online: MG plan summer rally at Beaulieu

2:04pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Britain’s favourite classic sports car name reaches its 90th anniversary this year and to celebrate the occasion MG will be the featured marque at Simply Classics & Sports Car being held at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu in Hampshire on Sunday 24 August.

Green Office Week with Avery is on next month

12:58pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Organisers of the award-winning Green Office Week have said that registration is now open for their 2014 campaign which will run from May 12th – 16th.

Swindon's TSSI Systems fights crime in Northern Ireland

12:44pm Thursday 24th April 2014

The police in Northern Ireland has become the first police service in the UK to adopt the Regula Vehicle Identification Number inspection system from Swindon based TSSI Systems to help combat crime that costs the UK economy around £1 billion annually.

Summer rally for MG cars at Beaulieu

12:38pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Britain’s favourite classic sports car name reaches its 90th anniversary this year and to celebrate the occasion MG will be the featured marque at Simply Classics & Sports Car being held at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu in Hampshire on Sunday 24 August.

Hope for new asbestos aid

11:13am Thursday 24th April 2014

Compensation may be the right of thousands

Opticians with success in their sights win award

Wiltshire Business Online: Left of Angela and Thomas is Jon Culshaw, impressionist and comedian. Second from right is Leo MacCanna from Ocuco, sponsors of the category, and on the far right is Chris Bennett, the editor of Optician magazine

11:11am Thursday 24th April 2014

It was a case of raise your glasses as Haine & Smith’s Angela Davey and Thomas Pears collected the trophy for Software Practice of the Year at the 2014 Optician awards.

Family businesses helping the recovery, says Barclays

9:14am Thursday 24th April 2014

First generation family-owned SMEs are set to see their revenues rise from £540 billion a year to £661 billion by 2018 – a 22% increase (£121 billion).

Lacks of skills threatens housing recovery, says RICS

9:07am Thursday 24th April 2014

The private housing and private commercial sectors are driving a construction industry revival in the South West, although skills shortages threaten the pace of recovery, according to the latest RICS Construction Market Survey for Q1 2014.

You're more satisfied with a Skoda

Wiltshire Business Online: You're more satisfied with a Skoda

8:54am Thursday 24th April 2014

ŠKODA has confirmed its position as the nation’s most satisfying car brand with a fourth successive overall victory in the annual Auto Express Driver Power customer satisfaction survey.

3D Printing will cut costs and jobs, says BCS

7:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

3D printing is on the verge of becoming a significant force in the business world, according to the fourth whitepaper in the Riding the next wave series: 3D printing, by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Swindon Silicon Systems in new Mayfair Capital deal

3:15pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

INTEGRATED circuit manufacturer Swindon Silicon Systems  will move under a single roof in Royal Wootton Bassett by the end of the year.

BCS launches new awards for IT industry

11:32am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Software Developer, Security Professional and Services Company of the year are among some of the new categories added to this year’s UK IT Industry Awards, run by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and Computing which launch today. The new additions reflect the ever changing nature of the profession. The annual Awards are renowned as the Oscars for the IT profession, providing a platform to showcase and celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence. Entrants can be organisations or individuals involved in IT across the public, not for profit and commercial sectors. Adam Thilthorpe, of the Chartered Institute for IT, said: “IT makes a really important contribution to our society, health, wealth and happiness. The UK IT Awards are a great way of celebrating that positive impact.  New technology and digital disruption is dramatically changing the way that businesses operate, public services are used and innovations are built.

Do things by halves with rates relief on shops

Wiltshire Business Online: The new rates relief for shops can be worth several thousands of pounds of savings for a retailer

10:04am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Kilpatrick & Co are marketing a number of shops which qualify for the new 50 per cent rates relief being brought in from this month.

Switching the use of property made easier

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Since 2012 the Government has introduced a raft of planning measures to help deliver housing and to kick start economic growth. From 2013 rights to change the use of properties without the need for Planning Permission have been temporarily relaxed.

John Lewis tops customer charts

11:06am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

John Lewis proved it is still the best at keeping customers happy as it retained its position as the nation’s best retailer for customer satisfaction at the Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards, held today at the London Stock Exchange.

Bishopsgate in deal with Alder King & Colliers

9:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Bishopsgate, a division of the Ward Thomas Group, has acquired the freehold of Unit 1 Interface Business Park in Royal Wootton Bassett near Swindon in a transaction negotiated by property consultants Alder King and Colliers. 

Special One Mourinho takes delivery of special Jaguar

Wiltshire Business Online: Special One Mourinho takes delivery of special Jaguar

9:07am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Jaguar UK ambassador and sporting icon José Mourinho has taken delivery of the first F-TYPE R Coupé to be specified for a UK customer, which was presented by two Jaguar manufacturing employees at a private event in London.

Vintage Morris sold for £3,800

Wiltshire Business Online: Vintage Morris sold for £3,800

8:58am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A vintage Morris 1000 convertible has been sold for £3,800 at BCA.

Swindon businesses face a severe grilling

8:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Charities are counting on the support of Swindon businesses at a charity quiz next month.

Sysco wins Queen's Award

Wiltshire Business Online: Sysco wins Queen's Award

8:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A company supplying the hotel & hospitality Industry, from Aldermaston in Berkshire, was awarded the UK’s highest accolade for business success, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Best Parties Ever coming to Swindon

7:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Best Parties Ever has confirmed corporate bookings for its themed Christmas parties were up 20% for Christmas 2013 as it unveils its new theme for Christmas 2014 in Swindon.

PurpleFox boosts Chordiem's figures

Wiltshire Business Online: PurpleFox boosts Chordiem's figures

7:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Newbury-based marketing firm PurpleFox has helped events firm, Chordiem, increase sales up to 30 per cent. 

Beat the seven trillion barrier with the Horizon 2020 programme

12:18pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

At a seminar jointly organised by the Enterprise Europe Network South West, Business West and The UK's Technology Strategy Board, Mark Beach, Professor at the University of Bristol predicted that by the year 2020, more than seven trillion devices would be connected to the global mobile network, and that the current 3G and 4G technology will simply not be able to cope.

Legal dent for dentists

Wiltshire Business Online: Dr Chris Evans

10:49am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

The number of new enquiries against dentists being dealt with by Wiltshire law firm Withy King has doubled in the past 12 months.

Sarah proud to win therapist of the year award

Wiltshire Business Online: Sarah Hickman, senior therapist, Carol Osborne, spa manager and Denise Leicester, founder of ila

10:47am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Sarah Hickman, from Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa in Malmesbury, has won the ila Therapist of the Year award, taking on the mantle from her colleague Jodi Chivers, who won the inaugural award last year.

Cotswold home with £4m tag hits the market

Wiltshire Business Online: Cotswold home with £4m tag hits the market

12:02pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Ready Token House, a beautiful historic Cotswold family property near Cirencester is on the market for £4m plus.

Big Three sign up for Thrings

Wiltshire Business Online: Big Three sign up for Thrings

10:04am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Leading commercial law firm Thrings has recruited three specialist solicitors to advise its fast-growing portfolio of commercial property clients.

Regus has free business lounges open for Earth Day

9:27am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Global workspace provider Regus is opening its network of business lounges for free this Earth Day today to help local employees reduce their carbon footprint for the day by working closer to home.

Win tickets for the World Cup in Brazil

Wiltshire Business Online: Win tickets for the World Cup in Brazil

9:21am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

To celebrate its sponsorship of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Moy Park is offering shoppers in England the chance to jet off to Brazil this July to soak up the football fever at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

Motorcycle sales up 18 per cent

9:16am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

“It is extremely positive to see that the motorcycle market was up by an impressive 18.2% last month following February’s -3.6% decline”, said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.

Farmers at Cotswold agricultural sale

Wiltshire Business Online: Farmers at Cotswold agricultural sale

9:03am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Farmers came from far and wide to pick up a bargain at an agricultural sale in the Cotswolds.

Freefalling for cancer charity

Wiltshire Business Online: Sue Kirby and Jenny Loader of Outsource UK

4:53pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FOUR colleagues from recruitment consultancy Outsource UK proved the sky’s literally the limit for the company when they each completed a two-mile tandem charity skydive.

Keep your event safe

4:51pm Thursday 17th April 2014

MORE event managers expect and need health and safety expertise from their agencies, according to Capita Travel and Events, part of which is based in Swindon.

Andrew Kilpatrick on Property

Wiltshire Business Online: Andrew Kilpatrick

5:40pm Thursday 17th April 2014

New guidance notes have just been published by the RICS for surveyors acting as Independent Experts in commercial rent reviews, or lease renewals under PACT, setting out recommended good practice for surveyors acting for landlords or tenants and advise the parties how to find a dispute resolver and manage the process from start to finish.

Photographer is snapping up let

Wiltshire Business Online: Photographer is snapping up let

5:37pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A prominently situated mid-terrace property suitable for an A1/A2 use situated in Commercial Road, Swindon, is being marketed by Kilpatrick & Co on behalf of private clients.

Broker in move up to second

Wiltshire Business Online: Broker in move up to second

5:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Amalgamated Berkshire Group, jointly represented by Savills and Loveday, has let the entire second floor at Station Square, Swindon, to Arthur J Gallagher.

Tax network has US link

4:56pm Thursday 17th April 2014

RSM International, the worldwide audit, tax and advisory network of independent firms, has enhanced its international representation by admitting Baker Tilly as its UK member firm.

ATM installed

4:55pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A NEW ATM has been installed at the TSB branch at The Parade, Swindon. This is part of a wider effort to install 80 new ATMs across the UK.

70,000 passengers expected through Bristol Airport

3:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

More than 70,000 passengers are expected to use Bristol Airport this Easter weekend, and the number of people passing through the terminal this week will top 100,000.

It's that kinda Systemagic in Halsall deal

Wiltshire Business Online: Nathan Painter, IT Support Technician with Systemagic, based in Bath and Trowbridge

12:48pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Wiltshire  IT company Systemagic has been instrumental in helping one of the south west’s most successful construction companies to improve performance. Systemagic, which has offices in Trowbridge and in Bath, has been working with construction company Halsall since June last year, to work more smartly across its many sites. Halsall is a business known particularly for its work in the residential, health, and education sectors. As a result, staff work across many construction sites which change frequently and may be many miles away from Halsall’s head office in Peasedown St John, near Bath. James Eades, MD of Systemagic, said: “Halsall was a company frustrated by the fact their remote sites were sometimes unable to connect back into head office to access emails and files.   One of the reasons for this was extremely slow broadband.” Staff at Systemagic have resolved the problem by installing a superfast fibre optic broadband line direct to Halsall’s premises, giving extremely fast and reliable access to the internet. James said: “This is a real example of how taking a more strategic view of a business’s technology requirements can made a significant difference to performance.” Carol Heneghan, new business and marketing manager for Halsall, said the partnership with Systemagic was transforming the business. “Systemagic came up with a solution to increase our connectivity across multiple sites. At any one time we can have up to 15 sites active, some are in quite remote areas presenting various challenges when it comes to communication. Already the speed of connection has been brilliant. Everyone in the business is benefiting from the improvement in speed and connectivity. The business has grown considerably over the last year and our ambition is continue the growth and improve our customer service experience through improved business and IT strategies and working towards ISO 9000 accreditation.” Systemagic Ltd is a successful company which has been providing IT support for businesses across the south west for more than a decade. Its team provide comprehensive services to businesses of any size, through a range of tailored solutions to make business life easier, cost efficient and more secure.

Workers worth £40 a week less, says TUC

11:13am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Responding to the latest labour market figures published today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “With wages increasing by just 1.7 per cent, barely enough to keep up with a prices measure that doesn’t even include housing costs, the cost of living crisis is far from solved. This is not worth even half a cheer.

TSB ready to install 80 new ATMs

9:29am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A new ATM has been installed at the TSB branch at The Parade, Swindon.  This is part of a wider effort to install 80 new ATMs across the UK.  All these new ATMs will be free to use and installed before the end of April. 

First Utility launches a sub £1k tariff

9:20am Wednesday 16th April 2014

First Utility has become the latest energy supplier to announce the launch of a tariff below £1,000. 

One pay cheque away from losing your home, says Shelter

8:58am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Millions of working families in the UK could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, according to new figures from Shelter.

Zurich team raises £40,000 from London marathon

Wiltshire Business Online: Zurich team raises £40,000 from London marathon

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Zurich Community Trust had a team of local Swindon employees running in last weekend's Virgin London Marathon to raise £20k for the charity.

Boost your business at top event

11:52am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Businesses can now register to attend the Wiltshire Business Expo 2014 – an event dedicated to showcasing local companies and exploring how digital technology can boost business.

Star team ready to swap four wheels for two

Wiltshire Business Online: IT Manager Stuart Smith, Operations General Manager David Ramsey and Credit and Operations Manager Graham Vinnicombe are taking part in the bike ride challenge

11:51am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A TEAM from Mitsubishi’s Cirencester headquarters is gearing up to take part in a gruelling fundraising bike ride.

Concrete experts mine the future

Wiltshire Business Online: Wiltshire Concrete director Kevin McQuaid at Wick Quarry near Bristol where Wiltshire Concrete is embarking on a long-term project to extract material

5:59pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Wiltshire Concrete is now involved in a new long term project, extracting limestone from Wick Quarry in Bristol, which will lead to the site being restored to a natural landscape for wildlife.

Foodbank will be packaging firm’s charity

Wiltshire Business Online: Andrew Hill of Swindon Foodbank and David Pedley, MD of GWP Group at Foodbank’s warehouse

5:57pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

GWP Packaging in Cricklade has adopted Swindon Foodbank as its chosen charity for the year.

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